Japanese History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 859

  • 1927-12-30 Japan dedicates 1st subway in Orient (route under 2 miles long)
  • 1928-04-19 Japanese troops occupies Sjantung-schiereiland
  • 1928-05-03 Japanese atrocities in Jinan, China.
  • 1928-06-04 President of the Republic of China Zhang Zuolin is assassinated by Japanese agents.
  • 1928-11-10 Hirohito's official coronation as Emperor of Japan
  • 1930-04-22 US, Britain & Japan sign London Naval Treaty
  • 1930-11-18 Sōka Kyōiku Gakkai, a Buddhist association later renamed Soka Gakkai, is founded by Japanese educators Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Josei Toda.
  • 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 To create a pretext for the invasion of Manchuria, China, a railway explosion is faked by the Japanese
  • 1931-09-19 Japanese troops conquer Mukden, South Manchuria
  • 1931-09-28 200,000 demonstrators demand declaration of war on Japan in Peking
  • 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"
  • 1931-12-09 Japanese army attacks Chinese province of Jehol
  • 1931-12-11 Japan leaves the Gold Standard
  • 1931-12-12 Japanese government of Imukai forms
  • 1932-01-28 Japanese forces attack Shanghai.
  • 1932-02-04 Japanese troops occupy Harbin, Manchuria
  • 1932-02-18 Japan declares Manchuria independent
  • 1932-02-18 Japan proclaims and names Manchukuo state in north east China
  • 1932-02-20 Japanese troops occupy Tunhua China
  • 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.
  • 1933-02-24 League of Nations tells Japanese to pull out of Manchuria
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1934-10-20 All-Star team led by Babe Ruth & Connie Mack sails to Hawaii & Japan

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

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1934-11-20 Eiji Sawamura, 17, gives up 1 hit, Lou Gehrig's HR, US beats Japan 1-0

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 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
  • 1935-06-09 Ho-Umezu Agreement: the Republic of China, under KMT administration, recognizes Japanese occupations in Northeast China.
  • 1935-12-08 The Japanese military police launches a violent suppression of the religious sect Oomoto, beginning with a crackdown on the sect's operational bases of Ayabe and Kameoka in Kyoto Prefecture and the arrest of its leader Onisaburo Deguchi.
  • 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.
  • 1936-06-28 The Japanese puppet state of Mengjiang is formed in northern China.
  • 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

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1936-12-12 Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek declares war on Japan

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • 1937-02-06 K Elizabeth Ohi becomes 1st Japanese-US female lawyer
  • 1937-06-01 Prince Konoye becomes Japanese premier
  • 1937-07-07 Japanese & Chinese troops clash at the Marco Polo Bridge, beginning of Second Sino-Japanese War
  • 1937-07-15 Japanese attack Marco Polo Bridge, invade China
  • 1937-07-29 Japanese troops occupies Peking & Tientsin
  • 1937-07-29 Tongzhou Incident: East Hopei Army mutinies against Japanese troops and civilians
  • 1937-08-13 Second Sino-Japanese War: Japanese forces begin the Battle of Shanghai, a conflict that will last 3 months and involve 1 million troops
  • 1937-08-14 China declares war on Japan
  • 1937-08-25 Japanese fleet blockades Chinese coast
  • 1937-11-09 Japanese army conquers Shanghai

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1937-12-01 Japan recognizes Franco government

