Japanese History (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 500 of 998

  • 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 WWII Naval Battle of Guadalcanal begins between Allied and Japanese forces in Solomon Islands
  • 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, ending the epic World War II battle on the Solomon Islands in the Pacific
  • 1943-03-03 Battle of the Bismarck Sea: Australian and American air forces devastate Japanese navy convoy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943-03-06 Sukarno asks for cooperation with Japanese occupiers

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia

Sinking ShipAttack on Pearl Harbor

1943-04-18 Operation Vengeance: US Army Air Force P-38G fighter aircraft from Kukum Field on Guadalcanal ambush and shoot down the transport bomber aircraft of Isoroku Yamamoto, commander-in-chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy and mastermind behind the Pearl Harbor attack

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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
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  • 1943-05-14 Sinking of the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur off the coast of Queensland, by a Japanese submarine
  • 1943-05-19 Churchill pledges Britain's full support to US against Japan
  • 1943-05-25 Trident conference in Washington, D.C. (operation plan '43 against Japan)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943-07-07 -10] Japanese premier Hideki Tojo visits Java

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo
  • 1943-08-01 Japan declares Burma Independence under U Ba Maw
  • 1943-08-21 Japan leaves Aleutian Islands
  • 1943-08-31 Japanese occupiers intern Jewish Congregation of Sorabajo
  • 1943-10-02 Japanese troops leave Kolombangara, Solomon Island
  • 1943-10-03 Operations begin at PETA Java, defending (Japanese) fatherland
  • 1943-10-05 US air raid on Wake, Japanese execute 98 US prisoners in retaliation

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943-10-14 Japan declares the Philippines independent under President José P. Laurel

3rd President of the Philippines José P. Laurel
3rd President of the Philippines
José P. Laurel

TrainDeath Railway Completed

1943-10-17 Burma railway completed, built by Allied POWs and Asian laborers for use of the Japanese army

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'Bridge over the River Kwai' drawn by Leo Rawlings in 1943 depicting construction by POWs of the Burma Railway
'Bridge over the River Kwai' drawn by Leo Rawlings in 1943 depicting construction by POWs of the Burma Railway
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943-11-22 FDR, Churchill and Chiang Kai-shek meet to discuss ways to defeat Japan

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • 1943-11-23 US forces take control of Tarawa, Gilbert Island & Makin from Japanese
  • 1944-02-02 Allied troops 1st set foot on Japanese territory
  • 1944-02-14 Anti-Japanese revolt on Java

Battle of InterestBattle of Eniwetok

1944-02-20 Battle of Eniwetok: US forces take Enewetak Atoll at the cost of 37 Americans killed or missing and 94 wounded, Japanese losses were 800 dead and 23 prisoners

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US landing craft pass supporting warships on their way to Eniwetok Atoll
US landing craft pass supporting warships on their way to Eniwetok Atoll
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  • 1944-02-23 Battle of Eniwetok ends as US forces complete the capture of Parry Island from the Japanese 1st Amphibious Brigade
  • 1944-03-07 Japan begins offensive in Burma
  • 1944-04-01 Japanese troops conquer Jessami, Eastern India
  • 1944-04-26 1st B-29 attacked by Japanese fighters, one fighter shot down
  • 1944-05-27 Japanese advance in Hangkhou China
  • 1944-06-11 15 US aircraft carriers attack Japanese bases on Marianas
  • 1944-06-14 1st B-29 raid against mainland Japan
  • 1944-06-16 US bombs Kyushu Japan
  • 1944-06-19 Japanese troops conquer Changsha China
  • 1944-06-19 World War II: First day of the 2 day Battle of the Philippine Sea, US naval forces defeat Japanese fleet
  • 1944-06-20 US attacks Japanese fleet in the Philippine Sea
  • 1944-06-22 British 14th Army frees Imphal, Assam from the Japanese

