1947 in Japan
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List of years in Japan
Events in the year 1947 in Japan.
- Supreme Commander Allied Powers: Douglas MacArthur
- Emperor: Hirohito
- Prime Minister: Shigeru Yoshida (Peer–Imperial appointment) until May 24, Tetsu Katayama (S–Kanagawa)
- Chief Justice of the Supreme Court: Tadahiko Mibuchi from August 4
- Diet (Empire of Japan)
- Diet (State of Japan)
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- February 25: Hachikō Line derailment
- April 5: In the first phase of the first unified regional elections the governors of all 46 prefectures are elected directly for the first time. Also up are mayors of municipalities across the country.
- April 20: First election for the House of Councillors. 111 of 250 seats are won by non-affiliated candidates.
- April 25: 23rd Election for House of Representatives. Socialist Party wins 143 of 466 seats, followed by Liberal Party with 131 and Democratic Party with 124.
- April 30: In the second phase of the unified regional elections prefectural and municipal assemblies are elected.
- May 3: Constitution of Japan goes into effect.
- May 24: Tetsu Katayama becomes prime minister.
- August 4: Supreme Court of Japan established.
- January 1: Hideaki Yanagida, wrestler
- January 18: Takeshi Kitano, comedian, actor and director
- February 5: Teruhiko Saigō, singer and actor
- February 11: Yukio Hatoyama, politician
- March 6: Teru Miyamoto, author
- March 20: Tamio Kageyama, novelist (died 1998)
- March 21: Kazuhiko Kato, musician (died 2009)
- April 9: Kazuko Sugiyama, voice actress
- June 10: Hitoshi Igarashi, scholar (died 1991)
- September 20: Kazumasa Oda, singer
- September 26: Tadayoshi Yokota, volleyball player
- November 4: Toshiyuki Nishida, actor
- December 18: Riyoko Ikeda, manga artist and singer
- December 22: Mitsuo Tsukahara, artistic gymnast
- January 5: Osami Nagano
- January 10: Sakunosuke Oda, novelist
- March 27: Hisakazu Tanaka
- April 26: Hisao Tani
- June 18: Shigematsu Sakaibara
- June 19: Kōsō Abe
- August 7: Masao Baba
- September 10: Hatazō Adachi
- October 18: Michiaki Kamada
- December 6: Tadashige Daigo
- December 30: Riichi Yokomitsu, novelist