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • 1937-12-12 Japanese aircraft shell & sink US gunboat Panay on Yangtze River in China. (Japan apologized & eventually paid US $2.2M in reparations)
  • 1937-12-14 Japanese troops conquer/plunder Nanjing
  • 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
  • 1938-10-21 Japanese troops occupies Canton
  • 1938-10-25 Japanese troops occupies Hankou & Wuhan
  • 1939-03-01 Japanese Imperial Army ammunition dump exploded at Hirakata, Osaka, Japan, killing 94.
  • 1939-03-17 Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945): The Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and the Japanese breaks out.
  • 1939-08-20 Russian offensive under General Zjoekov against Japanese invasion in Mongolia
  • 1939-08-30 Isoroku Yamamoto appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese fleet
  • 1939-08-31 Japanese invasion army driven out of Mongolia
  • 1939-12-12 Russ Indigirka capsizes in blizzard off Japanese coast; 750 die
  • 1940-04-22 Rear Adm Joseph Taussig testifies before US Senate Naval Affairs Committee that war with Japan is inevitable
  • 1940-09-26 Japanese troops attack French Indo-China
  • 1940-09-27 Nazi Germany, Italy & Japan sign 10 year formal alliance (Axis)
  • 1940-10-07 World War II: the McCollum memo proposes bringing the U.S. into the war in Europe by provoking the Japanese to attack the United States.
  • 1940-10-24 Japan eliminates US terms (strike, play ball) from baseball
  • 1941-01-27 Peruvian agent Rivera-Schreiber warns of Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor
  • 1941-01-28 French-Thai War: Final air battle of the conflict. Japanese-mediated armistice goes into effect later in the day.
  • 1941-04-13 Pact of neutrality between the USSR and Japan is signed.
  • 1941-06-05 World War II: At least 4,000 people who hid in a tunnel die after a Japanese air attack on the Chinese city of Chongqing

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1941-07-24 FDR demands Japanese troops out of Indo-China

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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1941-10-15 Hideki Tojo appointed Prime Minister of Imperial Japan

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo
  • 1941-10-27 Chicago Daily Tribune editorialize there will not be war with Japan
  • 1941-11-01 Japanese naval staff offiicers Suzuki & Maejima arrive at Pearl Harbor
  • 1941-11-05 Japanese naval staff officiers Suzuki and Maejima leave Pearl Harbor
  • 1941-11-06 Japanese fleet readies assault on Pearl Harbor
  • 1941-11-20 Adm Nomura & Kurusu hands over Japanese last diplomatic note
  • 1941-11-26 Japanese naval carrier force left its base & moves east toward Pearl Harbor
  • 1941-11-30 Japanese Emperor Hirohito consults with admirals Shimada & Nagano
  • 1941-12-01 Japanese emperor Hirohito signs declaration of war
  • 1941-12-02 US Naval Intelligence ceases bugging Japanese consul
  • 1941-12-02 Japanese Marshal Admiral Yamamoto sends his fleet to Pearl Harbor
  • 1941-12-06 Dutch & British pilots see Japanese invasion fleet at Singapore
  • 1941-12-07 Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack US fleet at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, killing 2,403 people
  • 1941-12-07 1st Japanese midget submarine (No. 20) attacked by a US ship (USS Ward)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 1,111

  • 1901-10-03 Masao Oki, Japanese composer (Symphony No.5 Atomic Bomb), born in Iwata, Shizuoka (d. 1971)
  • 1903-03-06 Empress Kōjun of Japan (d. 2000)
  • 1904-05-27 Chuhei Nambu, Japanese athlete (d. 1997)
  • 1905-01-01 Kamatari Fujiwara, actor (d. 1985), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 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)
  • 1909-10-20 Sugiyama Yasushi, Japanese painter (d. 1993)
  • 1909-12-21 Seicho Matsumoto, Japanese mystery writer and journalist (d. 1992)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1910-03-05 Momofuku Ando, Taiwanese-Japanese inventor of instant noodles and cup noodles, born in Wu Baifu, Chiayi County, Taiwan (d. 2007)

Inventor of Instant Noodles Momofuku Ando
Inventor of Instant Noodles
Momofuku Ando
  • 1910-03-12 Masayoshi Ohira, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1980)

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1910-03-23 Akira Kurosawa, director (7 Samurai, Ran), born in Tokyo Japan, (d. 1998)

Film director, screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film director, screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • 1911-01-11 Zenko Suzuki, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 2004)
  • 1911-02-26 Tarō Okamoto, Japanese avant-garde artist (d. 1996)
  • 1911-05-07 Ishiro Honda, Japanese film director (d. 1993)
  • 1911-09-01 Komei Abe, Japanese composer, born in Hiroshima (d. 2006)
  • 1911-11-17 Nobutaka Shikanai, Japans media CEO (Fujisankei Com Group)
  • 1911-12-09 Ryūzō Sejima, Japanese educator (d. 2007)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1912-04-15 Kim Il-sung, Founder, dictator and Supreme Leader of North-Korea (1948-94), born in Mangyongdae, Japanese Korea (d. 1994)

