Japanese History (Part 10)

Historical Events

Events 901 - 996 of 996

  • 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
  • 2013-05-26 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

Sports History

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)

  • 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

Election 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

  • 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

Sports History

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

Sports History

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

Olympic 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Film & TV History

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

  • 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

US 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

  • 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

TV Show Appearance

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

  • 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
  • 2019-03-21 Japanese baseball right fielder Ichiro Suzuki finishes his career with a record 4,367 base hits (NPB & MLB) as Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland A's, 5-4 in Tokyo, Japan

Reiwa Era

2019-04-01 Japanese government announces the name of a new era 'Reiwa' for the next Emperor, Crown Prince Naruhito

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 work places trends with hashtag #KuToo

Sports History

2019-06-16 24 Hours of Le Mans: 2-time World F1 champion Fernando Alonso along with Swiss driver Sébastien Buemi and Japan's Kazuki Nakajima win back-to-back titles for Toyota Gazoo Racing

Film 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

  • 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
  • 2019-10-22 Japanese Emperor Naruhito alongside Empress Masako formally declares his ascension to the throne of the world's oldest monarchy
  • 2019-10-31 Fire destroys most of historic Shuri Castle, once seat of the Ryukyu Kingdom, on island of Okinawa, Japan
  • 2020-02-03 Cruise ship Diamond Princess with 3700 passengers quarantined in Yokohama port, Japan after cases of COVID-19 found on board
  • 2020-02-16 America evacuates 400 citizens from COVID-19-infected cruise ship Diamond Princess quarantined in Yokohama port, Japan


2020-03-24 Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announces postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games until summer of 2021 because of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic

  • 2020-04-06 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announces state of emergency in seven prefectures and a nearly $1 trillion stimulus package as COVID-19 cases climb
  • 2020-04-16 Nationwide State of Emergency declared in Japan till 6 May due to the worsening COVID-19 outbreak
  • 2020-06-22 Japanese supercomputer Fugaku in Kobe by Riken institute wins world contest to be the fastest
  • 2020-07-04 Record rain in over island of Kyushu in Japan causes flooding killing a least 37 people with evacuation of more than 200,00
  • 2020-07-19 First Arab interplanetary mission, the Mars "Hope" orbiter launches on board Japanese H-2A rocket from Tanegashima Space Center

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 901 - 1,000 of 1,225

  • 1975-02-06 Tomoko Kawase, Japanese singer, born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1975-02-10 Hiroki Kuroda, Japanese baseball player, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1975-02-16 Nanase Aikawa, Japanese singer
  • 1975-04-03 Koji Uehara, Japanese professional baseball pitcher, born in Neyagawa, Osaka, Japan
  • 1975-04-03 Yoshinobu Takahashi, Japanese professional baseball player, born in Chūō-ku, Chiba, Japan
  • 1975-05-19 Masanobu Ando, Japanese actor
  • 1975-07-05 Ai Sugiyama, Japanese tennis player (4-time Grand Slam doubles winner), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1975-07-11 Riona Hazuki, Japanese actress
  • 1975-08-31 Takahiro Suwa, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1975-09-07 Norifumi Abe, Japanese motorcycle road racer (3 x 500cc wins), born in Setagaya, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1975-09-13 Akihiro Asai, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1975-11-22 Aiko [Yanai], Japanese singer, born in Osaka
  • 1975-12-11 Tomoka Kurotani, Japanese actress, born in Kita-ku, Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1975-12-16 Nawo Kawakita, Japanese heavy metal drummer (Maximum the Hormone)
  • 1975-12-18 Masaki Sumitani, Japanese comedian
  • 1975-12-25 Hideki Okajima, Japanese baseball pitcher (3 × NPB All-Star; MLB All Star 2007; first Japanese-born pitcher to play in World Series, Game 2 2007 Boston Red Sox; Yomiuri Giants), born in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • 1976-01-12 Miki Nakatani, Japanese actress and singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1976-01-28 Emiko Kado, Japanese professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • 1976-02-16 Joe Odagiri, Japanese actor
  • 1976-02-16 Kyo, Japanese singer (Dir en grey)
  • 1976-03-10 Kisaki, Japanese progressive rock musician (Phantasmagoria)
  • 1976-03-18 Tomokazu Ohka, Japanese baseball player
  • 1976-04-18 Fayray [Minako Ōhashi], Japanese pop-jazz singer-songwriter (Taiyō no Gravity), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 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 Yo Hitoto, Japanese pop singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1976-09-20 Yui Horie, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1976-11-13 Hiroshi Tanahashi, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1976-11-19 Jun Shibata, Japanese singer and songwriter, born in Setagaya, Japan
  • 1976-12-18 Koyuki, Japanese actress and model
  • 1977-01-03 Mayumi Iizuka, Japanese voice actress (seiyū)
  • 1977-01-19 Cocco [Makishi Satoko], Japanese pop singer, born in Naha, Japan
  • 1977-01-22 Hidetoshi Nakata, Japanese footballer, born in Kofu, Japan
  • 1977-01-28 Takuma Sato, Japanese auto racer (Indianapolis 500 2017, 20), born in Tokyo, 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 voice actor and singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 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, born in Itano, Tokushima, Japan
  • 1977-09-20 Namie Amuro, Japanese pop and R&B singer (Super Monkey's), born in Naha, Okinawa, Japan
  • 1977-10-15 Masato Kawabata, Japanese racing driver, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 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), born in Sopporo, Japan
  • 1978-06-13 Mikako Ichikawa, Japanese actress and model
  • 1978-06-17 Kumiko Aso, Japanese actress, born in Sanmu, Japan
  • 1978-06-18 Tara Platt, American actress and voice actress for Japanese anime films (Temari-Naruto), born in Fairfax, Virginia
  • 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 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 J-pop singer-songwriter ("Secret"), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1978-10-15 Takeshi Morishima, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Edogawa, Japan
  • 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 J-Pop singer-songwriter (KinKi Kids - "Glass no Shōnen / Glass Boy"), born in Ashiya, Hyōgo, Japan
  • 1979-01-09 Tomiko Van, Japanese pop-rock singer (Do As Infinity), born in Yamato, Japan
  • 1979-01-20 Asaka Kubo, Japanese singer (A+Jyuc), born in Japan
  • 1979-02-09 Akinora Iwamura, Japanese professional baseball infielder (NPB,1998-2006. 2011-14; MLB 2007-10), born in Uwajima, Ehime, Japan
  • 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 soccer forward (57 caps; Hamburg S-V, Urawa Reds), born in Mishima, Shizuoka, Japan
  • 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
  • 1979-10-30 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 Hiroshi Tamaki, Japanese actor & model, born in Nagoya, Japan
  • 1980-01-14 Sosuke Sumitani, Japanese announcer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1980-01-19 Kotoko, Japanese singer, born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • 1980-01-21 Nana Mizuki, Japanese voice actress and singer

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths