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660

Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu

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708-08-29

Copper coins are minted in Japan for the first time (Traditional Japanese date: August 10, 708).

1156-07-11

Siege of Shirakawa-den in Japan.

1180-09-14

Battle of Ishibashiyama in Japan.

1183-08-14

Taira no Munemori and the Taira clan take the young Emperor Antoku and the three sacred treasures and flee to western Japan to escape pursuit by the Minamoto clan. (Traditional Japanese date: Twenty-fifth Day of the Seventh Month of the Second Year of Juei).

1184-03-18

Battle of Ichi-no-Tani near Kobe, Japan

1188-03-21

Accession to the throne of Japan by emperor Antoku.

1192-08-21

Minamoto Yoritomo becomes Seii Tai Shōgun and the de facto ruler of Japan. (Traditional Japanese date: July 12, 1192)

1280-07-27

Sogen Mugaku, founder of Engakuji temple arrives in Japan from China

1281-08-14

During Kublai Khan's 2nd Invasion of Japan his invading Chinese fleet of 3,500 vessels disappears in a typhoon near Japan

1293-05-20

Earthquake strikes Kamakura Japan, 30,000 killed

1308-12-28

The reign of Emperor Hanazono, emperor of Japan, begins.

1335-10-22

Ex-emperor Hanazono (95th Emperor of Japan) became a Zen priest

1549-07-27

Jesuit priest Francis Xavier's ship reached Japan.

1573-01-25

Battle of Mikatagahara, in Japan; Takeda Shingen defeats Tokugawa Ieyasu.

1582-06-21

The Incident at Honnō-ji takes place in Kyoto, Japan.

1586-12-17

Emperor Go-Yozei becomes Emperor of Japan.

1597-02-05

A group of early Japanese Christians are killed by the new government of Japan for being seen as a threat to Japanese society.

1600-10-20

Battle of Sekigahara sets Tokugawa clan as Japan's rulers (shoguns)

1609-04-05

Daimyo (Lord) of the Satsuma Domain in southern Kyūshū, Japan, completes his successful invasion of the Ryūkyū Kingdom in Okinawa.

1615-06-04

Siege of Osaka: Forces under the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu take Osaka Castle in Japan.

1689-07-01

Matsuo Basho, zen poet, leaves for 150 days journey on Honshu Japan

1707-12-16

Last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan.

1793-04-01

Volcano Unsen on Japan erupts killing about 53,000

1828-12-28

6.8 earthquake strikes Echigo Japan, 30,000 killed

1853-07-09

Adm Perry & US Navy visit Japan

1853-07-14

Commodore Perry requests trade relations with Japan

1853-08-08

Russian fleet appears at Nagasaki, Japan

1854-03-08

US Commodore Matthew C Perry's 2nd trip to Japan

1854-03-31

Treaty of Kanagawa: Commodore Perry forces Japan to opens ports to US

1856-08-21

America's first consul to Japan, Townsend Harris, arrives in Shimoda. (Traditional Japanese date: July 21, 1856)

1858-07-29

Treaty of Amity and Commerce/Harris Treaty signed between US & Japan opening Japanese ports to trade

1858-08-18

Netherlands & Japan sign trade agreement

1859-08-28

A geomagnetic storm causes the Aurora Borealis to shine so brightly that it is seen clearly over parts of USA, Europe, and even as far afield as Japan.

1863-08-15

The Anglo-Satsuma War begins between the Satsuma Domain of Japan and the United Kingdom (Traditional Japanese date: July 2, 1863).

1864-07-08

The Shinsengumi sabotage the Choshu-han shishi's planned attack on Kyoto, Japan at Ikedaya. This event is known as Ikedaya Jiken.

1864-09-05

British, French & Dutch fleets attacked Japan in Shimonoseki Straits

1867-02-03

Prince Mutsuhito, 14, becomes Emperor Meiji of Japan (1867-1912)

1867-10-14

15th & last Tokugawa Shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu resigns in Japan

1868-01-03

Meiji Restoration returns authority to Japan's emperors

1868-04-11

The Shogunate is abolished in Japan.

1868-07-04

Battle at Ueno, Japan: last Tokugawa armies defeated

1869-05-04

The Naval Battle of Hakodate takes place in Japan.

1869-05-18

Surrender and dissolution of the Ezo Republic to Japan.

1869-08-15

The Meiji government in Japan establishes six new ministries, including one for Shinto.

1869-09-10

Baptist minister supposedly invents rickshaw in Yokohama, Japan

1874-08-05

Japan launches its postal savings system, modeled after a similar system in England.

1875-08-22

The Treaty of Saint Petersburg between Japan and Russia is ratified, providing for the exchange of Sakhalin for the Kuril Islands.

1876-06-15

Tsunamis after earthquake floods NE coast of Japan, kills 28,000

1882-08-05

Martial law is imposed in Japan.

1885-08-14

Japan's first patent is issued to the inventor of a rust-proof paint.

1885-12-22

Itō Hirobumi, a samurai, becomes the first Prime Minister of Japan.

1888-07-15

Bandai volcano (Japan) erupts for 1st time in 1,000 years

1889-02-11

Meiji constitution of Japan adopted; 1st Diet convenes in 1890

1890-09-19

Turkish frigate "Ertogrul" burns off of Japan, kills 540

1891-05-11

The Otsu Scandal: While visiting Japan, Prince Nicholas (later Tsar Nicholas II) survives an assassination attempt

1891-10-28

Quake strikes Mino-Owari, Japan kills 7,300

1893-01-01

Japan adopts the Gregorian calendar

1893-07-15

Commodore Perry arrives in Japan

1894-07-16

Treaty of Aoki-Kimberley signed between Japan & England

1894-09-15

Japan defeats China in Battle of Ping Yang

1895-05-08

China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki

1896-06-15

Tsunami strikes Shinto festival on beach at Sanriku Japan 27,000 are killed, 9,000 injured, with 13,000 houses destroyed

1897-03-29

Japan adopts Gold Standard

1898-01-12

Itō Hirobumi begins his third term as Prime Minister of Japan.

1900-03-18

Japan uses its influence over the government of Korea to deny Russia's efforts to obtain a concession for a naval station at the Korean Port of Masampo, a step in the lead up to the Russo-Japanese war

1900-06-25

Russia mobilizes its army in eastern Siberia preparatory to acting against the Chinese, but also in an attempt to diminish the influence of Japan on the Asian mainland

1900-06-26

Japan mobolizes 20,000 troops to help put down the Boxer uprising - but also advance long-term interest in gaining land and power in mainland Asia

1900-08-20

Japan's primary school law is amended to provide for four years of mandatory schooling.

1901-10-16

Baron Hayashi of Japan begins negotiations in London to make an alliance with the British and strengthen Japan's position against Russians

1901-11-27

Prince Ito of Japan comes to St Petersburg hoping to get the Russians to grant Japan concessions in Korea, but later drops this goal and decides to make an alliance with Britain

1902-01-30

Britain and Japan sign a treaty after months of negotiating which commits each country to supporting an independent China and Korea, although it acknowledges Japan's 'special interest' in Korea

1904-02-06

Japan notifies Russia that in view of Russia's delaying tactics and provocative military action, Japan is ending negotiations and recalling its members from Moscow

1904-02-10

Japan and Russia declare war

1904-02-23

Having occupied Korea, Japan signs a treaty with Korea under which it becomes a Japanese protectorate in return for Japanese protection from other powers

1904-07-06

Two Russian cruisers move into the Red Sea and begin to stop ships of Britain, Germany, and other nations they believe friendly to Japan

1905-06-08

US President Roosevelt sends identical notes to Japan and Russia urging them to negotiate an to to war and offering his personal services

1905-07-29

US Secretary of State W.H Taft makes secret agreement with Japanese Prime Minister Katsura agreeing to let Japan have free rein in Korea in return for Japan's non-interference with the US in the Philippines

1905-09-05

50 prominent men meet in Sydney's Australia Hotel to found the National Defense League fueled by fear of Japan after it's victory over Russia

1905-11-17

The Eulsa Treaty is signed between Japan and Korea.

1907-06-10

France and Japan sign an agreement to maintain the independence and integrity of China, equality for all nations in trading with China, and the status quo in the Far East

1907-07-25

Korea becomes a protectorate of Japan.

1907-07-30

Russia and Japan sign an agreement guaranteeing freedom of China while recognizing each other's special interests

1908-02-18

The American ambassador to Japan is given a note by the Japanese in which they agree to restrict Japanese emigration to the US; this becomes known as the 'Gentlemen's Agreement'

1908-11-30

The US Secretary of State and Japan's ambassador to the US exchange notes in what becomes known as the Root-Takahira Agreement: they affirm support for an independent China with an 'open door' policy and for the status quo in the Pacific

1910-07-04

In a mutual defense agreements, Japan and Russia delineate their spheres of interest in Manchuria

1910-08-22

Japan annexes Korea after 5 years as a protectorate

1910-08-29

Japan changes Korea's name to Chōsen and appoints a governor-general to rule its new colony.

1911-02-24

Japan and the US conclude a treaty that continues restrictions on Japanese laborers

1911-07-13

Great Britain and Japan renew their alliance of 1902 for another four years; the reason Japan joins WWI on the Allies side

1912-08-05

Japan's first taxicab service begins in Ginza, Tokyo.

1913-08-16

Tōhoku Imperial University of Japan (modern day Tōhoku University) admits its first female students.

1914-08-15

Japan joins side of allies

1914-08-23

Japan declares war on Germany in World War I

1915-01-15

Japan claims economic control of China

1915-01-18

Japan issues the "Twenty-One Demands" to the Republic of China in a bid to increase its power in East Asia.

1917-02-28

AP reports Mexico & Japan will allie with Germany if US enters WW I

1917-11-02

Lansing-Ishii Agreement; US recognizes Japan's privileges in China

1918-08-02

Japan announces that it is deploying troops to Siberia in the aftermath of World War I.