North Korean founder and dictator Kim Il-sung
North Korean founder and dictator
Kim Il-sung
  • 1913-04-12 Keiko Fukuda, martial artist, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2013)
  • 1914-03-26 Toru Kumon, Japanese educator (d. 1995)
  • 1914-05-19 Go Seigen, Japanese Go player
  • 1914-05-20 Hideko Maehata, Japanese swimmer (d. 1995)
  • 1914-11-29 Taisen Deshimaru, Saga City Japan, found several Zen centers in France
  • 1915-03-31 Shoichi Yokoi, Japanese military man (d. 1997)
  • 1915-06-24 Charles James Dunn, Japanese scholar
  • 1915-08-11 Kunio Toda, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2003)
  • 1915-11-20 Kon Ichikawa, Japan, director (Matatabi, Money Talks)
  • 1916-02-14 Masaki Kobayashi, Japanese director (Joi-uchi)

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1916-07-01 Olivia de Havilland, actress (the Adventures of Robin Hood), born in Tokyo, Japan

  • 1916-08-25 Saburo Sakai, Japanese aviator (d. 2000)
  • 1917-02-12 Raizo Matsuno, Japanese politician (d. 2006)
  • 1917-10-09 Kusuo Kitamura, Japan, 1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1932)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1917-10-22 Joan Fontaine, British-American actress (Gunga Din, Ivanhoe, Rebecca), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2013)

Actress Joan Fontaine
Actress
Joan Fontaine
  • 1917-12-24 Kim Jong-suk, Wife of Kim Il-sung, mother of Kim Jung-Il, "The Heroine of the Anti-Japanese Revolution" (d. 1949)
  • 1918-05-04 Kakuei Tanaka, Japanese PM (1972-74), convicted of bribe-taking
  • 1918-05-27 Yasuhiro Nakasone, premier of Japan (1982-87)
  • 1918-10-04 Kenichi Fukui, Japanese chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1998)
  • 1919-06-05 Akeo Watanabe, conductor (Nippon Phil Orch 1956-68), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1919-09-29 Masao Takemoto, Japan, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1919-10-08 Kiichi Miyazawa, premier Japan (1991-93)
  • 1920-03-23 Tetsuharu Kawakami, Japanese baseball player and coach

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1920-04-01 Toshiro Mifune, Japanese writer and actor (Shogun), born in Tsingtao, China (d. 1997)

