2003 in Japan
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Events in the year 2003 in Japan.
- Emperor: Akihito
- Prime Minister: Junichiro Koizumi (L–Kanagawa)
- Chief Cabinet Secretary: Yasuo Fukuda (L–Gunma)
- Chief Justice of the Supreme Court: Akira Machida
- President of the House of Representatives: Tamisuke Watanuki (L–Toyama) until October 10, Yōhei Kōno (L–Kanagawa) from November 19
- President of the House of Councillors: Hiroyuki Kurata (L–Chiba)
- Diet sessions: 156th (regular, January 20 to July 28), 157th (extraordinary, September 26 to October 10), 158th (special, November 21)
- January: Toyota launches all-new Avensis to be built in Britain.
- January 14: Koizumi visits the Yasukuni Shrine.
- January 27: All Nippon Airways Flight 908 overshoots the runway at Narita International Airport.
- January 29: Asashōryū Akinori becomes the first Mongol to reach the rank of yokozuna in sumo wrestling.
- March 19: Extension of the Eidan Hanzomon Line from Suitengumae to Oshiage becomes operational.
- March 31: Agriculture Minister Tadamori Oshima resigns due to a farm subsidy scandal; Koizumi replaces him with Yoshiyuki Kamei.
- April 1
- April 11: An explosion at a fireworks factory in Kagoshima kills 10.
- April 15: Tokyo Disneyland celebrates its 20th anniversary.
- April 25: Grand opening of Roppongi Hills.
- July 7: Noto Airport opens.
- July 26: Diet of Japan authorizes the deployment of Japanese troops to Iraq.
- August 10: Okinawa Monorail opens.
- September 20: Koizumi announces a new cabinet: Taro Aso becomes Minister of Internal Affairs, Shoichi Nakagawa becomes Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Sadakazu Tanigaki becomes Minister of Finance and Yuriko Koike becomes Minister of Environment.
- September 23: Nissan begins production at a plant in Canton, Mississippi, United States.
- September 26: The Liberal Party merges into the Democratic Party of Japan.
- October 1: Shinagawa Station opens platforms for the Tōkaidō Shinkansen.
- October 10
- House of Representatives is dissolved.
- The last wild crested ibis in Japan dies.
- November 9: In the 2003 general election, the Democratic Party of Japan realizes a slight gain against the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
- November 1: Kanon Kasuga, actress
- January 12: Kinji Fukasaku, film director
- February 28: Yō Inoue, voice actress
- March 25: Masato Furuoya, actor
- April 7: Masato Yamanouchi, voice actor
- April 8: Maki Ishii, composer
- April 17: Koji Kondo, football player
- April 20: Daijiro Kato, motorcycle racer
- May 1: Kenji Yoshida, animation film director and film producer
- July 8: Etsuko Inada, figure skater
- September 5: Yūji Aoki, manga artist
- October 11: Sadateru Arikawa, aikido teacher
- October 31: Kamato Hongo, oldest person in the world
- November 1: Toshitaka Shimizu, voice actor
- November 13: Mitoyo Kawate, oldest person in the world
- December 26: Yoshio Shirai, boxer
- Undated: Masahiro Yoshimura, swimmer