1919-03-01

Demonstrations for Korean independence from Japan begin

1920-12-17

Japan receives League of Nations mandate over Pacific islands

1921-09-03

16th Davis Cup: USA beats Japan in New York (5-0)

1921-11-13

US, France, Japan & British Empire sign a Pacific Treaty

1922-02-06

US, UK, France, Italy & Japan sign Washington naval arms limitation

1923-12-27

Unsuccessful attempt on prince-regent Hirohito of Japan

1924-09-01

Kenchoji Rinzai temple in Kamakur Japan, heavily damaged by earthquake

1925-01-20

USSR & Japan sign treaty of Peking, Seychelles back to USSR

1925-02-25

The diplomatic relations between Japan and the Soviet Union were established.

1925-03-02

Japan's House of Representatives recognizes male suffrage

1926-08-20

Japan's public broadcasting company, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai(NHK) is established.

1926-12-25

Prince-regent Hirohito becomes Emperor of Japan (1926-1989) upon the death of his father Yoshihito

1927-03-07

Earthquake measuring 8 on Richter scale strikes Tango, Japan

1927-04-17

Japan's Wakarsoeki government falls/Baron Tanaka becomes premier

1927-12-30

Japan dedicates 1st subway in Orient (route under 2 miles long)

1928-11-10

Emperor Hirohito's official coronation as Emperor of Japan

1930-04-22

US, Britain & Japan sign London Naval Treaty

1930-11-25

690 earthquake shocks recorded in 1 day (Ito, Japan)

1931-02-17

1st telecast of a sporting event in Japan (baseball)

1931-09-18

Japan takes Manchuria, renames it Manchukuo

1931-09-28

Peking (200,000 demonstrators demand declaration of war on Japan)

1931-10-05

1st nonstop transpacific flight, Japan to Wash (Herndon & Pangborn)

1931-10-27

Chuhei Numbu of Japan, sets then long jump record at 26' 2½"

1931-12-11

Japan leaves the Gold Standard

1932-02-18

Japan declares Manchuria independent

1932-05-05

Japan & China sign a peace treaty

1932-05-15

The 15th May Incident: in an attempted coup d'état, the Prime Minister of Japan Inukai Tsuyoshi is killed.

1933-03-02

Most powerful earthquake in 180 years hit Japan

1933-03-27

Japan leaves League of Nations

1933-11-29

Japan begins persecution of communists

1934-01-20

Japan sends Henry Pu Yi as regent to emperor of Manchuria

1934-03-21

Fire destroys Hakodate Japan, killing about 1,500

1934-03-22

Fire destroys Hakodate Japan (kills 1,500, injures 1,000)

1934-09-21

Typhoon strikes Honshu Island Japan, kills 4,000

1934-10-20

All-Star team led by Babe Ruth & Connie Mack sails to Hawaii & Japan

1934-11-02

Babe Ruth tours Tokyo, Japan

1934-11-20

Eiji Sawamura, 17, gives up 1 hit, Lou Gehrig's HR, US beats Japan 1-0

1934-12-19

Japan agrees to naval treaty of 1922 & 1930

1934-12-26

Yomiuri Giants, Japan's 1st professional baseball team forms

1934-12-29

Japan renounces Wash Naval Treaty of 1922 & London Treaty of 1930

1936-02-26

Military coup in Japan

1936-04-29

1st pro baseball game in Japan is played Nagoya defeats Daitokyo, 8-5

1936-05-21

Sada Abe is arrested after wandering the streets of Tokyo for days with her dead lover's severed genitals in her hand. Her story soon becomes one of Japan's most notorious scandals.

1936-07-31

Tokyo Japan is awarded the 1940 Olympics (later cancelled)

1936-11-15

Nazi-Germany & Japan sign Anti-Komintern pact

1936-11-25

Germany & Japan sign anti-Komintern pact

1936-12-12

Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek declares war on Japan

1937-08-14

China declares war on Japan

1937-12-01

Japan recognizes Franco government

1937-12-12

Japanese aircraft shell & sink US gunboat Panay on Yangtze River in China. (Japan apologized & eventually paid US $2.2M in reparations)

1938-06-17

Japan declares war on China

1938-07-20

Finland awarded 1940 Olympic games after Japan withdraws

1938-09-03

1940 Olympic site changed from Tokyo Japan to Helsinki Finland

1938-09-27

League of Nations declares Japan the aggressor against China

1939-03-01

Japanese Imperial Army ammunition dump exploded at Hirakata, Osaka, Japan, killing 94.

1940-04-22

Rear Adm Joseph Taussig testifies before US Senate Naval Affairs Committee that war with Japan is inevitable

1940-09-27

Nazi Germany, Italy & Japan sign 10 year formal alliance (Axis)

1940-10-24

Japan eliminates US terms (strike, play ball) from baseball

1941-04-13

Pact of neutrality between the USSR and Japan is signed.

1941-07-25

FDR bans selling benzine/gasoline to Japan

1941-07-26

US embargo on oil-export to Japan

1941-10-15

Japan Tojo regime forms

1941-10-27

Chicago Daily Tribune editorialize there will not be war with Japan

1941-12-08

London: Dutch government declares war on Japan

1941-12-08

US & Britain declare war on Japan, US enters WW II

1941-12-09

China declares war on Japan, Germany & Italy

1941-12-23

Japan begins assault on Rangoon Burma

1941-12-24

1st ships of admiral Nagumo's Pearl Harbor fleet return to Japan

1941-12-25

Japan announces surrender of British-Canadian garrison at Hong Kong

1941-12-25

Japanese aircraft carriers Akagi/Kagu back in Kure, Japan

1941-12-27

Japan bombs Manila even though it was declared an "open city"

1942-01-10

Japan invades North-Celebes, Neth Indies

1942-01-11

Japan conquers Kuala Lumpur, Malaya

1942-03-27

Japan forces Java to use "Tokyo time" 1½ hour forward

1942-04-12

Japan kills about 400 Filipino officers in Bataan

1942-05-22

Mexico declares war on Nazi-Germany & Japan

1942-06-04

Battle of Midway begins; Japan's 1st major defeat in WW II

1942-06-07

Battle of Midway ends: Adm Nimitz wins 1st WW II naval defeat of Japan

1942-08-22

Brazil declares war on Germany, Japan & Italy

1942-08-27

Cuba declares war on Germany, Japan & Italy

1943-01-31

Chile breaks contact with Germany & Japan

1943-05-19

Churchill pledges Britain's full support to US against Japan

1943-05-25

Trident conference in Washington, DC (operation plan '43 against Japan)

1943-08-01

Japan declares Burma Independence under U Ba Maw

1943-08-21

Japan leaves Aleutian Islands

1943-10-14

Japan declares Philippine Independence (premier/pres Jose Laurel)

1943-11-22

FDR, Churchill & Chiang Kai-shek meet to discuss ways to defeat Japan

1944-06-14

1st B-29 raid against mainland Japan

1944-06-16

US bombs Kyushu Japan

1944-07-09

In World War II, US troops secure Saipan as Japan fell

1944-07-21

General Koiso becomes premier of Japan

1944-12-22

Sub Swordfish departs Pearl Harbor for Japan

1945-03-10

Japan declares Vietnam Independence

1945-03-19

800 killed as Kamikaze attacked USS Franklin off Japan

1945-03-27

World War II: Operation Starvation, the aerial mining of Japan's ports and waterways begins.

1945-04-05

Kuniaki Koiso resigns as PM of Japan; replaced by Kantaro Suzuki

1945-07-14

Battleship USS South Dakota is 1st US ship to bombard Japan

1945-08-05

Atom Bomb dropped on Hiroshima (Aug 6th in Japan)

1945-08-08

USSR declares war against Japan in WW II

1945-08-09

US drops 2nd atomic bomb "Fat Man" on Japan destroys part of Nagasaki

1945-08-10

Japan announces willingness to surrender to Allies provided status of Emperor Hirohito remained unchanged

1945-08-11

Allies refuse Japan's surrender offer to retain Emperor Hirohito

1945-08-14

V-J Day; Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II (also August 15 depending on time zone)

1945-08-15

Victory over Japan Day, the Japanese surrender and the end of WWII is announced in Japan (due to time zones 14th Aug in the Americas)

1945-08-26

Japanese diplomats board USS Missouri to receive instructions on Japan's surrender at the end of WW II

1945-08-27

US troops land in Japan after Japanese surrender

1945-08-29

British liberate Hong Kong from Japan

1945-08-29

Gen MacArthur named Supreme Commander of Allied Powers in Japan

1945-08-30

Gen MacArthur lands in Japan

1945-09-01

Japan surrenders ending WW II (US date, 2nd September in Japan)

1945-09-02

V-J Day; formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri (WW II ends)

1945-09-04

US regains possession of Wake Island from Japan

1946-01-01

Emperor Hirohito of Japan announces he is not a god

1946-12-21

Earthquake in South Japan, kills 1,086

1947-08-04

The Supreme Court of Japan is established.

1950-07-02

Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto, Japan, burns down.

1950-07-12

ILTF re-admit Germany & Japan in Davis Cup, Poland & Hungary withdraws

1950-08-23

West Germany & Japan readmitted to Intl Amateur Athletic Federation

1950-08-29

International Olympic Committee votes to admit West Germany & Japan in 1952

1950-09-04

Heavy typhoon strikes Japan, kills about 250

1951-03-20

Fujiyoshida, a city located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, in the center of the Japanese main island of Honshū is founded.

1951-04-19

55th Boston Marathon won by Shigeki Tanaka of Japan in 2:27:45

1951-07-31

Japan Airlines is established.

1951-09-08

Japan signs peace treaty with 48 countries (SF)

1951-11-13

Lefty O'Doul's all-stars, including Joe DiMaggio & Billy Martin, lose 3-1 to Pacific League all-star team (Japan)

1952-03-20

Final ratification of peace treaty restoring sovereignty to Japan by US Senate

1952-04-28

St Louis Browns lend 2 black minor leaguers to Hankyu Braves of Japan

1952-06-12

USSR declares peace treaty with Japan invalid

1953-04-20

57th Boston Marathon won by Keizo Yamada of Japan in 2:18:51

1953-07-30

Rikidōzan holds a ceremony announcing the establishment of the Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance.

