Japanese History (Part 6)

Historical Events

Events 501 - 600 of 996

  • 1945-07-28 Japanese premier Suzuki disregards US ultimatum to surrender

Sinking of the USS Indianapolis

1945-07-30 After delivering the Atomic Bomb across the Pacific, the cruiser USS Indianapolis is torpedoed and sunk by Japanese submarine I-58. 880 of the crew died, many after being attacked by sharks, the inspiration for the movie Jaws.

  • 1945-08-01 Japanese city Toyama destroyed by B-29's
  • 1945-08-08 USSR declares war against Japan in WW II

Nuclear Bombing of Nagasaki

1945-08-09 US drops second atomic bomb "Fat Man" on Nagasaki, Japan, destroying part of the city

Historic Event

1945-08-10 Japan announces willingness to surrender to Allies, provided Emperor Hirohito's status remains unchanged

  • 1945-08-11 Allies refuse Japan's offer to surrender on the condition that Emperor Hirohito retains his status
  • 1945-08-12 Emperor Hirohito of Japan informs the imperial family that he has decided to surrender

Historic Event

1945-08-14 Ho Chi Minh's Viet Minh movement launch a coordinated uprising against French rule across Vietnam following the Japanese surrender

Victory over Japan

1945-08-14 V-J Day, Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II (also August 15 depending on time zone)

  • 1945-08-15 Victory over Japan Day, the Japanese surrender and the end of WWII is announced in Japan (due to time zones 14th Aug in the Americas)
  • 1945-08-26 Japanese diplomats board USS Missouri to receive instructions on Japan's surrender at the end of WWII
  • 1945-08-27 US troops land in Japan after Japanese surrender
  • 1945-08-29 British liberate Hong Kong from Japan

Historic Event

1945-08-29 General MacArthur named Supreme Commander of Allied Powers in Japan

Surrender of Japan

1945-09-02 V-J Day, formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri marks the end of World War II (Japanese date, 1st September in US)

  • 1945-09-02 V-J Day, formal surrender of Japan signed aboard USS Missouri marks the end of World War II (US date, 3rd September in Japan)
  • 1945-09-03 World War II: Japanese forces in the Philippines surrender to the Allies
  • 1945-09-04 US regains possession of Wake Island from Japan
  • 1945-09-08 US invades Japanese-held Korea
  • 1945-09-09 Japanese in South Korea, Taiwan, China, Indochina surrender to Allies

Historic Event

1945-09-11 Hideki Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister during most of World War II, attempts suicide rather than face war crimes tribunal but fails - later he is hanged

MacArthur Meets Hirohito

1945-09-27 US General and head of the Allied occupation of Japan, Douglas MacArthur, meets Emperor Hirohito in Tokyo for the first time

Historic Event

1945-10-25 Japanese surrender Taiwan to General Chiang Kai-shek

  • 1946-01-01 Emperor Hirohito of Japan announces he is not a god
  • 1946-04-10 1st election for Japanese Parliament
  • 1946-04-29 28 former Japanese leaders indicted in Tokyo as war criminals
  • 1946-06-03 International Military Tribunal opens in Tokyo against 28 Japanese war criminals
  • 1946-11-03 Emperor Hirohito proclaims a new Japanese constitution
  • 1946-12-21 Earthquake in South Japan, kills 1,086
  • 1947-05-03 Japan's post-war constitution goes into effect, granting universal suffrage, stripping Emperor Hirohito of all but symbolic power and outlawing Japan's right to make war
  • 1947-05-07 General MacArthur approves Japanese constitution
  • 1947-08-04 The Supreme Court of Japan is established
  • 1948-11-12 Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo sentenced to death by war crimes tribunal
  • 1949-09-19 "Late Spring", Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu, starring Chishū Ryū, Setsuko Hara and Haruko Sugimura, is released in Japan
  • 1950-07-02 Kinkaku-ji, a Zen Buddihst temple in Kyoto, Japan, burns down
  • 1950-07-12 ILTF re-admit Germany and Japan in Davis Cup, Poland & Hungary withdraws
  • 1950-08-23 West Germany & Japan readmitted to Intl Amateur Athletic Federation

