Japanese media reports claim that the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant will remain closed for at least a year following the 2007 Chuetsu offshore earthquake.
- Japan allows International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors to visit the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant shut down after the recent 2007 Chuetsu offshore earthquake.
- 2007 Chuetsu offshore earthquake: The Government of Japan orders The Tokyo Electric Power Company to keep its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant closed pending safety checks after the earthquake caused a leak.
- A fire breaks out at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant in Niigata, Japan, which has been closed since a fire in July.
- International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors examine the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant in Japan.
- A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hits Japan with a tsunami warning being issued in Niigata Prefecture, Honshu. At least eight people have been killed and over 700 injured. There was a fire in the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant as well as a small leak but not sufficient to damage the environment.
- The death toll from flooding on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu rises to 15, with six others missing.
- Severe flooding on the Japanese island of Kyushu has caused seven deaths with twenty people unaccounted for.
- North Korea test-launches what is presumed to be its first intercontinental ballistic missile 933 kilometers into the Sea of Japan within Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone. An American expert theorizes the ICBM, which reached an altitude of 2,802 km, could potentially reach the U.S. state of Alaska.
- The death toll from recent torrential rain and flooding in Kyushu in southern Japan rises to 25.
- The National Diet of Japan passes legislation allowing Emperor Akihito to abdicate. The abdication is to take place within three years.