Japanese History (Part 9)

Historical Events

Events 801 - 900 of 982

  • 1996-10-13 British Williams driver Damon Hill wins season ending Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka; becomes first son of a F1 World Drivers Champion (Graham Hill 1962, 68) to win title himself; wins by 19 points from Jacques Villeneuve
  • 1996-10-27 US beats Japan, 21½-14½, at Nichirei International Golf Tournament
  • 1997-01-13 Radical guerrillas hold 72 hostages and shoot at police outside the Japanese Embassy in Lima, Peru
  • 1997-02-05 Japan's Ministry of Finance announces plans to cut import tariffs on crude oil and most petroleum products
  • 1997-03-07 5 sue Japanese PM Ryutaro Hashimoto, because his smoking has violated the country's constitution guaranteeing a wholesome life
  • 1997-03-26 NHL announces Anaheim Mighty Ducks & Vancouver Canucks to open 1998 season in Japan
  • 1997-04-15 America On Line begins service in Japan
  • 1997-04-22 The Japanese embassy hostage crisis ends in Lima, Peru.
  • 1997-07-22 "One Piece", world's best-selling manga and comic series, written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda first appears serialized in "Weekly Shōnen Jump" in Japan
  • 1997-07-25 Rocker Rick Danko gets suspended sentence in Japan for drug smuggling
  • 1997-09-01 Cartoon Channel premieres in Japan
  • 1997-10-03 Japan's maglev train breaks world speed record at 280.3 mph
  • 1997-10-03 NHL games played outside North America for the first time; Vancouver Canucks beat Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 3-2 in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1997-12-11 Delegates from 150 industrial nations attending a UN climate conference in Kyoto, Japan, reach agreement to control heat-trapping greenhouse gases
  • 1997-12-12 Japanese train builders (Maglev) claim world speed record at 332 MPH
  • 1998-02-07 XVIII Winter Olympic Games open in Nagano, Japan

  • 1998-02-08 Finland beats Sweden, 6-0 at the Aqua Wing Arena in Nagano, Japan in the first female ice hockey game played in Olympic history
  • 1998-02-19 US hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan
  • 1998-02-22 XVIII Winter Olympic Games close in Nagano Japan
  • 1998-02-22 Petr Svoboda scores the winner as the Czech Republic claims its first ever Olympic ice hockey gold medal with a 1-0 victory over Russia in Nagano, Japan
  • 1998-05-13 India carries out two nuclear tests at Pokhran, in addition to the three conducted on May 11. The United States and Japan impose economic sanctions on India.
  • 1998-05-28 Nuclear testing: Pakistan responds to a series of Indian nuclear tests with five of its own, prompting the United States, Japan, and other nations to impose economic sanctions.

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1998-11-01 Finnish McLaren driver Mika Häkkinen wins season ending Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka to claim his first F1 World Drivers Championship; wins title by 14 points from Michael Schumacher

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • 1999-07-23 ANA Flight 61 is hijacked in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1999-08-09 The Diet of Japan enacts a law establishing the Hinomaru and Kimi Ga Yo as the official national flag and national anthem.
  • 1999-09-30 Japan's worst nuclear accident at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tōkai-mura, northeast of Tokyo.
  • 1999-10-31 Finnish McLaren driver Mika Häkkinen wins season ending Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka to clinch his second straight F1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 2 points from Irishman Eddie Irvine
  • 2000-10-08 German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher wins Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka to clinch his 3rd, and 1st of 5 straight F1 World Drivers Championships
  • 2001-02-09 American submarine USS Greeneville accidentally strikes and sinks the Ehime-Maru, a Japanese training vessel operated by the Uwajima Fishery High School; nine the Ehime-Maru's crew members were killed, including four high school students.
  • 2001-03-19 The Bank of Japan issued a monetary policy known as quantitative easing, which stimulated the Japanese economy after the burst of the dot-com bubble.
  • 2001-07-01 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Salem CC: Bruce Fleischer wins his lone major title by 1 stroke from Gil Morgan and Isao Aoki of Japan

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2001-07-20 "Spirited Away " written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki is released in Japan (Academy Award Best Animated Feature 2003)

Animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki
Animated filmmaker
Hayao Miyazaki
  • 2001-10-14 German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher wins his 4th F1 World Drivers Championship by 58 points from David Coulthard; takes out Japanese GP at Suzuka for 9th win of the season

