Name Translation: "January" (poetic), First Month of Lunar Calendar
Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Lieutenant Commander Hatano Kenji  (prev. Torpedo Officer TONE). Assigned to Desdiv 30 (MUTSUKI, KISARAGI, YAYOI, MOCHIZUKI), Desron 6, Fourth Fleet. Flagship of Desdiv 30.
29 November-3 December 1941:
Desdiv 30 steamed with Desron 6 from Truk to Kwajalein.
Departed Kwajalein, Desdiv 30 with first Wake Island invasion force. Carried SNLF advance landing party.
Desdiv 30 with second Wake Island invasion force. Carried SNLF advance landing party.
31 December 1941-3 January 1942:
Desdiv 30 escorted convoy from Kwajalein to Truk.
While at Truk, sponson installed starboard forward side of bridge for additional 13mm machine guns.
With MOCHIZUKI, escorted convoy from Truk to Guam.
During fleet rendezvous of Rabaul invasion forces at Mereyon (Woleai), twin 13mm machine guns mounted starboard forward side of bridge.
Desdiv 30 with Rabaul invasion force, then patrol/escort duties out of that base.
Desdiv 30 with Surumi/Gasmata (New Britain) invasion force.
Desdiv 30 with Lae/Salamua invasion force.
28 March-1 April:
Served as flagship to Rear Admiral Kanazawa Masao , Com-8th Special Base Force, for initial occupation of Shortlands and Kieta, Bougainville.
Desdiv 30 with Manus (Admiralties) invasion force.
7-8 May: Battle of the Coral Sea
Desdiv 30 escorted Port Moresby troop convoy.
Escorted convoy from Palau to Truk.
25 June-1 July:
Escorted KINRYU MARU carrying lead echelon of airfield construction crews from Truk to Guadalcanal.
Steamed from Truk to Yokosuka, then docked at Sasebo for refitting.
Desdiv 30 reassigned to 2nd Surface Escort Division, Fourth Fleet.
Desdiv 30 reassigned directly to Eighth Fleet.
16 July-14 August:
Docked at Sasebo for maintenance.
Departed Sasebo (probably with YAYOI and SANUKI MARU) for Rabaul and the Shortlands.
Departed Shortlands with YAYOI, ISOKAZE and KAWAKAZE, then joined KAGERO in bombardment of Henderson Field.
25 August: Battle of Eastern Solomons
Joined escort of Guadalcanal troop convoy. Sunk: in air attack by U.S. Army B-17 bombers while assisting bombed auxiliary cruiser KINRYU MARU, 40 miles northeast of Santa Isabel Island (07-47 S, 160-13 E). Direct bomb hit in engineering spaces: 41 dead and 11 injured. While flooding and being abandoned, scuttled KINRYU MARU with a torpedo. YAYOI rescued survivors, including Comdesdiv 30 (Captain Yasutake) and Lieutenant Commander Hatano (to C.O. HAGIKAZE).
1 October 1942:
Removed from Navy List.