Heavy rain in
Japan causes the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people. At least four people have died in landslides.
Hundreds of thousands of people across a wide swathe of western and central Japan were evacuated from their homes on Friday as torrential rain flooded rivers and set off landslides, killing at least four people.
Japan executes former Aum Shinrikyo leader Shoko Asahara and six other main members of Aum Shinrikyo, who led the 1995 Tokyo subway sarin attack, by hanging. 2018-07-6 (Context: Japan)
Due to a change in Japanese legislation, Airbnb announces that it will be cancelling thousands of reservations made in the country. 2018-06-8 (Context: Japan)
Japanese space probe "Hayabusa2" arrives at its target, 162173 Ryugu, an Apollo asteroid. It is planned to return material from the asteroid to Earth by the end of 2020. 2018-06-27 (Context: Japan)
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes Osaka, Japan, at 7:58 a.m. local time (22:58 UTC, June 17). At least five people have been killed and several are transported to hospitals with injuries. Electrical services are disrupted citywide, affecting 170,000 buildings. 2018-06-18 (Context: Japan)
Japan lowers the age of adulthood from 20 to 18, with the changes coming into effect in 2022. The revision to Japan's civil code means that 18-year-olds will be able to marry without their parents' consent, apply for credit cards and loans, and transgender people will be able to have their new gender officially recognised. The change causes confusion and concern regarding the kimono industry and Coming of Age Day. 2018-06-14 (Context: Japan)