Victory in BattleRaising the Flag on Iwo Jima

1944-07-04 1st Japanese kamikaze attack, US fleet near Iwo Jima

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United States Marines raise the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima
United States Marines raise the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima
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  • 1944-07-07 Heavy Japanese counter offensive on Saipan
  • 1944-07-08 Japanese kamikaze attacks on US lines at Saipan
  • 1944-07-09 In World War II, US troops secure Saipan as Japan falls
  • 1944-07-19 Japanese aircraft carriers Taiho and Shokaku sink in Marianas
  • 1944-07-20 Japanese aircraft carrier Hijo sunk by US air attack
  • 1944-07-20 US invades Japanese-occupied Guam

  • 1944-07-21 General Koiso becomes Premier of Japan
  • 1944-07-21 US forces land on Guam during its recapture from the Japanese (Operation Forager)
  • 1944-07-23 US forces invade Japanese-held Tinian in WW II
  • 1944-07-25 Japanese banzai-attack on Guam
  • 1944-07-26 Japanese suicide attack on US lines in Guam
  • 1944-08-10 Battle for Guam ends, US troops recapture Guam from the Japanese
  • 1944-08-19 Last Japanese troops driven out of India
  • 1944-10-24 US air raid on Japanese battleships and cruisers in Sibuya Sea: Musashi sinks
  • 1944-10-24 US Captain David Mccampbell shoots down 9-11 Japanese planes in Gulf of Leyte
  • 1944-10-25 Battle at Cape Engano: 4 Japanese ships sink
  • 1944-10-25 Battle in Straits of Surigao: Japanese fleet destroyed
  • 1944-11-20 1st Japanese suicide submarine attack (Ulithi Atol, Carolines)
  • 1944-12-13 Japanese kamikaze crashes into US cruiser Nashville, kills 138
  • 1944-12-17 US Army announces end of excluding Japanese-Americans from West Coast, detainees released
  • 1944-12-22 Sub Swordfish departs Pearl Harbor for Japan
  • 1944-12-31 Japanese army evacuates harbor city Akyab

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945-01-03 Admiral Chester Nimitz begins planning assaults on Okinawa and Iwo Jima in Japan

US Admiral Chester Nimitz
US Admiral
Chester Nimitz
  • 1945-01-04 US jeep-aircraft carrier Ommaney Bay sinks after Japanese kamikaze attack
  • 1945-01-07 The last surface engagement between Allies and Japanese in the Pacific campaign, World War II
  • 1945-01-12 US Task Force 38 destroys 41 Japanese ships in Battle of South China Sea

  • 1945-01-25 Japanese occupiers of Batavia arrest Indo-European youths
  • 1945-01-30 American Rangers and Filipino resistance fighters liberate over 500 Allied POWs from Japanese at Cabanatuan
  • 1945-02-19 980 Japanese soldiers reportedly killed by crocodiles in 2 days on Ramree Island, Burma
  • 1945-02-19 US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese with 30,000 US Marines
  • 1945-02-24 Manila freed from Japanese
  • 1945-03-09 Japanese proclaim "independence" of Indo-China
  • 1945-03-10 Japan grants occupied Vietnam independence
  • 1945-03-19 800 killed as Kamikaze attacked USS Franklin off Japan
  • 1945-03-21 1st Japanese kamikaze "flying bombs" (MXY-7 Ohka) attack Okinawa

Battle of InterestBattle of Okinawa

1945-03-23 Battle of Okinawa: US Navy ships bomb the Japanese island of Okinawa in preparation for the Allied invasion; it would become the largest battle of the Pacific War in World War II

