Japanese History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 996

Appointment of Interest

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

  • 1941-10-27 Chicago Daily Tribune editorialize there will not be war with Japan

Attack on Pearl Harbor

1941-11-01 Japanese naval staff offiicers Suzuki & Maejima arrive at Pearl Harbor

  • 1941-11-05 Japanese naval staff officers Suzuki and Maejima leave 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
  • 1941-11-29 Passenger ship Lurline sends radio signal of sighting Japanese war fleet

Historic Event

1941-11-30 Japanese Emperor Hirohito consults with admirals Shimada and Nagano

Historic Event

1941-12-02 Japanese Marshal Admiral Yamamoto sends his fleet to Pearl Harbor

  • 1941-12-02 US Naval Intelligence ceases bugging Japanese consul
  • 1941-12-06 Dutch & British pilots see Japanese invasion fleet at Singapore
  • 1941-12-07 1st Japanese midget submarine (No. 20) attacked by a US ship (USS Ward)
  • 1941-12-07 Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack the US fleet at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, killing 2,403 people
  • 1941-12-08 London: Dutch government-in-exile declares war on Japan
  • 1941-12-08 US and Britain declare war on Japan, US enters World War II
  • 1941-12-09 China declares war on Japan, Germany & Italy
  • 1941-12-10 British battleship Prince of Wales and battlecruiser Repulse (Force Z) sunk following Japanese aerial attacks off Malaya. 840 men die
  • 1941-12-10 Japanese troops landed on northern Luzon in the Philippines
  • 1941-12-10 Japanese troops overrun Guam
  • 1941-12-11 Japanese attack Wake Island (only failed WW II-landing)
  • 1941-12-11 Japanese occupy Guam
  • 1941-12-14 Japan and Thailand sign a treaty of alliance
  • 1941-12-15 USS Swordfish becomes 1st US sub to sink a Japanese ship
  • 1941-12-16 Sarawak occupied by Japanese forces
  • 1941-12-18 Japanese troops land on Hong Kong
  • 1941-12-20 Japanese troops land on Mindanao, Philippines
  • 1941-12-22 Japan's invasion leader lands on Luzon, Philippines
  • 1941-12-23 American forces on Wake Island surrender to Japanese
  • 1941-12-23 Japan begins assault on Rangoon, Burma
  • 1941-12-24 First 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"
  • 1942-01-01 28th Rose Bowl: #12 Oregon State beats #2 Duke, 20-16 (played in North Carolina due to Japanese threat)
  • 1942-01-02 Japanese troops occupy Manila, Philippines
  • 1942-01-10 Japan invades North Celebes, Dutch East Indies
  • 1942-01-11 Japan conquers Kuala Lumpur, Malaya
  • 1942-01-14 Japanese troops land at oil center Balikpapan in Borneo
  • 1942-01-19 Japanese forces invade Burma
  • 1942-01-20 Japanese invade Burma
  • 1942-01-23 Battle of Rabaul: Japanese attack Australian air base in Rabaul, New Britain
  • 1942-01-30 Japanese troops land on Ambon
  • 1942-02-02 LA Times urges security measures against Japanese-Americans
  • 1942-02-03 1st Japanese air raid on Java

Historic Event

1942-02-08 Congress advises FDR that, Americans of Japanese descent should be locked up en masse so they wouldn't oppose the US war effort

  • 1942-02-08 Japanese armored barges cross Strait of Johore to attack Singapore (WWII)
  • 1942-02-09 Japanese troops land near Makassar, South Celebes
  • 1942-02-14 Japanese parachutists land near oil center Palembang, Sumatra
  • 1942-02-15 Japanese troops march into Palembang, South Sumatra
  • 1942-02-15 World War II: British ruled Singapore surrenders to the Japanese
  • 1942-02-16 Bangka Island massacre: Japanese soldiers machine-gun 22 Australian Army nurses and 60 Australian and British soldiers and crew members from two sunken ships. Only one nurse and two soldiers survive.
  • 1942-02-18 Japanese troop land on Bali
  • 1942-02-19 About 150 Japanese warplanes attack the Australian city of Darwin
  • 1942-02-19 FDR orders detention & internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans
  • 1942-02-19 Japanese troops land on Timor
  • 1942-02-20 Lt E H O'Hare single-handedly shoots down 5 Japanese heavy bombers, becomes America's first World War II flying ace
  • 1942-02-23 Japanese submarine fires on oil refinery in Ellwood, California

Battle of Los Angeles

1942-02-24 The "Battle of Los Angeles" takes place, a series of anti-aircraft engagements over the city in response to a rumored but false Japanese attack. It would last until the morning of the following day.