Sport awardFIFA World Cup

2002-06-30 FIFA World Cup Final, International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan: Ronaldo scores twice as Brazil beats Germany, 2-0 to win record 5th title; first World Cup held in Asia

Football Star Ronaldo
Football Star
Ronaldo
  • 2002-07-28 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal County Down: Noboru Sugai of Japan wins by 2 shots from John irwin of Canada
  • 2002-10-13 Michael Schumacher wins season ending Japanese F1 Grand Prix for his record 11th victory of the year & 3rd straight World Drivers Championship; title margin: 67 points from Ferrari team mate Rubens Barrichello

  • 2003-09-25 A magnitude-8.0 earthquake strikes just offshore of Hokkaidō, Japan.
  • 2003-10-12 Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari finishes 8th at the season-ending Japanese F1 Grand Prix at Suzuka; clinches 4th consecutive World Drivers Championship by 2 points from Kimi Räikkönen
  • 2004-08-18 Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima wraps up the 100/200m breaststroke double at the Athens Olympics when he wins the 200m in 2:09.44, an Olympic record
  • 2004-08-22 Athens Olympic marathon is run on same route as 1896 Games, start at site of the Battle of Marathon to the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens: Mizuki Noguchi of Japan wins women's gold in 2:26:20
  • 2004-08-25 Cuba beats Australia 6-2 to win the baseball gold medal at the Athens Olympics; Japan takes bronze; US did not qualify
  • 2004-10-01 Seattle Mariners Japanese outfielder Ichiro Suzuki gets his 258th hit of the season, breaking George Sisler's 84-year-old MLB single-season record; Ichiro ends season on 262
  • 2004-10-03 Seattle Mariners Japanese right fielder Ichiro Suzuki adds 2 more singles in a 3-0 defeat to Texas, to finish the season with a MLB record 262 hits
  • 2004-10-10 Having already clinched his record 7th F1 World Drivers Championship, German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher wins a record 13th race of the season with victory at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka
  • 2004-10-23 A powerful earthquake and its aftershocks hit Niigata prefecture, northern Japan, killing 35 people, injuring 2,200, and leaving 85,000 homeless or evacuated.
  • 2005-03-20 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits Fukuoka, Japan, its first major quake in over 100 years. One person is killed, hundreds are injured and evacuated.
  • 2005-04-25 107 die in Amagasaki rail crash in Japan
  • 2005-11-15 Boeing formally launches the stretched Boeing 747-8 variant with orders from Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines
  • 2006-07-04 North Korea tests four short-range missiles, one medium-range missile, and a long-range Taepodong-2. The long-range Taepodong-2 reportedly fails in mid-air over the Sea of Japan/East Sea.
  • 2006-09-01 The United States men's basketball team is upset at the World Basketball Championships in Saitama, Japan, as the hot-shooting Greece pulls off a 101-95 semi final victory
  • 2007-01-21 Awashima Marine Park in Japan catches a video tape of the rare frilled shark.
  • 2007-02-23 Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea.
  • 2007-07-16 An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 and aftershock of 6.6 occurs off the Niigata coast, Japan, killing 8 people with at least 800 injured and damaging a nuclear power plant. See 2007 Chūetsu offshore earthquake.
  • 2007-08-24 11th Athletics World Championships open at Osaka, Japan
  • 2007-09-01 Tyson Gay helps US win the men's 4 x 100m relay at the world track & field championships in Osaka, Japan to join Carl Lewis and Maurice Greene as the only men to win 3 gold medals at one world meet

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2007-09-12 Shinzō Abe announces his intention to resign as Prime Minister of Japan.

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe
  • 2007-09-26 Shinzō Abe formally ends his first term as Prime Minister of Japan
  • 2008-04-20 Danica Patrick driving for Andretti Green Racing wins the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi; first female driver in history to win an IndyCar Series race
  • 2008-08-11 Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima repeats 1st leg of his Athens Olympics 100/200m breaststroke double at the Beijing Games winning the 100m in world record 58.91; goes on to win 200m event
  • 2008-08-14 Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima repeats his Athens Olympics 100/200m breaststroke double at the Beijing Games winning the 200m in Olympic record 2:07.64
  • 2008-08-21 Japan edges the United States 3-1 for the gold medal in the final of the women's softball tournament at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2008-11-17 Japan, the world's second-biggest economy, slides into its first recession in seven years
  • 2009-01-13 Global shipping experiences a drop in trade, as exports from South Korea dropping an annualised 30%, with Taiwan and Japan experiencing a 42% and 27% drop respectively
  • 2009-04-05 North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 rocket. The satellite passed over mainland Japan, which prompted an immediate reaction from the United Nations Security Council, as well as participating states of Six-party talks
  • 2010-04-11 "The night of Sora Aoi", Japanese porn actress Sora Aoi joins twitter prompting many Chinese fans to try and circumnavigate Chinese censorship
  • 2011-03-11 9.0 magnitude earthquake strikes 130 km (80 miles) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people and causing the second worst nuclear accident in history at Fukushima nuclear plant
  • 2011-03-12 A reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant melts and explodes and releases radioactivity into the atmosphere a day after Japan's earthquake.
  • 2011-07-17 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany: Japan beats US, 3-1 on penalties; 2-2 after extra time