1953-08-23

Braves Phil Paine is 1st former major leaguer to play in Japan

1953-09-27

Typhoon destroys 1/3 of Nagoya Japan

1953-11-10

Giants end their tour of Japan (players got $331 of $3,000 promised)

1953-11-25

Earthquake and tsnunami strike Honshu, Japan

1954-09-26

Typhoon hits Japan - 5 ferryboats sink killing about 1,600

1954-11-07

US spy plane shot down North of Japan

1955-03-18

I Hatojama recognized as premier of Japan

1955-04-19

59th Boston Marathon won by Hideo Hamamura of Japan in 2:18:22

1955-08-07

Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan.

1955-10-20

Yanks begin 16-game exhibition in Japan

1956-01-01

A new year event causes panic and stampedes at Yahiko Shrine, Yahiko, central Niigata, Japan, killing at least 124 people.

1956-05-01

A doctor in Japan reports an "epidemic of an unknown disease of the central nervous system", marking the official discovery of Minamata disease.

1956-05-09

War Reparations and Peace Settlement between Philippines and Japan was finally signed at Malacañang Palace under Magsaysay administration.

1956-12-18

Japan admitted to UN

1957-07-28

Heavy rain and a mudslide in Isahaya, western Kyūshū, Japan, kill 992.

1958-01-26

Japanese ferry Nankai Maru capsized off southern Awaji Island, Japan, 167 killed.

1959-06-22

Shunryu Suzuki completes his historical Japan to SF voyage

1959-09-17

Typhoon kills 2,000 in Japan & Korea

1960-01-18

US & Japan sign joint defense treaty

1960-06-16

Pres Eisenhower cancels trip to Japan

1960-06-23

Japan signs security treaty with the US

1960-07-18

Premier Kishi of Japan resigns

1960-10-12

Inejiro Asanuma is assassinated in Japan by Otoya Yamaguchi, a 17-year-old. The camera was rolling at that time.

1961-03-09

Mine cave-in in Japan, kills 72

1961-08-15

Keiyo Road is specified as the first driveway in Japan.

1962-05-03

Express train crashed into wreckage of a commuter train & a freight, killing 163, injuring 400 (Tokyo, Japan)

1962-06-23

Larry Doby retires from Cleve Indians to play in Japan

1962-08-30

Japan conducts a test of the NAMC YS-11, its first aircraft since the war and its only successful commercial aircraft from before or after the war.

1963-07-26

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development votes to admit Japan.

1963-11-09

450 die in a coal-dust explosion & 160 die in train crash (Japan)

1963-11-12

Train crash in Japan, kills 164

1964-04-28

Japan joins OECD

1964-06-16

Quake strikes Niigata Japan

1964-07-21

Last Dutch whaling ship Willem Barents Sea sold to Japan

1964-10-24

18th Olympic games close at Tokyo, Japan

1964-11-09

Eisaku Sato becomes premier of Japan

1965-02-17

US-Japan baseball relations suspended over Masanori Murakami dispute

1965-04-19

69th Boston Marathon won by Morio Shigematsu of Japan in 2:16:33

1965-06-01

coal mine explosion in Fukuoka Japan kills 236

1966-02-04

All-Nippon Airways 727 crashes off Haneda Airport (Japan); kills 133

1966-03-11

A fire at two ski resorts in Numata, Japan kills 31 people.

1966-04-19

70th Boston Marathon won by Kenji Kimihara of Japan in 2:17:11

1966-11-12

Dodgers complete an 18-game tour of Japan with a 9-8-1 record

1968-01-23

Spy ship USS Pueblo & 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by North Korea

1968-03-27

Japanese Trade & Cultural Center (Japan Center) dedicated in SF

1968-05-16

Earthquake kills 47 in Japan

1968-06-26

Iwo Jima & Bonin Islands returned to Japan by US

1968-12-10

Japan's biggest heist, the still-unsolved "300 million yen robbery", occurs in Tokyo.

1969-04-21

73rd Boston Marathon won by Yoshiaki Unetani of Japan in 2:13:49

1970-02-11

Japan becomes 4th nation to put a satellite (Osumi) in orbit

1970-03-15

Expo '70 opens in Osaka, Japan

1970-05-06

Yuchiro Miura of Japan skies down Mt Everest

1970-11-25

In Japan, author Yukio Mishima and two compatriots commit ritualistic suicide after an unsuccessful coup attempt.

1971-01-20

John Lennon meets Yoko Ono's parents in Japan

1971-06-11

US & Japan sign accord to return Okinawa to Japan

1971-11-11

Man-made earthslide at Kawasaki Japan, kills 15

1972-02-03

11th Winter Olympic games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia)

1972-02-13

11th Winter Olympic games close at Sapporo, Japan

1972-02-19

The Asama-Sanso hostage standoff begins in Japan.

1972-02-28

The Asama-Sanso incident ends in Japan.

1972-03-20

19 mountain climbers killed on Japan's Mount Fuji during an avalanche

1972-05-13

115 die in nightclub atop 7-story Sennichi dept store (Osaka Japan)

1972-05-15

Ryukyu Is & Daito Is returned to Japan after 27 yrs of US control

1972-09-28

Japan & Communist China agree to re-establish diplomatic relations

1972-09-29

Japan & People's Republic of China begin diplomatic relations

1973-04-01

Japan allows its citizens to own gold

1973-08-31

1st heavyweight championship fight in Japan (Foreman beats Roman)

1973-11-09

Fire at Taiyo dept store, kills 101 & injures 84 (Kumamoto Japan)

1973-12-01

Jan Ferraris wins LPGA-Japan Golf Classic

1974-11-03

Chako Higuchi wins Japan LPGA Golf Classic

1975-05-16

Junko Tabei from Japan becomes 1st woman to reach summit of Mt Everest

1975-10-09

Emperor Hirohito of Japan visits SF

1975-10-19

Shelley Hamlin wins LPGA Japan Golf Classic

1976-09-06

Russian pilot Belenko defects to Japan in a Mig 25 jet

1976-11-03

Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA/Japan Mizuno Golf

1977-09-03

Japan's Sadaharu Oh hits 756th HR to surpass Hank Aaron's total

1977-11-03

Debbie Massey wins LPGA Mizuno-Japan Golf Classic

1978-08-12

China & Japan sign peace treaty

1978-10-23

China & Japan formally ends 4 decades of dissension

1978-11-03

Michiko Okada wins LPGA Mizuno-Japan Golf Classic

1979-01-25

22.2-km Oshimizu railroad tunnel holed through, central Honshu, Japan

1979-02-21

Japan launches Hakucho x-ray satellite & Corsa-B (550/580 km)

1979-11-03

Amy Alcott wins LPGA Mizuno Japan Golf Classic

1980-04-23

Soviet sub catches fire off Japan, 9 die

1980-07-17

Zenko Suzuki becomes premier of Japan

1980-11-09

Tatsuko Ohsako wins LPGA Mazda Japan Golf Classic

1981-02-21

Japan launches Hinotori satellite to study solar flares (580/640 k)

1981-04-20

85th Boston Marathon won by Toshihiko Seko of Japan in 2:09:26

1981-04-25

More than 100 workers are exposed to radiation during repairs of a nuclear power plant in Tsuruga, Japan.

1981-11-08

Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Mazda Japan Golf Classic

1982-07-24

Heavy rain causes a mudslide that destroys a bridge at Nagasaki, Japan, killing 299.

1982-10-01

The Sony CDP-101, the world's first commercially released Compact Disc player, is released in Japan for 168,000 yen ($730)

1982-11-07

Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Mazda Japan Golf Classic

1982-11-24

Yasuhiro Nakasone succeeds Zenko Suzuki as premier of Japan

1982-11-26

Yasuhiro Nakasone elected PM of Japan succeeding Zenko Suzuki

1983-02-20

Japan launches Tenma satellite to study x-rays (450/570 km)

1983-11-13

Pat Bradley wins LPGA Mazda Japan Golf Classic

1984-03-21

Soviet sub crashes into USS aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off Japan

1984-08-07

Japan beats US for olympic gold medal in baseball

1984-11-04

Nayoko Yoshikawa wins LPGA Mazda Japan Golf Classic

1985-01-08

Japan launches Sakigake space probe to Halley's Comet

1985-01-13

23rd Tennis Fed Cup: Czech beats USA in Nagoya Japan (2-1)

1985-08-07

Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai are chosen to be Japan's first astronauts.

1985-08-08

Japan launches Planet A, a probe to Halley's comet

1985-08-19

Japan launches its 2nd probe of Halley's Comet, Suisei

1985-11-10

Jane Blalock wins LPGA Mazda Japan Golf Classic

1986-07-06

Premier Nakasones Liberal Democr Party wins Japan's election

1986-11-02

Ayako Okamoto wins Nichirei Ladies Cup US-Japan Team Golf Championship

1986-11-09

Ai-Yu Tu wins LPGA Mazda Japan Golf Classic

1987-01-23

Japan 1st exceeds military spending cap of 1% of GNP ($23 billion)

1987-04-20

91st Boston Marathon won by Toshihiko Seko of Japan in 2:11:50

1987-04-29

Japan's premier Nakasone visits the US

1987-09-02

Donald Trump takes out a full page NY Times ad lambasting Japan

1987-10-30

In Japan, NEC releases the first 16-bit home entertainment system, the TurboGrafx-16, known as PC Engine.

1987-11-01

Fukumi Tani wins Nichirei Ladies Cup US-Japan Team Golf Championship

1987-11-08

Yuko Moriguchi wins LPGA Mazda Japan Golf Classic

1988-03-25

"Les Miserables" opens at Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya Japan

1988-10-30

Beth Daniel wins Nichirei Ladies Cup US-Japan Team Golf Championship

1988-11-05

Japan beats MLB all stars 2-1 in Tokyo (Game 1 of 7)

1988-11-06

Japan & MLB all stars played to a 6-6 draw (Game 2 of 7)

1988-11-06

Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Mazda Japan Golf Classic

1988-11-07

MLB all stars beats Japan 16-8 (Game 3 of 7)

1988-11-09

MLB All-Star team beat Japan 8-2 in Nishinomya, (Game 4 of 7)

1988-11-10

MLB All-Star team beats Japan 3-1 in Tokyo (Game 5 of 7)

1988-11-12

Japan beats MLB All-Star team 5-4 in Tokyo (Game 6 of 7)

1989-01-07

Akhito becomes emperor of Japan

1989-03-19

Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Midori Ito (Japan)

1989-08-25

Mayumi Moriyama becomes Japan's first female cabinet secretary.