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British navy vessel HMS Formidable on fire during the Battle of Okinawa after being struck by a kamikaze
British navy vessel HMS Formidable on fire during the Battle of Okinawa after being struck by a kamikaze
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  • 1945-03-26 Allies led by US Marine Corps secure island of Iwo Jima from Imperial Japanese Army, after 18,000 Japanese & 6,000 Americans killed
  • 1945-03-27 World War II: Operation Starvation, the aerial mining of Japan's ports and waterways begins.
  • 1945-04-06 Battle of Okinawa: Giant Japanese battleship Yamato heads to Okinawa with orders to beach herself and be destroyed defending the island
  • 1945-04-07 Kuniaki Koiso resigns as Prime Minister of Japan after the US invasion of Okinawa; he is replaced by Kantaro Suzuki
  • 1945-04-07 Battle of Okinawa: Massive kamikaze attack of around 110 Japanese aircraft damages three US battleships off Okinawa island
  • 1945-04-07 Battle of Okinawa: US planes intercept Japanese fleet heading for Okinawa on a suicide mission, super battleship Yamato and four destroyers are sunk
  • 1945-04-19 US aircraft carrier Franklin heavy damaged in Japanese air raid
  • 1945-04-29 Japanese army evacuates Rangoon, British Burma
  • 1945-05-10 Allies capture Rangoon from the Japanese
  • 1945-06-21 US defeat Japanese forces on Okinawa
  • 1945-06-23 Last organized Japanese defiance broken (Tarakan)
  • 1945-07-04 Field Marshal Henry Maitland Wilson gives Britain's agreement to use the atomic bomb against Japan at the Combined Policy Committee in Washington D. C.
  • 1945-07-14 Battleship USS South Dakota is 1st US ship to bombard Japan

Conference of InterestPotsdam Conference

1945-07-26 Declaration of Potsdam: US, Britain and China demand the unconditional surrender of Japan during WWII

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Winston Churchill, Harry S. Truman and Josef Stalin in the garden of Cecilienhof Palace before meeting for the Potsdam Conference
Winston Churchill, Harry S. Truman and Josef Stalin in the garden of Cecilienhof Palace before meeting for the Potsdam Conference
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Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 500 of 1,230

  • 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 (2 golds 1964 Olympics), born in Uwajima, Japan
  • 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 Kenzō Takada, Japanese fashion designer (Kenzo), born in Himejo, Japan (d. 2020)
  • 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
  • 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)

Person of interestHayao Miyazaki

1941-01-05 Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese filmmaker (Spirited Away), born in Tokyo, Japan

Animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki
Animated filmmaker
Hayao Miyazaki
  • 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, Japanese lightweight judoka (Olympic gold 1964), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1941-07-17 Morimichi Takagi, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (NPB All-Star 1966–67, 73, 79; Chunichi Dragons), born in Gifu, Japan (d. 2020)
  • 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 self-taught architect, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1941-12-10 Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actor, born in Kawasaki (d. 1985)
  • 1942-01-08 Junichiro Koizumi, Japanese politician (Prime Minister, 2001–06), born in Yokosuka, Japan
  • 1942-01-27 Tasuku Honjo, Japanese immunologist (Nobel Prize for medicine 2018), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1942-04-02 Hiroyuki Sakai, Japanese chef who specializes in French cuisine (Iron Chef), born in Izumi, Kagoshima, Japan
  • 1942-06-22 Toyohiro Akiyama, Japan, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-11)
  • 1942-08-07 Masa Saito, Japanese wrestler (AWA/WWF/NJPW/CWFI), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2018)
  • 1942-08-31 Isao Aoki, Japanese golfer (World Matchplay C'ship 1978), born in Abiko, Chiba, Japan,
  • 1943-01-07 Sadako Sasaki, Japanese child victim of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, born in Hiroshima, Japan (d. 1955)
  • 1943-03-01 Akinori Nakayama, Japanese gymnast (6 x Olympic gold 1968, 72; 7 x World C'ships gold 1966, 70), born in Nagoya, Japan
  • 1943-04-05 Masahiko 'Fighting' Harada, Japanese boxer (world flyweight, bantamweight champion), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1943-07-31 Sab Shimono, Japanese-American actor (Jackie Chan Adventures), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1943-08-17 Yukio Kasaya, Japanese ski jumper (Olympic gold 1972), born in Yoichi, Japan
  • 1943-08-22 Masatoshi Shima, Japanese computer scientist, born in Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1944-01-20 Isao Okano, Japanese judoka (Olympic gold 1964), born in Ryugasaki, Japan
  • 1944-03-31 Tomohiro Nishikado, Japanese video gamer developer (Space Invaders), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1944-05-06 Masanori Murakami, Japanese baseball player in major leagues, born in Ōtsuki, Yamanashi, Japan