Film Release

1950-08-25 "Rashomon", Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune and Machiko Kyō, is released (Honorary Academy Award 1952)

  • 1950-08-29 International Olympic Committee votes to admit West Germany & Japan in 1952
  • 1950-09-04 Heavy typhoon strikes Japan, kills about 250
  • 1951-03-20 Fujiyoshida, a city located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, in the center of the Japanese main island of Honshū is founded
  • 1951-04-16 55th Boston Marathon won by Shigeki Tanaka of Japan in 2:27:45
  • 1951-07-31 Japan Airlines is established

Conference of Interest

1951-09-04 US President Harry Truman addresses opening of Japanese Peace Treaty Conference

  • 1951-09-08 Japan signs peace treaty with 48 countries in San Francisco

Sports History

1951-11-13 Lefty O'Doul's all-stars, including Joe DiMaggio and Billy Martin, lose 3-1 to Pacific League all-star team (Japan)

  • 1952-02-04 Tetsuwan Atom by Osamu Tezuka first published in Weekly Shonen Magazine in Japan
  • 1952-03-20 Final ratification of peace treaty restoring sovereignty to Japan by US Senate
  • 1952-04-28 St Louis Browns lend 2 black minor leaguers to Hankyu Braves of Japan
  • 1952-06-12 USSR declares peace treaty with Japan invalid
  • 1952-10-01 Liberal Party wins Japanese elections
  • 1953-03-26 "Ugetsu", Japanese film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, starring Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyō and Kinuyo Tanaka, is released
  • 1953-04-20 57th Boston Marathon won by Keizo Yamada of Japan in 2:18:51
  • 1953-07-29 US bomber shot down by Soviet Air Defence Forces in the Sea of Japan, north of Vladivostok
  • 1953-07-30 Rikidōzan holds a ceremony announcing the establishment of the Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance
  • 1953-08-23 Former Boston Braves pitcher Phil Paine becomes first major leaguer to play in Japan; on military service with U.S. Air Force plays first of 9 games for Nishitetsu Lions
  • 1953-09-27 Typhoon destroys one third of Nagoya, Japan
  • 1953-11-03 "Tokyo Story", Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu, starring Chishū Ryū, Chieko Higashiyama and Setsuko Hara, is released
  • 1953-11-10 Giants end their tour of Japan (players got $331 of $3,000 promised)
  • 1953-11-25 Earthquake and tsnunami strike Honshu, Japan

Film Release

1954-04-26 "Seven Samurai", Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune, is released

  • 1954-09-26 Japanese ferry boat Toya Maru sinks in Strait of Tsugaru during a typhoon, 1,153 people die
  • 1954-11-07 US spy plane shot down North of Japan
  • 1954-12-07 Japanese government of Joshida resigns
  • 1955-03-18 Ichirō Hatojama recognized as premier of Japan
  • 1955-04-18 59th Boston Marathon won by Hideo Hamamura of Japan in 2:18:22
  • 1955-08-07 Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan
  • 1955-10-20 Yanks begin 16-game exhibition in Japan
  • 1956-01-01 A new year event causes panic and stampedes at Yahiko Shrine, Yahiko, central Niigata, Japan, killing at least 124 people
  • 1956-05-01 A doctor in Japan reports an "epidemic of an unknown disease of the central nervous system", marking the official discovery of Minamata disease
  • 1956-05-09 First ascent of Manaslu, the world's eighth-highest mountain in the Nepalese Himalayas by Japanese climbers Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu

Historic Event

1956-05-09 War Reparations and Peace Settlement between Philippines and Japan was finally signed at Malacañang Palace under Magsaysay administration