1989-10-09

27th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats Spain in Tokyo Japan (3-0)

1989-11-05

Elaine Crosby wins LPGA Mazda Japan Golf Classic

1990-01-01

Mitsuko Nishiwaki beats Nakano to become Japan Women wrestling champ

1990-01-31

Jushin "Thunder" Liger beats Naoki Sano to become New Japan IWGP champ

1990-04-10

CUNY/Lehman College, Bronx, opens a branch campus in Hiroshma Japan

1990-11-04

Debbie Massey wins LPGA Mazda Japan 133 Golf Classic

1990-11-12

Crown Prince Akihito is formally installed as Emperor Akihito of Japan, becoming the 125th Japanese monarch.

1991-01-10

Japan ends routine fingerprinting of all adult ethnic Koreans

1991-01-19

Jumbo Tsuruta beats Stan Hansen to win All Japan Triple Crown title

1991-03-21

Largest wrestling crowd in Japan (64,500) at Tokyo Dome

1991-05-14

42 die in a train collision in Japan

1991-06-03

Mount Unzen erupts in Japan, worst eruption in Japanese history

1991-06-25

Japan lifts its call for voluntary restraint on expanding trade with South Africa

1991-11-05

Kiichi Miyazawa elected premier of Japan

1991-11-10

Liselotte Neumann wins LPGA Mazda Japan Golf Classic

1992-01-13

Japan apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II.

1992-01-28

Stan Hansen beats Jumbo Tsuruta to win All Japan Triple Crown

1992-10-23

Emperor Akihito becomes the first Emperor of Japan to stand on Chinese soil.

1992-11-08

Betsy King wins LPGA Mazda Japan Golf Classic

1993-01-15

7.5 earthquake strikes northern Japan, 2 die

1993-07-12

7.8 earthquake hits Hokkaido Japan, 160 killed

1993-07-18

Liberal-Democratic Party loses Japan's parliamentary election

1993-08-06

Japan Hosokawa government begins

1993-11-07

Betsy King wins LPGA Toray Japan Queens Cup Golf Tournament

1994-03-19

Largest omelet (1,383sq ft) made with 160,000 eggs in Yokohama, Japan

1994-03-26

Yuka Sato of Japan wins world figure skating championship in Tokyo

1994-03-27

Ice Dance Championship at Chiba Japan won by Gritschuk & Platov (RUS)

1994-04-25

Tsutomu Hata elected premier of Japan

1994-04-26

Taiwan Airbus A-300 crashes at Nagoya Japan, 262 killed

1994-06-29

Socialist, Tomiichi Murayama, elected premier of Japan

1994-08-03

102.4°F (39.1°C) in Tokyo Japan: record

1994-11-06

Woo-Soon Ko wins LPGA Toray Japan Queens Golf Cup

1995-01-12

Major earthquake kills 5,092 in Kobe Japan

1995-01-17

7.2 earthquake destroys Kobe Japan (5,372 die)

1995-02-05

Japan's Shinshinto Party wins local elections

1995-03-28

World's largest bank-Japan's Mitsubishi Bank & Bank of Tokyo merge

1995-09-14

Body Worlds opens in Tokyo, Japan

1995-10-29

US beats Japan, 19-17, at Nichirei International LPGA Golf Tournament

1995-11-05

Woo-Soon Ko wins LPGA Toray Japan Queens Cup Golf Tournament

1996-06-23

Nintendo 64 goes on sale in Japan

1996-09-29

Nintendo 64 video game system debuts in USA (3 months after Japan)

1996-10-27

US beats Japan, 21½-14½, at Nichirei International Golf Tournament

1996-11-03

Mayumi Hirase wins LPGA Toray Japan Queens Cup

1996-11-03

Toray Japan Queens Cup

1997-02-05

Japan's Ministry of Finance announces plans to cut import tariffs on crude oil and most petroleum products

1997-03-26

NHL announce Might Ducks & Vancouver Canucks to open 1998 in Japan

1997-04-15

America On Line, begins service in Japan

1997-07-25

Rocker Rick Danko gets suspended sentence in Japan for drug smuggling

1997-09-01

Cartoon Channel premieres in Japan

1997-10-03

Japan's maglev train breaks world speed record at 280.3 mph

1997-10-03

Vancouver Canucks beats Mighty Ducks, 3-2 in Japan

1997-11-02

Toray Japan Queens LPGA Cup

1997-11-02

USA beats Japan 23-13 at LPGA Nichirei International

1997-11-09

Liselotte Neumann wins LPGA Toray Japan Queens Cup

1997-11-09

Toray Japan Queens Cup

1997-12-11

Delegates from 150 industrial nations attending a United Nations climate conference in Kyoto, Japan, reach agreement on a protocol to control heat-trapping greenhouse gases; the protocol commita nations to roll back greenhouse gase emissions below 1990 levels

1998-02-07

18th Winter Olympic games open at Nagano Japan

1998-02-19

US hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan

1998-02-22

18th Winter Olympic games close at Nagano Japan

1998-05-13

India carries out two nuclear tests at Pokhran, in addition to the three conducted on May 11. The United States and Japan impose economic sanctions on India.

1998-05-28

Nuclear testing: Pakistan responds to a series of Indian nuclear tests with five of its own, prompting the United States, Japan, and other nations to impose economic sanctions.

1998-11-08

Japan Golf Classic

1999-07-23

ANA Flight 61 is hijacked in Tokyo, Japan.

1999-08-09

The Diet of Japan enacts a law establishing the Hinomaru and Kimi Ga Yo as the official national flag and national anthem.

1999-09-30

Japan's worst nuclear accident at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tōkai-mura, northeast of Tokyo.

2001-03-19

The Bank of Japan issued a monetary policy known as quantitative easing, which stimulated the Japanese economy after the burst of the dot-com bubble.

2002-06-30

Brazil beats Germany 2-0 for soccer's 17th World Cup in South Korea & Japan

2003-09-25

A magnitude-8.0 earthquake strikes just offshore of Hokkaidō, Japan.

2004-10-23

A powerful earthquake and its aftershocks hit Niigata prefecture, northern Japan, killing 35 people, injuring 2,200, and leaving 85,000 homeless or evacuated.

2005-03-20

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits Fukuoka, Japan, its first major quake in over 100 years. One person is killed, hundreds are injured and evacuated.

2005-04-25

107 die in Amagasaki rail crash in Japan.

2006-07-04

North Korea tests four short-range missiles, one medium-range missile, and a long-range Taepodong-2. The long-range Taepodong-2 reportedly fails in mid-air over the Sea of Japan/East Sea.

2007-01-21

Awashima Marine Park in Japan catches a video tape of the rare frilled shark.

2007-02-23

Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea.

2007-07-16

An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 and aftershock of 6.6 occurs off the Niigata coast, Japan, killing 8 people with at least 800 injured and damaging a nuclear power plant. See 2007 Chūetsu offshore earthquake.

2007-09-12

Shinzo Abe announces his intention to resign as Prime Minister of Japan.

2007-09-26

Shinzo Abe formally ends his term as Prime Minister of Japan.

2008-04-20

Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race.

2008-11-17

Japan, the world's second-biggest economy, slides into its first recession in seven years

2009-01-13

Global shipping experiences a drop in trade, as exports from South Korea dropping an annualised 30%, with Taiwan and Japan experiencing a 42% and 27% drop respectively

2009-04-05

North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 rocket. The satellite passed over mainland Japan, which prompted an immediate reaction from the United Nations Security Council, as well as participating states of Six-party talks

2011-03-11

An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 130 km (80 miles) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people. This event also triggered the second largest nuclear accident in history, and one of only two events to be classified as a Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.

2011-03-12

A reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant melts and explodes and releases radioactivity into the atmosphere a day after Japan's earthquake.

2012-05-05

Japan shuts down its nuclear reactors leaving the country without nuclear power for the first time since 1970

2012-06-04

Japan's stock market plummets to record lows with the S&P/TOPIX 150 reaching its lowest level since 1983

2012-08-31

Apple loses its patent dispute with Samsung in Tokyo, Japan

2012-09-11

Japan nationalizes three of the disputed Senkaku Islands

2012-09-15

Japan announces that it will phase out nuclear energy by the 2030s

2012-09-17

United States and Japanese government officials agree to put a second missile defence system in Japan

2012-09-24

Books by Japanese authors or about Japan are suspended by Chinese bookstores

2012-09-25

50 Taiwanese ships clash with the Japan Coast Guard in waters off the Senkaku Islands

2012-09-27

UN publicly releases documents from China and Japan detailing their contesting claims for the Senkoku Islands

2012-12-02

9 people are killed after 30 cars are trapped in Sasago Tunnel, Japan

2012-12-10

Japan is again in recession as the GDP figures for the second quarter of 2012 are revised to show a contraction of 0.03% and the third quarter figures fall by a further 0.9%

2012-12-13

Japan scrambles fighter jets in response to a Chinese plane in the Senkaku Islands dispute

2012-12-17

Jiroemon Kimura of Japan becomes the world's oldest verified man at 116 years old

2013-01-17

Japan unveils plans to build the world's largest wind farm near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

2013-01-22

The Bank of Japan doubles its inflation target to 2% and announces open-ended asset purchases for 2014 in the hope of ending deflation

2013-02-02

Shinzō Abe, Japan's Prime Minister, vows to defend the Senkaku Islands "at all costs"

2013-02-14

Japan remains in recession as the economy shrinks by a further 0.1%

2013-04-01

The world's first smelling TV screen is unveiled in Japan

2013-04-05

Japan's Nikkei 225 reaches its highest level in five years

2013-04-10

Japan and Taiwan sign an agreement on fishing rights around the Senkaku Islands

2013-05-25

 Yuichiro Miura of Japan becomes the oldest person to climb Mount Everest at 80

2013-09-15

Japan switches off its last working nuclear reactor

2013-10-11

10 people are killed and a hospital fire in Fukuoka prefecture, Japan

2013-10-16

18 people are killed after Typhoon Wipha strikes Japan

2014-01-09

5 people are killed in a Mitsubishi Materials chemical plant, Yokkaichi, Japan

2014-09-27

57 people are killed after Mount Ontake erupts in Japan

2014-10-30

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks win the 2014 Japan Series