Person of interestBan Ki-moon

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
  • 1944-10-25 Haruhiko Kuroda, Governor of the Bank of Japan, born in Ōmuta, Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1944-12-21 Hwang Jang Lee, Korean martial artist and film actor, born in Aomori, Japan
  • 1945-02-01 Yasuhiro Takai, Japanese baseball first baseman, designated hitter and broadcaster (NPB record 27 career pinch-hit home runs; Hankyu Braves), born in Imabari, Japan (d. 2019)
  • 1945-03-18 Hiroh Kikai, Japanese photographer (Asakusa Portraits) , born in Daigo, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan (d. 2020)
  • 1945-10-13 Chako Higuchi, Japanese golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1977; first Asian-born player to win a major title), born in Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan
  • 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, founder and director of Satojuku Karate, born in Sakhalin, Japan
  • 1946-08-06 Masaaki Sakai, Japanese comedian
  • 1946-09-09 Hayato Tani, Japanese actor
  • 1946-10-10 Naoto Kan, Japanese politician (61st Prime Minister of Japan), born in Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan
  • 1946-10-11 Sawao Kato, Japanese gymnast (8 Olympic gold 1968, 72, 76), born in Gosen, Japan
  • 1946-11-01 Yuko Shimizu, Japanese illustrator (creator of Hello Kitty), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1947-01-18 Takeshi Kitano, Japanese actor (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi, Fireworks), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1947-01-18 Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese baseman nicknamed Tetsujin, meaning "Iron Man", born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2018)
  • 1947-01-24 Masashi 'Jumbo' Ozaki, Japanese golfer (record 94 Japan Tour titles), born in Kaifu District, Tokushima
  • 1947-02-11 Kikko Matsuoka, Japanese actress, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1947-03-06 Teru Miyamoto, Japanese author
  • 1947-03-24 Meiko Kaji [Masako Ohta], Japanese film actress and singer (Lady Snowblood), born in Kanda, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1947-04-17 Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player, born in Rumoi, Hokkaidō, Japan
  • 1947-07-01 Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Japanese auto racer (Fuji 1,000 1985), born in Shizuoka-shi, Japan
  • 1947-07-09 Haruomi Hosono, Japanese musician (Yellow Magic Orchestra), born in Minato, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1947-08-28 Shoto Tanemura, Japanese martial artist, born in Matsubushi, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
  • 1947-08-31 Yumiko Ōshima, Japanese manga artist
  • 1947-11-07 Yutaka Fukumoto, Japanese professional baseball player, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1948-01-28 Mamoru Mohri, Yoichi-machi Hokkaido Japan, astronaut (STS 47)
  • 1948-01-30 Akira Yoshino, Japanese chemist (lithium-ion battery), 2019 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, born in Suita, Japan
  • 1948-01-31 Muneo Suzuki, Japanese politician, born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • 1948-02-29 Jirō Akagawa, Japanese novelist (Ghost Train), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1948-05-11 Shigeru Izumiya, Japanese folk musician
  • 1948-09-08 Great Kabuki [Akihisa Yone Yoshi Mera], Japanese wrestler (NWA/NJPW/WAR/SWS), born in Nobeoka, Miyazaki, Japan
  • 1948-12-07 Yoko Morishita, Japanese prima ballerina (Baterina No Habataki), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1949-01-12 Kentaro Haneda, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2007)

