Japanese History (Part 10)

Historical Events

Events 901 - 982 of 982

  • 2013-05-26 Senior PGA Championship Men's Golf, Bellerive CC: Kōki Idoki of Japan wins his lone PGA event by 2 strokes from Jay Haas and Kenny Perry
  • 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
  • 2013-11-02 Masahiro Tanaka's record streak of 30 consecutive starts without a loss ends when the Rakuten Golden Eagles' ace is beaten, 4-2, by the Yomiuri Giants in Game 6 of the Japan Baseball Series
  • 2014-01-09 5 people are killed in a Mitsubishi Materials chemical plant, Yokkaichi, Japan
  • 2014-02-13 Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu is first to break 100 points barrier in the short program (101.45 points) at the Sochi Winter Olympics, on way to the men's singles gold medal
  • 2014-02-14 For the first time in men's figure skating, all 3 Olympic singles medalists are of Asian descent; Yuzuru Hanyu (Japan) gold, Patrick Chan (Canada) and Denis Ten (Kazakhstan)
  • 2014-09-08 US Open Men's Tennis: Marin Čilić of Croatia wins his maiden grand slam title; beats Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
  • 2014-09-27 57 people are killed after Mount Ontake erupts in Japan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014-10-05 French F1 driver Jules Bianchi collides with recovery vehicle during Japanese Grand Prix, dies 10 months later; first F1 death due to racing accident in 21 years (Ayrton Senna 1994)

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2014-12-14 Shinzō Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party win re-election in Japan, retaining their two-thirds majority with coalition partner New Kōmeitō Party

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe
  • 2015-06-20 1000 humanoid robots named "Pepper" sell out in under a minute ($1,600 each) in Japan, according to its creator SoftBank Robotics Corp.

  • 2015-06-30 A man self-immolates aboard a Nozomi Shinkansen train and kills one other passenger in Japan
  • 2015-07-05 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, BC Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada: Carli Lloyd scores a hat-trick as US beats Japan, 5-2
  • 2015-08-11 Japan's Sendai Nuclear Power Plant restarts the first nuclear reactor since the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster
  • 2015-09-10 Floods and landslides in North East Japan, centered on Joso force 90,000 to evacuate their homes
  • 2015-09-19 Japan beats South Africa 34-32 in Brighton, England in the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history
  • 2015-10-06 Nobel prize for Physics awarded to Takaaki Kajita (Japan) and Arthur McDonald (Canada) for work on neutrinos
  • 2015-11-05 Japan's 1st officially recognized same-sex couple union - Koyuki Higashi and Hiroko Matsuhara in Tokyo
  • 2015-12-28 Japan and South Korea reach agreement over WWII "comfort women", Japan apologies and pays 1bn yen compensation
  • 2016-07-22 Japan’s Funai Electric announce they will manufacture world's last videocassette this month
  • 2016-08-07 Miami Marlins veteran Japanese outfielder Ichiro Suzuki becomes the 30th member of the 3,000 hit club in a 10 - 7 win v Rockies

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2016-08-09 American swimmer Michael Phelps swims 1:53.36 to win the men's 200m butterfly gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; beats Japan's Masato Sakai by 0.04 for his 20th Olympic gold medal

  • 2016-09-18 Earliest known fishooks at 23,000 years old discovered on Okinawa Island, Japan, findings published in PNAS journal
  • 2016-10-03 Yoshinori Ohsumi from Japan wins Nobel Prize for Medicine for research into autophagy
  • 2017-01-25 Kisenosato becomes the 1st Japanese home-grown sumo champion since 1998 when he is made yokozuna, 72nd Grand Champion
  • 2017-05-22 Japanese researchers from University of Yamanashi report birth of mice from freeze-dried sperm stored on the International Space Station

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017-06-11 Japan passes law allowing Emperor Akihito to abdicate

