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June 4, 2010 — Naoto Kan becomes the 94th prime minister after the Democratic Party of Japan selects him as its president.

June 8 — Kan launches his Cabinet.

June 17 — Kan pitches a sales tax hike.

July 11 — The DPJ-led bloc suffers a major setback in the Upper House election and loses its majority in the upper chamber.

Aug. 10 — The Cabinet backs a prime ministerial apology for Japan’s colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula on the 100th anniversary of the annexation.

Sept. 7 — A Chinese trawler rams Japan Coast Guard cutters near the Senkaku Islands and its skipper is arrested.

Sept. 14 — Kan is re-elected DPJ president, defeating his sole challenger, Ichiro Ozawa.

Sept. 17 — Kan reshuffles the Cabinet.

Sept. 25 — Prosecutors in Okinawa free the trawler skipper.

Oct. 4 — The Tokyo No. 5 Committee for the Inquest of Prosecution announces Ozawa must be indicted for Political Funds Control Law violations.

Oct. 24 — A DPJ candidate is defeated in a Lower House by-election in Hokkaido’s No. 5 constituency.

Nov. 1 — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visits Kunashiri Island, one of the Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.

Nov. 5 — Japan Coast Guard footage of its collisions with the trawler off the Senkaku Islands surface on the Internet.

Nov. 13 — A two-day summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum starts in Yokohama. Kan meets separately with U.S. President Barack Obama, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Medvedev.

Nov. 22 — Kan sacks Justice Minister Minoru Yanagida for comments viewed as ridiculing his duty to respond to Diet questioning. 23 — North Korea fatally shells South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island.

Nov. 26-27 — The Diet approves an extra budget for fiscal 2010. The Upper House adopts censure motions against Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku and transport minister Sumio Mabuchi.

Dec. 12 — The DPJ is trounced in the Ibaraki Prefectural Assembly election.

Dec. 20 — Kan directly asks Ozawa to testify before a Diet ethics panel over his fund reporting scandal, but Ozawa refuses.

Dec. 24 — The Cabinet OKs a record-high draft budget of ¥92.4 trillion for fiscal 2011.

Dec. 27 — Minor opposition Tachiagare Nippon (Sunrise Party of Japan) turns down Kan’s offer to join his coalition government.

Dec. 28 — Ozawa pledged to appear before the Diet ethics panel.

Jan. 4, 2011 — Kan urges Ozawa in news conference to resign as a lawmaker if he is indicted.

Jan. 14 — Kan reshuffles his Cabinet again.

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