  • 1942-02-27 Battle of Java Sea began: 13 US warships sunk and 2 Japanese
  • 1942-02-28 Japanese land in Java, last Allied bastion in Dutch East Indies
  • 1942-03-01 Japanese troops occupy Kalidjati airport in Java
  • 1942-03-05 Japanese troop march into Batavia
  • 1942-03-08 Japanese forces capture Rangoon, Burma
  • 1942-03-08 KNIL, Dutch colonial army on Java, surrenders to Japanese armies
  • 1942-03-11 Japanese troops land on North Sumatra
  • 1942-03-18 US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9102, creating the War Relocation Authority, which was charged with overseeing the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II
  • 1942-03-23 Japanese forces occupy Andaman Islands in Indian Ocean
  • 1942-03-24 US government begins moving native-born citizens with Japanese ancestry into detention centres under Executive Order 9066, with intention of preventing home-grown espionage
  • 1942-03-27 Japan forces Java to use "Tokyo time" 1½ hour forward
  • 1942-04-09 Battle of Bataan; US-Filipino forces overwhelmed by Japanese at Bataan
  • 1942-04-12 Japan kills about 400 Filipino officers in Bataan
  • 1942-04-16 Japanese occupying army on Java installs film censorship

Historic Event

1942-04-18 James Doolittle bombs Tokyo & other Japanese cities

  • 1942-04-29 Japanese troop march into Lashio, cutting off Burma Road
  • 1942-05-02 Japanese troops occupy Mandalay, Burma
  • 1942-05-03 Japanese troop attack Tulagi, Gavutu & Tanambogo, Solomon Islands during WWII
  • 1942-05-04 Battle of Coral Sea begins (1st naval battle fought solely in air) between Japanese, US and Australian navies and air forces
  • 1942-05-06 Corregidor & Philippines surrender to Japanese Armies
  • 1942-05-07 Battle of Coral Sea ends stopping Japanese expansion
  • 1942-05-08 Aircraft carrier USS Lexington sunk by Japanese air attack in Coral Sea
  • 1942-05-11 Japanese troops conquer Kalewa
  • 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
  • 1942-06-06 Japanese forces retreat, ending Battle of Midway
  • 1942-06-06 Japanese troop land on Kiska, Aleutians

Victory in Battle

1942-06-07 Battle of Midway ends: Admiral Chester Nimitz wins 1st World War II naval defeat of Japan

  • 1942-06-07 Japanese troops land on Attu, Aleutian Islands
  • 1942-06-22 Japanese submarine in mouth of Columbia River, Oregon
  • 1942-08-18 Carlson's Raiders land on Makin, Gilbert islands, kill 350 Japanese
  • 1942-08-22 Brazil declares war on Germany, Japan & Italy
  • 1942-08-24 Sea battle off Eastern Solomon Islands between United States Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy
  • 1942-08-26 Japanese troops land on Milne Bay, New Guinea
  • 1942-08-27 Cuba declares war on Germany, Japan & Italy
  • 1942-09-01 US Federal judge upholds detention of Japanese-Americans
  • 1942-09-09 1st bombing on continental US soil at Mount Emily, Oregon during WWII by Japanese planes
  • 1942-09-13 Battle of Edson's Ridge (2nd Japanese assault) at Guadalcanal
  • 1942-09-14 Battle of Edson's Ridge (Japanese assault) at Guadalcanal
  • 1942-09-16 Japanese attack on Port Moresby repelled