Emperor of Japan Akihito
Emperor of Japan
Akihito
  • 2017-06-17 Collision at sea between U.S.S. Fitzgerald and ACX Crystal, a Philippine cargo ship kills 7 US sailors in Japanese waters
  • 2017-07-04 North Korea tests first successful intercontinental ballistic missile into Sea of Japan

Sinking ShipSinking of the USS Indianapolis

2017-08-18 Civilian researchers led by Paul Allen re-discover the USS Indianapolis 18,000 feet below the Pacific surface, 72 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes
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A scene from the 2016 movie
A scene from the 2016 movie "USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage"
  • 2017-08-28 North Korea launches missile that flies over Japan, the country's J-Alert warning system warns people to take cover

  • 2017-10-31 Takahiro Shiraishi arrested in Zama, Japan, a day after nine dismembered bodies found in his apartment

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017-11-05 US President Donald Trump begins a 12-day trip to Asia in Toyko, Japan

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2017-11-27 North Korean ghost ship washes up Akita prefecture beach, Japan with 8 skeletons on board, 4th boat in a month
  • 2018-01-01 Japanese actress and former porn star Sora Aoi announces her engagement

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018-01-11 YouTube issues sanctions against vlogger Logan Paul after he posted footage of suicide victim's body in Japan in December

YouTube Star and Actor Logan Paul
YouTube Star and Actor
Logan Paul
CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki
CEO of YouTube
Susan Wojcicki
  • 2018-02-08 Noriaki Kasai of Japan becomes first athlete in history to participate in 8 Winter Olympics in the ski jumping qualification prior to the Pyeongchang Games
  • 2018-02-17 Japanese defending champion Yuzuru Hanyu retains his Olympic men's figure skating title by winning the gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; first wins gold at Sochi (2014)
  • 2018-02-24 Japanese speed skater Nana Takagi wins her 2nd gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the women's mass start event; also member Japan's successful pursuit team
  • 2018-04-16 122nd Boston Marathon: Yuki Kawauchi of Japan wins men's race in 2:15:58; Desiree Linden (2:39:54) first American to win women's title since 1985
  • 2018-05-19 71st Cannes Film Festival: Japanese film "Shoplifters" by Hirokazu Kore-eda wins the Palme d'Or
  • 2018-05-28 Coco-Cola launches its first alcoholic drink - Lemon-Do on island of Kyushu, Japan
  • 2018-06-26 Hello Kitty bullet train unveiled by the West Japan Railway
  • 2018-06-27 Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2 arrives at diamond-shaped asteroid Ryugu
  • 2018-07-06 Floods and landslides begin in south-western Japan, killing at least 200 people with more missing. Evacuation orders for nearly 2 million.
  • 2018-07-19 Russian ship Dmitri Donskoii, with possible cargo of gold coins is discovered in waters between South Korea and Japan where it sunk in 1905
  • 2018-07-22 Heatwave in Japan kills 11 in one day
  • 2018-07-23 Japan records its highest ever temperature at 41.1 degrees (105.98F) in Kumagaya
  • 2018-07-30 British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt mistakenly calls his Chinese-born wife "Japanese" in meeting with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing
  • 2018-08-02 Tokyo Medical University revealed to have been tampering with female entrance exams to ensure under 30% accepted, by Japanese newspaper "Yomiuri Shimbun"
  • 2018-09-04 Strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years, Jebi hits Tokushima prefecture, swamping Kansai airport and killing at least 11

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

2018-09-08 US Open Women's Tennis: Naomi Osaka first Japanese female to win a Grand Slam singles final; beats Serena Williams in controversial match 6-2, 6-4

Tennis Player Naomi Osaka
Tennis Player
Naomi Osaka
Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 2018-09-23 Japan's space agency is the first to place two robotic explorers on an asteroid - Ryugu, from its Hayabusa-2 spacecraft
  • 2018-10-29 Japanese Princess Ayako of Japan marries commoner Kei Moriya at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, giving up her royal status
  • 2018-11-05 Child suicide rate in Japan at 30-year high with 250 taking their lives 2016/17 according to Government Ministry

