Japanese History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 859

  • 1941-12-08 London: Dutch government-in-exile declares war on Japan
  • 1941-12-08 US & Britain declare war on Japan, US enters WW 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 Japans 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
  • 1942-01-23 Japanese troops occupy 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
  • 1942-02-08 Japanese armored barges cross Strait of Johore to attack Singapore (WWII)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 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
  • 1942-02-27 Battle of Java Sea began: 13 US warships sunk-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 troop land on North Sumatra
  • 1942-03-23 Japanese forces occupy Andaman Islands in Indian Ocean
  • 1942-03-23 US move native-born of Japanese ancestry into detention centers
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Aviation Pioneer Jimmy Doolittle
Aviation Pioneer
Jimmy Doolittle
  • 1942-04-29 Japanese troop march into Lashio, cut 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 battleVictory in Battle

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

US Admiral Chester Nimitz
US Admiral
Chester Nimitz
  • 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
  • 1942-10-12 US navy defeats Japanese in WW II Battle of Cape Esperance
  • 1942-10-14 Japanese battleship strikes Henderson Field, Guadalcanal
  • 1942-10-26 Battle of Santa Cruz: Japanese naval offensive against US forces near Solomon Islands
  • 1942-11-11 Lt-general Kumakashi Harada becomes Japanese commander on Java
  • 1942-11-12 Naval Battle of Guadalcanal begins between Allied and Japanese forces in Solomon Islands (WWII)
  • 1942-11-14 -Nov 15th) Japanese/US sea battle at Savo-Island in Guadalcanal)
  • 1942-11-23 Japanese bombing of Port Darwin, Australia
  • 1942-12-20 1st Japanese bombing of Calcutta
  • 1942-12-27 1st Japanese women camp (Ambarawa) goes into use
  • 1943-01-09 Japanese government in Java limits sale & use of motorcars
  • 1943-01-14 World War II: Japan begins Operation Ke, withdrawal of its troops from Guadalcanal
  • 1943-01-23 Japanese Mount Austen on Guadalcanal captured
  • 1943-01-29 New Zealand cruiser Kiwi collides with Japanese submarine I-1 at Guadalcanal
  • 1943-01-29 U.S. cruiser "Chicago" is heavily damaged by Japanese bombers on the first day of the Battle of Rennell Island
  • 1943-01-31 Chile breaks off relations with Germany & Japan
  • 1943-02-09 Japanese troops evacuate Guadalcanal, ends epic WWII battle on the Solomon Islands in the Pacific

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 1,110


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1933-02-18 Yoko Ono Lennon [Mrs John Lennon], Japanese singer and artist, born in Tokyo, Japan