  • 1956-12-18 Japan admitted to UN
  • 1957-07-28 Heavy rain and a mudslide in Isahaya, western Kyūshū, Japan, kill 992
  • 1957-12-09 1st Japanese ambassador to Israel
  • 1958-01-26 Japanese ferry Nankai Maru capsized off southern Awaji Island, Japan, 167 killed.
  • 1959-05-20 Japanese-Americans regain their citizenship
  • 1959-06-22 Shunryu Suzuki completes his historical Japan to SF voyage
  • 1959-07-26 Chicago White Sox Larry Doby plays final MLB game; retires in 1962 after playing for the Chunichi Dragons in Japan
  • 1959-08-24 Hiram L Fong sworn in as 1st Chinese-American senator while Daniel K Inouye sworn in as 1st Japanese-American Rep (Both from Hawaii)
  • 1959-09-17 Typhoon kills 2,000 in Japan & Korea
  • 1959-09-26 Typhoon Vera, hits Japanese island of Honshu, causing the deaths of 4,580 people with 658 missing
  • 1960-01-18 US & Japan sign joint defense treaty

Treaty of Interest

1960-01-19 Eisenhower & Premier Kishi sign US-Japanese Security pact

  • 1960-03-28 Pope John appoints the first Japanese, African & Filipino cardinals
  • 1960-06-16 President Eisenhower cancels trip to Japan
  • 1960-06-23 Japan signs security treaty with the US
  • 1960-07-18 Premier Kishi of Japan resigns
  • 1960-09-01 US 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of George Harrison, Dick Blick, Mike Troy & Jeff Farrell swim world record 8:10.2 to beat Japan by 3.3 seconds and win gold medal at the Rome Olympics
  • 1960-09-07 Japan wins the men's gymnastics teams combined exercises gold for the first of 5 consecutive Olympics at the Rome Games; beats Soviet Union by just 2.5 points
  • 1960-10-12 Japanese politician Inejiro Asanuma is assassinated with a sword during a televised debate live on TV by 17-year old nationalist Otoya Yamaguchi
  • 1961-03-09 Mine cave-in in Japan, kills 72
  • 1961-08-15 Keiyo Road is specified as the first driveway in Japan
  • 1961-12-03 Dutchman Anton Geesink becomes 1st non-Japanese judo world champion
  • 1962-05-03 Express train crashed into wreckage of a commuter train & a freight, killing 163, injuring 400 in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1962-08-30 Japan conducts a test of the NAMC YS-11, its first aircraft since the war and its only successful commercial aircraft from before or after the war

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 501 - 600 of 1,225

  • 1951-04-02 Moriteru Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist, born in Tokyo
  • 1951-06-06 Noritake Takahara, Japanese auto racer (Japanese Formula 2000 1974, 76), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1951-06-11 Yasumasa Morimura, Japanese appropriation artist, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1951-07-05 Keiko Fuji, Japanese enka singer and actress, born in Ichinoseki, Iwate, Japan (d. 2013)
  • 1951-08-08 Mamoru Oshii, Japanese film director
  • 1951-08-28 Keiichi Suzuki, Japanese songwriter and record producer (Moonriders), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1951-12-03 Riki Choshu [Mitsuo Yoshida], Japanese pro wrestler (NJPW/All-Japan), born in Tokuyama, Yamaguchi, Japan
  • 1951-12-28 Ian Buruma, Anglo-Dutch scholar and writer on Japan and the Far East.
  • 1952-01-17 Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese musician (Yellow Magic Orchestra) and Academay Award-winning film composer (The Last Emperor), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1952-05-02 Mari Natsuki, Japanese singer, dancer and actress, born in Tokyo
  • 1952-05-06 Chiaki Naito-Mukai, Tatebayashi Japan, astronaut (STS 65, sk:95)
  • 1952-06-21 Kôichi Mashimo, Japanese anime director (Bee Train Production), born in Tokyo
  • 1952-07-20 Keiko Matsuzaka, Japanese actress
  • 1952-07-28 Yoshitaka Amano, Japanese artist (Final Fantasy), born in Shizuoka city, Japan

Shigeru MiyamotoShigeru Miyamoto (70 years old)

1952-11-16 Japanese video game designer (Nintendo, creator of Mario and The Legend of Zelda), born in Sonobe, Kyoto, Japan