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 1,225

  • 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 Keene, American Japanese translator and critic, born in NYC, New York
  • 1922-08-20 Tetsuzo Akutsu, Japanese surgeon who built the first artificial heart, born in Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1922-09-21 Lee Hee-ho, Korean activist and first lady for her husband President Kim Dae-jung, born in Seoul, Japanese Korea (d. 2019)
  • 1922-12-12 Arthur R. Hawkins, American naval aviator and flying ace (WW II, downed 14 Japanese planes), born in Zavalla, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1923-03-27 Shūsaku Endō, Japanese writer (Sea & Poison, Silence), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1996)
  • 1923-05-24 Seijun Suzuki, Japanese cult film director, born in Tokyo (d. 2017)
  • 1923-07-27 Masutatsu Oyama, Founder of Japanese Kyokushin Karate, born in Gimje, Jeollabuk-do, Japanese Korea (d. 1994)
  • 1923-08-01 Yoshinao Nakada, Japanese composer, born in Shibuya, Tokyo (d. 2000)
  • 1924-02-26 Noboru Takeshita, Japanese PM (1987-89), born in Unnan, Japan (d. 2000)
  • 1924-03-07 Kobo Abe, playwright (Woman, the Dunes), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1924-03-25 Machiko Kyō, Japanese actress (Gate of Hell, Rashomon, Ugetsu), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1924-04-07 Ikuma Dan, Japanese composer (Yūzuru), born in Toyko (d. 2001)
  • 1924-04-17 Donald Richie, American-born author and (Japanese) film critic, born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • 1924-11-13 Motoo Kimura, Japanese geneticist, born in Okazaki, Japan (d. 1994)
  • 1924-11-25 Takaaki Yoshimoto, Japanese poet, critic, and philosopher.
  • 1925-01-14 Yukio Mishima, Japanese novelist (Temple of Golden Pavilion), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1970)
  • 1925-03-12 Leo Esaki [Esaki Reona], Japan, physicist (Tunnel effect-Nobel 1973)
  • 1925-07-12 Yasushi Akutagawa, Japanese composer (Orpheus of Hiroshima, Ellora Symphony), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1989)
  • 1926-01-07 Kim Jong-pil, South Korean Prime Minister (1971-75, 1998-2000) and founder of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (now the National Intelligence Service), born in Buyeo County, Japanese Korea (d. 2018)
  • 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, Japanese businessman (President of Nintendo, 1949-2003, owner of Seattle Mariners), born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2013)
  • 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, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1928-11-03 Osamu Tezuka, Japanese manga artist (Kimba the White Lion), born in Toyonaka City, Japan (d. 1989)
  • 1929-02-20 Toshiro Mayuzumi, Japanese composer (Sphenogramme), born in Yokohama, Japan (d. 1997)
  • 1929-03-29 Yayoi Kusama, Japanese artist and writer, born in Matsumoto, Japan
  • 1929-05-08 Miyoshi Umeki, Japanese-American actress (Katsumi-Sayonara, Mrs Livingston-Courtship of Eddie's Father), born in Otaru, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1929-06-29 Mamiya Michio, Japanese composer, born in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan
