Japanese History (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 500 of 843

  • 1943-08-01 Japan declares Burma Independence under U Ba Maw
  • 1943-08-21 Japan leaves Aleutian Islands
  • 1943-08-31 Japanese occupiers intern Jewish Congregation of Sorabajo
  • 1943-10-02 Japanese troops leave Kolombangara, Solomon Island
  • 1943-10-03 Operations begin at PETA Java, defending (Japanese) fatherland
  • 1943-10-05 US air raid on Wake, Japanese execute 98 US prisoners in retaliation
  • 1943-10-14 Japan declares Philippine Independence (premier/pres Jose Laurel)
  • 1943-10-17 Burma railway completed, built by allied POWS and Asian labourers for the Japanese army

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943-11-22 FDR, Churchill & Chiang Kai-shek meet to discuss ways to defeat Japan

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • 1943-11-23 US forces take control of Tarawa, Gilbert Island & Makin from Japanese
  • 1944-02-02 Allied troops 1st set foot on Japanese territory
  • 1944-02-14 Anti-Japanese revolt on Java
  • 1944-03-07 Japans begins offensive in Burma
  • 1944-04-01 Japanese troops conquer Jessami, Eastern India
  • 1944-04-26 1st B-29 attacked by Japanese fighters, one fighter shot down
  • 1944-05-27 Japanese advance in Hangkhou China
  • 1944-06-11 15 US aircraft carriers attack Japanese bases on Marianas
  • 1944-06-14 1st B-29 raid against mainland Japan
  • 1944-06-16 US bombs Kyushu Japan
  • 1944-06-19 Japanese troops conquer Changsha China
  • 1944-06-19 World War II: First day of the 2 day Battle of the Philippine Sea, US naval forces defeat Japanese fleet
  • 1944-06-20 US attacks Japanese fleet in Philippines Sea

Victory in battleRaising the Flag on Iwo Jima

1944-07-04 1st Japanese kamikaze attack, US fleet near Iwo Jima

  • 1944-07-07 Heavy Japanese counter offensive on Saipan
  • 1944-07-08 Japanese kamikaze attacks on US lines at Saipan
  • 1944-07-09 In World War II, US troops secure Saipan as Japan fell
  • 1944-07-19 Japanese aircraft carriers Taiho/Shokaku sinks in Marianas
  • 1944-07-20 Japanese aircraft carrier Hijo sunk by US air attack
  • 1944-07-20 US invades Japanese-occupied Guam
  • 1944-07-21 General Koiso becomes premier of Japan
  • 1944-07-21 US forces land on Guam during its recapture from the Japanese (Operation Forager)
  • 1944-07-23 US forces invade Japanese-held Tinian in WW II
  • 1944-07-25 -26] Japanese banzai-attack on Guam
  • 1944-07-26 Japanese suicide attack on US lines in Guam
  • 1944-08-10 Battle for Guam ends, US troops recapture Guam from the Japanese
  • 1944-08-19 Last Japanese troops driven out of India
  • 1944-10-24 US air raid on Japanese battleships/cruisers in Sibuya Sea: Musashi sinks
  • 1944-10-25 Battle at Cape Engano: 4 Japanese ships sink
  • 1944-10-25 Battle in Straits of Surigao: Japanese fleet destroyed
  • 1944-11-20 1st Japanese suicide submarine attack (Ulithi Atol, Carolines)
  • 1944-12-13 Japanese kamikaze crashes into US cruiser Nashville, kills 138
  • 1944-12-17 US Army announces end of excluding Japanese-Americans from West Coast, detainees released.
  • 1944-12-22 Sub Swordfish departs Pearl Harbor for Japan
  • 1944-12-31 Japanese army evacuates harbor city Akyab

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945-01-03 Admiral Chester W. Nimitz begins planning assaults on Okinawa and Iwo Jima in Japan