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
  • 1920-06-17 Setsuko Hara, Japanese Actress (Tokyo Story), born in Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama (d. 2015)
  • 1920-10-23 Ted Fujita, Japanese meteorologist (d. 1998)
  • 1921-01-18 Yoichiro Nambu, Japanese-born American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2008), born in Tokyo (d. 2015)
  • 1921-01-26 Akio Morita, Kasugaya Japan, CEO (Sony)
  • 1921-03-30 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2009)
  • 1922-03-08 Shigeru Mizuki, Japanese soldier and Manga artist (GeGeGe no Kitarō), born in Sakaiminato, Tittori (d. 2015)
  • 1922-05-15 Jakucho Setouchi, Japanese writer and Buddhist nun
  • 1922-05-24 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), born in Tokyo (d. 2012)
  • 1922-06-18 Donald L Keene, American Japanese translator/critic, born in NYC, New York
  • 1922-08-20 Akutsu Tetsuzo, Japan, Japanese surgeon who built the first artificial heart
  • 1922-10-04 Shin Kyuk-Ho, Japanese businessman
  • 1923-03-27 Shūsaku Endō, writer ("Silence"), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1923-05-24 Seijun Suzuki, Japanese cult film director, born in Tokyo (d. 2017)
  • 1923-07-27 Masutatsu Oyama, Japanese Kyokushin founder (d. 1994)
  • 1924-02-26 Noboru Takeshita, Japanese PM (1987-89)
  • 1924-03-07 Kobo Abe, playwright (Woman, the Dunes), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1924-03-25 Machiko Kyo, actor (Gate of Hell, Rashomon, Ugetsu), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1924-04-07 Ikuma Dan, Japanese composer (Yūzuru), born in Toyko (d. 2001)
  • 1924-11-13 Motoo Kimura, Japanese geneticist (d. 1994)
  • 1924-11-25 Takaaki Yoshimoto, Japanese poet, critic, and philosopher.
  • 1925-01-14 Yukio Mishima, Japan, novelist (Temple of Golden Pavilion)
  • 1925-03-12 Leo Esaki, [Esaki Reona], Japan, physicist (Tunnel effect-Nobel 1973)
  • 1926-06-15 Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist (d. 2006)
  • 1926-09-15 Shohei Imamura, Japanese film director (d. 2006)
  • 1927-11-07 Hiroshi Yamauchi, owner (Seattle Mariners), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1927-11-12 Yutaka Taniyama, Japanese mathematician (d. 1958)
  • 1928-01-02 Daisaku Ikeda, Japanese writer
  • 1928-01-19 Dainin Katagiri, Zen teacher, associate of Shunryu Suzuki, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1928-01-22 Yoshihiko Amino, Japanese historian (d. 2004)
  • 1928-05-16 Hiroshi Nakajima, Chiba, Japan, doctor (WHO Director-General, 1988-98), (d. 2013)
  • 1928-06-26 Yoshiro Nakamatsu, Japanese inventor
  • 1928-11-03 Osamu Tezuka, Japanese manga artist (d. 1989)
  • 1929-02-20 Toshiro Mayuzumi, composer (Sphenogramme), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1929-03-29 Yayoi Kusama, Matsumoto, Nagano, Japanese artist and writer
  • 1929-06-29 Mamiya Michio, Japanese composer
  • 1929-08-12 Joji Yuasa, Japanese composer, born in Kōriyama, Fukushima
  • 1929-12-12 Toshiko Akiyoshi, Japanese musician
  • 1930-03-16 Minoru Miky, Japanese composer for traditional Japanese instruments, born in Tokushima (d. 2011)
  • 1930-06-03 Ben Wada, Japanese television producers
  • 1930-10-08 Toru Takemitsu, composer (Ki No Kyoko), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1931-01-02 Toshiki Kaifu, premier of Japan (1989-91)
  • 1931-01-20 Sawako Ariyoshi, Japanese writer (Compound Pollution, Doctor's Wife)
  • 1931-01-20 Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese songwriter and pianist (d. 1992)
  • 1931-02-16 Ken Takakura, [Goichi Oda], Kita Japan, actor (Story of Antarctic)
  • 1931-04-11 Koichi Sugiyama, Japanese composer
  • 1931-05-20 Chiharu Igaya, Japan, slalom (Olympic-silver-1956)
  • 1931-07-26 Takashi Ono, Japan, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1956, 60)
  • 1931-11-29 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese actor (d. 1997)
  • 1932-01-30 Kazuo Inamori, Japanese business executive (Kyocera Ceramics Co)
  • 1932-01-30 Knock Yokoyama, Japanese comedian and politician
  • 1932-02-09 Tatsuro Hirooka, Japanese baseball player
  • 1932-03-31 Nagisa Oshima, director (Town of Love & Hope), born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2013)
  • 1932-09-30 Shintaro Ishihara, Japanese author and politician (Governor of Tokyo)
  • 1932-12-24 On Kawara, Japanese conceptual artist

