1990 in Japan
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List of years in Japan
Events in the year 1990 in Japan.
1990 was the last year of the Japanese asset price bubble.
- Emperor: Akihito
- Prime Minister: Toshiki Kaifu (L–Aichi)
- Chief Cabinet Secretary: Mayumi Moriyama (Councillor, L–Tochigi) until February 28, Misoji Sakamoto (L–Ishikawa)
- Chief Justice of the Supreme Court: Kōichi Yaguchi until February 19, Ryōhachi Kusaba from February 20
- President of the House of Representatives: Hajime Tamura (L–Mie) until January 24, Yoshio Sakurauchi (L–Shimane) from February 27
- President of the House of Councillors: Yoshihiko Tsuchiya (L–Saitama)
- Diet sessions: 117th (regular session opened in December 1989, to January 24), 118th (special, February 27 to June 26), 119th (extraordinary, October 12 to November 10), 120th (regular, December 10 to 1991, May 8)
- February 18: Elections for the House of Representatives.
- February 28: Second Kaifu cabinet formed.
- March 10: Keiyo Line opens between Tokyo and Chiba.
- April 1: International Flower Exposition opens in Osaka.
- June 29: Fumihito, Prince Akishino, second son of Emperor Akihito, weds Kiko Kawashima.
- August 13: Orix Braves baseball team announces that it will move to Kobe and become the Orix Blue Wave.
- November 12: Akihito is enthroned as Emperor of Japan.
- November 21: Nintendo releases its second video game console, the Super Famicom, in Japan.
- December 29: Kaifu cabinet reshuffled.
- January 24: Mao Abe, singer-songwriter
- January 31: Kota Yabu singer and actor
- February 4: Haruka Tomatsu, voice actress
- February 15: Masashi Ebinuma, judoka
- March 17: Tamamori Yuta, actor and singer
- March 26: Yuya Takaki, actor and singer
- April 5: Haruma Miura, actor and singer
- April 16: Risa Honma, idol
- June 15: Miwa, singer
- June 22: Kei Inoo, singer and actor
- June 29: Sayuri Sugawara, singer
- July 3: Nana Iwasaka, volleyball player
- July 21: Sayuri Iwata, model
- August 6: Natsuko Aso, actress and singer
- August 13: Sae Miyazawa, idol
- September 19: Saki Fukuda, actress
- September 25: Mao Asada, figure skater
- November 15: Erika Yazawa, gravure idol
- November 15: Kanata Hongō, actor and model
- December 2: Hikaru Yaotome, singer and songwriter
- December 10: Shoya Tomizawa, motorcycle rider (died 2010)
- December 23: Yu Horiuchi, wrestler
- January 20: Prince Higashikuni, former prime minister
- June 13: Michiyo Kogure, film actress
- June 15: Nobuo Arai, swimmer
- July 23: Kenjiro Takayanagi, television engineer, creator of the world's first all-electronic television receiver
- September 1: Edwin O. Reischauer, former U.S. ambassador
- September 25: Togyu Okumura, modern painter
- November 5: Shunkichi Kikuchi, photographer
- December 4: Naoto Tajima, athlete
- December 28: Seiji Hisamatsu, film director
- Yen value: US$1 = ¥129 (low) to ¥159 (high)