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

2018-11-09 Korean pop band BTS appearance on Japanese TV show cancelled after member Jimin wore shirt with atomic bomb image

K-Pop Star Jimin
K-Pop Star
Jimin
  • 2018-11-19 Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn arrested in Japan for financial misconduct
  • 2018-12-01 World's first super-high definition 8K television channel by Japanese broadcaster NHK launches
  • 2018-12-16 Huge explosion and fire in a restaurant in Sapporo, Japan injures 42
  • 2019-01-26 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Naomi Osaka becomes world #1 ranked player with 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 win over Petra Kvitová of the Czech Republic; first Japanese player to win Australian singles title
  • 2019-02-21 Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa-2 touches down on asteroid Ryugu on mission to collect rock samples
  • 2019-03-05 Japanese architect Arata Isozaki wins architecture's Pritzker Prize

JapanReiwa Era

2019-04-01 Japanese government announces the name of a new era 'Reiwa' for the next Emperor, Crown Prince Naruhito
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Japanese chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga announcing the new imperial era
Japanese chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga announcing the new imperial era "Reiwa" to reporters
  • 2019-04-08 1 in 4 Japanese adults a virgin aged 18-39 according to new research by Tokyo University
  • 2019-04-30 Japanese Emperor Akihito declares his abdication at a ceremony in Tokyo which officially takes effect the following day

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019-05-01 Naruhito officially succeeds his father Akihito as the Emperor of Japan after the latter abdicated due to ill health

Emperor of Japan Naruhito
Emperor of Japan
Naruhito
Emperor of Japan Akihito
Emperor of Japan
Akihito
  • 2019-06-01 Price of a movie ticket rises in Japan for the first time in 26 years from ¥1,800 to ¥1,900, while some cinemas keep the price the same
  • 2019-06-04 Movement in Japan to end compulsory wearing of high heels in works places behind hashtag #KuToo

Film release premierFilm Release

2019-06-26 Japanese animation film "Spirited Away" by Hayao Miyazaki is released in China and tops the box office, 18 years after its initial release

Animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki
Animated filmmaker
Hayao Miyazaki
  • 2019-07-01 Japan resumes commercial whaling after a break of more than 30 years
  • 2019-07-03 More than a million people ordered to evacuate Japanese island of Kyushu amid warnings of mudslides after 1,000mm (39in) of rainfall
  • 2019-07-11 Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft lands on the Ryugu asteroid 300m km (185m miles) from earth for a second time to collect samples
  • 2019-07-18 Arson attack on animated studio Kyoto Animation Co in Kyoto, Japan, kills at least 33
  • 2019-08-04 British Open Women's Golf, Woburn GC: Hinako Shibuno of Japan wins her maiden major title in her first LPGA event; beats American Lizette Salas by 1 stroke
  • 2019-08-22 South Korea says it is leaving an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan in an escalation of the rift between the two countries
  • 2019-09-08 Typhoon Faxai makes landfall near Tokyo, Japan, with winds of up to 210km/h (130mph)
  • 2019-10-12 Typhoon Hagibis makes landfall on the Izu Peninsula near Tokyo, Japan, bringing record rainfall and killing at least 56 people