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 300 of 434

  • 1868-07-19 Soji Okita, Japanese samurai, 1st Captain of the Shinsengumi (b. 1842 or 1844)
  • 1878-05-14 Ookubo Toshimichi, Japanese statesman, samurai, and one of the three great nobles who led the Meiji Restoration (b. 1830)
  • 1881-06-03 Japanese giant salamander, dies in Dutch zoo at 55; oldest amphibian
  • 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)
  • 1912-04-13 Ishikawa Takuboku, Japanese author (b. 1886)
  • 1912-07-30 Mutsuhito, 122nd emperor of Japan (1867-1912), dies at 60
  • 1912-09-13 Maresuke Nogi, Japanese general (b. 1849)
  • 1913-10-10 Katsura Taro, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1848)
  • 1916-12-09 Natsume Sōseki, Japanese novelist (b. 1867)
  • 1921-11-04 Takasji Hara, premier of Japan, murdered
  • 1922-07-22 Jokichi Takamine, Japanese chemist (b. 1854)
  • 1926-09-11 Matsunosuke Onoe, Japanese actor (b. 1875)
  • 1926-12-25 Yoshihito, 123rd Emperor of Japan (1912-26), dies at 47
  • 1927-07-24 Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Japanese writer (b. 1892)
  • 1929-09-29 Giitji Tanaka, Japanese baron/general/premier (1927-29), dies at 66
  • 1931-06-13 Shibasaburo Kitasato, Japanese physician (b. 1851)
  • 1931-11-11 Shibusawa Eiichi, Japanese industrialist (b. 1840)
  • 1932-02-09 Junnosuke Inouye, Japanese minister of Finance, murdered
  • 1932-03-05 Takuma Dan, Japanese baron/financier/industrial, murdered
  • 1932-05-15 Ki Inukai, premier Japan (1931-32), murdered
  • 1932-05-16 Ki Imukai, premier of Japan (1931-32), murdered
  • 1934-05-30 Togo Heihachiro, Japanese admiral (b. 1848)
  • 1938-11-20 Enzo Matsunaga, Japanese writer (b. 1895)
  • 1939-09-07 Kyoka Izumi, Japanese novelist (b. 1873)
  • 1941-12-07 Iida, Japanese pilot/lt, dies in battle at 28
  • 1941-12-07 Mervyn S. Bennion, United States Navy Captain, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1887)
  • 1941-12-07 Herbert C. Jones, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1918)
  • 1941-12-07 Thomas J. Reeves, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1895)
  • 1941-12-07 Franklin Van Valkenburgh, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1888)
  • 1942-08-21 Kiyoano Ichiki, Japanese colonel (WW II), dies
  • 1943-04-18 I Yamamoto, admiral of Japanese fleet, dies
  • 1944-03-31 Mineichi Koga, admiral of Japanese fleet, dies
  • 1944-11-20 Sekio Nishina, Japanese inventor (kaiten-suicide submarine), dies at 21
  • 1945-05-05 Elsie Mitchell and five Sunday school students become the only people to die during World War II on US soil when they are killed by a Japanese fire balloon that lands in the forest of Gearhart Mountain, near Bly, Southern Oregon
  • 1945-06-22 Isamu Tsjo, Japanese chief-staff 32nd Army, commits harakiri
  • 1945-06-23 Lt Gen Ushijima, Japanese commander, commits suicide at Okinawa
  • 1945-08-15 Korechika Anami, Japanese War Minister (b. 1887)
  • 1945-08-16 Takijiro Ohnishi, led Japanese kamikaze pilots (harakiri), dies
  • 1945-12-16 Fumimaro Konu, Japanese prince/PM (1937-39, 40-41), commits harakiri
  • 1946-02-23 Tomoyuki Yamashita, Japanese general (hanged) (b. 1885)
  • 1946-06-12 Count Hisaichi Terauchi, Japanese fieldmarshal, dies
  • 1946-06-26 Yosuke Matsuoka, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan (b. 1880)
  • 1946-12-07 Sada Yacco, Japanese stage actress (b. 1871)
  • 1947-06-18 Shigematsu Sakaibara, Japanese admiral (b. 1898)
  • 1948-08-10 Kwan-Ichi Asakawa, Japanese historian(b. 1873)
  • 1948-12-21 Seishiro Itagaki, Japanese General/min of War, hanged

BattleExecution

1948-12-23 Hideki Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister during WW II (1941-44), hanged for war crimes at 64