2014-11-11

The leaders of China and Japan meet for formal talks after more than two years of severe tension over a territorial dispute

2014-11-23

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake strikes central Japan

2015-04-21

Japan's maglev train sets world record: 603 kph

2015-11-13

7.0 quake strikes off shores of Japan

2015-11-30

Ghostly ships filled with dead bodies arrive on Japan's shores

2015-12-28

South Korea and Japan reach deal on 'comfort women'

2016-01-29

Bank of Japan introduces negative interest rates

2016-02-09

Japan's Parliament Condemns North Korea Rocket Launch

2016-04-15

Strong quake in Japan kills at least nine, nuclear plants safe

2016-04-19

Japan quake survivors struggle with shortages, search for missing goes on

2016-04-20

Aftershocks bring misery for Japan quake survivors; death toll to 47

2016-06-01

North Korea's missile and nuclear projects unacceptable, Japan envoy says

2016-06-03

Boy abandoned in Japan for being naughty found alive, unharmed

2016-07-22

Pokemon GO launches in Japan, bringing global smash-hit game home

2016-07-26

Japan Sagamihara knife attack: At least 19 dead, reports say

2016-08-07

Japan protests over China's radar unit near disputed waters

2016-08-09

Japan's Emperor Akihito hints he will abdicate

2016-08-24

Japan, China, South Korea agree to urge North Korea to stop provocation

2016-08-24

North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

2016-11-12

Japan and India sign civil nuclear agreement

2016-11-22

Quake Off Fukushima, Japan, Triggers Tsunami Alerts

2016-12-27

Japan PM Shinzo Abe in Hawaii for landmark Pearl Harbor visit

2016-12-28

Japan's Abe offers condolences at Pearl Harbor for victims of war

2017-01-24

Japan trade minister says will keep stressing importance of TPP to US

2017-01-27

Japan PM says it's not so easy to change Trump's mind on TPP

2017-02-10

Japan PM Shinzo Abe arrives in US for Trump talks

2017-02-12

Trump says US behind Japan '100 percent' after North Korea missile launch

2017-03-06

Japan says North Korean missiles landed as close as 300 km to Japan coast

2017-03-22

USA beats Japan, reaches World Baseball Classic final for the first time

2017-04-01

Japan's Annual Antarctic Expedition Returns With 333 Whale Carcasses

2017-04-05

North Korea launches missile into Sea of Japan

2017-04-18

Pence reassures Japan of US resolve against North Korea

2017-04-24

Japan's Nikkei hits near 3-week high on French vote relief, Sony climbs

2017-05-14

N.Korean missile landed in Sea of Japan after flying 30 min -Japan's Suga

2017-06-17

7 sailors missing, 2 injured after Navy destroyer collides with container ship off coast of Japan

2017-07-07

Japan, South Korea, US demand greater Chinese effort on N.Korea

2017-08-29

North Korea fires missile over Japan in aggressive test

2017-09-14

North Korea threatens to 'sink' Japan, reduce US to 'ashes and darkness'

2017-09-15

N.Korea fires another missile over Japan, deepening regional tensions

2017-10-23

Japan's Abe to push pacifist constitution reform after strong election win

2018-03-09

China, Japan, South Korea bristle over US steel, aluminum tariffs

2018-06-14

US, South Korea, Japan vow to work on North Korean denuclearisation

2018-06-18

Magnitude 6.1 quake in Japan's Osaka area kills three, stops factories

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Japan - Notable Birthdays

Akira KurosawaMar 23, 1910

Joan FontaineOct 22, 1917

Yoko OnoFeb 18, 1933

Japan - Birthdays
Date Event
786-09-07

Emperor Saga, 52nd Emperor of Japan (d. 842)

867-05-05

Uda, Emperor of Japan (d. 931)

885-01-18

Daigo, Emperor of Japan (d. 930)

926-06-02

Murakami, Emperor of Japan (d. 967)

976-02-05

Sanjō, Emperor of Japan (d. 1017)

1008-10-12

Emperor Go-Ichijō of Japan (d. 1036)

1009-12-14

Emperor Go-Suzaku of Japan (d. 1045)

1025-08-28

Emperor Go-Reizei of Japan (d. 1068)

1034-09-03

Emperor Go-Sanjō of Japan (d. 1073)

1053-07-07

Emperor Shirakawa of Japan (d. 1129)

1079-08-08

Emperor Horikawa of Japan (d. 1107)

1103-02-24

Emperor Toba of Japan (d. 1156)

1119-07-07

Emperor Sutoku of Japan (d. 1164)

1127-10-18

Emperor Go-Shirakawa of Japan (d. 1192)

1139-06-16

Emperor Konoe of Japan (d. 1155)

1143-07-31

Emperor Nijo of Japan (d. 1165)

1161-09-23

Emperor Takakura of Japan (d. 1181)

1164-12-28

Emperor Rokujō of Japan (d. 1176)

1178-12-22

Emperor Antoku of Japan (d. 1185)

1180-08-06

Emperor Go-Toba of Japan (d. 1239)

1196-01-03

Emperor Tsuchimikado of Japan (d. 1231)

1197-10-22

Emperor Juntoku of Japan (d. 1242)

1200-01-19

Dogen Kigen, Japan, Zen teacher, 1st patriarch of the Japanese Soto

1212-03-22

Emperor Go-Horikawa of Japan (d. 1235)

1218-10-30

Emperor Chukyo of Japan (d. 1234)

1220-04-01

Emperor Go-Saga of Japan (d. 1272)

1222-02-16

Nichiren, Japan, Buddhist priest/saint

1231-03-17

Emperor Shijō of Japan (d. 1242)

1265-05-10

Emperor Fushimi of Japan (d. 1317)

1267-12-17

Emperor Go-Uda of Japan (d. 1324)

1285-03-09

Emperor Go-Nijō of Japan (d. 1318)

1288-04-05

Emperor Go-Fushimi of Japan (d. 1336)

1288-11-26

Emperor Go-Daigo of Japan (d. 1339)

1297-08-14

Emperor Hanazono, Emperor of Japan (d. 1348)

1313-08-01

Emperor Kogon of Japan (Ashikaga Pretenders)

1322-01-11

Emperor Komyo of Japan (d. 1380)

1327-11-20

Bassui Tokusho, Zen founder (Kogakuji monastery in Nakamura Japan)

1336-04-14

Emperor Go-Kōgon of Japan (d. 1374)

1359-01-11

Emperor Go-En'yu of Japan (d. 1393)

1377-08-01

Emperor Go-Komatsu of Japan, 100th emperor of Japan

1419-07-10

Emperor Go-Hanazono of Japan (d. 1471)

1442-07-03

Emperor Go-Tsuchimikado of Japan (d. 1500)

1464-11-19

Emperor Go-Kashiwabara of Japan (d. 1526)

1476-08-29

Kano Motonobu, Kyoto Japan, co-founder (Kano school of painting)

1497-01-26

Emperor Go-Nara of Japan (d. 1557)

1506-04-07

Francis Xavier, saint/Jesuit missionary to India, Malaya, & Japan

1517-06-18

Emperor Ogimachi of Japan (d. 1593)

1542-12-26

Tokugawa Ieyasu, unifier of Japan and first Tokugawa Shogun (d. 1616)

1543-01-31

Tokugawa Ieyasu, Shogun of Japan (d. 1616)

1567-09-05

Date Masamune, Renowned Samurai and Daimyo in Japan (d. 1636)

1572-12-31

Emperor Go-Yozei of Japan, (d. 1617)

1596-06-29

Emperor Go-Mizunoo of Japan (d. 1680)

1633-04-20

Emperor Go-Komyo of Japan (d. 1654)

1637-02-06

Toyotomi Hideyoshi, unified Japan

1638-01-01

Emperor Go-Sai of Japan (d. 1685)

1654-07-09

Emperor Reigen of Japan (d. 1732)

1675-10-21

Emperor Higashiyama of Japan (d. 1710)

1686-01-19

Hakuin Ekakuborn, Japan, Zen Buddhist

1702-01-14

Nakamikado Emperor of Japan (d. 1737)

1720-02-08

Emperor Sakuramachi of Japan (d. 1750)

1740-09-23

Empress Go-Sakuramachi of Japan (d. 1813)

1741-04-14

Emperor Momozono of Japan (d. 1762)

1771-09-23

Emperor Kokaku of Japan (d. 1840)

1794-04-10

Matthew Calbraith Perry, Commodore, opened Japan

1800-03-16

Emperor Ninko of Japan (d. 1846)

1804-10-03

Townsend Harris, 1st Western consul to reside in Japan

1837-10-28

Tokugawa Yoshinobu, Japan's last shogun (d. 1913)

1840-10-16

Kuroda Kiyotaka, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1900)

1848-01-04

Katsura Taro, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1913)

1852-11-03

Mutsuhito, 122nd emperor of Japan (1867-1912)

1867-09-28

Hiranuma Kiichirō, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1952)

1867-10-14

Masaoka Shiki, Japan, haiku & tanka poet/diarist (Salt Water Ballads)

1867-12-24

Kantaro Suzuki, 42nd Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1948)

1870-10-18

D T Suzuki, Kanazawa Japan, Zen Buddhist scholar

1872-08-11

Shidehara Kijuro, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1951)

1878-11-23

Ernest J. King, Target: Japan

1878-12-07

Akiko Yosano, Japan, poet (Tangled Hair)

1879-08-31

Joshihito, emperor of Japan (1912-26)

1883-02-20

Shiga Naoya, Japan, novelist (Road Through Dark Night)

1886-07-24

Junichiro Tanizaki, Japan, writer (Snow Dusting)

1886-09-21

Teiichi Igarashi, Japan, climed Mt Fuji at age 99

1886-11-27

Tsuguharu Fujita, Glimpses of New Japan: Picturesque Nippon

1887-12-03

Naruhiko, Prince Higashikuni of Japan (d. 1990)

