Japanese History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 982

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo
  • 1941-10-27 Chicago Daily Tribune editorialize there will not be war with Japan

Sinking ShipAttack on Pearl Harbor

1941-11-01 Japanese naval staff offiicers Suzuki & Maejima arrive at Pearl Harbor
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USS Arizona ablaze and sinking after the attack on Pearl Harbor
USS Arizona ablaze and sinking after the attack on 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
Hirohito

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor Isoroku Yamamoto
WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Isoroku Yamamoto
  • 1941-12-06 Dutch & British pilots see Japanese invasion fleet at Singapore
  • 1941-12-07 Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack the US fleet at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, killing 2,403 people
  • 1941-12-07 1st Japanese midget submarine (No. 20) attacked by a US ship (USS Ward)
  • 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 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
  • 1942-01-30 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

Battle of InterestBattle 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.
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Anti-aircraft guns and spotlights comb the sky above Los Angeles during the rumored Japanese attack
Anti-aircraft guns and spotlights comb the sky above Los Angeles during the rumored Japanese attack
  • 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

Philippine Revolution'I Shall Return'

1942-03-20 General Douglas MacArthur vows "I came through and I shall return" after escaping Japanese-occupied Philippines
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A statue in the Philippines commemorating the promised return of American commander Douglas MacArthur in World War II
A statue in the Philippines commemorating the promised return of American commander Douglas MacArthur in 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

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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 1,202

  • 1923-08-01 Yoshinao Nakada, Japanese composer, born in Shibuya, Tokyo (d. 2000)
  • 1924-02-26 Noboru Takeshita, Japanese PM (1987-89)
  • 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 producers
  • 1930-07-05 Yutaka Makino, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2005)
  • 1930-10-08 Toru Takemitsu, Japanese composer (Ki No Kyoko), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1996)
  • 1931-01-02 Toshiki Kaifu, premier of Japan (1989-91)
  • 1931-01-20 Sawako Ariyoshi, Japanese writer (Compound Pollution, Doctor's Wife), born in Wakayama, Japan (d. 1984)
  • 1931-01-20 Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese songwriter & pianist, born in China (d. 1992)
  • 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 composer and conductor, born in Tokyo
  • 1931-05-20 Chiharu Igaya, Japan, slalom (Olympic silver 1956)
  • 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 1956, 60), 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)
  • 1931-12-29 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)
  • 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)

Person of interestYoko Ono

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

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 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)

Person of interestAkihito

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

Emperor of Japan Akihito
Emperor of Japan
Akihito
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1935-07-10 Tura Satana, Japanese-American actress (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!), born in Hokkaidō, Japan (d. 2012)
  • 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
  • 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 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 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, born in iigata Prefecture, Japan (d. 1999)
  • 1938-01-25 Shotaro Ishinomori, Japanese manga author, born in Tome, Japan (d. 1998)
  • 1938-01-25 Leiji Matsumoto, Japanese creator of anime, born in Kurume, Japan
  • 1938-07-09 Paul Seiko Chihara, American-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 Ryōji Noyori, Japanese chemist (Nobel Prize 2011), born in Kobe, Japan
  • 1938-09-08 Kenichi Horie, Japanese adventurer and solo yachtsman, born in Osaka
  • 1938-09-21 Yūji Takahashi, Japanese pianist and composer, born in Japan
  • 1938-10-10 Daidō Moriyama, Japanese photographer, born in Ikeda, Osaka
  • 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 & martial artist, born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1939-02-27 Kenzo Takada, Japanese director (Dream After Dream), born in Himejo, Japan
  • 1939-05-02 Sumio Iijima, Japanese physicist, born in Koshigaya, Saitama, Japan
  • 1939-09-06 Susumu Tonegawa, Japanese molecular biologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1987), born in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

Deaths 301 - 400 of 494

  • 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
  • 1971-04-18 Masao Oki, Japanese composer (Symphony No.5 Atomic Bomb), dies at 69
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1975-06-02 Eisaku Sato, premier of Japan (1964-71 Nobel 1974), dies at 74
  • 1975-06-03 Satō Eisaku, Japanese Prime Minister (1964-72), (Nobel 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 Hediki Joekawa, Japans physicist (Nobel 1949) at 74
  • 1982-02-11 Takashi Shimura, Japans 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 fouder of the Yakult Honsha beverage company, dies at 82
  • 1985-01-01 Kamatari Fujiwara, Japanese actor (Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo), dies at 85
  • 1985-08-12 Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer 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
  • 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)
  • 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

Person of interestHirohito

1989-01-07 Emperor Hirohito of Japan (1922-89) dies at 87 after a 62-year reign

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
Hirohito
  • 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 (b. 1949)
  • 1990-01-20 Naruhito Higashi-Kuni, Japanese PM (1945), dies
  • 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 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 painter (b. 1909)
  • 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, commits suicide
  • 1994-11-13 Motoo Kimura, Japanese geneticist, dies at 70
  • 1995-06-10 Masaya Hanai, Japanese businessman, dies at 82
  • 1995-07-30 Charles James Dunn, 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 Toru Takemitsu, Japanese composer (Ki No Kyoko), dies 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
  • 1997-06-21 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese actor, singer, producer, and director (Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman), dies at 65
  • 1997-07-23 Chūhei Nambu, Japanese track and field athlete (Olympic gold 1932), 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

Person of interestToshiro Mifune

1997-12-24 Toshiro Mifune, Japanese writer and actor (Rashomon, Seven Samurai, 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 interestAkira Kurosawa

1998-09-06 Akira Kurosawa, Japanese director and screenwriter who was posthumously named "Asian of the Century" in the "Arts, Literature, and Culture" category (Rashomon, Drunken Angel, Seven Samurai, Ran), dies of a stroke at 88

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • 1998-09-27 Narita Brian, Japanese racehorse, world's top earner until 2000 (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)
  • 2000-05-03 Yoshinao Nakada, Japanese composer, dies at 76
  • 2000-05-14 Obuchi Keizo, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1937)