  • 1929-08-12 Joji Yuasa, Japanese composer, born in Kōriyama, Fukushima
  • 1929-09-10 Akio Yashiro, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 1976)
  • 1929-12-12 Toshiko Akiyoshi, Japanese jazz pianist and composer, born in Liaoyang, Manchuria, Republic of China
  • 1930-03-16 Minoru Miky, Japanese composer for traditional Japanese instruments, born in Tokushima (d. 2011)
  • 1930-04-11 Kazuo Fukushima, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo
  • 1930-06-03 Ben Wada, Japanese television producer (NHK), born in Matsusaka,, Japan (d. 2011)
  • 1930-07-05 Yutaka Makino, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2005)
  • 1930-10-08 Tōru Takemitsu, Japanese classical music and film score composer (November Steps; Ran), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1996)
  • 1931-01-02 Toshiki Kaifu, premier of Japan (1989-91)
  • 1931-01-20 Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese jazz pianist and songwriter, born in Tsingtao, Republic of China to (d. 1992)
  • 1931-01-20 Sawako Ariyoshi, Japanese writer (Compound Pollution, Doctor's Wife), born in Wakayama, Japan (d. 1984)
  • 1931-02-10 Makoto Shinohara, Japanese composer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1931-02-16 Ken Takakura [Goichi Oda], Japanese actor and singer (Black Rain, Story of Antarctic), born in Nakama, Fukuoka (d. 2014)
  • 1931-03-27 Yoriaki Matsudaira, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo
  • 1931-04-11 Koichi Sugiyama, Japanese video game composer (Dragon Quest), born in Tokyo
  • 1931-05-20 Chiharu Igaya, Japan, slalom (Olympic silver 1956)
  • 1931-06-22 Teruyuki Okazaki, Japanese karate master (10th degree black belt Shotokan Karate; founder International Shotokan Karate Federation), born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan (d. 2020)
  • 1931-07-23 Arata Isozaki, Japanese architect (Art Tower Mito, Pritzler Prize 2019), born in Oito, Japan
  • 1931-07-26 Takashi Ono, Japanese gymnast (Olympic gold horizontal bar 1956, 60, team 1960, 64, vault 1960), born in Noshiro, Akita Prefecture, Japan
  • 1931-10-22 Hikaru Hayashi, Japanese pianist, conductor and composer (Onibaba), born in Tokyo (d. 2012)
  • 1931-11-29 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese actor, singer, producer, and director (Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman), born in Fukagawa, Tokyo (d. 1997)
  • 1931-12-02 Masaaki Hatsumi, Japanese founder and head of the Bujinkan Organization, born in Noda, Chiba, Japan
  • 1931-12-29 Prince Gu of Korea, Korean royalty, born in Tokyo Prefecture, Japan (d. 2005)
  • 1932-01-30 Kazuo Inamori, Japanese business executive (Kyocera Ceramics Co), born in Yakushi, Japan
  • 1932-01-30 Knock Yokoyama, Japanese comedian & politician, born in Kobe, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 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), born in Suma-ku, Kobe, Japan (d. 2022)
  • 1932-12-24 On Kawara, Japanese conceptual artist, born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan (d. 2014)
  • 1933-01-02 Morimura Seiichi, Japanese novelist
  • 1933-01-10 Akira Miyoshi, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2013)

