Events in the year 1964 in Japan. It corresponds to Shōwa 39 (昭和39年) in the Japanese calendar.


See also:Other events of 1964
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1964 is considered a seminal year in modern Japanese history. The Tokyo Olympics and first run of the bullet train reflected a society-wide sense that post-war reconstruction was over and that Japan had rejoined the international family of nations. Diplomatic negotiations underway this year between South Korea and Japan resulted in a formal normalization of relations the following year.

Individuals born beginning around this date were often subsequently identified as "shinjinrui" (or new people) because they had not experienced the suffering older generations had during World War II or the post-war period, and on the contrary, grew up in material plenty.

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Parking lot in Japan circa 1964
  • March 18: Hayakawa Electric (the predecessor of today's Sharp) and Sony announce that they have completed a prototype electronic calculator using Japanese-manufactured diodes and transistors.
  • March 24: U.S. ambassador Edwin Reischauer is stabbed by a Japanese youth.
  • April 1: Japanese citizens are permitted to freely travel overseas.
  • April 12: Channel 12, the predecessor of TV Tokyo, begins operations.
  • April 17 – Orient Lease, as predecessor of Orix Group founded in Osaka.[page needed]
  • April 29 - The Keiō Dōbutsuen Line opens.
  • June 16: An earthquake in Niigata Prefecture kills 12.
  • July 14: According to Japan Fire and Disaster Management Agency official confirmed report, a Katsushima Warehouse caught fire and explode in Shinagawa, Tokyo, total 19 person were human fatalities and 117 persons were wounded.[citation needed]
  • July 18: A heavy rain, following devastate flood and landslide in Shimane and Tottori Prefecture, at least 128 people lives.[citation needed]
  • August 18 – The International Olympic Committee bans South Africa from the Tokyo Olympics on the grounds that its teams are racially segregated.
  • September 17: The Tokyo Monorail begins operations.
  • October 1: The Tōkaidō Shinkansen begins operations.
  • October 10–24: 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo. Judo introduced for the first time as an Olympic Game.
  • October 25: Ikeda Hayato resigns as prime minister; Eisaku Satō is elected to replace him.
  • November 9: Sato announces his first cabinet.
  • November 17: The political party Komeito is formed.
  • December 23: Tokyo Metro Tōzai Line was opened.

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  • Yen value: US$1 = ¥360 (fixed)

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References Edit

  1. ^ "Hirohito | Biography, Accomplishments, & Facts". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Official Profile". SIS company. Retrieved January 11, 2021.
  3. ^ "Ikeda Tadao". Nihon jinmei daijiten (in Japanese). Kotobank. Retrieved 29 June 2010.