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1933-04-10 Rokusuke Ei, Japanese lyricist and author
  • 1933-08-01 Masaichi Kaneda, Japanese baseball player
  • 1933-08-09 Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Japanese television personality and children's author
  • 1933-12-01 Fujiko F. Fujio, Japanese cartoon artist (d. 1996)
  • 1933-12-10 Mako, Japanese-born American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1933-12-23 Akihito, emperor of Japan (1989- )
  • 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
  • 1934-12-28 Yujiro Ishihara, Japanese actor (d. 1987)
  • 1935-01-31 Oe Kenzaburo, Japanese novelist (Catch, Personal Matter)
  • 1935-09-14 Fujio Akatsuka, Japanese cartoonist (d. 2008)
  • 1935-11-28 Prince Hitachi, Japanese royalty
  • 1936-01-21 Koji Hashimoto, Japanese film director (d. 2005)
  • 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 laureate
  • 1936-10-16 Akira Machida, Japanese judge
  • 1936-10-17 Hiroo Kanamori, Japanese seismologist
  • 1936-10-29 Akiko Kojima, Japanese model
  • 1936-12-11 Taku Yamasaki, Japanese politician
  • 1937-07-14 Yoshiro Mori, Japanese politician
  • 1937-07-20 Ken Ogata, Japanese actor
  • 1937-07-22 Yasuhiro Kojima, Japanese professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • 1938-01-23 Shohei Baba, Japanese professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • 1938-01-25 Shotaro Ishinomori, Japanese manga author (d. 1998)
  • 1938-01-25 Leiji Matsumoto, Japanese creator of anime
  • 1938-07-09 Paul Seiko Chihara, US/Japanese composer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1938-07-12 Eiko Ishioka, Costume Designer (Academy Award, Bram Stoker’s Dracula), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2012)
  • 1938-09-03 Ryoji Noyori, Japanese chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1938-09-08 Kenichi Horie, Japanese adventurer
  • 1938-10-10 Moriyama Daido, Japanese photographer
  • 1938-11-11 Haruhiro Yamashita, Japanese gymnast
  • 1938-12-16 Liv Ullmann, Norwegian actress and director (The Emigrants, Persona), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1939-01-23 Sonny Chiba, Japanese actor and martial artist
  • 1939-02-27 Kenzo Takada, Japanese director (Dream After Dream)
  • 1939-05-02 Sumio Iijima, Japanese physicist
  • 1939-09-06 Susumu Tonegawa, Japanese molecular biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, born in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1939-09-22 Junko Tabei, Japanese mountain-climber, 1st woman to climb Mount Everest, born in Miharu (d. 2016)
  • 1939-11-24 Yoshinobu Miyake, Japan, featherweight (Olympic gold 1964, 68)
  • 1940-01-29 Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver
  • 1940-05-20 Sadaharu Oh, of Yomiuri Giants (Japan), hit 868 career HR
  • 1940-10-21 Osamu Watanabe, Japan, featherweight (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1941-01-05 Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese filmmaker (Spirited Away), born in Tokyo
  • 1941-02-12 Naomi Uemura, mountain climber (1st Japanese to scale Everest)
  • 1941-06-02 Oda Mayumi, resident artist (Green Gulch Zen Center), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1941-07-09 Takehide Nakatani, Japan, lightweight (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1941-08-26 Akiko Wakabayashi, Japanese actress
  • 1941-09-10 Gunpei Yokoi, Japanese inventor and video game designer (d. 1997)
  • 1941-09-13 Tadao Ando, Japanese architect
  • 1941-12-10 Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actor, born in Kawasaki (d. 1985)
  • 1942-01-08 Junichiro Koizumi, Japanese politician
  • 1942-04-02 Hiroyuki Sakai, Japanese chef
  • 1942-06-22 Toyohiro Akiyama, Japan, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-11)
  • 1942-08-31 Isao Aoki, Abiko Chiba Japan, PGA golfer (1983 Hawaiian Open)
  • 1943-01-07 Sadako Sasaki, Japanese child victim of the Hiroshima atomic bomb (d. 1955)
  • 1943-03-01 Akinori Nakayama, Japanese gymnast
  • 1943-07-31 Sab Shimono, Japanese-American actor (Jackie Chan Adventures), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1943-08-17 Yukio Kasaya, Japan, 70m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1943-08-22 Masatoshi Shima, Japanese computer scientist, born in Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1944-01-20 Isao Okano, Japan, middleweight judo (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1944-05-06 Masanori Murakami, First Japanese baseball player in major leagues

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1944-06-13 Ban Ki-moon, South Korean politician and 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations (2007-16), born in Injō, Japanese Korea

8th Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon
8th Secretary-General of the United Nations
Ban Ki-moon
  • 1944-06-16 Takamiyama, [Jesse Kuhaulua], Hawaii, 1st non-Japanese sumo champion
  • 1945-03-18 Hiroh Kikai, Japanese photographer
  • 1945-11-13 Masahiro Hasemi, Japanese racing driver, born in Ome, Tokyo
  • 1945-12-16 Yukio Hattori, Japanese Iron Chef commentator
  • 1946-03-10 Hiroshi Fushida, Japanese racing driver
  • 1946-03-15 Masaharu Satō, Japanese seiyū
  • 1946-04-04 Katsuaki Sato, Japanese martial artist
  • 1946-08-06 Masaaki Sakai, Japanese comedian
  • 1946-09-09 Hayato Tani, Japanese actor
  • 1946-10-10 Naoto Kan, Japanese politician
  • 1946-10-11 Sawao Kato, Japan, gymnist (Olympic gold 1968, 72, 76)
  • 1947-01-18 Takeshi Kitano, actor (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi, Fireworks), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1947-01-24 Masashi Ozaki, Japanese golfer
  • 1947-02-11 Kikko Matsuoka, Japanese actress
  • 1947-03-06 Teru Miyamoto, Japanese author
  • 1947-03-24 Meiko Kaji, Japanese singer and actress
  • 1947-04-17 Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player
  • 1947-07-01 Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Japanese racing driver
  • 1947-07-09 Haruomi Hosono, Japanese musician
  • 1947-08-28 Shoto Tanemura, Japanese martial artist
  • 1947-08-31 Yumiko Ōshima, Japanese manga artist
  • 1947-11-07 Yutaka Fukumoto, Japanese professional baseball player
  • 1948-01-28 Mamoru Mohri, Yoichi-machi Hokkaido Japan, astronaut (STS 47)
  • 1948-01-31 Muneo Suzuki, Japanese politician
  • 1948-02-29 Jirō Akagawa, Japanese novelist
  • 1948-05-11 Shigeru Izumiya, Japanese folk musician
  • 1949-01-12 Kentaro Haneda, Japanese composer (d. 2007)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1949-01-12 Haruki Murakami, Japanese writer (Norwegian Wood), born in Kyoto, Japan