Yoko OnoYoko Ono (89 years old)

1933-02-18 Japanese artist, poet, singer, and second wife of John Lennon born in Tokyo, Empire of Japan

  • 1933-04-10 Rokusuke Ei, Japanese author and lyricist (Sukiyaki), born in Asakusa, Tokyo (d. 2016)
  • 1933-08-01 Masaichi Kaneda, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (only Japanese pitcher to win 400 games; perfect game 1957), born in Heiwa, Nakashima, Aichi, Japan (d. 2019)
  • 1933-08-09 Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Japanese television personality and children's author, born in Nogisaka, Tokyo
  • 1933-12-01 Fujiko F. Fujio, Japanese cartoon artist (d. 1996)
  • 1933-12-10 Mako, Japanese-American actor (The Sand Pebbles), born in Kobe, Hyōgo, Empire of Japan (d. 2006)

AkihitoAkihito (88 years old)

1933-12-23 Emperor of Japan (1989-2019), born in Tokyo, Japan

  • 1934-02-24 Shuko Mizuno, Japanese composer (Symphonic Metamorphoses), born in Tokushima, Japan
  • 1934-04-06 Anton Geesink, Dutch judoka (first non-Japanese world champion, Olympic gold 1964), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 2010)
  • 1934-04-08 Kisho Kurokawa, Japanese architect (d. 2007)
  • 1934-06-18 Mitsuteru Yokoyama, Japanese manga artist (d. 2004)
  • 1934-10-20 Michiko, empress of Japan, wife of Akihito, Emperor of Japan, first commoner to marry into the Japanese royal family, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1934-12-28 Yujiro Ishihara, Japanese actor (Crazed Fruit), born in Kobe, Japan (d. 1987)
  • 1935-01-31 Kenzaburo Oe, Japanese novelist (Catch, Personal Matter) who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1994, born in Ōse, Japan
  • 1935-06-29 Katsuya Nomura, Japanese baseball catcher and manager (first NPB batter to win Triple Crown 1965; Nankai Hawks), born in Kyōtango Kyoto, Japan (d. 2020)
  • 1935-07-10 Tura Satana, Japanese-American actress (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!), born in Hokkaidō, Japan (d. 2011)
  • 1935-09-14 Fujio Akatsuka, Japanese cartoonist, born in Luanping, Rehe, Manchuria (d. 2008)
  • 1935-10-29 Isao Takahata, Japanese anime film director, screenwriter and producer (Grave of the Fireflies, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya), born in Ujiyamada, Mie, Japan (d. 2018)
  • 1935-11-28 Prince Hitachi, Japanese royalty (sixth born child of Emperor Shōwa and Empress Kōjun), born in Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo
  • 1936-01-21 Koji Hashimoto, Japanese film director (d. 2005)
  • 1936-02-14 Takuo Aoyagi, Japanese engineer who invented the pulse oximeter, born in Niigata Prefecture, Japan (d. 2020)
  • 1936-03-31 Dokumamushi Sandayu, Japanese actor
  • 1936-05-28 Maki Ishii, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2003)
  • 1936-08-20 Hideki Shirakawa, Japanese chemist (Nobel Prize 2000 - discovery and development of conductive polymers), born in Tokyo
  • 1936-10-16 Akira Machida, Japanese judge
  • 1936-10-17 Hiroo Kanamori, Japanese seismologist
  • 1936-10-29 Akiko Kojima, Japanese model (Miss Universe 1959 - 1st Japanese and Asian woman to win the title), born in Tokyo
  • 1936-12-11 Taku Yamasaki, Japanese politician (Minister of Construction), born in Dalian, Kwantung Leased Territory, China
  • 1937-01-18 Yukio Endo, Japanese gymnast (4 Olympic gold 1960, 64), born in Akita, Japan (d. 2009)
  • 1937-05-26 Monkey Punch [Kazuhiko Kato], Japanese manga cartoonist (Lupin III), born in Hamanaka, Hokkaido, Empire of Japan (d. 2019)
  • 1937-07-14 Yoshirō Mori, Japanese politician, Prime Minister of Japan (2000-01), born in Nomi, Japan
  • 1937-07-20 Ken Ogata [Akinobu Ogata], Japanese actor (Okinawan Boys, Taikōki), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2008)
  • 1937-07-22 Yasuhiro Kojima, Japanese professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • 1938-01-23 Shohei Baba, Japanese professional wrestler, born in iigata Prefecture, Japan (d. 1999)

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

Deaths 301 - 400 of 517

  • 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 Shigeru Yoshida, Japanese politician and diplomat, Prime Minister of Japan (1946-54), dies at 89
  • 1968-01-09 Kokichi Tsuburaya, Japanese marathoner (Olympic bronze 1964), commits suicide
  • 1968-01-30 Tsugouharu Foujita, Japanese-French painter and printmaker, dies at 81
  • 1969-04-26 Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist & founder of the Japanese martial art of aikido, dies at 85
  • 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
  • 1972-04-02 Toshitsugu Takamatsu, Japanese Martial Arts Grandmaster (b. 1887)
  • 1972-04-16 Yasunari Kawabata, Japanese novelist (Thousand Cranes) and Nobel laureate (1968), dies at 72
  • 1972-07-27 Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Austrian-Japanese politician, dies at 77
  • 1973-01-25 Masao Ohba, Japanese boxer (WBA flyweight champion), dies in a car accident at 23
  • 1973-11-23 Sessue Hayakawa, Japanese actor (Bridge on River Kwai, Tokyo Joe), dies of cerebral thrombosis at 83
  • 1974-03-24 Yoshida Isoya, Japanese architect (modern sukiya style), dies at 79
  • 1974-06-02 Hiroshi Kazato, Japanese racing driver, dies at 25
  • 1975-05-30 Tatsuo Shimabuku, Japanese martial artist and founder of Isshinryu Karate, dies at 66

Eisaku SatōEisaku Satō (1901-1975)

1975-06-02 Prime Minister of Japan (1963-72) and Nobel Peace Prize laureate (1974), dies of a stroke at 74