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 901 - 1,000 of 1,202

  • 1976-04-18 Fayray, Japanese singer (Taiyō no Gravity), born in Tokyo
  • 1976-05-20 Tomoya Satozaki, Japanese baseball player
  • 1976-05-29 Yūsuke Iseya, Japanese model and actor
  • 1976-06-08 Kenji Johjima, Japanese baseball player
  • 1976-06-28 Shinobu Asagoe, Japanese tennis player, born in Hyōgo, Japan
  • 1976-07-04 Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer, born in Saitama, Japan (d. 2003)
  • 1976-08-27 Milano Collection AT [Akihito Terui], Japanese professional wrestler, born in Morioka, Japan
  • 1976-09-06 Michael Nakamura, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics 1996), born in Nara, Japan
  • 1976-09-20 Yui Horie, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1976-09-20 Yo Hitoto, Japanese pop singer
  • 1976-11-13 Hiroshi Tanahashi, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1976-11-19 Jun Shibata, Japanese singer and songwriter
  • 1976-12-18 Koyuki, Japanese actress and model
  • 1977-01-03 Mayumi Iizuka, Japanese voice actress (seiyū)
  • 1977-01-19 Cocco, Japanese singer, born in Naha, Japan
  • 1977-01-22 Hidetoshi Nakata, Japanese footballer, born in Kofu, Japan
  • 1977-01-28 Takuma Sato, Japanese racing car driver (Indianapolis 500 2017), born in Toyko, Japan
  • 1977-01-31 Shingo Katori, Japanese actor & singer (SMAP), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1977-03-14 Aki Hoshino, Japanese model
  • 1977-03-31 Toshiya, Japanese musician (Dir en grey)
  • 1977-04-26 Kosuke Fukudome, Japanese baseball player (Hanshin Tigers, Chicago Cubs), born in Osaki, Kagoshima, Japan
  • 1977-05-03 Mashima Hiro, Japanese Mangaka of Rave Master and Fairy Tail, born in Nagano, Japan
  • 1977-06-10 Takako Matsu, Japanese singer and actress
  • 1977-06-26 Kubo Tite, Japanese manga artist (Bleach), born in Fuchū, Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1977-07-01 Keigo Hayashi, Japanese music artist (Flow), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1977-07-20 Alessandro dos Santos, Brazilian-born Japanese footballer
  • 1977-08-26 Saeko Chiba, Japanese seiyū
  • 1977-09-05 Minoru Fujita, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Onoda, Yamaguchi
  • 1977-09-06 Kiyoshi Hikawa, Japanese enka singer, born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1977-09-13 Daisuke Tsuda, Japanese singer (Maximum the Hormone), born in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • 1977-09-15 Angela Aki, Japanese singer-songwriter
  • 1977-09-20 Namie Amuro, Japanese pop singer
  • 1977-10-15 Masato Kawabata, Japanese racing driver
  • 1977-11-30 Kazumi Saitoh, Japanese baseball player
  • 1978-01-02 Toyoguchi Megumi, Japanese seiyuu (voice actress)
  • 1978-02-24 Shinya, Japanese musician (Dir en grey)
  • 1978-03-12 Arina Tanemura, Japanese mangaka
  • 1978-03-15 Takeru Kobayashi, Japanese competitive eater
  • 1978-03-18 Yoshie Takeshita, Japanese volleyball player
  • 1978-04-20 Mirei Kuroda, Japanese gravure idol, born in Saitama Prefecture, Japan
  • 1978-05-01 Sachie Hara, Japanese actress
  • 1978-05-12 Aya Ishiguro, Japanese singer (formerly Morning Musume)
  • 1978-06-13 Mikako Ichikawa, Japanese actress and model
  • 1978-06-17 Kumiko Aso, Japanese actress, born in Sanmu, Japan
  • 1978-06-24 Shunsuke Nakamura, Japanese footballer
  • 1978-07-07 Misia [Misaki Itō], Japanese singer (Mother Father Brother Sister), born in Omura, Japan
  • 1978-07-21 Kyoko Iwosoki, Japan, 100m breaststroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1992, 96)
  • 1978-07-21 Kyoko Iwasaki, Japanese swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1992), born in Numazu, Japan
  • 1978-07-28 Hitomi Yaida, Japanese singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Toyonaka, Osaka
  • 1978-08-08 Miho Shiraishi, Japanese actress
  • 1978-10-02 Ayumi Hamasaki, Japanese singer