1888-07-10

Toyohiko Kagawa, Kobe, Japan, Christian social reformer

1888-07-12

Tojohiko Kagawa, Japan, Christian-social reformer (Grain of Wheat)

1889-03-08

Rosario Bourdon, Cherry Blossom Time in Japan

1890-06-10

Sessue Hayakawa, Japan, actor (Bridge on River Kwai, Hell to Eternity)

1892-03-01

Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Japan, writer (Rashomon in Kappa)

1894-12-19

Yoshida Isoya, Tokyo Japan, architect (modern sukiya style)

1896-11-13

Nobusuke Kishi, premier of Japan (1957-60)

1899-06-11

Yasonari Kawabata, Japan, novelist (Thousand Cranes)

1899-12-03

Ikeda Hayato, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1965)

1901-03-17

Eisaku Sato, premier of Japan (Nobel 1974)

1901-04-29

Hirohito, Emperor of Japan (1926-89)

1903-03-06

Empress Kōjun of Japan (d. 2000)

1905-01-01

Kamatari Fujiwara, Tokyo, Japan, actor (d. 1985)

1905-01-14

Takeo Fukuda, 67th Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1995)

1905-03-30

Mikio Oda, Japan, triple jumper (Olympic-gold-1928)

1906-11-17

Soichiro Honda, Japan, founder/CEO (Honda Motor Co)

1907-01-23

Hediki Yukawa, Japan, physicist (Nobel 1949)

1908-01-01

Kinue Hitoma, Japan, 800m runner (Oly-silver-1928)

1909-06-19

Osamu Dazai, Japan, novelist (Tsugaru, No Longer Human)

1910-03-12

Masayoshi Ohira, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1980)

1910-03-23

Akira Kurosawa, Tokyo Japan, director (7 Samurai, Living)

1911-01-11

Zenko Suzuki, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 2004)

1912-12-19

Harlow Russ, Enola Gay and the Atomic Bombing of Japan

1913-04-12

Keiko Fukuda, Tokyo, Japan, martial artist, (d. 2013)

1914-08-11

Eugene Grennan, Enola Gay and the Atomic Bombing of Japan

1914-11-29

Taisen Deshimaru, Saga City Japan, found several Zen centers in France

1915-11-20

Kon Ichikawa, Japan, director (Matatabi, Money Talks)

1916-07-01

Olivia de Havilland, Tokyo Japan, actress (Adventures of Robin Hood)

1917-10-09

Kusuo Kitamura, Japan, 1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1932)

1917-10-22

Joan Fontaine, Tokyo, Japan, British-American actress (Gunga Din, Ivanhoe, Rebecca), (d. 2013)

1918-01-18

Fred Bock, Enola Gay and the Atomic Bombing of Japan

1918-05-27

Yasuhiro Nakasone, premier of Japan (1982-87)

1919-06-05

Akeo Watanabe, Tokyo Japan, conductor (Nippon Phil Orch 1956-68)

1919-09-29

Masao Takemoto, Japan, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1960)

1919-10-08

Kiichi Miyazawa, premier Japan (1991-93)

1920-08-02

Jacob Bontakoe, Enola Gay and the Atomic Bombing of Japan

1921-01-16

Fred Olivi, Enola Gay and the Atomic Bombing of Japan

1921-01-26

Akio Morita, Kasugaya Japan, CEO (Sony)

1921-06-28

George Abel, X Day: The Invasion of Japan

1921-10-19

Ray Gallagher, Enola Gay and the Atomic Bombing of Japan

1922-08-05

Victor Toyota, The Bad News Bears Go to Japan

1922-08-20

Akutsu Tetsuzo, Japan, Japanese surgeon who built the first artificial heart

1923-03-27

Shūsaku Endō, Tokyo Japan, writer ("Silence")

1923-12-21

Yangi Kitadani, The Bad News Bears Go to Japan

1924-03-07

Kobo Abe, Tokyo Japan, playwright (Woman, the Dunes)

1924-03-25

Machiko Kyo, Osaka Japan, actor (Gate of Hell, Rashomon, Ugetsu)

1925-01-14

Yukio Mishima, Japan, novelist (Temple of Golden Pavilion)

1925-02-10

Daniel Vece Jr., X Day: The Invasion of Japan

1925-03-12

Leo Esaki, [Esaki Reona], Japan, physicist (Tunnel effect-Nobel 1973)

1927-11-07

Hiroshi Yamauchi, Kyoto Japan, owner (Seattle Mariners)

1928-01-19

Dainin Katagiri, Osaka Japan, Zen teacher, associate of Shunryu Suzuki

1928-05-16

Hiroshi Nakajima, Chiba, Japan, doctor (WHO Director-General, 1988-98), (d. 2013)

1929-02-20

Toshiro Mayuzumi, Yokohama Japan, composer (Sphenogramme)

1930-10-08

Toru Takemitsu, Tokyo Japan, composer (Ki No Kyoko)

1931-01-02

Toshiki Kaifu, premier of Japan (1989-91)

1931-02-16

Ken Takakura, [Goichi Oda], Kita Japan, actor (Story of Antarctic)

1931-05-20

Chiharu Igaya, Japan, slalom (Olympic-silver-1956)

1931-07-26

Takashi Ono, Japan, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1956, 60)

1932-03-31

Nagisa Oshima, Kyoto Japan, director (Town of Love & Hope), (d. 2013)

1933-02-18

Yoko Ono Lennon, [Mrs John Lennon], Tokyo Japan, singer and artist

1933-12-23

Akihito, emperor of Japan (1989- )

1934-10-20

Michiko, empress of Japan

1936-01-08

Akemi Ohmori, Japan's Tragedy

1938-07-12

Eiko Ishioka, Tokyo, Japan, Costume Designer (Academy Award, Bram Stoker's Dracula), (d. 2012)

1938-12-16

Liv Ullmann, Tokyo, Japan, Norwegian actress and director (The Emigrants, Persona)

1939-09-22

Junko Tabei, Japan, mountain-climber and 1st woman to climb Mount Everest

1939-11-24

Yoshinobu Miyake, Japan, featherweight (Olympic-gold-1964, 68)

1940-05-20

Sadaharu Oh, of Yomiuri Giants (Japan), hit 868 career HR

1940-08-20

Larry I. Bland, Japan: The Invasion That Never Was

1940-10-21

Osamu Watanabe, Japan, featherweight (Olympic-gold-1964)

1941-07-09

Takehide Nakatani, Japan, lightweight (Olympic-gold-1964)

1942-06-22

Toyohiro Akiyama, Japan, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-11)

1942-08-31

Isao Aoki, Abiko Chiba Japan, PGA golfer (1983 Hawaiian Open)

1943-08-17

Yukio Kasaya, Japan, 70m ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1972)

1943-11-20

Antonio Inoki, The Bad News Bears Go to Japan

1944-01-20

Isao Okano, Japan, middleweight judo (Olympic-gold-1964)

1946-10-11

Sawao Kato, Japan, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1968, 72, 76)

1947-01-18

Takeshi Kitano, Tokyo, Japan, actor (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi, Fireworks)

1948-01-28

Mamoru Mohri, Yoichi-machi Hokkaido Japan, astronaut (STS 47)

1950-01-03

Victoria Principal, Fukuoka Japan, actress (Earthquake, Pamela-Dallas)

1950-02-04

Pamela Franklin, Tokyo Japan, actress (Satan's School for Girls)

1950-09-27

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Japan, actor (Lt A J Shimamura-Nash Bridges)

1951-04-02

Ayako Okamoto, Hiroshima Japan, LPGA golfer (1990 Sara Lee)

1951-12-03

Riki Chosyu, [Mitsuo Yoshida], wrestler (NJPW/All-Japan)

1951-12-28

Ian Buruma, Anglo-Dutch scholar and writer on Japan and the Far East.

1952-05-06

Chiaki Naito-Mukai, Tatebayashi Japan, astronaut (STS 65, sk:95)

1953-01-31

Hidemi Aoki, Seven Nights in Japan

1953-05-17

Yoko Shimada, Kumamota Japan, author (Kir Royal)/actress (Shogun)

1953-06-21

Robyn Douglass, Sendai Japan, actress (Lonely Guy, Romantic Comedy)

1954-09-18

Takao Doi, Tokyo Japan, astronaut (STS 87)

1954-12-29

Prince Takamado of Japan (d. 2002)

1954-9-10

Debra Rigas, Japan

1956-01-05

Chen Kenichi, Japan Cup 2002: King Crab (Tarabagani), Ingii Chicken

1956-02-05

Mao Daichi, Japan Sinks

1956-05-18

Joe [Naomichi] Ozaki, Tekushima Japan, golfer (1995 Phoenix Open-8th)

1956-05-31

Yoshiko Sakakibara, Chiba Japan, actress (Sailor Moon, Vampire Hunter)

1956-08-25

Takeshi Okada, Group E: Netherlands vs Japan

1956-11-11

Michele Gray, Todd Rundgren: Live in Japan

1958-02-23

David Sylvian, vocal/guitar (Sylvian Sylvian, Japan-Adolescent Sex)

1958-03-21

José Luis Castaño, Madre in Japan

1958-06-06

Elaine Crosby, Birmingham MI, LPGA golfer (1989 Mazda Japan Classic)

1958-08-27

Yoshinori Mizumaki, Tokyo Japan, PGA golfer (1994 Byron Nelson-2nd)

1958-11-20

Hatsune Ishihara, The Bad News Bears Go to Japan

1960-02-23

Naruhito, crown prince of Japan

1960-02-24

Nobuyuki Isshiki, Made in Japan

1961-05-25

Hiro Saito, wrestler (All-Japan/NJPW/Calgary)

1962-02-28

Steve Tsujiura, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)

1962-06-10

Akie Abe, current First Lady of Japan

1963-01-08

Hiromi Kobayashi, Fukushima Japan, LPGA golfer (1993 JAL Big Apple)

1963-08-01

Koichi Wakata, Omiya Saitama Japan, astronaut (STS 72, sk: 92)

