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The Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan is suspected of sexual harassment. He may be replaced before the upper house election.

May 23, 2022 In Japan, the end of the ordinary Diet session is less than a month away. Meanwhile, an unprecedented scandal broke out in Nagatacho. This is a sexual harassment scandal involving House of Representatives Speaker Hiroyuki Hosoda. He is 78 years old. Hosoda has been making a lot of gaffes lately. He said that the annual expenses for House of Representatives members’ activities are 1 million yen a month, but he recognized that the amount was small, which provoked a backlash from the public, who are worried about their daily lives. Facta, a monthly magazine, reported the new allegations. That is sexual harassment. Hosoda’s actions, as well as...

Birthday

Thursday, December 8, 1921: Kazuki Sakamono, the legendary editor, was born

Thursday, December 8, 1921 Kazuki Sakamono, the legendary editor, was born in Asakura City, Fukuoka Prefecture. In 1943, he graduated early from the Department of Japanese Literature, Faculty of Law and Literature, Nihon University, and went to war as a student, and was assigned to the Tsushin-tai troop in Manchuria. After painstakingly returning from Manchuria in November 1945, he came to believe that the rest of his life was the rest of his life. Kazuki Sakamono used to publish small doujinshi in his hometown of Fukuoka, but in January 1947, he joined Kawase-Shobo and started his career as an editor. Masao Yonekawa, a scholar of Russian literature, is in charge...

Economy

Saturday, December 3 1921: Yoji Suhara, the president of Mitsubishi Pencil, was born.

1921 (Taisho 10) Saturday, December 3 Yoji Suhara, the future president of Mitsubishi Pencil, was born in Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo. My father was Saburo Suhara, a factory manager at Yamato Pencil (later Mitsubishi Pencil). The pencil industry in Japan started in the early Meiji period. Two people exhibited pencils made in Japan at the First National Industrial Exhibition in 1877 (Meiji 10). One is Uhachiro Koike from Tokyo and the other is Gengo Hiwatari from Sendai. Sendai has a remarkable story. In 1855, a black ship arrived at Ishinomaki Port in the Sendai Domain with 15 people on board, including US Navy serviceman John M Brook. They gave him pencils,...

Art

Friday, December 2 1921: The painter Taniuchi Rokuro was born in Ebisu, Tokyo.

1921 (Taisho 10) Friday, December 2 The painter Taniuchi Rokuro was born in Ebisu, Tokyo. My father, Hisamatsu TANIUCHI, was from Kitaganitani Village (current Oyabe City), Toyama Prefecture, and worked as a dormitory keeper at a veterinary school. He was born as the sixth son, as Rokuro’s name suggests. Taniuchi Rokuro studied at Komazawa Jinjo Koto Elementary School (now Komazawa Elementary School in Setagaya Ward), but he was prone to getting sick, and from the time he was 6 ~ 7 years old, he was often confined to his sickbed because of his chronic asthma. Since I was in elementary school, my drawing grades have been top class. After graduating...

Social

Thursday, December 1 1921: Matsukiya Gofukuten, the first department store in central Aomori, opened.

1921 (Taisho 10) Thursday, December 1 Matsukiya Gofukuten, the first department store in central Aomori, opened. The founder was Isaburo KANNO. The capital was 1 million yen, which was huge at that time. Built at the intersection of Shinmachi and Yanagimachi, the three-story, 380 tsubo wooden department store has long been a popular landmark of Aomori City. It was forced to close during World War II, but was revived in 1951 as a three-story reinforced concrete store. In 1966, it was added to a four-story reinforced concrete building, and in 1970, it was added to a six-story building with an observation deck. In addition, we expanded to Mutsu City in...

Economy

Tuesday, November 29 1921: Nanyo Kohatsu Co., Ltd. was established on Saipan Island.

1921 (Taisho 10) Tuesday, November 29 Nanyo Kohatsu Co., Ltd. was established on Saipan Island, a mandated territory of Japan. The central figure was a businessman, Matsue Haruji. Matsue was 45 years old at that time. Haruji Matsue was born on January 15, 1876 as the second son of Hisahira Matsue, a former police officer of the Aizu Clan in Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture. His older brother, who is four years older than him, is the chief of the Tokushima POW camp (later a major general of the Army), known as the main character of the movie “Balto no Rakuen”. In 1895, Haruji Matsue graduated from the former Aizu Junior...

Politics

Saturday, November 26 1921: The statesman Ito Tomoya died at the age of 48.

1921 (Taisho 10) Saturday, November 26 The statesman Ito Tomoya died. He died early at the age of 48. On April 10, 1873, Tomoya Ito was born as the first son of Seiki Ito, a well-known local physician in Sakata City, Yamagata Prefecture. His father, Kiyomoto ITO, was originally the third son of Mondo SUWA, a feudal retainer of Sendai Domain, but he studied Western studies in Edo, studied medicine under “Ito Genboku” and “Ito Bokusai,” who were famous disciples of Siebold, and was adopted by Hokusai ITO after he moved to Tsuruoka and opened a business there in 1868. At that time, cholera was frequently prevalent and caused many...

Politics

Tuesday, November 22 1921: The battleship Mutsu built at the Yokosuka has been handed over to the Navy.

1921 (Taisho 10) Tuesday, November 22 The state-of-the-art battleship Mutsu built at the Yokosuka Navy Yard has been handed over to the Navy. The handover ceremony was held and he was registered in Sasebo Chinju-fu. Mutsu was the second ship of the Nagato-class battleship that we met at that time. In 1907, after the Russo-Japanese War, the first 2 ships of the 88 Squadron Project, which en 40 visaged the US Navy as a hypothetical enemy, were these 2 Nagato-type battleships. For budgetary support, the Imperial Diet expanded the fleet to 84 in 1916, 86 in 1918, and 88 in 1920. However, considering that the total expenditure of the Japanese...

Birthday

Friday, November 18 1921: Ko Kusunoki, the first sun of composer Masakazu Kusunoki, was born in Kushiro City.

On Friday, November 18, Ko Kusunoki, a member of the Antarctic wintering party, was born in Kushiro City. His father, Masakazu Kusunoki, is known as the composer of the dormitory song “A Gyokuhai ni Hanaukete” at Daiichi High School under the old system (the present Faculty of Liberal Arts, the University of Tokyo). Let me briefly explain about this father, Masakazu Kusunoki. Masakazu Kusunoki was born in 1880 in 13 Omonogawamachi, Akita Prefecture. He had a great musical talent and was good at playing the piano. The dormitory song “A Tamahai ni Hanauke te,” which he composed when he was a high school student, has been sung for a long...

Politics

Thursday, November 17 1921: Crown Prince Hirohito appeared in Hino and Hachioji to inspect a special army exercise.

1921 (Taisho 10) Thursday, November 17 Crown Prince Hirohito appeared in Hino and Hachioji to inspect a special army exercise. The Army Special Exercise is a military exercise conducted by the Army under the control of the Emperor. It was held every fall for 4 days. It was a large-scale one where more than two divisions fought against each other, and the people’s interest was high. The first meeting was held in 1892 (Meiji 25), and a total of 34 meetings were held until 1936 (Showa 11), the year before the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War. In 1921, the Army held special 10 exercises in Tokyo, Kanagawa and Saitama. It...