Person of interestHaruki Murakami

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

  • 1949-03-13 Hiroshi Kazato, Japanese racing driver, born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan (d. 1974)
  • 1949-04-27 Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Japanese professional wrestler (NJPW/PWF/UWF), born in Iwate, Japan
  • 1949-09-14 Eikichi Yazawa, Japanese rock singer and songwriter, born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1949-10-21 Masao Ohba, Japanese boxer (WBA flyweight champion), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1973)
  • 1949-11-13 Yoshimi Ishibashi, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1949-11-27 Masanori Sekiya, Japanese racing driver, born in Ikawa, Japan
  • 1950-01-03 Victoria Principal, American actress (Earthquake, Pamela-Dallas), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1950-01-16 (Kemji) "Damo" Suzuki, Japanese rock singer (Can; Damo Suzuki's Network), born in Japan
  • 1950-02-04 Pamela Franklin, actress (Satan's School for Girls), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1950-02-16 Kazuki Tomokawa, Japanese acid-folk singer
  • 1950-02-20 Ken Shimura, Japanese comedian and actor (Shimura Ken no Bakatono-sama), born in Higashimurayama, Japan (d. 2020)
  • 1950-05-12 Shōzō Fujii, Japanese judoka (4x World Champion 1971-79)
  • 1950-09-14 Masami Kuwashima, Japanese race car driver, born in Kumagaya, Saitama, Japan
  • 1950-09-27 Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Japan, actor (Lt A J Shimamura-Nash Bridges)
  • 1950-10-12 Kaga Takeshi [Shigekatsu Katsuta], Japanese actor, born in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
  • 1950-11-27 Gran Hamada, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Maebashi, Japan
  • 1950-12-06 Joe Hisaishi, Japanese composer and music director, born in Nakano, Nagano, Japan
  • 1951-03-04 Linda Yamamoto, Japanese singer

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths

Deaths 401 - 500 of 520

  • 1998-01-26 Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese music teacher (Suzuki Method), dies at 99
  • 1998-05-02 "hide" [Hideto Matsumoto], Japanese rock guitarist (X Japan; Zilch), hangs himself at 33
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 2001-10-25 Yoritsune Matsudaira, Japanese composer, dies at 94
  • 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)
  • 2005-01-29 Yutaka Makino, Japanese composer, dies at 74
  • 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, best known for his film scores in the Godzilla films, dies at 91
  • 2006-05-06 Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist (b. 1926)
  • 2006-05-07 Machiko Soga, Japanese actress, singer, and tokusatsu legend, dies of pancreatic cancer at 67
  • 2006-05-10 Raizo Matsuno, Japanese politician (b. 1917)
  • 2006-05-30 Shohei Imamura, Japanese film director (b. 1926)
  • 2006-07-21 Mako, Japanese-American actor (The Sand Pebbles), dies at 72
  • 2006-09-26 Tokyo Rose [Iva Toguri D'Aquino], American-born Japanese propagandist (WWII), dies at 90
  • 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 interestMomofuku Ando