1963-08-22

Thomas Ansberry, Okinawa Japan, US 10K runner

1963-12-09

Masako, Crown Princess of Japan

1964-02-01

Jeffrey Louis Starr, The Bad News Bears Go to Japan

1964-09-03

Toshiyuki Sakai, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)

1964-10-18

Etsuko Inoue, Japan, tennis star

1965-01-09

Atsuo Kudo, hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998)

1965-04-15

Soichi Noguchi, Yokohama Japan, astronaut

1965-07-18

Yugi Iga, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)

1965-08-12

Dr. Wagner Jr., New Japan Pro-Wrestling 30th Anniversary 1997-1999

1965-10-10

Toshi, Japanese singer (X Japan)

1965-11-18

Matt Kabayama, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)

1965-11-20

Yoshiki Hayashi, Japanese musician (X Japan)

1965-11-30

Prince Akishino of Japan

1965-12-16

Brent Franklin, Barrie Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Japan Open-2nd)

1966-06-04

Philip Ettington, Japan

1967-03-25

Takayuki Miura, hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998)

1967-07-20

Akihito Sugisawa, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)

1967-11-06

Shuzo Matsuoka, Tokyo Japan, tennis star (1995 USTA/Binghampton)

1968-01-22

Heath, Japanese bass guitarist (X Japan)

1968-02-13

Victor Lucas, Gamers Heart Japan

1968-05-14

Hiroshi Matsuura, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)

1968-07-14

Kazushi Sakuraba, UFC: Ultimate Japan 1

1968-08-21

Shinichi Iwasaki, hockey goaltender (Team Japan 1998)

1968-08-31

Hideo Nomo, Osaka Japan, pitcher (LA Dodgers)

1969-04-18

Princess Sayako of Japan

1969-04-20

Takayuki Kobori, hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998)

1969-08-13

Midori Ito, Tokyo Japan, ice skater (Oly-silver-92)

1969-10-22

Cuty [Yumi] Suzuki, Kawaguchi Japan, wrestler (Japan)

1969-10-30

Mayumi Hirase, Kumamoto Japan, LPGA golfer (Japan Jr-1985, 86, 87)

1969-11-17

Takako Inque, Toride Japan, wrestler (Japan)

1970-07-18

Dusty Imoo, hockey goaltender (Team Japan 1998)

1970-09-28

Kimiko Date, Kyoto Japan, tennis star (1996 Japan Open)

1971-01-30

Takeshi Yamanaka, hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998)

1971-02-06

Mana Endo, Hiroshima Japan, tennis star (1996 3rd round Aust Open)

1971-03-09

Jiro Nihei, hockey goaltender (Team Japan 1998)

1971-08-25

Makoto Kawahira, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)

1971-10-15

Niko Kovac, World Cup Korea/Japan

1971-11-22

Yone Kamio, Yokohama Japan, tennis star (1995 semi-finalist Hobart)

1971-12-06

Rika Hiraki, Beirut Lebanon, tennis star (1992 Japan doubles)

1972-03-11

Ua, Big Man Japan

1972-03-23

Ryan Kuwabara, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)

1972-03-26

Naoko Kijimuta, Yokohama Kanagawa Japan, tennis star (1996 Jakarta)

1972-04-11

Kunihiko Sakurai, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)

1972-06-28

Ryan Fujita, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)

1972-10-11

Kyoko Ina, Tokyo Japan, figure skater (1993 North Atlantic Sr champ)

1972-9-16

Daisuke Miyagawa, Big Man Japan

1973-01-26

Tatsuki Katayama, hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998)

1973-03-23

Naoko Sawamatsu, Nishinomiya Japan, tennis star (1994 Singapore)

1973-04-05

Yutaka Kawaguchi, hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998)

1973-05-08

Jesús Arellano, World Cup Korea/Japan

1973-07-12

Christian Vieri, World Cup Korea/Japan

1973-07-25

Yoichi Doi, Group F: Japan vs Brazil

1973-08-14

Jared Borgetti, World Cup Korea/Japan

1973-12-27

Bill Clay, Yokosuka Japan, US sprint cyclist (Olympics-96)

1973-12-31

Hiroyuki Miura, hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998)

1974-02-22

Kyoko Nagatsuka, Shizuoka Prefecture Japan, tennis star (1996 Hobart)

1974-03-30

Tomislav Butina, Group F: Croatia vs Japan

1974-04-06

Robert Kovac, World Cup Korea/Japan

1974-05-09

Shin Yahata, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)

1974-11-05

Dado Prso, Group F: Croatia vs Japan

1975-01-30

Juninho Pernambucano, Group F: Japan vs Brazil

1975-03-29

Christopher Yule, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)

1975-07-05

Ai Sugiyama, Tokyo Japan, tennis star

1975-07-23

Mario Tokic, Group F: Croatia vs Japan

1975-08-15

Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi, Japan vs. Turkey

1975-09-15

Tsutsumi Otomo, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)

1975-10-10

Ramón Morales, World Cup Korea/Japan

1975-11-12

Dario Simic, World Cup Korea/Japan

1976-01-27

Jung Hwan Ahn, World Cup Korea/Japan

1976-03-06

Stjepan Tomas, Group F: Croatia vs Japan

1976-04-15

Seigo Narazaki, Japan vs. Turkey

1976-9-01

Takashi Fukunishi, Japan vs. Turkey

1977-02-07

Tsuneyasu Miyamoto, Japan vs. Turkey

1977-05-18

Li Tie, World Cup Korea/Japan

1977-05-26

Luca Toni, World Cup Korea/Japan

1977-05-27

Atsushi Yanagisawa, Japan vs. Turkey

1977-12-27

Fatih Akyel, Japan vs. Turkey

1977-9-30

Jihai Sun, World Cup Korea/Japan

1978-01-28

Pape Bouba Diop, World Cup Korea/Japan

1978-02-07

Ivan Leko, World Cup Korea/Japan

1978-02-18

Josip Simunic, World Cup Korea/Japan

1978-02-25

Yuji Nakazawa, Group E: Netherlands vs Japan

1978-06-24

Shunsuke Nakamura, Group E: Netherlands vs Japan

1978-07-21

Kyoko Iwosoki, Japan, 100m breaststroke swimmer (Oly-gold-92, 96)

1978-10-15

Bosko Balaban, Group F: Croatia vs Japan

1978-9-13

Lior Shamriz, Japan Japan

1979-01-08

Stipe Pletikosa, World Cup Korea/Japan

1979-01-15

Anthony Seric, Group F: Croatia vs Japan

1979-04-05

Mitsuo Ogasawara, Japan vs. Turkey

1979-04-29

Kevin Major, Big in Japan

1979-06-04

Naohiro Takahara, Group F: Japan vs Brazil

1979-08-28

Josh Bishop, Made in Japan

1979-9-16

Keisuke Tsuboi, Group F: Japan vs Brazil

1979-9-18

Junichi Inamoto, Japan vs. Turkey

1980-01-13

Akira Kaji, Group F: Japan vs Brazil

1980-01-28

Yasuhito Endo, Group C: Ivory Coast vs Japan

1980-01-29

Ivan Klasnic, World Cup Korea/Japan

1980-01-31

Jurica Vranjes, Group F: Croatia vs Japan

1980-04-09

Jerko Leko, World Cup Korea/Japan

1980-04-11

Keiji Tamada, Group E: Netherlands vs Japan

1980-05-04

Masashi Oguro, Group F: Japan vs Brazil

1980-05-06

Kasumi Takahashi, Tokyo Japan, Australian rhythmic gymnast (Oly-96)

1980-08-07

Seiichiro Maki, Group F: Japan vs Brazil

1980-10-31

Kengo Nakamura, Round of 16: Paraguay vs Japan

1981-04-24

Marcus Tulio Tanaka, Group E: Netherlands vs Japan

1981-05-11

Daisuke Matsui, Group E: Netherlands vs Japan

1981-9-06

Yuki Abe, Group E: Netherlands vs Japan

1981-9-08

Teruyuki Moniwa, Group F: Japan vs Brazil

1982-01-30

Daiki Iwamasa, Round of 16: Paraguay vs Japan

1982-02-08

Akiko Chûbachi, 2007 Miss Universe Japan

1982-05-01

Darijo Srna, World Cup Korea/Japan

1982-05-22

Apolo Ohno, Unite for Japan

1982-06-09

Yoshito Okubo, Group C: Ivory Coast vs Japan

1983-01-25

Yasuyuki Konno, Japan - Greece

1983-03-20

Eiji Kawashima, Group C: Ivory Coast vs Japan

1984-01-18

Makoto Hasebe, Group C: Ivory Coast vs Japan

1984-04-05

Kisho Yano, Round of 16: Paraguay vs Japan

1985-01-31

Kalomoira Sarantis, Big in Japan

1985-03-02

Rei Hamada, 2007 Miss Universe Japan

1986-04-16

Shinji Okazaki, Group C: Ivory Coast vs Japan

1986-06-13

Keisuke Honda, Group C: Ivory Coast vs Japan

1986-12-24

Riyo Mori, Miss Universe 2007 from Japan

1986-9-12

Yuto Nagatomo, Group C: Ivory Coast vs Japan

1988-03-27

Atsuto Uchida, Group C: Ivory Coast vs Japan

1988-06-27

Evan Burton Martin, 3.11: Surviving Japan

1989-08-07

Maddy Tyers, Not Made in Japan

1991-10-23

Princess Mako of Akishino of Japan

1994-08-04

Mayuko Fukuda, Japan Sinks

1994-12-29

Princess Kako of Akishino of Japan

2001-12-01

Aiko, Princess Toshi of Japan

2006-09-06

Prince Hisahito of Akishino, Japan Imperial Family member

Japan - Notable Weddings

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Japan - Weddings
Date Event
1959-04-10

Japan's Crown Prince Akihito marries commoner Michiko Shoda

2005-11-15

Emperor Akihito's daughter Princess Sayako (36) weds Yoshiki Kuroda (40) at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan

2006-01-22

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley (37) weds American guitarist and producer Michael Lockwood (44) at Kyoto, Japan

2007-02-17

Japanese actress Noria Fujiwara weds comedian Tomonori at Jinnai Ikuta Shrine in Kobe, Japan

