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The Events that Shape the Country

In this series we present a monthly chronology of newsworthy events and developments involving Japan, its economy, its government, and its people.

Timeline for August 2018

The government reveals that employment figures for disabled workers at its agencies are inflated, manga creator Sakura Momoko dies at the age of 53, and swimmer Ikee Rikako wins six gold medals at the Asian Games. A summary of the top Japan stories of August 2018.
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Timeline for July 2018

Death sentences are carried out on 13 Aum Shinrikyō cult members, more than 200 people die in heavy rain in western Japan, and Kumagaya in Saitama Prefecture records Japan’s highest ever temperature of 41.1 degrees. Look back on Japan’s top news stories in July 2018.
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Timeline for June 2018

An earthquake rattles Osaka; foreign ministers of Japan, the United States, and South Korea meet in Seoul; and Japan takes part in the World Cup in Russia. These are the main stories of June 2018.
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Timeline for May 2018

A college football tackle draws wide attention, more revelations emerge in the Kake Gakuen scandal, and Koreeda Hirokazu’s Shoplifters wins the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival. These are the leading news stories of May 2018.
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Timeline for April 2018

Vice Finance Minister Fukuda Jun’ichi resigns after sexual harassment allegations, the cabinet approval rating drops amid ongoing scandals, and anime director Takahata Isao and baseball player Kinugasa Sachio pass away. Look back at the major news stories of April 2018.
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Timeline for March 2018

The government admits Moritomo Gakuen land sale documents were altered, Japan marks seven years since the Great East Japan Earthquake, and the nation’s Paralympic team wins 10 medals in Pyeongchang. These are the top stories of March 2018.
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Timeline for February 2018

Princess Mako’s wedding is postponed, Kuroda Haruhiko is nominated for a second term as Bank of Japan governor, and Japan wins a record number of medals at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. These were the top stories of February 2018 in Japan.
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Timeline for January 2018

A volcano erupts in Gunma Prefecture, the Aum Shinrikyō trials end after more than 20 years, and Kyoto University admits falsification in an iPS cell research paper. These are the leading Japan-related stories of January 2018.
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Timeline for December 2017

The date of Emperor Akihito’s abdication is fixed, NHK fees are ruled to be constitutional, and baby panda Shan Shan makes her public debut. A review of Japan’s news stories for December 2017.
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Timeline for November 2017

President Trump comes to Japan, yokozuna Harumafuji retires, and a North Korean ICBM lands in the Japan Sea. A roundup of the top Japan-related stories of November 2017.
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