  • 1953-02-04 Kitarō [Masanori Takahashi], Japanese New Age composer (Thinking of You), born in Toyohashi, Japan
  • 1953-02-23 Satoru Nakajima, Japanese racing driver
  • 1953-04-01 Alberto Zaccheroni, Italian soccer manager (AC Milan, Lazio, Internazionale, Torino, Juventus, UAE, Japan), born in Meldola, Italy
  • 1953-05-17 Yoko Shimada, Kumamota Japan, author (Kir Royal)/actress (Shogun)
  • 1953-05-25 Stan Sakai, Japanese-American cartoonist (Usagi Yojimbo), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1953-06-04 Susumu Ojima, Japanese entrepreneur (Huser), born in Shikama, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1953-06-21 Robyn Douglass, American actress (Lonely Guy, Romantic Comedy), born in Sendai, Japan
  • 1953-12-17 Ikue Mori, Japanese experimental drummer and composer, born in Tokyo
  • 1953-12-23 Tatsumi Fujinami, Japanese wrestler (WWF/NWA), born in Kunisaki, Ōita Prefecture, Japan
  • 1954-01-06 Yuji Horii, Japanese video game designer, born in Sumoto, Hyōgo, Japan
  • 1954-01-27 Joko Ninomiya, Japanese martial artist, born in Yawatahama, Ehime, Japan
  • 1954-02-11 Noriyuki Asakura, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1954-03-26 Kazuhiko Inoue, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
  • 1954-04-01 Susumu Hirasawa, Japanese electropop musician, born in Nakagawa, Adachi, Tokyo
  • 1954-05-22 Shuji Nakamura, Japanese-born American electronic engineer (invented the Blue LED), born in Ikata, Japan
  • 1954-09-18 Takao Doi, Japanese astronaut (STS 87), born in Tokyo, Japan

Shinzō AbeShinzō Abe (1954-2022)

1954-09-21 Prime Minister of Japan (2006-07 and 2012-2020), born in Nagato, Japan

  • 1954-11-03 Godzilla, Japanese monster (Godzilla)
  • 1954-11-08 Kazuo Ishiguro, British author (An Artist of the Floating World, The Remains of the Day, When We Were Orphans), born in Nagasaki, Japan
  • 1954-12-22 Hideshi Matsuda, Japanese racing driver, born in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1954-12-29 Prince Takamado of Japan, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2002)
  • 1955-01-20 Hiromi Ōta, Japanese pop singer (Momen no handkerchief), born in Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
  • 1955-01-27 Koji Ushikubo, Japanese racing driver
  • 1955-03-02 Shoko Asahara [Chizuo Matsumoto], Japanese sect leader
  • 1955-03-10 Toshio Suzuki, Japanese racing driver
  • 1955-03-16 Jiro Watanabe, Japanese boxer
  • 1955-04-05 Akira Toriyama, Japanese manga artist, born in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1955-05-26 Masaharu Morimoto, Japanese chef
  • 1955-06-01 Chiyonofuji Mitsugu, Japanese sumo wrestler (31 tournament c'ships; Kyushu Tournament 1981-88), born in Fukushima, Japan (d. 2016)
  • 1955-07-03 Sanma Akashiya, Japanese comedian and TV personality, born in Kushimoto, Wakayama, Japan
  • 1955-08-13 Hideo Fukuyama, Japanese racing driver (first Japanese to compete in NASCAR's top series), born in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture, Japan
  • 1955-11-24 Takashi Yuasa, Japanese lawyer
  • 1955-12-21 Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Japanese musician, born in Agano, Niigata Prefecture
  • 1956-01-01 Kôji Yakusho [Hashimoto], Japanese actor (Shall We Dance?), born in Isahaya, Nagasaki, Japan
  • 1956-01-05 Chen Kenichi [Ken'ichi Azuma], Japanese celebrity chef, "The Szechuan Sage" (Iron Chef Chinese), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1956-01-30 Keiichi Tsuchiya, Japanese racing driver, born in Tomi, Japan
  • 1956-02-15 Hitoshi Ogawa, Japanese racing driver (d. 1992)
  • 1956-02-26 Keisuke Kuwata, Japanese pop singer,songwriter and film score composer, born in Chigasaki, Japan

