2001 in Japan
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Events in the year 2001 in Japan.
- Emperor: Akihito
- Prime Minister: Yoshiro Mori (L–Ishikawa) until April 26, Junichiro Koizumi (L–Kanagawa)
- Chief Cabinet Secretary: Yasuo Fukuda (L–Gunma)
- Chief Justice of the Supreme Court: Shigeru Yamaguchi
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Tamisuke Watanuki (L–Toyama)
- President of the House of Councillors: Yutaka Inoue (L–Chiba), reelected August 7
- Diet sessions: 151st (regular, January 31 to June 29), 152nd (extraordinary, August 7 to August 10), 153rd (extraordinary, September 27 to December 7)
- January 6: Nurse Daisuke Mori arrested for an attempted murder of 11-year-old girl.
- January 26: A JR yamanote line train coming into Shin-Ōkubo Station hits and kills a man who fell off the platform and two others who jumped onto the rails to rescue him.
- January 31: 2001 Japan Airlines mid-air incident
- February 9: The fishing boat Ehime Maru is struck by a U.S. submarine and sunk.
- March 24: 2001 Geiyo earthquake, kill two people with injure 288 in Hiroshima and Ehime.
- March 27: Hikaru Saeki became the first female star officer (admiral and general) in the history of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF).
- March 31: Universal Studios Japan opens in Osaka.
- April 1: Sakura Bank and Sumitomo Bank merge to form Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.
- April 6: Japanese government institutes new overtime regulations.
- April 24: Junichiro Koizumi defeats Ryutaro Hashimoto in LDP polls to become prime minister.
- April 26: Koizumi announces his first cabinet, with Makiko Tanaka as foreign minister and Heizo Takenaka as Minister of State for the Economy.
- June 8: Osaka school massacre takes place.
- July 20: Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away premieres; it becomes the first anime film to win an Academy Award.
- July 29: Japanese House of Councillors election, 2001.
- August 13: Koizumi visits Yasukuni Shrine, angering China and South Korea.
- August 16-26: The sixth World Games are held in Akita.
- August 29: The first H-IIA rocket is launched from Tanegashima Space Center.
- September 1: Myojo 56 building fire kills 44.
- September 4: Tokyo DisneySea opens.
- September 11: The first case of Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Japan is discovered.
- September 12: In the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, the Nikkei 225 index drops below 10,000 for the first time since 1984.
- October 1: Ghibli Museum opens.
- October 18: The East Japan Railway Company introduces the Suica smart card service to the Tokyo area.
- December 1: Princess Aiko, potential heiress to the Imperial throne, is born.
- December 9: Television performer Masashi Tashiro is arrested for peeping in a male bath-house.
- December 21: TIME removes Masashi Tashiro from its "Person of the Year" poll after 2channel users vote the "bad boy" performer into first place.
- February 4: Fūka Haruna, actress.
- May 28: Rikako Sasaki, singer.
- August 4: Seishiro Kato, actor.
- October 1: Pankun, chimpanzee.
- December 1: Princess Aiko, the daughter and only child of Crown Prince Naruhito, heir apparent to the Japanese throne, and Crown Princess Masako.
- March 9: Mitsuo Kagawa, archaeologist
- April 7: Yasuhira Kiyohara, lieutenant of the Imperial army
- May 17: Hyōichi Kōno, adventurer
- July 24: Hiroshi Tsuburaya, actor
- July 28: Futaro Yamada, author
- August 25: Ginzō Matsuo, voice actor
- September 9: Shinji Sōmai, film director
- September 28: Isao Inokuma, judoka
- September 30: Takasi Tokioka, zoologist
- November 7: Sachiko Hidari, film actress
- November 15: Satoru Kobayashi, film director
- November 30: Kikutaro Baba, malacologist
- December 20: Kōji Nanbara, actor
- December 22: Shizue Kato, politician and activist
- December 29: Takashi Asahina, conductor