US Admiral Chester Nimitz
US Admiral
Chester Nimitz
  • 1945-01-04 US jeep-aircraft carrier Ommaney Bay sinks after Japanese kamikaze attack
  • 1945-01-07 The last surface engagement between Allies and Japanese in the Pacific campaign, World War II
  • 1945-01-25 Japanese occupiers of Batavia arrest Indo-European youths
  • 1945-01-30 American Rangers and Filipino resistance fighters liberate over 500 Allied POWs from Japanese at Cabanatuan
  • 1945-02-19 980 Japanese soldiers reportedly killed by crocodiles in 2 days on Ramree Island, Burma
  • 1945-02-19 US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese with 30,000 US Marines
  • 1945-02-24 Manila freed from Japanese
  • 1945-03-09 Japanese proclaim "independence" of Indo-China
  • 1945-03-10 Japan declares Vietnam Independence
  • 1945-03-19 800 killed as Kamikaze attacked USS Franklin off Japan
  • 1945-03-21 1st Japanese flying bombs (ochas) attack Okinawa
  • 1945-03-23 Largest operation in WWII's Pacific War, 1,500 US Navy ships bomb the Japanese island of Okinawa
  • 1945-03-26 Iwo Jima occupied, after 18,000 Japanese & 6,000 Americans killed
  • 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
  • 1945-04-06 Giant Japanese battleship Yamato heads to Okinawa
  • 1945-04-07 US planes intercept Japanese fleet heading for Okinawa on a suicide superbattleship Yamato & four destroyers were sunk
  • 1945-04-19 US aircraft carrier Franklin heavy damaged in Japanese air raid
  • 1945-04-29 Japanese army evacuates Rangoon
  • 1945-05-10 Allies capture Rangoon from the Japanese
  • 1945-06-21 US defeat Japanese forces on Okinawa during WW II
  • 1945-06-23 Last organized Japanese defiance broken (Tarakan)
  • 1945-07-14 Battleship USS South Dakota is 1st US ship to bombard Japan
  • 1945-07-26 Declaration of Potsdam: US, Britain and China demand the Japanese surrender during WWII
  • 1945-07-26 Japanese government disregards US ultimatum
  • 1945-07-28 Japanese premier Suzuki disregards US ultimatum to surrender
  • 1945-07-29 After delivering the Atomic Bomb across the Pacific, the cruiser USS Indianapolis is torpedoed & sunk by a Japanese submarine
  • 1945-08-01 Japanese city Toyama destroyed by B-29's
  • 1945-08-08 USSR declares war against Japan in WW II

BattleNuclear Bombing of Nagasaki

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

Victory in battleVictory over Japan Day

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 WWII
  • 1945-08-27 US troops land in Japan after Japanese surrender
  • 1945-08-29 British liberate Hong Kong from Japan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945-08-29 Gen MacArthur named Supreme Commander of Allied Powers in Japan

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur

Victory in battleSurrender of Japan

1945-09-01 V-J Day, formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri marks the end of WW II (US date, 2nd September in Japan)

  • 1945-09-02 V-J Day, formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri marks the end of WW II (Japanese date, 1st September in US)
  • 1945-09-03 WWII: Japanese forces in the Philippines surrender to the Allies
  • 1945-09-04 US regains possession of Wake Island from Japan
  • 1945-09-07 Japanese at Rioekioe-islands surrender
  • 1945-09-08 US invades Japanese-held Korea

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945-09-08 Hideki Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister during most of WW II, attempts suicide rather than face war crimes tribunal attempt fails, later he is hanged

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo
  • 1945-09-09 Japanese in South Korea, Taiwan, China, Indochina surrender to Allies

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945-10-25 Japanese surrender Taiwan to Gen Chiang Kai-shek

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • 1946-01-01 Emperor Hirohito of Japan announces he is not a god
  • 1946-04-10 1st election for Japanese Diet
  • 1946-04-29 28 former Japanese leaders indicted in Tokyo as war criminals
  • 1946-06-03 International Military Tribunal opens in Tokyo against 28 Japanese war criminals
  • 1946-11-03 Emperor Hirohito proclaims new Japanese constitution
  • 1946-12-21 Earthquake in South Japan, kills 1,086