Akio ToyodaAkio Toyoda (66 years old)

1956-05-03 Japanese president of Toyota Motor Corporation, born in Nagoya, Japan

  • 1956-05-18 Naomichi 'Joe' Ozaki, Japanese golfer (32 Japan Tour titles), born in Tekushima, Japan
  • 1956-05-25 Tatsutoshi Goto, Japanese professional wrestler (WAR/NJPW), born in Tokoname, Aichi, Japan
  • 1956-05-31 Yoshiko Sakakibara, Japanese actress (Sailor Moon, Vampire Hunter), born in Chiba, Japan
  • 1956-07-15 Toshihiko Seko, Japanese runner (world record 25/30 km)
  • 1956-07-19 Yoshiaki Yatsu, Japanese professional wrestler (NJPW/WCCW/WWF) and mixed martial artist, born in Oura, Gunma, Japan
  • 1956-08-31 Masashi Tashiro, Japanese television performer
  • 1956-09-22 Masayuki Suzuki, Japanese singer (Rats & Star)
  • 1957-04-04 Nobuyoshi Kuwano, Japanese musician (Rats & Star), born in Ōta, Tokyo
  • 1957-04-23 Kenji Kawai, Japanese film score composer, born in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1957-05-01 Kow Otani, Japanese composer for anime, film and video games (Gamera), born in Toyko, Japan
  • 1957-06-10 Hidetsugu Aneha, Japanese architect (falsified earthquake design calculations)
  • 1957-08-11 Masayoshi Son, Korean-Japanese chief executive of SoftBank Mobile and chairman of Sprint Corporation, born in Tosu, Saga
  • 1957-10-10 Rumiko Takahashi, Japanese artist, born in Niigata, Japan
  • 1957-12-15 Chō [Yuuichi Nagashima], Japanese voice actor, born in Kōnosu, Japan
  • 1957-12-17 Masako Natsume [Odate], Japanese actress and model (Tripitaka in "Monkey"), born in Roppongi, Tokyo d. 1985)
  • 1958-02-23 David Sylvian [Batt], British songwriter, vocalist, new wave and improvisational rock guitarist (Japan; Rain Tree Crow), born in Beckenham, England
  • 1958-03-01 Chosei Komatsu, Japanese conductor
  • 1958-03-07 Alan Hale, American astronomer (Comet Hale–Bopp), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1958-04-21 Yoshito Usui, Japanese manga artist
  • 1958-05-10 Yu Suzuki, Japanese creator of Virtua Fighter series
  • 1958-07-24 Mick Karn [Andonis Michaelides], Cypriot-British new wave and art rock fretless bassist, and singer-songwriter (Japan), born in Nicosia, Cyprus (d. 2011)
  • 1958-09-04 Shiro Koshinaka, Japanese wrestler (WAR/NJPW), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1958-09-08 Mitsuru Miyamoto, Japanese voice actor (Ougai Mori-Bungo Stray Dogs), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1958-10-01 Masato Nakamura, Japanese bass player (Dreams Come True) and composer (Sonic The Hedgehog), born in Chōfu, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1958-12-01 Javier Aguirre, Mexican soccer midfielder and manager (59 caps; Atlético Madrid, Espanyol; Mexico, Japan), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1958-12-24 Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer, born in Nara Prefecture, Japan
  • 1959-01-04 Yoshitomo Nara, Japanese pop artist
  • 1959-01-17 Momoe Yamaguchi, Japanese singer & actress, born in Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1959-02-03 Yasuharu Konishi, Japanese musician, composer, and record producer (Pizzicato Five), born in Sapporo, Japan
  • 1959-03-21 Nobuo Uematsu, Japanese composer
  • 1959-08-01 Otomo Yoshihide, Japanese musician (Ground Zero), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1959-08-03 Koichi Tanaka, Japanese scientist (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2002), born in Toyama, Japan
  • 1959-08-11 Yoshiaki Murakami, Japanese investor
  • 1959-10-21 Ken Watanabe, Japanese actor
  • 1959-12-26 Koji Morimoto, Japanese anime director, born in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan
  • 1959-12-29 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), born in Hashima Island, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan (d. 2004)
  • 1960-01-02 Naoki Urasawa, Japanese manga author