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2011-10-09 German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel finishes 3rd in the Japanese F1 Grand Prix to clinch his second consecutive World Drivers Championship

Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel
  • 2011-10-27 The Royal Australian Navy announces that they discovered the wreck of a World War II submarine in Simpson Harbour, Papua New Guinea during Operation RENDER SAFE - it is likely to be Japanese.

Sport awardFootball Awards

2012-01-09 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins award for a record 3rd consecutive year; Japanese midfielder Homare Sawa wins women's award

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • 2012-05-05 Japan shuts down its nuclear reactors leaving the country without nuclear power for the first time since 1970
  • 2012-06-04 Japan's stock market plummets to record lows with the S&P/TOPIX 150 reaching its lowest level since 1983
  • 2012-06-29 15,000 Japanese anti-nuclear protesters blockade the Japanese Prime Minister's office in Tokyo
  • 2012-07-14 Floods on the Japanese island of Kyushu kill 20 and displace 250,000

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2012-08-09 Women's Olympic Football Gold Medal won by the USA beating Japan 2-1 in the final

Football Star Hope Solo
Football Star
Hope Solo
  • 2012-08-31 Apple loses its patent dispute with Samsung in Tokyo, Japan
  • 2012-09-11 Japan nationalizes three of the disputed Senkaku Islands
  • 2012-09-15 Japan announces that it will phase out nuclear energy by the 2030s
  • 2012-09-16 Anti-Japanese protesters set fire to Panasonic plant in Qingdao, China
  • 2012-09-17 United States and Japanese government officials agree to put a second missile defence system in Japan
  • 2012-09-21 Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda, wins a leadership ballot
  • 2012-09-24 Books by Japanese authors or about Japan are suspended by Chinese bookstores
  • 2012-09-25 50 Taiwanese ships clash with the Japan Coast Guard in waters off the Senkaku Islands
  • 2012-09-26 Japanese automakers suspend operations in China
  • 2012-09-27 UN publicly releases documents from China and Japan detailing their contesting claims for the Senkoku Islands
  • 2012-09-27 The 2004 Japanese discovery of the 133th element has been confirmed
  • 2012-12-02 9 people are killed after 30 cars are trapped in Sasago Tunnel, Japan
  • 2012-12-10 Japan is again in recession as the GDP figures for the second quarter of 2012 are revised to show a contraction of 0.03% and the third quarter figures fall by a further 0.9%
  • 2012-12-13 Japan scrambles fighter jets in response to a Chinese plane in the Senkaku Islands dispute
  • 2012-12-17 Jiroemon Kimura of Japan becomes the world's oldest verified man at 116 years old
  • 2013-01-17 Japan unveils plans to build the world’s largest wind farm near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
  • 2013-01-22 The Bank of Japan doubles its inflation target to 2% and announces open-ended asset purchases for 2014 in the hope of ending deflation
  • 2013-01-24 A Japanese Coast guard ship engages a Taiwanese activist ship in the Senkaku Islands dispute
  • 2013-02-02 Shinzō Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister vows to defend the Senkaku Islands "at all costs"
  • 2013-02-14 Japan remains in recession as the economy shrinks by a further 0.1%
  • 2013-04-01 The world’s first smelling TV screen is unveiled in Japan
  • 2013-04-05 Japan’s Nikkei 225 reaches its highest level in five years
  • 2013-04-10 Japan and Taiwan sign an agreement on fishing rights around the Senkaku Islands
  • 2013-05-25  Yuichiro Miura of Japan becomes the oldest person to climb Mount Everest at 80