  • 1975-06-03 Satō Eisaku, Japanese Prime Minister (1964-72), (Nobel Peace Prize 1974), dies at 74
  • 1976-01-19 Hidetsugu Yagi, Japanese electrical engineer (b. 1886)
  • 1977-03-24 Saburō Moroi, Japanese composer and educator, dies at 73
  • 1979-01-11 Jack Soo [Goro Suzuki], Japanese-American actor (Flower Drum Song, Barney Miller), dies of esophageal cancer at 61
  • 1979-07-08 Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1906)
  • 1980-06-28 Yoshiro Irino, Japanese composer, dies at 58
  • 1980-07-10 Komako Kimura, Japanese suffragette, actress and editor, dies at 92
  • 1980-09-20 Sanpei Hayashiya, Japanese comedian (b. 1925)
  • 1981-04-13 Prince Asaka Yasuhiko of Japan, Japanese military commander, dies at 93
  • 1981-09-08 Hideki Yukawa, Japanese physicist (Nobel 1949), dies at 74
  • 1982-02-11 Takashi Shimura, Japanese actor (Rashomon, 7 Samurais), dies at 76
  • 1982-02-26 Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japanese actor and director (Gate of Hell; A Page of Madness; Jujiro; Jigoku-mon), dies at 86
  • 1982-03-10 Minoru Shirota, Japanese microbiologist and founder of the Yakult Honsha beverage company, dies at 82
  • 1985-08-12 Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer (Sukiyaki), and actor, dies in JAL 123 crash at 43
  • 1985-09-11 Masako Natsume [Odate], Japanese actress and model (Tripitaka in "Monkey"), dies of leukaemia at 27
  • 1985-12-21 Kamatari Fujiwara, Japanese film actor (Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 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, dies at 18
  • 1986-07-31 Chiune Sugihara, Japanese diplomat (b. 1900)
  • 1986-10-29 Osamu Shimizu, Japanese composer, dies at 74
  • 1987-07-17 Yujiro Ishihara, Japanese actor (b. 1934)
  • 1987-08-07 Nobusuke Kishi, Prime Minister of Japan (1957-60), dies at 90
  • 1988-12-25 Ooka Shohei, Japanese novelist (b. 1909)
  • 1988-12-30 Isamu Noguchi, Japanese-American sculptor (1963 Fine Arts Medal, Noguchi table), dies at 84

HirohitoHirohito (1901-1989)