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 500 of 1,101

  • 1950-11-27 Gran Hamada, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1950-12-06 Joe Hisaishi, Japanese composer
  • 1951-03-04 Linda Yamamoto, Japanese singer
  • 1951-04-02 Ayako Okamoto, LPGA golfer (1990 Sara Lee), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1951-04-02 Moriteru Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist
  • 1951-06-06 Noritake Takahara, Japanese racing driver
  • 1951-06-11 Yasumasa Morimura, Japanese appropriation artist
  • 1951-07-05 Keiko Fuji, Japanese enka singer
  • 1951-08-08 Mamoru Oshii, Japanese film director
  • 1951-08-28 Keiichi Suzuki, Japanese composer
  • 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.
  • 1952-02-02 Genichiro Tenryu, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1952-05-02 Mari Natsuki, Japanese singer, dancer and actress
  • 1952-05-06 Chiaki Naito-Mukai, Tatebayashi Japan, astronaut (STS 65, sk:95)
  • 1952-06-21 Kôichi Mashimo, Japanese anime director
  • 1952-07-20 Keiko Matsuzaka, Japanese actress
  • 1952-07-28 Yoshitaka Amano, Japanese artist
  • 1952-11-16 Shigeru Miyamoto, Japanese video game designer
  • 1953-02-04 Kitaro, Japanese composer
  • 1953-02-23 Satoru Nakajima, Japanese racing driver
  • 1953-05-17 Yoko Shimada, Kumamota Japan, author (Kir Royal)/actress (Shogun)
  • 1953-05-25 Stan Sakai, Japanese-American cartoonist (Usagi Yojimbo)
  • 1953-06-04 Susumu Ojima, Japanese entrepreneur (Huser)
  • 1953-06-21 Robyn Douglass, American actress (Lonely Guy, Romantic Comedy), born in Sendai, Japan
  • 1954-01-06 Yuji Horii, Japanese video game designer
  • 1954-01-27 Joko Ninomiya, Japanese martial artist
  • 1954-02-11 Noriyuki Asakura, Japanese composer
  • 1954-03-26 Kazuhiko Inoue, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
  • 1954-04-02 Susumu Hirasawa, Japanese electropop musician
  • 1954-09-18 Takao Doi, astronaut (STS 87), born in Tokyo, Japan

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1954-09-21 Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan (2006-07 and 2012-), born in Nagato

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe
  • 1954-11-03 Godzilla, Japanese monster (Godzilla)
  • 1954-12-22 Hideshi Matsuda, Japanese racing driver
  • 1954-12-29 Prince Takamado of Japan (d. 2002)
  • 1955-01-20 Hiromi Ōta, Japanese singer
  • 1955-01-27 Koji Ushikubo, Japanese racing driver
  • 1955-03-02 Shoko Asahara, [Chizuo Matsumoto], Japanese sect leader
  • 1955-03-10 Toshio Suzuki, Japanese racing driver
  • 1955-03-16 Jiro Watanabe, Japanese boxer
  • 1955-04-05 Akira Toriyama, Japanese manga artist
  • 1955-05-26 Masaharu Morimoto, Japanese chef
  • 1955-07-03 Sanma Akashiya, Japanese television performer
  • 1955-08-13 Hideo Fukuyama, Japanese racing driver
  • 1955-11-24 Takashi Yuasa, Japanese lawyer
  • 1955-12-21 Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Japanese musician
  • 1956-01-01 Kôji Yakusho, Japanese actor
  • 1956-01-05 Chen Kenichi, Japanese-born chef
  • 1956-01-30 Keiichi Tsuchiya, Japanese racing driver
  • 1956-02-15 Hitoshi Ogawa, Japanese racing driver (d. 1992)
  • 1956-02-26 Keisuke Kuwata, Japanese singer
  • 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)
  • 1956-07-15 Toshihiko Seko, Japanese runner (world record 25/30 km)
  • 1956-08-31 Masashi Tashiro, Japanese television performer
  • 1956-09-22 Masayuki Suzuki, Japanese singer (Rats & Star)
  • 1957-04-04 Nobuyoshi Kuwano, Japanese musician (Rats & Star)
  • 1957-04-23 Kenji Kawai, Japanese composer
  • 1957-05-01 Ko Otani, Japanese composer
  • 1957-06-10 Hidetsugu Aneha, Japanese architect
  • 1957-10-10 Rumiko Takahashi, Japanese artist
  • 1957-12-15 Yuuichi Nagashima, Japanese voice actor
  • 1958-02-23 David Sylvian, vocal/guitar (Sylvian Sylvian, Japan-Adolescent Sex)
  • 1958-03-01 Chosei Komatsu, Japanese conductor
  • 1958-04-21 Yoshito Usui, Japanese manga artist
  • 1958-05-10 Yu Suzuki, Japanese creator of Virtua Fighter series
  • 1958-06-06 Elaine Crosby, LPGA golfer (1989 Mazda Japan Classic), born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • 1958-07-24 Mick Karn [Andonis Michaelides], English musician (Japan), born in Nicosia, Cyprus (d. 2011)
  • 1958-08-27 Yoshinori Mizumaki, PGA golfer (1994 Byron Nelson-2nd), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1958-09-08 Mitsuru Miyamoto, Japanese voice actor
  • 1958-10-01 Masato Nakamura, Japanese musician
  • 1958-12-24 Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer
  • 1959-01-04 Yoshitomo Nara, Japanese pop artist
  • 1959-01-17 Momoe Yamaguchi, Japanese singer and actress
  • 1959-02-03 Yasuharu Konishi, Japanese musician (Pizzicato Five)
  • 1959-03-21 Nobuo Uematsu, Japanese composer
  • 1959-08-01 Otomo Yoshihide, Japanese musician
  • 1959-08-03 Koichi Tanaka, Japanese scientist, Nobel laureate
  • 1959-08-11 Yoshiaki Murakami, Japanese investor
  • 1959-10-21 Ken Watanabe, Japanese actor
  • 1959-12-26 Koji Morimoto, Japanese animated film director
  • 1959-12-29 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), born in Hashima Island, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan (d. 2004)
  • 1960-01-02 Naoki Urasawa, Japanese manga author
  • 1960-02-23 Naruhito, crown prince of Japan
  • 1960-03-12 Minoru Niihara, Japanese singer
  • 1960-03-12 Maki Nomiya, Japanese singer (Pizzicato Five)
  • 1960-05-22 Hideaki Anno, Japanese director
  • 1960-06-23 Tatsuya Uemura, Japanese musician and programmer
  • 1960-07-28 Yōichi Takahashi, Japanese mangaka of Captain Tsubasa and Hungry Heart Wild Striker
  • 1960-08-13 Koji Kondo, Japanese composer
  • 1960-08-24 Takashi Miike, Japanese filmmaker
  • 1960-10-07 Kyosuke Himuro, Japanese singer
  • 1960-12-18 Kazuhide Uekusa, Japanese economist
  • 1961-01-08 Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese creator of Yu-Gi-Oh
  • 1961-02-22 Akira Takasaki, Japanese guitarist
  • 1961-03-27 Tak Matsumoto, Japanese guitarist (B'z)
  • 1961-04-28 Futoshi Matsunaga, Japanese serial killer
  • 1961-04-29 Fumihiko Tachiki, Japanese seiyū
  • 1961-05-08 Akira Taue, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1961-05-25 Hiro Saito, wrestler (All-Japan/NJPW/Calgary)