NaruhitoNaruhito (62 years old)

1960-02-23 Emperor of Japan (2019-), born in Tokyo, Japan

  • 1960-03-12 Maki Nomiya, Japanese singer (Pizzicato Five)
  • 1960-03-12 Minoru Niihara, Japanese singer
  • 1960-05-22 Hideaki Anno, Japanese film director and animator (Neon Genesis Evangelion), born in Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan
  • 1960-06-23 Tatsuya Uemura, Japanese arcade game musician and programmer, born in Japan
  • 1960-07-28 Yōichi Takahashi, Japanese mangaka of Captain Tsubasa and Hungry Heart Wild Striker
  • 1960-08-13 Koji Kondo, Japanese composer and music director for Nintendo, born in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
  • 1960-08-24 Takashi Miike, Japanese filmmaker (Dead or Alive), born in Yao, Osaka, Japan
  • 1960-10-07 Kyosuke Himuro, Japanese rock singer-songwriter, born in Takasaki, Japan

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

Deaths 501 - 517 of 517

  • 2016-07-31 Chiyonofuji Mitsugu, Japanese sumo wrestler (31 tournament c'ships; Kyushu Tournament 1981-88), dies from pancreatic cancer at 61
  • 2016-10-20 Junko Tabei, Japanese mountain-climber, 1st woman to climb Mount Everest, dies at 77
  • 2016-12-08 Florence Finch, Filipino-American war hero who fought against the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II, dies at 101 [1]
  • 2017-02-13 Seijun Suzuki, Japanese cult film director, dies at 93
  • 2017-10-12 Grape-kun, a Humbolt penguin from Tobu Zoo, who gained fame from the anime series "Kemono Friends", dies aged 21 (Miyashiro, Saitama Prefecture, Japan).
  • 2018-04-05 Isao Takahata, Japanese anime film director, screenwriter and producer (Grave of the Fireflies, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya), dies of lung cancer at 82
  • 2018-04-21 Nabi Tajima, Japanese supercentenarian and the last living person certified to have been born in the 19th century, dies at 117
  • 2018-04-23 Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese baseman nicknamed Tetsujin, meaning "Iron Man", dies of colon cancer at 71
  • 2018-12-26 Sono Osato, American Japanese ballet dancer and actress, dies at 99
  • 2019-04-11 Monkey Punch [Kazuhiko Kato], Japanese manga cartoonist (Lupin III), dies of pneumonia at 81
  • 2019-10-06 Masaichi Kaneda, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (only Japanese pitcher to win 400 games; perfect game 1957), dies at 86
  • 2019-12-13 Yasuhiro Takai, Japanese baseball first baseman, designated hitter and broadcaster (NPB record 27 career pinch-hit home runs; Hankyu Braves), dies of kidney failure at 74
  • 2020-01-17 Morimichi Takagi, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (NPB All-Star 1966–67, 73, 79; Chunichi Dragons), dies at 78
  • 2020-02-11 Katsuya Nomura, Japanese baseball catcher and manager (first NPB batter to win Triple Crown 1965; Nankai Hawks), dies of heart failure at 84
  • 2020-03-29 Ken Shimura, Japanese comedian and actor (Shimura Ken no Bakatono-sama), dies of COVID-19 at 70
  • 2020-04-18 Takuo Aoyagi, Japanese engineer who invented the pulse oximeter, dies at 84
  • 2020-04-21 Teruyuki Okazaki, Japanese karate master (10th degree black belt Shotokan Karate; founder International Shotokan Karate Federation), dies from COVID-19 at 88