1989-01-07 124th Emperor of Japan (1926-89), dies at 87 after a 62-year reign

  • 1989-01-31 Yasushi Akutagawa, Japanese composer (Orpheus of Hiroshima, Ellora Symphony), dies at 63
  • 1989-02-09 Osamu Tezuka, Japanese manga artist (Kimba the White Lion), dies of cancer at 60
  • 1989-04-27 Kōnosuke Matsushita, Japanese industrialist (founded Panasonic), dies at 94
  • 1989-11-06 Yusaku Matsuda, Japanese actor (Detective Story), dies of cancer at 40
  • 1990-01-01 Suzuki Sochu, Japanese-born Zen teacher, dies at 80
  • 1990-01-20 Naruhito Higashi-Kuni, Japanese PM (1945), dies
  • 1990-01-20 Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni, Japanese imperial prince and 30th Prime Minister of Japan, dies at 102
  • 1990-07-09 Brigitte D'Ortschy, German author, trnslator and Zen teacher Sanbo Kyodan line, dies in Japan at 69
  • 1990-07-23 Kenjiro Takayanagi, Japanese development of television (b. 1899)
  • 1990-08-26 Minoru Honda, Japanese astronomer (discovered 12 comets), dies at 77
  • 1990-11-19 Sun Li-jen, Chinese general (best known for his leadership in the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Chinese Civil War), dies at 89
  • 1990-11-24 Nistani Keiji, philosopher, dies in Kyoto Japan
  • 1991-01-29 Yasushi Inoue, Japanese writer (The Bullfight), dies at 83
  • 1991-05-14 Shintaro Abe, minister of Exterior of Japan (1982-86), dies
  • 1991-06-03 Harry Glicken, American volcanologist, killed by Mt Unzen Volcano in Japan at 33
  • 1991-06-03 Takeshi Nagata, Japanese geophysicist, dies at 78
  • 1991-07-11 Hitoshi Igarashi, Japanese interpreter (Satanic Verses), murdered
  • 1992-04-02 Tomisaburo Wakayama, Japanese actor (b. 1929)
  • 1992-04-25 Yutaka Ozaki, Japanese pop musician dies of pulmonary edema at 26
  • 1992-08-15 Osamu Inaba, Japanese Minister of justice (helped bring down Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka in Lockheed bribery scandal), dies at 82
  • 1993-01-22 Kobo Abe, Japanese writer (Wife in the Sand), dies at 68
  • 1993-01-30 Taikichiro Mori, Japanese real estate developer, dies at 88
  • 1993-02-28 Ishirō Honda, Japanese film director and producer (Godzilla), dies at 81
  • 1993-03-16 Chishu Ryu, Japanese actor (Autumn Afternoon), dies of cancer at 86
  • 1993-04-18 Masahiko Kimura, Japanese judoka, dies at 75
  • 1993-07-10 Masugi Ibuse, Japanese author (Kuroi ame (Black rain)), dies at 95
  • 1993-10-20 Sugiyama Yasushi, Japanese Nihonga style painter, and designer, dies on his 84th birthday
  • 1993-11-14 Sanzo Nosaka, co-founder of Japanese Communist Party (1922), dies
  • 1993-12-16 Kakuei Tanaka, Japanese Prime Minister (1972-74), convicted of bribe-taking, dies at 75
  • 1993-12-20 W Edwards Deming, US economist (helped Japan after WW II), dies at 93
  • 1994-04-26 Masutatsu Oyama, Founder of Japanese Kyokushin Karate, dies at 70
  • 1994-07-14 Taeko Kuwata, Japanese Belgian pianist (Duo Crommelynck), commits suicide at about 47
  • 1994-11-13 Motoo Kimura, Japanese geneticist, dies at 70
  • 1995-06-10 Masaya Hanai, Japanese businessman, dies at 82
  • 1995-07-30 Charles Dunn, British Japanese scholar, dies at 80
  • 1995-09-14 Eiji Okada, Japanese actor (Hiroshima mon amour, The Ugly American), dies of heart failure at 75
  • 1995-10-18 Iri Maruki, Japanese artist (The Hiroshima Panels), dies at 94
  • 1996-01-07 Tarō Okamoto, Japanese avant-garde artist (b. 1911)
  • 1996-02-20 Tōru Takemitsu, Japanese classical music and film score composer (November Steps; Ran), dies of pneumonia while being treated for bladder cancer at 65
  • 1996-03-28 Shin Kanemaru, Japanese politician (Deputy Prime Minister 1986-87), dies at 81
  • 1996-03-30 Ryoei Saito, Japanese businessman (Daishowa Paper Manufacturing), dies at 79
  • 1996-06-06 Kusuo Kitamura, Japanese 1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 78
  • 1996-06-10 Uno Chiyo, Japanese writer (Confessions of Love), dies at 98
  • 1996-08-22 Mareo Ishiketa, Japanese composer, dies at 79
  • 1996-09-23 Fujiko F. Fujio, Japanese cartoonist (b. 1933)
  • 1996-09-29 Shūsaku Endō, Japanese writer (Sea & Poison, Silence), dies at 73
  • 1997-04-02 Tomoyuki Tanaka, Japanese film producer (Godzilla), dies of a stroke at 86
  • 1997-04-10 Toshiro Mayuzumi, Japanese composer (Sphenogramme), dies at 68
  • 1997-06-21 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese actor, singer, producer, and director (Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman), dies at 65
  • 1997-07-23 Chūhei Nambu, Japanese athlete (Olympic gold triple jump 1932; only person to have held WRs in both long jump & triple jump), dies at 93
  • 1997-09-22 Shoichi Yokoi, Japanese WW II fighter (surrendered in 1972), dies at 82
  • 1997-12-19 Masaru Ibuka, Japanese electronics industrialist (Sony Corp), dies at 89
  • 1997-12-22 Juzo Itami, Japanese director, commits suicide at 64

Toshiro MifuneToshiro Mifune (1920-1997)

1997-12-24 Japanese writer and actor (Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Shogun), dies at 77

  • 1997-12-30 Shinichi Hoshi, Japanese novelist (b. 1926)
  • 1998-01-09 Kenichi Fukui, Japanese Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1981), dies at 79
  • 1998-01-26 Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese music teacher (Suzuki Method), dies at 99
  • 1998-05-19 Sōsuke Uno, Japanese prime minister (b. 1922)