Japan - Deaths
Date Event
479-08-07

Emperor Yūryaku of Japan

535-12-17

Emperor Ankan of Japan (b. 466)

585-09-14

Emperor Bidatsu of Japan (b. 538)

641-11-17

Emperor Jomei of Japan (b. 593)

654-11-24

Emperor Kōtoku of Japan (b. 596)

703-01-13

Empress Jitō of Japan (b. 645)

721-12-29

Empress Gemmei of Japan (b. 661)

748-05-22

Empress Genshō of Japan (b. 680)

756-05-02

Emperor Shōmu, Emperor of Japan (b. 701)

930-10-23

Daigo, Emperor of Japan (b. 885)

931-07-19

Uda, Emperor of Japan (b. 867)

967-05-25

Murakami, Emperor of Japan (b. 926)

1017-06-05

Emperor Sanjō of Japan (b. 976)

1036-05-15

Emperor Go-Ichijō of Japan (b. 1008)

1045-02-07

Emperor Go-Suzaku of Japan (b. 1009)

1068-05-22

Emperor Go-Reizei of Japan (b. 1025)

1073-06-15

Emperor Go-Sanjō of Japan (b. 1034)

1074-03-31

Regency Yorimichi Fujiwara of Japan (b. 992)

1107-08-09

Emperor Horikawa of Japan (b. 1079)

1129-07-07

Shirakawa, emperor of Japan (1072-86)/budhist monk, dies at 76

1155-08-22

Konoe, Emperor of Japan (b. 1139)

1156-07-20

Emperor Toba of Japan (b. 1103)

1164-09-14

Emperor Sutoku of Japan (b. 1119)

1165-09-05

Emperor Nijo of Japan (b. 1143)

1176-08-23

Emperor Rokujo of Japan (b. 1164)

1181-01-30

Emperor Takakura of Japan (b. 1161)

1185-04-24

Antoku Taira, emperor of Japan (1180-85), drowns

1192-04-26

Emperor Go-Shirakawa of Japan (b. 1127)

1231-11-06

Emperor Tsuchimikado of Japan (b. 1196)

1234-06-18

Emperor Chukyo of Japan (b. 1218)

1234-08-31

Emperor Go-Horikawa of Japan (b. 1212)

1239-03-28

Emperor Go-Toba of Japan (b. 1180)

1242-02-10

Emperor Shijō of Japan (b. 1231)

1262-11-28

Shinran, founder of Japan's True Pure Land Buddhist sect, dies

1272-03-17

Emperor Go-Saga of Japan (b. 1220)

1278-08-13

Daikaku, Zen teacher Rinzai line/head of Kenchoji, dies in Japan at 65

1304-08-17

Emperor Go-Fukakusa of Japan (b. 1243)

1305-10-04

Emperor Kameyama of Japan (b. 1249)

1308-09-10

Emperor Go-Nijō of Japan (b. 1285)

1317-10-08

Fushimi, Emperor of Japan (b. 1265)

1324-07-16

Emperor Go-Uda of Japan (b. 1267)

1336-05-17

Emperor Go-Fushimi of Japan (b. 1288)

1337-12-22

Daito Kokushi, leader of O-To-Kan Rinzai school in Japan, dies at 54

1339-09-19

Emperor Go-Daigo of Japan (b. 1288)

1348-12-02

Emperor Hanazono of Japan (b. 1297)

1351-09-30

Muso Soseki, Zen teacher/Rinzai line/head of Nanzenji, dies in Japan

1364-08-05

Emperor Kogon of Japan (b. 1313)

1368-03-29

Emperor Go-Murakami, Emperor of Japan (b. 1328)

1374-03-12

Emperor Go-Kogon of Japan (b. 1336)

1380-07-26

Emperor Komyo of Japan (b. 1322)

1382-12-31

Daigaku, Zen teacher/46th head of Engakuji, dies in Kamakura Japan

1393-06-06

Emperor Go-En'yu of Japan (b. 1359)

1394-08-27

Chokei, Emperor of Japan (b. 1343)

1424-05-10

Go-Kameyama, Emperor of Japan

1433-12-01

Emperor Go-Komatsu of Japan (b. 1377)

1471-01-18

Emperor Go-Hanazono of Japan (b. 1419)

1481-11-21

Ikkyu Sojun, Zen head of Daitokuji temple, dies in Kyoto, Japan at 87

1500-10-21

Emperor Go-Tsuchimikado of Japan (b. 1442)

1506-08-08

Sesshu Toyo, Zen monk/painter, dies in Yamaguchi Japan at 86

1526-05-19

Emperor Go-Kashiwabara of Japan (b. 1464)

1557-09-27

Emperor Go-Nara of Japan (b. 1497)

1593-02-06

Emperor Ogimachi of Japan (b. 1517)

1617-09-25

Emperor Go-Yozei of Japan (b. 1617)

1654-10-30

Emperor Go-Komyo of Japan (b. 1633)

1680-09-11

Emperor Go-Mizunoo of Japan (b. 1596)

1683-03-29

Yaoya Oshichi, a young girl burned at the stake for arson in 17th Century Japan (b. 1667)

1685-03-22

Emperor Go-Sai of Japan (b. 1638)

1696-12-04

Empress Meishō, Japan (b. 1624)

1710-01-16

Emperor Higashiyama of Japan (b. 1675)

1732-09-24

Emperor Reigen of Japan (b. 1654)

1737-05-10

Nakamikado Emperor of Japan (b. 1702)

1750-05-28

Emperor Sakuramachi of Japan (b. 1720)

1769-01-18

Hakuin Ekaku, Zen teacher (reformer of Rinzai school), dies in Japan

1813-12-24

Empress Go-Sakuramachi of Japan (b. 1740)

1840-12-11

Emperor Kokaku of Japan (b. 1771)

1846-02-21

Emperor Ninko of Japan (b. 1800)

1867-01-30

Emperor Kōmei of Japan (b. 1831)

1900-08-25

Kuroda Kiyotaka, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1840)

1909-10-26

Itō Horiboemi, Japanese samurai, statesman and four time Prime Minister of Japan, assassinated by a Korean nationalist aged 68

1912-02-16

St. Nikolai of Japan, Eastern Orthodox priest (b. 1836)

1912-07-30

Mutsuhito, 122nd emperor of Japan (1867-1912), dies at 60

1913-10-10

Katsura Taro, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1848)

1921-11-04

Takasji Hara, premier of Japan, murdered

1926-12-25

Yoshihito, 123rd Emperor of Japan (1912-26), dies at 47

1932-05-15

Ki Inukai, premier Japan (1931-32), murdered

1932-05-16

Ki Imukai, premier of Japan (1931-32), murdered

1946-06-26

Yosuke Matsuoka, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan (b. 1880)

1948-12-23

Hideki Tojo, Japan PM (1941-44), hanged for war crimes at 64

1949-05-22

James Forrestal, Target: Japan

1951-03-10

Kijūrō Shidehara, Prime minister of Japan (b. 1872)

1956-06-25

Ernest J. King, Target: Japan

1964-10-28

Reginald Horace Blyth, Zen teacher/scholar, dies in Japan at 66

1965-08-13

Ikeda Hayato, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1899)

1966-07-12

D T Suzuki, Zen Buddhism scholar, dies in Tokyo Japan at 96

1967-10-20

Yoshida Shigeru, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1878)

1975-06-02

Eisaku Sato, premier of Japan (1964-71 Nobel 1974), dies at 74

1981-04-13

Prince Asaka Yasuhiko of Japan (b. 1887)

1983-04-26

J.G. Smyth, Banzai! Japan: 1931-1942

1987-07-10

Victor Toyota, The Bad News Bears Go to Japan

1987-08-07

Nobusuke Kishi, premier of Japan (1957-60), dies at 90

1989-01-06

Hirohito, Japan`s emperor (1922-89), dies at 87 after 62-year reign

1989-08-15

Minoru Genda, Banzai! Japan: 1931-1942

1990-07-09

Brigitte D'Ortschy, Zen teacher Sanbo Kyodan line, dies in Japan at 69

1990-11-24

Nistani Keiji, philosopher, dies in Kyoto Japan

1991-05-14

Shintaro Abe, minister of Exterior of Japan (1982-86), dies

1991-06-03

Harry Glicken, volcanologist, killed by Mt Unzen Volcano in Japan

1993-12-15

Kakuei Tanaka, PM of Japan (1972-74), dies

1993-12-16

Kakuei Tanaka, premier of Japan (1972-74), dies at 75

1993-12-20

W Edwards Deming, US economist (helped Japan after WW II), dies at 93

1996-03-28

Shin Kanemaru, VP of Japan (1986-87), dies at 81

1998-06-12

Harlow Russ, Enola Gay and the Atomic Bombing of Japan

1999-05-02

Ray Gallagher, Enola Gay and the Atomic Bombing of Japan

2000-05-14

Obuchi Keizo, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1937)

2000-06-16

Empress Kōjun of Japan (b. 1903)

2000-08-25

Fred Bock, Enola Gay and the Atomic Bombing of Japan

2001-12-14

Eugene Grennan, Enola Gay and the Atomic Bombing of Japan

2004-04-08

Fred Olivi, Enola Gay and the Atomic Bombing of Japan

2004-05-21

Toshikazu Kase, Banzai! Japan: 1931-1942

2004-07-19

Zenko Suzuki, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1911)

2006-05-04

Yangi Kitadani, The Bad News Bears Go to Japan

2007-06-28

Kiichi Miyazawa, 78th Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1919)

2007-09-24

Jacob Bontakoe, Enola Gay and the Atomic Bombing of Japan

2007-11-27

Larry I. Bland, Japan: The Invasion That Never Was

2010-03-21

George Abel, X Day: The Invasion of Japan

2011-01-04

Mick Karn, Cypriot-born British musician (Japan) (b. 1958)

2011-04-16

Daniel Vece Jr., X Day: The Invasion of Japan

2016-10-27

The oldest member of Japan's imperial family, Prince Mikasa, dies aged 100

2018-04-23

Oldest person in the world, Nabi Tajima, dies aged 117 in Japan


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