  • 1949-03-13 Hiroshi Kazato, Japanese racing driver (d. 1974)
  • 1949-09-14 Eikichi Yazawa, Japanese singer
  • 1949-11-13 Yoshimi Ishibashi, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1949-11-27 Masanori Sekiya, Japanese racing driver
  • 1950-01-03 Victoria Principal, American actress (Earthquake, Pamela-Dallas), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1950-01-16 Damo Suzuki, Japanese singer (Can)
  • 1950-02-04 Pamela Franklin, actress (Satan's School for Girls), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1950-02-16 Kazuki Tomokawa, Japanese acid-folk singer

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

Deaths 301 - 400 of 434

  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1989-01-06 Hirohito, Japan`s emperor (1922-89), dies at 87 after 62-year reign

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
Hirohito
  • 1989-02-09 Osamu Tezuka, Japanese manga artist (b. 1928)
  • 1989-04-27 Konosuke Matsushita, Japanese industrialist (b. 1894)
  • 1989-11-06 Yusaku Matsuda, Japanese actor (b. 1949)
  • 1990-01-20 Naruhito Higashi-Kuni, Japanese PM (1945), dies
  • 1990-05-12 Chen Kenmin, Japanese chef (b. 1912)
  • 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 (b. 1913)
  • 1990-11-24 Nistani Keiji, philosopher, dies in Kyoto Japan
  • 1991-01-29 Yasushi Inoue, Japanese historian, dies
  • 1991-05-14 Shintaro Abe, minister of Exterior of Japan (1982-86), dies
  • 1991-06-03 Harry Glicken, volcanologist, killed by Mt Unzen Volcano in Japan
  • 1991-06-03 Takeshi Nagata, Japanese geophysicist (b. 1913)
  • 1991-07-11 Hitoshi Igarashi, Japanese interpreter (Satanic Verses), murdered
  • 1992-01-12 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), dies at 89
  • 1992-04-02 Tomisaburo Wakayama, Japanese actor (b. 1929)
  • 1992-04-25 Yutaka Ozaki, Japanese rock artist, dies at 26 of pulmonary edema
  • 1992-08-15 Osamu Inaba, Japanese min of justice, dies
  • 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 Ishiro Honda, Japanese 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 (b. 1917)
  • 1993-07-10 Masugi Ibuse, Japanese author (Kuroi ame (Black rain)), dies at 95
  • 1993-10-20 Sugiyama Yasushi, Japanese painter (b. 1909)
  • 1993-11-14 Sanzo Nosaka, co-founder of Japanese Communist Party (1922), dies
  • 1993-12-15 Kakuei Tanaka, PM of Japan (1972-74), dies
  • 1993-12-16 Kakuei Tanaka, premier of Japan (1972-74), 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 (b. 1927)
  • 1994-07-14 Taeko Kuwata, Japanese/Belgian pianist, commits suicide
  • 1994-11-13 Motoo Kimura, Japanese geneticist, dies at 70
  • 1995-07-30 Charles James Dunn, japanese scholar, dies at 80
  • 1995-10-18 Iri Maruki, Japanese artist (The Hiroshima Panels), dies at 94
  • 1996-01-07 Tarō Okamoto, Japanese avant-garde artist (b. 1911)
  • 1996-03-28 Shin Kanemaru, VP of Japan (1986-87), dies at 81
  • 1996-06-10 Uno Chiyo, Japanese writer (Confessions of Love), dies at 98
  • 1996-09-23 Fujiko F. Fujio, Japanese cartoonist (b. 1933)
  • 1996-09-29 Shūsaku Endō, Japanese writer ("Sea & Poison", "Silence"), dies at 73
  • 1997-06-21 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese entertainer (b. 1931)
  • 1997-07-23 Chuhei Nambu, Japanese athlete (b. 1904)
  • 1997-12-22 Juzo Itami, Japanese director, commits suicide at 64

