Japanese History (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 500 of 996

  • 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

Historic Event

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

Attack 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

  • 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)

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

Death Railway Completed

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

  • 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 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

  • 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
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 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

  • 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 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
  • 1945-04-07 Kuniaki Koiso resigns as Prime Minister of Japan after the US invasion of Okinawa; he is replaced by Kantaro Suzuki
  • 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

Potsdam Declaration

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

  • 1945-07-26 Japanese government disregards US ultimatum

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 500 of 1,226

  • 1938-01-25 Leiji Matsumoto, Japanese creator of anime, born in Kurume, Japan
  • 1938-01-25 Shotaro Ishinomori, Japanese manga author, born in Tome, Japan (d. 1998)
  • 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, Japan
  • 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
  • 1939-01-22 Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba [Sadaho Maeda], Japanese martial artist and actor (The Street Fighter; Kill Bill: Volume 1), born in Fukuoka, Japan (d. 2021)
  • 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)
  • 1941-02-12 Naomi Uemura, Japanese 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 (You Only Live Twice), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1941-09-10 Gunpei Yokoi, Japanese inventor and video game designer (d. 1997)
  • 1941-09-13 Tadao Ando, Japanese self-taught architect (Church of the Light), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1941-12-10 Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer (Sukiaki), 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 hibakusha (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
  • 1944-06-16 Takamiyama Daigorō [Jesse Kuhaulua], American wrestler (1972 1st non-Japanese sumo champion), born in Maui, Hawaii
  • 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 [Hajime Iwatani], Japanese actor, born in Kirishima, Kagoshima, Japan
  • 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 Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese baseman nicknamed Tetsujin, meaning "Iron Man", born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2018)
  • 1947-01-18 Takeshi Kitano, Japanese actor (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi, Fireworks), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 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 (The Star of Cottonland), born in Otawara, Japan
  • 1947-11-07 Yutaka Fukumoto, Japanese professional baseball player, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1948-01-28 Mamoru Mohri, Japanese scientist and astronaut (STS 47, born in Yoichi-machi Hokkaido
  • 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

Haruki Murakami

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

  • 1949-01-12 Kentaro Haneda, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 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
  • 1950-02-02 Genichiro Tenryu [Shimada], Japanese professional wrestler, born in Katsuyama, Fukui, Japan
  • 1950-02-04 Pamela Franklin, actress (Satan's School for Girls), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1950-02-16 Kazuki Tomokawa [Tenji Nozoki], Japanese acid-folk singer-songwriter, born in Hachiryu (now Mitane), Akita Prefecture, Japan
  • 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 (World Champion 1971, 1973, 1975 and 1979), born in Higashikagawa, Kagawa. Japan
  • 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 ("Nerai uchi"), and actress (Kamen Island), born in Kitakyushu, Japan

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

Deaths 401 - 500 of 518

  • 1998-05-19 Sōsuke Uno, Japanese prime minister (b. 1922)

Akira 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

  • 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 [Ukyō Kamimura], Japanese drummer (Malice Mizer), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 27
  • 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, Empress consort of Japan, dies at 97
  • 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 (Kagawa Prefectural Government Office Building, 1987 Pritzker Prize), dies at 91
  • 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

Momofuku Ando

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

  • 2007-02-02 Masao Takemoto, Japanese gymnast (Olympic gold team 1960; 3 x silver 1952, 56, 60; 3 x bronze 1956), dies from cholangiocarcinoma at 87
  • 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 supercentenarian, world's oldest person in 2007, dies at 114
  • 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
  • 2015-09-05 Setsuko Hara, Japanese actress (Late Spring, Tokyo Story), dies of pneumonia at 95
  • 2015-11-30 Shigeru Mizuki, Japanese soldier and Manga artist (GeGeGe no Kitarō), dies at 93