Japan’s top stories for June 2022 include the yen falling to its lowest level in 24 years against the dollar.
The salvage operation will be completed in Abashiri, Hokkaidō for the case 1which sank off the Shiretoko Peninsula in April with 24 passengers and 2 crew members.
Shimane Prefecture Governor Maruyama Tatsuya approves the restart of reactor number two at the Shimane Nuclear Power Plant operated by the Chūgoku Electric Power Company.
Idei Nobuyuki, former Sony President and CEO, dies in Tokyo at the age of 84.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare releases demographic statistics showing that the number of births in Japan fell by 29,000, or 3.5%, to 812,000 in 2021. The total fertility rate, which measures how many children a woman will have in her lifetime, fell 0.03 points to 1.30, for the sixth straight year.
Author Hayashi Mariko is elected the next chairman of Nihon University after the former chairman resigned in a tax evasion scandal. Hayashi graduated from the university’s College of Art.
Horie Ken’ichi, aged 83, becomes the oldest solo voyager to have sailed non-stop across the Pacific Ocean. He arrives outside of Wakayama Prefecture after departing from San Francisco in late March.
North Korea fires eight missiles at the Sea of Japan, all falling outside Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
Inoue Naoya defeats Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire to consolidate the three world bantamweight titles, adding the WBC championship to those for the WBA and IBF. He is the first Japanese boxer to hold world titles from three bodies.
Japan is elected as a non-permanent member of the 15-nation United Nations Security Council and will serve for two years from January 2023. It will be elected for the unprecedented twelfth time.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Japan exceeds 9 million.
Japan is reopening to international tourists after a long shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although they must first be part of organized tour groups.
Defense Secretary Kishi Nobuo and his US and South Korean counterparts Lloyd Austin and Lee Jong-sup meet in Singapore and agree to cooperate on missile warning, search and tracking exercises to respond to advances in North Korea’s missile development programs.
The government lifts an evacuation order for part of Katsurao Village in Fukushima Prefecture. It is the first area to be designated as “difficult to return” after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and to resume permanent residents.
The yen falls above 135 against the dollar, hitting its lowest level since 1998.
The ordinary session of the state parliament comes to an end. Cabinet decides to hold elections to the House of Councilors on July 10, with official campaigning scheduled to begin on June 22.
A government body makes a proposal to redraw House constituencies to close the voting gap. Using the Adams method, 10 constituencies would be added to high-population prefectures and 10 subtracted from those with low populations. A total of 140 constituencies would be affected.
The Supreme Court finds the government not liable in a unified decision on cases brought by evacuees from the 2011 Fukushima Prefecture nuclear accident, noting that the disaster most likely could not have been prevented even if the Government would have asked TEPCO to take security measures.
An earthquake causes tremors in the lower 6 on the seismic intensity scale in Ishikawa Prefecture. The Japan Meteorological Agency estimates the magnitude at 5.4 with a hypocenter 13 kilometers below the surface. There is no tsunami.
The official election campaign for the parliamentary elections to be held on July 10 begins. Of the 545 candidates, 181 are women, which is a new record. The overall proportion of female candidates is 33.2%, also a record.
Japan’s southernmost prefecture marks Okinawa Memorial Day for the seventy-seventh time in the post-war period. A commemoration ceremony with guests from outside the prefecture will be held for the first time in three years at the Peace Memorial Park in the city of Itoman. Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and the Speakers of both Houses of the National Parliament stand ready to pray.
Memorial Day celebration June 23 at Peace Memorial Park in Itoman, Okinawa. (© Jiji)”/>
The JMA records a temperature of 40.2 degrees in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, the highest temperature ever in June and the first time it rose above 40 degrees anywhere in Japan this month.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announces a power supply recommendation for June 27, as the area served by TEPCO is expected to be in short supply. She calls on households and companies to save electricity, especially between three and six in the afternoon. The consultation lasts until June 30th.
The JMA announces that the rainy season has ended in the Kantō-Kōshin, Tōkai, and Southern Kyūshū regions. This is the earliest ending in Kantō-Kōshin.
Prime Minister Kishida meets with US President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid. The three heads of state and government agree to strengthen security cooperation.
(Originally published in Japanese. Banner photo: A panel shows the yen trading at 136.376 against the US dollar and the Nikkei index in Tokyo on June 22, 2022. © AFP/Jiji.)