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1997-12-24 Toshiro Mifune, Japanese actor (Shogun), dies at 77

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
  • 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
  • 1998-05-02 Hideto "hide" Matsumoto, Japanese musician (b. 1964)
  • 1998-05-19 Sōsuke Uno, Japanese prime minister (b. 1922)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1998-09-06 Akira Kurosawa, Japanese film director (Seven Samurai, Kagemusha), dies at 88

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • 1998-09-27 Narita Bryan, Japanese racehorse (b. 1991)
  • 1998-11-19 Ted Fujita, Japanese-born American meteorologist (b. 1920)
  • 1999-01-31 Shohei Baba, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1999-06-21 Kami, Japanese drummer (Malice Mizer) (b. 1973)
  • 1999-07-16 Hiromi Yanagihara, Japanese singer (b. 1979)
  • 1999-10-03 Akio Morita, Japanese businessman (b. 1921)
  • 2000-05-14 Obuchi Keizo, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1937)
  • 2000-06-16 Empress Kōjun of Japan (b. 1903)
  • 2000-09-22 Saburo Sakai, Japanese aviator and flying ace of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II, dies at 84
  • 2000-10-31 Watanabe Kazuki Japanese musician (Raphael) (b. 1981)
  • 2001-04-14 Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japanese director (b. 1927)
  • 2001-05-17 Ikuma Dan, Japanese composer (Yūzuru), dies at 77
  • 2001-12-29 Takashi Asahina, Japanese conductor (b. 1908)
  • 2003-01-12 Kinji Fukasaku, Japanese director (b. 1930)
  • 2003-04-20 Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1976)
  • 2003-07-08 Kunio Toda, Japanese composer, dies at 87
  • 2003-08-08 Maki Ishii, Japanese composer, dies at 66
  • 2004-02-27 Yoshihiko Amino, Japanese historians (b. 1928)
  • 2004-05-05 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), dies at 44
  • 2004-07-19 Zenko Suzuki, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1911)
  • 2005-03-15 Shoji Nishio, Japanese martial artist (b. 1927)
  • 2005-03-22 Kenzo Tange, Japanese architect (b. 1913)
  • 2005-04-20 Fumio Niwa, Japanese novelist (b. 1904)
  • 2005-11-06 Minako Honda, Japanese singer and musical actress, dies of leukemia at 38
  • 2006-02-08 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer (b. 1914)
  • 2006-05-06 Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist (b. 1926)
  • 2006-05-07 Machiko Soga, Japanese actress, singer, and tokusatsu legend (b. 1943)
  • 2006-05-10 Raizo Matsuno, Japanese politician (b. 1917)
  • 2006-05-30 Shohei Imamura, Japanese film director (b. 1926)
  • 2006-07-21 Mako, Japanese-born American actor (b. 1933)
  • 2006-10-30 Junji Kinoshita, Japanese playwright (b. 1914)
  • 2006-12-25 Hiroaki Hidaka, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)
  • 2006-12-28 Komei Abe, Japanese composer, dies at 95

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2007-01-05 Momofuku Ando, Taiwanese-Japanese inventor of instant noodles and cup noodles, dies of heart failure at 96

Inventor of Instant Noodles Momofuku Ando
Inventor of Instant Noodles
Momofuku Ando
  • 2007-02-02 Masao Takemoto, Japanese gymnast (b. 1919)
  • 2007-05-03 Knock Yokoyama, Japanese comedian and politician (b. 1932)
  • 2007-05-27 Izumi Sakai, Japanese singer (b. 1967)
  • 2007-05-28 Toshikatsu Matsuoka, Japanese politician (b. 1945)
  • 2007-06-02 Kentaro Haneda, Japanese composer (b. 1949)
  • 2007-06-28 Kiichi Miyazawa, 78th Prime Minister of Japan (1991-93), dies at 87
  • 2007-07-18 Kenji Miyamoto, Japanese politician (b. 1908)
  • 2007-08-09 Tetsuzo Akutsu, Japanese surgeon who built the first artificial heart, dies at 84
  • 2007-08-13 Yone Minagawa, Japanese woman, oldest person (114) (b. 1893)
  • 2007-08-28 Miyoshi Umeki, Japanese-born American actress (b. 1929)
  • 2007-09-27 Kenji Nagai, Japanese photojournalist (b. 1957)
  • 2007-10-07 Norifumi Abe, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1975)
  • 2007-10-12 Kisho Kurokawa, Japanese architect (b. 1934)