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The following lists events that happened during 2000 in Japan.
- Emperor: Akihito
- Prime Minister: Keizo Obuchi (L–Gunma) until April 5, Yoshiro Mori (L–Ishikawa)
- Chief Cabinet Secretary: Mikio Aoki (Councillor, L–Shimane) until July 4, Hidenao Nakagawa (L–Hiroshima) until October 27, Yasuo Fukuda (L–Gunma)
- Chief Justice of the Supreme Court: Shigeru Yamaguchi
- President of the House of Representatives: Sōichirō Itō (L–Miyagi) until June 2, Tamisuke Watanuki (L–Toyama) from July 4
- President of the House of Councillors: Jūrō Saitō (L–Mie) until October 19, Yutaka Inoue (L–Chiba)
- Diet sessions: 147th (regular, January 20 to June 2), 148th (special, July 4 to July 6), 149th (extraordinary, July 28 to August 9), 150th (extraordinary, September 21 to December 1)
- February 6: Osaka gubernatorial election - Osaka's first female governor, Fusae Ohta, is elected.
- May 14: Obuchi dies.
- May 15: Yoshiro Mori makes his first major gaffe, referring to Japan as a "divine nation centering on the Emperor."
- August 1: New 500-yen coins enter circulation.
- January 22 — Masao Harada, athlete
- February 7 — Shiho Niiyama, voice actress
- March 7 — Masami Yoshida, javelin thrower
- April 7 — Masayuki Minami, volleyball player
- May 10 — Kaneto Shiozawa, voice actor
- May 13 — Jumbo Tsuruta, wrestler
- May 14 — Keizo Obuchi, prime minister
- June 16 — Empress Kōjun
- June 19 — Noboru Takeshita, politician
- June 22 — Osamu Takizawa, actor
- July 23 — Ogura Yuki, painter
- August 12 — Noboru Akiyama, baseball pitcher
- September 22 — Saburō Sakai, naval aviator and flying ace
- October 4 — Masaji Iguro, ski jumper
- October 13 — Masao Fujii, baseball player
- October 25 — Mochitsura Hashimoto, officer in the Imperial Japanese Navy
- October 31 — Kazuki Watanabe, musician
- November 30 - Kiyotaka Katsuta