1972 in Japan
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List of years in Japan
Events in the year 1972 in Japan.
- Emperor: Hirohito
- Prime minister: Eisaku Satō (Liberal Democratic) until July 7, Kakuei Tanaka (Liberal Democratic)
- Chief Cabinet Secretary: Noboru Takeshita until July 7, Susumu Nikaido
- Chief Justice of the Supreme Court: Kazuto Ishida
- President of the House of Representatives: Naka Funada until November 13, Umekichi Nakamura from December 22
- President of the House of Councillors: Kenzō Kōno
- February 3–13 - The 1972 Winter Olympics are held in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
- May 13 - A fire at the Sennichi Department Store in Osaka kills 118, injures 78.
- May 15 - Okinawa returned to Japan after being occupied by the United States military for 27 years.
- July 3 to 13 - A heavy torrential rain with debris flow hit Kyushu and Shikoku area, according to Fire and Disaster Management official confirmed report, 447 person were lost to lives, 1056 person were wounded.
- November 6 - An express passenger train caught fire in Hokuriku Rail Tunnel in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, according to Japan Transport Ministry official confirmed report, 31 person were lost to lives, 714 person were wounded.
- December 10 - General election of 1972 - Liberal Democratic Party win 271 out of 491 seats.
- January 17 - Ken Hirai, singer-songwriter
- January 22 - Romi Park, voice actress
- February 2 - Hisashi Tonomura, musician
- February 5 - Koriki Chōshū, comedian
- February 17 - Yuki Isoya, singer
- March 10 - Takashi Fujii (Matthew Minami), television performer
- March 29 - Junichi Suwabe, voice actor
- April 5 - Junko Takeuchi, voice actress
- April 30 - Takako Tokiwa, voice actress
- May 6 - Naoko Takahashi, long-distance runner
- May 21 - Kaoru Fujino, voice actress
- May 30 - Sōichirō Hoshi, voice actor
- July 14 - Masami Suzuki, voice actress
- July 27
- August 14 - Takako Honda, voice actress
- September 8 - Tomokazu Seki, voice actor
- September 10 - Rio Tahara, snowboarder
- October 19 - Sayaka Aoki, voice actress
- October 21 - Masakazu Morita, voice actor
- October 29 - Takafumi Horie, entrepreneur
- November 1 - Naoki Yanagi, voice actor
- November 9 - Naomi Shindou, voice actor
- November 13 - Takuya Kimura, member of SMAP and actor
- December 4 - Yūko Miyamura, voice actress and singer