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 801 - 900 of 1,202

  • 1972-01-17 Ken Hirai, Japanese singer and songwriter, born in Higashi-osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1972-01-21 Yasunori Mitsuda, Japanese composer
  • 1972-01-22 Romi Paku, Japanese seiyu (voice actress), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1972-01-24 Naoshi Mizuta, Japanese composer, born in Kōchi
  • 1972-02-01 Kami, Japanese musician (Malice Mizer), born in Ibaraki, Japan (d. 1999)
  • 1972-02-05 Koriki Chōshū, Japanese comedian, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1972-02-14 Hiroshi, Japanese comedian, born in Omuota, Japan
  • 1972-02-17 Yuki Isoya, Japanese singer (formerly Judy and Mary)
  • 1972-03-10 Takashi Fujii, Japanese television performer
  • 1972-03-29 Junichi Suwabe, Japanese voice actor, born in Tokyo
  • 1972-05-09 Megumi Odaka, Japanese actress and artist
  • 1972-05-29 Közi, Japanese visual kei artist
  • 1972-05-30 Soichiro Hoshi, Japanese seiyuu
  • 1972-06-09 Tomoe Hanba, Japanese voice actress
  • 1972-07-05 Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Zainichi-Korean wrestler (NJPW), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1972-07-08 Shōsuke Tanihara, Japanese actor
  • 1972-07-19 Naohito Fujiki, Japanese actor and singer
  • 1972-07-24 Kaiō Hiroyuki, Japanese sumo wrestler
  • 1972-07-27 Takako Fuji, Japanese actress (The Grudge / Ju-on), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1972-08-05 Ikuto Hidaka, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1972-08-18 Keiko Yamada, Japanese singer (Globe), born in Oita, Japan
  • 1972-08-19 Chihiro Yonekura, Japanese singer, born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1972-09-08 Tomokazu Seki, Japanese voice actor, born in Kōtō, Tokyo
  • 1972-10-11 Kyoko Ina, Japanese-American figure skater (1993 North Atlantic Sr champ), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1972-10-29 Takafumi Horie, Japanese entrepreneur
  • 1972-11-06 Anthony Brown, American NFL tackle (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Okinawa, Japan
  • 1972-11-13 Takuya Kimura, Japanese singer and actor (SMAP), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1972-11-29 Minoru Tanaka, Japanese pro-wrestler, born in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1973-01-26 Mayu Shinjo, Japanese mangaka, born in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan
  • 1973-02-01 Makiko Ohmoto, Japanese voice actress, born in Okayama Prefecture, Japan
  • 1973-03-23 Naoko Sawamatsu, Nishinomiya Japan, tennis star (1994 Singapore)
  • 1973-04-06 Rie Miyazawa, Japanese actress/singer
  • 1973-04-16 Bonnie Pink, Japanese singer and songwriter, born in Nantan, Kyoto, Japan
  • 1973-04-17 Kaihō Ryōji, Japanese sumo wrestler, born in Aomori, Japan
  • 1973-05-08 Hiromu Arakawa, Japanese artist
  • 1973-06-19 Yasuhiko Yabuta, Japanese baseball player
  • 1973-07-04 Gackt, Japanese singer, born in Okinawa, Japan
  • 1973-07-04 Keiko Ihara, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1973-07-07 Natsuki Takaya, Japanese manga-ka, born in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1973-08-14 Daisuke Ishiwatari, Japanese game developer and composer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1973-09-03 Norihiko Hibino, Japanese composer
  • 1973-09-09 Kazuhisa Ishii, Japanese baseball player, born in Chiba, Japan
  • 1973-09-18 Ami Onuki, Japanese singer (Puffy AmiYumi), born in Tokyo
  • 1973-10-03 Keiko Agena, Japanese-American actress
  • 1973-10-11 Takeshi Kaneshiro, Taiwanese-Japanese actor and model, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1973-10-13 Nanako Matsushima, Japanese actress (Ring), born in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • 1973-10-22 Ichiro Suzuki, Japanese baseball right fielder (most career base hits 4,367; AL MVP 2001; MLB All-Star 2001–10; NPB All-Star 1994–2000), born in Kasugai, Japan
  • 1973-10-26 Taka Michinoku, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Morioka, Iwate, Japan
  • 1973-11-19 Ryukishi07, Japanese mystery writer
  • 1973-11-19 Takashi Matsumoto, Japanese photographer and business person
  • 1973-12-19 Takashi Sorimachi, Japanese actor
