There are many articles and posts that look at the year just (or almost) gone and this article is no different. 2019 has been an extremely busy year for Japan and I have picked out the 12 main news stories of this year- but don’t worry it’ll be kept short.
There are many more important news stories that did occur across Japan, but the stories I have chosen are ones that seemed to make Japan stop and think- unfortunately hit-and-runs, executions and other “depressing” events are mostly ignored.
Was the last chance to visit the imperial palace in the Heisei era.
1324 Leo Palace Apartment buildings are heavily criticized for failing to meet minimum construction standards nationwide
Ichiro resigns from major league baseball. His career lasted for more than 28 years. He had 4367 hits in his career.
The forthcoming Imperial name “令和” was announced on live TV. The name is the first from a Japanese source
The crowning of a new emperor, following the abdication of the previous emperor. Reiwa begins.
President Trump crosses the North Korean border with the Supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un
An arsonist attacked the Kyoto animation studio. 36 were killed in this attack
Toyota and Susuki announce a collaboration to speed up the development of autonomous technology
The rugby world cup starts in Japan. It ended in August with South Africa winning the title
Typhoon 19 hits Japan. It was the worst typhoon in recent Japanese history. The death toll stands at 74, with millions of dollars of damaged caused
The imperial parade celebrating the new emperor takes place in Tokyo. Thousands lined the streets in the hopes of seeing the new emperor and empress.
Japanese doctor Tetsu Nakamura was killed in Afghanistan. His body was returned to his family on the 9th of December and the funeral took place on the 11th.
It has been quite a year for Japan and other highlights include the end of the pager in Japan, the end of 7 pay, and the execution of Wei Wei, a Chinese national on the 27th of December.
But there are dates to look forward to in 2020 including:
- Oshogatsu, new Years celebration and the shrine visit on the 1st of January
- 31st of January is the proposed Brexit day
- 23rd of February the J-league starts
- 26th of Match is the start of the Olympic torch relay
- 24th of July is the start of the Tokyo Olympics
What are you looking forward to in 2020, besides perfect vision?
Thank you for reading and happy exploring.