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

Deaths 401 - 428 of 428

  • 2008-08-02 Fujio Akatsuka, Japanese cartoonist (b. 1935)
  • 2008-09-07 Nagi Noda, Japanese pop artist and director (b. 1973)
  • 2008-10-10 Kazuyoshi Miura, Japanese businessman (b. 1947)
  • 2008-11-30 Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer (Loudness) (b. 1958)
  • 2009-01-03 Hisayasu Nagata, Japanese politician (b. 1969)
  • 2009-03-25 Kosuke Koyama, Japanese theologian (b. 1929)
  • 2009-06-13 Mitsuharu Misawa, Japanese professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • 2009-06-19 Tomoji Tanabe, Japanese supercentenarian (b. 1895)
  • 2009-11-24 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer, dies at 88
  • 2009-11-28 Takeo Kajiwara, Japanese Go player (b. 1923)
  • 2010-01-04 Tsutomu Yamaguchi, Japanese Businessman, and Survivor of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings (b. 1916)
  • 2010-01-17 Daisuke Gouri, Japanese seiyu (b. 1952)
  • 2010-02-26 Nujabes, Japanese Hip Hop producer and inspiration to many around the world.
  • 2010-03-04 Tetsuo Kondo, Japanese politician (b. 1929)
  • 2010-08-24 Satoshi Kon, Japanese anime film director (b. 1963)
  • 2010-09-01 Wakanohana Kanji I, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 45th Yokozuna (b. 1928)
  • 2010-09-05 Shoya Tomizawa Japanese MotoGP Racer (b. 1990)
  • 2011-08-04 Naoki Matsuda, Japanese Soccer player (b. 1977)
  • 2011-09-21 Jun Henmi, Japanese writer and poet (b. 1939)
  • 2012-02-21 Eiko Ishioka, Japanese Costume designer, dies from pancreatic cancer at 74
  • 2013-01-15 Nagisa Oshima, Japanese film director and screen writer, dies at 80
  • 2013-01-26 Hiroshi Nakajima, Japanese doctor, dies at 84
  • 2013-02-09 Keiko Fukuda, Japanese-born American martial artist, dies at 99
  • 2015-07-05 Yoichiro Nambu, Japanese-born American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2008), dies at 94
  • 2015-07-11 Satoru Iwata, Japanese CEO of Nintendo (Nintendo DS and Wii), dies of cancer at 55
  • 2015-07-17 Jules Bianchi, French Formula One racing driver, dies from injuries during accident at Japanese Grand Prix in 2014, at 25
  • 2015-09-05 Setsuko Hara, Japanese Actress (Tokyo Story), dies at 95
  • 2015-11-30 Shigeru Mizuki, Japanese soldier and Manga artist (GeGeGe no Kitarō), dies at 93