  • 1978-10-15 Takeshi Morishima Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1978-11-07 Tomoya Nagase, Japanese actor and singer (TOKIO), born in Kanagawa, Japan
  • 1978-11-25 Ringo Shiina [Yumiko Shiina], Japanese singer, songwriter and musician (Tokyo Jihen), born in Urawa, Saitama
  • 1978-12-13 Ryo Kawakita, Japanese guitarist (Maximum the Hormone), born in Tokyo
  • 1978-12-26 Kaoru Sugayama, Japanese volleyball player, born in Iwanuma, Japan
  • 1979-01-01 Koichi Domoto, Japanese artist
  • 1979-01-09 Tomiko Van, Japanese singer, born in Yamato, Japan
  • 1979-01-20 Asaka Kubo, Japanese singer (A+Jyuc), born in Japan
  • 1979-02-09 Akinori Iwamura, Japanese baseball pitcher
  • 1979-03-26 Hiromi Uehara, Japanese jazz pianist, (Spiral), born in Hamamatsu, Japan
  • 1979-04-10 Tsuyoshi Domoto, Japanese actor and singer (KinKi Kids), born in Nara, Japan
  • 1979-05-30 Kugimiya Rie, Japanese seiyuu (voice actress)
  • 1979-06-04 Naohiro Takahara, Japanese footballer
  • 1979-06-25 Hirooki Goto, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Kuwana, Mie, Japan
  • 1979-06-26 Ryō Fukuda, Japanese racing driver, born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1979-08-13 Taizō Sugimura, Japanese politician, born in Asahikawa, Hokkaidō
  • 1979-08-14 Yoichiro Morikawa, Japanese film director, born in Fukui, Japan
  • 1979-09-04 Kosuke Matsuura, Japanese racing driver, born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1979-09-29 Takumi Beppu, Japanese cyclist
  • 1979-10-30 Yukie Nakama, Japanese actress, born in Urasoe, Okinawa, Japan
  • 1979-12-07 Ayako Fujitani, Japanese actress and writer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1979-12-09 Olivia Lufkin, Japanese singer, born in Naha, Japan
  • 1979-12-29 Mitsuhiro Ishida, Japanese mixed-martial arts fighter, born in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
  • 1980-01-13 Akira Kaji, Japanese footballer
  • 1980-01-14 Sosuke Sumitani, Japanese announcer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1980-01-14 Hiroshi Tamaki, Japanese actor & model, born in Nagoya, Japan
  • 1980-01-19 Kotoko, Japanese singer, born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • 1980-01-21 Nana Mizuki, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • 1980-02-06 Mamiko Noto, Japanese voice actress & singer, born in Kanazawa, Japan
  • 1980-02-24 Shinsuke Nakamura, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1980-03-19 Mikuni Shimokawa, Japanese singer
  • 1980-03-31 Maaya Sakamoto, Japanese voice actor
  • 1980-04-01 Yūko Takeuchi, Japanese actress
  • 1980-04-11 Keiji Tamada, Japanese football player, born in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • 1980-04-25 Kazuhito Tadano, Japanese basaball player, born in Tokyo
  • 1980-05-06 Kasumi Takahashi, Australian rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1980-05-13 Waka Inoue, Japanese gravure idol and actress
  • 1980-06-17 Kimeru, Japanese singer and actor (The Prince of Tennis), born in Kumamoto-ken
  • 1980-06-25 Nozomi Takeuchi, Japanese actress, born in Okazaki, Aichi, Japan
  • 1980-07-18 Ryoko Hirosue, Japanese actress and singer
  • 1980-09-02 Hiroki Yoshimoto, Japanese racing driver
  • 1980-09-04 Hitomi Shimatani, Japanese singer, born in Kure, Japan
  • 1980-09-06 Yuji Hamano, Japanese archer, born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1980-09-08 Teruyuki Moniwa, Japanese footballer, born in Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan
  • 1980-09-13 Daisuke Matsuzaka, Japanese baseball player, born in Aomori, Japan
  • 1980-10-31 Samaire Armstrong, American actress (It's A Boy Girl Thing), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1980-11-18 Junichi Okada, Japanese singer (V6)
  • 1980-11-26 Satoshi Ohno, Japanese singer and actor, born in Mitaka, Tokyo
  • 1980-12-05 Shizuka Itō, Japanese voice actress (seiyū), born in Tokyo, Japan

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