1950 in Japan
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List of years in Japan
- Emperor: Hirohito
- Prime Minister: Shigeru Yoshida
- Chief Cabinet Secretary: Kaneshichi Masuda until May 6, Katsuo Okazaki
- Chief Justice of the Supreme Court: Tadahiko Mibuchi until March 2, Kōtarō Tanaka from March 3
- President of the House of Representatives: Kijūrō Shidehara
- President of the House of Councillors: Naotake Satō
- January 1: The old practice of advancing one's age every New Year's Day (regardless of one's date of birth) is replaced by the western style of advancing one's age on each anniversary of one's date of birth. Under the old system, someone born on November 1, for example, would turn one on January 1, two months later.
- July 7: Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto is burned to the ground by a 22-year-old novice monk.
- December 12: Hayato Ikeda, future Prime Minister of Japan, remarks in the National Diet that "the poor should eat barley".
- February 20 - Ken Shimura, television performer and actor
- September 14 - Masami Kuwashima, race car driver
- September 27 - Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, actor
- October 12 - Kaga Takeshi, actor
- January 17 - Seiichi Hatano, philosopher
- July 23 - Shigenori Tōgō
- November 3 - Kuniaki Koiso, Prime minister