Category Archives: On this day in Japan history

On 18 January in Japan’s history

ON 18 JANUARY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on January 18, 2019

885: Birth of Daigo, 60th Japanese emperor (897-930), who died in October 930. Not confuse with Go-Daigo, the 96th emperor (1336-1339)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Daigo

1073: Shirakawa, born on July 7, 1053, becomes the 72nd emperor of Japan up to January 5, 1087 and will die on July 24, 1129
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Shirakawa

1471: Death of Go-Hanazono, 102nd Japanese emperor (1428-1464), born in July 1419
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Hanazono_of_Japan

1769: Death ofHakuin Ekaku, Japanese Zen teacher (reformer of Rinzai school), Born on January 19, 1686
http://blog.shambhala.com/2013/08/15/hakuin-ekaku-c-1685-1768/
http://terebess.hu/zen/hakuin.html

Hakuin Eraku

1868: Birth of Kantarō Suzuki, