Timeline for September 2018
Keidanren Chairman Nakanishi Hiroaki announces plans to abolish guidelines for companies on college graduate hiring schedules, beginning with those students due to graduate in spring 2021.
- Keidanren to Abolish Guidelines on College Student Hiring
- Keidanren Seeking Talks on Review of Grad Hiring Rules
The Japan Meteorological Agency publishes a report on the weather in summer 2018. It finds that the average temperature in eastern Japan exceeded that in a typical year by 1.7 degrees, and was the hottest since records began in 1946.
Typhoon Jebi comes ashore at Shikoku with considerable force, causing the most severe damage in Kansai and the Tōkai region. Runways at Kansai International Airport are submerged due to high waves, and a tanker collides with the bridge connecting to the mainland, leaving 8,000 passengers stranded in the airport.
- Strong Typhoon Jebi Lashes Central, Western Japan
- Violent Typhoon Jebi Kills 7 People in Western Japan
- Typhoon Jebi Leaves 3,000 Stranded at Western Japan Airport
Tamaki Yūichirō defeats Tsumura Keisuke in an election to become leader of the Democratic Party for the People.
An earthquake with a hypocenter in the Iburi region of Hokkaidō causes shaking of 7 on the Japanese intensity scale in the town of Atsuma. A total of 40 people are killed in multiple landslides and structure collapses. Power is lost temporarily in all 2.95 million of the prefecture’s buildings.
- Powerful Quake Rocks Hokkaido, Killing at Least 5
- Hillsides Unrecognizable after Landslides in Hokkaido Quake
- Last Missing Person Found Dead in Hokkaido Quake, Pushing Up Death Toll to 40
A third-party panel investigating irregularities at Suruga Bank publishes a report describing them as a systemic problem. Five executives resign, including Chairman Okano Mitsuyoshi, a member of the founding family, and President Yoneyama Akihiro.
- Suruga Bank Extends Massive Loans to Founding Family Firms
- Suruga Bank Lending Irregularities Deemed Systemic Problem
Ōsaka Naomi defeats Serena Williams in the final of the US Open women’s singles competition to become the first Japanese tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles tournament.
- Osaka Becomes First Japanese to Win Grand Slam Singles Title
- First Japanese US Open Champ Osaka Eyes Tokyo Olympic Gold
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries announces that it has discovered a case of swine fever at a pig farm in Gifu, Gifu Prefecture. It is the first such case in Japan since December 1992.
The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office indicts Shiraishi Takahiro for the robbery-murders of nine people at his apartment in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, in 2017.
While Prime Minister Abe Shinzō is attending the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposes concluding a peace treaty with Japan by the end of the year without preconditions. Abe also talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Vladivostok, as part of preparations for his visit to China in October.
- Abe, Putin Agree on Roadmap for Joint Isle Activities
- Japan, China to Step Up Work for Abe Visit
- Putin Urges Japan to Sign Peace Treaty by Year-End Without Condition
Actress Kiki Kirin, known for memorable television and film roles, dies at the age of 75.
16Singer Amuro Namie retires from show business at the age of 40 after a final live concert held in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, on the previous day.
17The Ministry of Defense announces that the Maritime Self-Defense Force submarine Kuroshio participated in a military exercise in the South China Sea. Excluding training submarines, it is the first time for a Japanese submarine to take part in such an exercise in the region.
19Police officer Seino Hiroaki is killed by a knife-wielding attacker in a police box in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. The attacker, Aizawa Yūta, is shot dead by another police officer on the scene.
20Prime Minister Abe defeats Ishiba Shigeru in the Liberal Democratic Party leadership election by 553 votes to 254 to win a third consecutive term as president.
- Osaka-Based Crypto Exchange Hacked to Lose ¥6.7 Billion
- Cyberattack-Hit Tech Bureau Slapped with Improvement Order
21Vice Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology Todani Kazuo and Takahashi Michiyasu, director-general of the ministry's Elementary and Secondary Education Bureau, resign in connection with a series of corruption scandals.
22Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency announces that two small robotic explorers released from its Hayabusa2 spacecraft have successfully landed on the asteroid Ryūgū. They also succeed in moving to another part of the asteroid. It is the first time that a robotic explorer has been able to move on the surface of a low-gravity astronomical body.
25The Hiroshima High Court accepts an appeal by Shikoku Electric, overturning an injunction ordering the suspension of reactor 3 at the company’s Ikata Nuclear Plant in Ehime Prefecture.
26Prime Minister Abe talks with US President Donald Trump in New York. The two agree to start negotiations on tariffs, including farm products, with the aim of concluding a trade agreement on goods, expanding bilateral trade and investment.
- Abe Hopes for Continued “Win-Win” Japan-US Trade Ties
- Japan Agrees with US on Trade Negotiations, Escapes Fresh Auto Tariffs for Now
- Japanese Farmers Bracing for Liberalization Demand from US