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 pop singer (Zard - "Makenaide (Please Don't Lose)"), dies from head injuries after a fall, while undergoing cancer treatments at 40
  • 2007-05-28 Toshikatsu Matsuoka, Japanese politician (b. 1945)
  • 2007-06-02 Kentaro Haneda, Japanese pianist, composer and arranger for film, anime, and video games, dies of liver cancer at 58
  • 2007-06-28 Kiichi Miyazawa, 78th Prime Minister of Japan (1991-93), dies at 87
  • 2007-07-18 Kenji Miyamoto, Japanese politician (b. 1908)
  • 2007-08-06 Teizo Matsumura, Japanese composer ("Chinmoku / Silence"; "Hymn to Aurora") and haiku poet, dies at 78
  • 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-American actress (Katsumi-Sayonara, Mrs Livingston-Courtship of Eddie's Father), dies at 78
  • 2007-09-04 Ryūzō Sejima, Japanese army officer and educator, dies at 95
  • 2007-09-27 Kenji Nagai, Japanese photojournalist (b. 1957)
  • 2007-10-07 Norifumi Abe, Japanese motorcycle road racer, dies in road accident at 32
  • 2007-10-12 Kisho Kurokawa, Japanese architect (b. 1934)
  • 2007-11-13 Kazuhisa Inao, Japanese baseball player (b. 1937)
  • 2008-02-13 Kon Ichikawa, Japanese director (Matatabi, Money Talks), dies at 92
  • 2008-06-17 Tsutomu Miyazaki, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)
  • 2008-06-18 Miyuki Kanbe, Japanese actor (b. 1984)
  • 2008-08-02 Fujio Akatsuka, Japanese cartoonist, dies of pneumonia at 72
  • 2008-09-07 Nagi Noda, Japanese pop artist and director (b. 1973)
  • 2008-10-10 Kazuyoshi Miura, Japanese businessman (b. 1947)
  • 2008-11-26 Edna Parker, American supercentenarian, the oldest person in the world following the death of Yone Minagawa of Japan on August 13, 2007, dies at 115
  • 2008-11-30 Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer (Loudness) (b. 1958)
  • 2009-01-03 Hisayasu Nagata, Japanese politician (b. 1969)
  • 2009-03-25 Kosuke Koyama, Japanese theologian (b. 1929)
  • 2009-03-25 Yukio Endo, Japanese gymnast (4 Olympic gold 1960, 64), dies of Esophageal cancer at 72
  • 2009-06-13 Mitsuharu Misawa, Japanese professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • 2009-06-19 Tomoji Tanabe, Japanese supercentenarian, dies of old age at 113
  • 2009-11-24 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer (Marimo), dies at 88
  • 2009-11-28 Takeo Kajiwara, Japanese Go player (b. 1923)
  • 2010-01-04 Tsutomu Yamaguchi, Japanese Businessman, and Survivor of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings (b. 1916)
  • 2010-01-17 Daisuke Gouri, Japanese seiyu (b. 1952)
  • 2010-02-26 Nujabes, Japanese Hip Hop producer and inspiration to many around the world.
  • 2010-03-04 Tetsuo Kondo, Japanese politician (b. 1929)
  • 2010-08-24 Satoshi Kon, Japanese anime film director, dies at 46
  • 2010-08-27 Anton Geesink, Dutch judoka (first non-Japanese world champion, Olympic gold 1964), dies at 76
  • 2010-09-01 Wakanohana Kanji I, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 45th Yokozuna (b. 1928)
  • 2010-09-05 Shoya Tomizawa Japanese MotoGP Racer (b. 1990)
  • 2011-02-04 Tura Satana, Japanese-American actress (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!), dies at 72
  • 2011-06-09 Tomoko Kawakami, Japanese voice actress, dies at 41
  • 2011-08-04 Naoki Matsuda, Japanese Soccer player (b. 1977)
  • 2011-09-21 Jun Henmi, Japanese writer and poet (b. 1939)
  • 2011-12-08 Minoru Miky, Japanese composer for traditional Japanese instruments, dies at 84
  • 2012-01-02 Gordon Hirabayashi, American sociologist & opponent to Japanese-American internment, dies after Alzheimer's disease at 93
  • 2012-01-05 Hikaru Hayashi, Japanese pianist, conductor and composer (Onibaba), dies at 80
  • 2012-01-12 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), dies at 89
  • 2012-02-21 Eiko Ishioka, Japanese Costume designer, dies from pancreatic cancer at 74
  • 2013-01-15 Nagisa Oshima, Japanese film director and screenwriter, dies at 80
  • 2013-01-26 Hiroshi Nakajima, Japanese doctor, dies at 84
  • 2013-02-09 Keiko Fukuda, Japanese-born American martial artist, dies at 99
  • 2013-02-19 Donald Richie, American-born author and (Japanese) film critic, dies at 88
  • 2013-08-22 Keiko Fuji, Japanese enka singer and actress, dies at 62
  • 2013-09-19 Hiroshi Yamauchi, Japanese businessman (President of Nintendo, 1949-2003, owner of Seattle Mariners), dies at 85
  • 2014-07-02 Louis Zamperini, American World War II veteran whose story of capture by the Japanese inspired the movie "Unbroken", dies at 97
  • 2015-07-05 Yoichiro Nambu, Japanese-born American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2008), dies at 94
  • 2015-07-11 Satoru Iwata, Japanese CEO of Nintendo (Nintendo DS and Wii), dies of cancer at 55
  • 2015-07-17 Jules Bianchi, French auto racer (Marussia Formula 1 Racing Team), dies from injuries during accident at 2014 Japanese F1 GP, at 25