The most important events of August 2022 in Japan

Prime Minister Kishida’s cabinet reshuffle, and baseball star Otani Shuhei’s tie for a Major League Soccer wins record, were some of the most important events that took place on the Japanese scene during August 2022.

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Prime Minister Kishida Fumio becomes the first Japanese leader to attend the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Review Conference, where he delivers a speech proposing the Hiroshima Action Plan for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons.

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The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications is issuing management directives to KDDI and its Okinawa Cellular Company after major network services were disrupted from the morning of July 2.

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Six prefectures in Tohoku and Hokuriku regions experienced record rainfall from August 3 to 4, causing flooding in 17 rivers and issuing temporary evacuation orders to 540,000 residents.

Japanese Defense Minister Kiichi Nobuo reports that five Chinese missiles landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone during military exercises conducted after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s August 2-3 visit to Taiwan. This is the first time Chinese ballistic missiles have landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

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Issey Miyake, the famous Japanese fashion designer and recipient of the Culture Medal, has died at the age of 84.

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Hiroshima commemorates the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city, with a ceremonial ceremony at the Peace Memorial Park. Among those present were Prime Minister Kishida and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. On August 9, Nagasaki also held a celebration to commemorate its bombing.

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SoftBank reports a net loss of 3.16 trillion yen in the April-June 2022 first quarter, compared with a net profit of 762 billion yen for the same period in 2021.

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Otani Shuhei of the Los Angeles Angels becomes the first Major League Baseball player to hit double-digit home runs and wins in a single season since Babe Ruth in 1918

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications announces that the population of Japan residing in Japan as of January 1, 2022 was 123,223,561, a record decrease of 619,140 (0.50%) year-on-year. This is the thirteenth year that the population has declined. The population in the greater Tokyo area (including Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba prefectures) fell to 35,610,115, the first decrease since statistics were first recorded in 1975.

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Prime Minister Kishida conducts a cabinet reshuffle by appointing Takechi Sane as Minister of Economic Security and Kono Taro as Minister of Digital Transformation, while former notables such as Matsuno Hirokazu, Minister of Finance, Suzuki Shuneichi, and Hayashi Yoshimasa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, be retained. .


Prime Minister Kishida Fumiyo, center foreground, poses for a photo with members of his new government at the Cabinet Office in Tokyo on August 10, 2022. (Jiji Press)

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Fashion designer Mori Hana, who was the first Japanese to become an official member of the Chamber of the Federation of Paris Fashion Designers and awarded the Culture Medal in 1996, dies at the age of 96.

    Mori Hana (center right) holds the hand of her granddaughter Mori Izumi at a show of her fall/winter haute couture collection in Paris on July 7, 2004. (Gigi Press)
Mori Hana (center right) holds the hand of her granddaughter Mori Izumi at a show of her fall/winter haute couture collection in Paris on July 7, 2004. (Gigi Press)

14

Golfer Baba Saki wins the US Amateur Women’s Golf Championship at the age of 17, becoming the second Japanese winner of the tournament after Hattori Michiko in 1985.

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Tokyo Prefecture is holding an official celebration to mark the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II. For the third consecutive year, the number of participants has been reduced as a precaution to prevent infection with the Corona virus.

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Tokyo prosecutors are arresting Takahashi Haruyuki, the former executive director of the Tokyo Games Organizing Committee, on suspicion of taking bribes worth 51 million yen from Aoki Holdings, a sponsor of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. They also arrested the former chairman of Aoki Holdings, Aoki Hironori, and two other men associated with the company.

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Japan’s national consumer price index for July 2022 rises 2.4% year-on-year as rising resource costs and a weak yen lift energy and food prices.

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Prime Minister Kishida has been confirmed to be infected with the Corona virus. He will continue to work remotely before appearing again in person at press conferences starting on August 31.

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Vehicle company Hino Motors is halting shipments of its Dutro light trucks after more evidence emerged of manipulation of emissions and fuel efficiency data.

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The number of daily deaths from the Corona virus in Japan has reached a new record of 343.

Sendai Ikui Gakuen High School wins the National High School Baseball Championship, becoming the first school team from the Tohoku region to achieve the feat either in spring or summer.

Sendai Ikui School players celebrate their victory on August 22, 2022 at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.  (Jiji Press)
Sendai Ikui School players celebrate their victory on August 22, 2022 at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture. (Jiji Press)

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Prime Minister Kishida changes his policy on nuclear energy and asks a government commission on green transformation to consider the development and construction of a new generation of nuclear power plants.

Veteran businessman Inamori Kazuo, founder of diversified product manufacturer (Kyocera) and telecommunications company (KDDI), has died at the age of 90.

Inamori Kazuo in September 2015. (Jiji Press)
Inamori Kazuo in September 2015. (Jiji Press)

25

Nakamura Itaru, Commissioner General of the National Police Agency, has resigned following the release of the agency’s report on the July 8 assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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The Cabinet approved the allocation of 249 million yen from the fiscal year 2022 budget for the state funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The ceremony will be held on September 27 at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo.

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Prime Minister Kishida is participating remotely in the Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development, which is being held in Tunis, Tunisia. Kishida was one of the leaders who adopted the Tunis Declaration, which emphasizes the importance of “sound development financing that meets international norms and standards” and “expresses serious concern about the situation in Ukraine and its impact on African and global economies.”

Prime Minister Kishida participates remotely in (Tikada 8) (The Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development) on August 27, 2022. (Jiji Press)
Prime Minister Kishida participates remotely in (Tikada 8) (The Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development) on August 27, 2022. (Jiji Press)

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Evacuation orders imposed after the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster have been lifted in parts of Futaba town, Fukushima Prefecture, allowing residents to move in for the first time in more than 11 years.

(Originally published in Japanese, with translation from English. Banner photo: With his 10th win of the season, Otani Shuhei of the Los Angeles Angels equals Babe Ruth’s 1918 record for double-digit wins and home runs in a single season on August 9, 2022. (Gigi Press)

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