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo
  • 1949-01-25 Makino Nobuaki, Japanese statesman (b. 1861)
  • 1951-01-10 Yoshio Nishina, Japanese physicist (b. 1890)
  • 1951-03-10 Kijūrō Shidehara, Prime minister of Japan (b. 1872)
  • 1953-05-14 Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Japans/US painter/etcher, dies at 59
  • 1953-05-28 Hori Tatsuo, Japanese writer (b. 1904)
  • 1954-09-21 Kokichi Mikimoto, Japanese inventor (b. 1858)
  • 1956-08-24 Kenji Mizoguchi, Japanese film director (b. 1898)
  • 1957-01-25 Kiyoshi Shiga, Japanese physician and bacteriologist (b. 1871)
  • 1957-01-25 Ichizo Kobayashi, Japanese industrialist and Minister of Commerce and Industry (b. 1873)
  • 1957-04-26 Gichin Funakoshi, Father of Japanese Shotokan Karatedo (b. 1868)
  • 1957-09-22 Toyoda Soemu, Japanese admiral (b. 1885)
  • 1958-04-02 Josei Toda, Japanese second president of the Buddhist association Soka Gakkai (b. 1900)
  • 1959-06-20 Hitoshi Ashida, Japanese politician, dies at 71
  • 1959-12-21 Rosanjin, Japanese calligrapher, restaurateur and ceramicist (b. 1883)
  • 1960-04-23 Toyohiko Kagawa, Japanese Christian-social reformer/writer, dies at 71
  • 1960-10-12 Inejiro Asanuma, leader Japanese Socialist Party, murdered at 61
  • 1960-12-26 Watsuji Tetsuro, Japanese philosopher (b. 1889)
  • 1961-10-18 Tsuru Aoki, Japanese-born American actress (b. 1892)
  • 1962-09-06 Seiichiro Kashio, Japanese tennis player (b. 1892)
  • 1962-09-07 Eiji Yoshikawa, Japanese novelist (b. 1892)
  • 1963-12-12 Yasujiro Ozu, Japanese film director (b. 1903)
  • 1964-10-28 Reginald Horace Blyth, Zen teacher/scholar, dies in Japan at 66
  • 1965-07-28 Edogawa Ranpo, Japanese author (b. 1894)
  • 1965-07-30 Junichiro Tanizaki, Japanese writer (Key), dies at 79
  • 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
  • 1966-11-02 Sadao Araki, Japanese General, Minister of War (1931-34), dies at 89
  • 1967-10-20 Yoshida Shigeru, Japanese politician and diplomat, Prime Minister of Japan (1946-54), dies at 89
  • 1968-01-30 Tsugouharu T Foujita, Japanese/French painter, dies at 81
  • 1969-04-26 Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist and founder of aikido (b. 1883)
  • 1970-01-25 Eiji Tsuburaya, Japanese television writer and producer (Ultraman) (b. 1901)
  • 1970-11-25 Yukio Mishima, Japanese author/nationalist (Harakiri), dies at 45
  • 1971-04-18 Masao Oki, Japanese composer (Symphony No.5 Atomic Bomb), dies at 69
  • 1972-04-02 Toshitsugu Takamatsu, Japanese Martial Arts Grandmaster (b. 1887)
  • 1972-04-16 Yasunari Kawabata, Japanese author (Nobel 1968), dies at 72
  • 1973-01-24 Masao Ohba, world champion Japanese boxer (b. 1949)
  • 1974-03-24 Yoshida Isoya, Japanese architect (modern sukiya style), dies at 79
  • 1974-06-02 Hiroshi Kazato, Japanese racing driver (b. 1949)
  • 1975-05-30 Tatsuo Shimabuku, Japanese martial artist (b. 1908)
  • 1975-06-02 Eisaku Sato, premier of Japan (1964-71 Nobel 1974), dies at 74
  • 1976-01-19 Hidetsugu Yagi, Japanese electrical engineer (b. 1886)
  • 1979-07-08 Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1906)
  • 1980-09-20 Sanpei Hayashiya, Japanese comedian (b. 1925)
  • 1981-04-13 Prince Asaka Yasuhiko of Japan (b. 1887)
  • 1981-09-08 Hediki Joekawa, Japans physicist (Nobel 1949) at 74
  • 1982-02-11 Takashi Shimura, Japans actor (Rashomon, 7 Samurais), dies at 76
  • 1985-01-01 Kamatari Fujiwara, Japanese actor (b. 1905)
  • 1985-08-12 Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actor, dies in JAL 123 crash at 43
  • 1986-02-21 Shigechiyo Izumi, Japanese sugarcane farmer, once thought to be the world's oldest man ever but now disputed (b. 1865)
  • 1986-04-08 Yukiko Okada, Japanese idol singer (b. 1967)
  • 1986-07-31 Chiune Sugihara, Japanese diplomat (b. 1900)