  • 1973-12-27 Bill Clay, Yokosuka Japan, US sprint cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973-12-31 Hiroyuki Miura, Japanese hockey defenceman (Team Japan 1998, Montreal Canadiens), born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • 1974-01-10 Akari Kaida, Japanese composer, born in Hyogo, Japan
  • 1974-02-12 Toranosuke Takagi, Japanese auto racer (Japanese Formula Nippon 2000), born in Shizuoka, Japan
  • 1974-02-17 Kaoru, Japanese musician
  • 1974-02-22 Kyoko Nagatsuka, Japanese tennis star (1996 Hobart), born in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1974-05-05 Seiji Ara, Japanese auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 2004), born in Chiba, Japan
  • 1974-05-24 Masahide Kobayashi, Japanese baseball player, born in Yamanashi, Yamanashi, Japan
  • 1974-06-12 Hideki Matsui, Japanese baseball player, born in Neagari, Ishikawa, Japan
  • 1974-06-13 Takahiro Sakurai, Japanese voice actor
  • 1974-07-25 Kenzo Suzuki, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Hekinan, Aichi, Japan
  • 1974-08-28 Takahito Eguchi, Japanese video game composer, born in Nagasaki, Japan
  • 1974-08-29 Kumi Tanioka, Japanese composer, born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1974-09-23 Harumi Inoue, Japanese actress and model
  • 1974-10-08 Koji Murofushi, Japanese hammer thrower (Olympic gold 2004), born in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1974-10-26 Lisa [Elizabeth Sakura Narita], Japanese musician (M-Flo), born in Tokyo
  • 1974-11-08 Masashi Kishimoto, Japanese manga author, born in Nagi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan
  • 1974-11-08 Seishi Kishimoto, Japanese manga author, born in Nagi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan
  • 1974-11-24 Taro Yamamoto, Japanese actor
  • 1974-12-04 Tadahito Iguchi, Japanese baseball second baseman and manager (first Japanese position player to win World Series 2005, Chicago White Sox; Chiba Lotte Marines), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1974-12-20 Die, Japanese musician (Dir en grey), born in Mie, Japan
  • 1974-12-27 Masi Oka, Japanese-American actor
  • 1974-12-31 Ryan Sakoda, Japanese American professional wrestler, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1975-01-01 Eiichiro Oda, Japanese Manga artist (One Piece - best selling Manga series and comic series ever), born in Kumamoto, Japan
  • 1975-01-06 Yukana, Japanese voicer actress & singer, born in Futtsu, Japan
  • 1975-01-21 Yuji Ide, Japanese racing driver
  • 1975-01-30 Yumi Yoshimura, Japanese singer (Puffy Amiyumi), born in Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1975-02-06 Tomoko Kawase, Japanese singer, born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1975-02-10 Hiroki Kuroda, Japanese baseball player, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1975-02-16 Nanase Aikawa, Japanese singer
  • 1975-04-03 Yoshinobu Takahashi, Japanese professional baseball player, born in Chūō-ku, Chiba, Japan
  • 1975-04-03 Koji Uehara, Japanese professional baseball pitcher, born in Neyagawa, Osaka, Japan
  • 1975-05-19 Masanobu Ando, Japanese actor
  • 1975-07-05 Ai Sugiyama, Japanese tennis player (4-time Grand Slam doubles winner), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1975-07-11 Riona Hazuki, Japanese actress
  • 1975-08-31 Takahiro Suwa, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1975-09-07 Norifumi Abe, Japanese motorcycle road racer (3 x 500cc wins), born in Setagaya, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1975-09-13 Akihiro Asai, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1975-11-22 Aiko [Yanai], Japanese singer, born in Osaka
  • 1975-12-11 Tomoka Kurotani, Japanese actress, born in Kita-ku, Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1975-12-16 Nawo Kawakita, Japanese drummer (Maximum the Hormone)
  • 1975-12-18 Masaki Sumitani, Japanese comedian
  • 1975-12-25 Hideki Okajima, Japanese baseball player, born in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • 1976-01-12 Miki Nakatani, Japanese actress & singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1976-01-28 Emiko Kado, Japanese professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • 1976-02-16 Kyo, Japanese singer (Dir en grey)
  • 1976-02-16 Joe Odagiri, Japanese actor
  • 1976-03-10 Kisaki, Japanese musician
  • 1976-03-18 Tomokazu Ohka, Japanese baseball player

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