1946 in Japan
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List of years in Japan
Events in the year 1946 in Japan.
- Emperor: Hirohito
- Prime Minister: Kijuro Shidehara, Shigeru Yoshida
- Supreme Commander Allied Powers: Douglas MacArthur
- January 1: Emperor Shōwa renounces his divinity, known in Japanese as the Human Declaration
- January 4: The Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers, General Douglas MacArthur order the Japanese government to expel all militarists from positions of power. The disbandment of all ultra-nationalist organizations is also ordered.
- April 10: The Diet elections (a lower House of Representatives and upper House of Peers). Liberal Party wins 141 of 466 Diet seats, followed by the Progressive Party with 94 and the Socialist Party with 93.
- April 16: Kijuro Shidehara resigns as president of the Progressive Party, and as prime minister effective April 22.
- April 22: Sazae-san is first published.
- May 2: Ichiro Hatoyama receives Imperial Order to form a cabinet.
- May 3: International Military Tribunal for the Far East convenes.
- May 4: Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers ("SCAP") purges Hatoyama.
- May 7: Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo, the predecessor of Sony, is founded.
- May 16: Shigeru Yoshida receives Imperial Order to form a cabinet.
- May 22: Yoshida cabinet announced.
- June 20: Emperor Hirohito submits a revision of the Imperial Constitution to the Diet.
- August 16: Keidanren established.
- August 20: Serial killer Yoshio Kodaira is arrested.
- November 3: Constitution of Japan promulgated.
- December 21: The Nankai earthquake strikes Wakayama Prefecture, killing 1,443.
- January 2: Gorou Ibuki, actor
- February 3: Takako Iida, volleyball player
- February 19: Hiroshi Fujioka, actor
- February 22: Kumiko Sato, figure skater
- June 1: Yūko Shiokawa, violinist
- June 2: Tomomichi Nishimura, voice actor
- July 1: Masaharu Satō, voice actor
- August 6: Ichikawa Danjūrō, actor
- August 21: Norio Yoshimizu, football player
- October 10: Naoto Kan, politician
- October 11: Sawao Kato, gymnast
- October 30: Katsuhisa Hōki, actor and voice actor
- November 4: Isamu Sonoda, judoka
- November 6: Tsuguhiko Kozuka, figure skater
- November 13: Reiko Ohara, actress (died 2009)
- November 14: Kai Atō, actor and TV presenter
- November 22: Mitsuko Baisho, actress
- November 28: Kazuhiro Ninomiya, judoka
- December 4: Yō Inoue, voice actress (died 2003)
- December 14: Hiroshi Nagakubo, pair skater
- February 10: Mushitaro Oguri, novelist
- February 13: Tamotsu Oishi, career officer
- February 23: Tomoyuki Yamashita
- April 3: Masaharu Homma
- April 19: Rikichi Andō
- June 12: Hisaichi Terauchi
- June 26: Yōsuke Matsuoka
- August 16: Prince Fushimi Hiroyasu
- September 24: Yoshio Tachibana
- September 30: Takashi Sakai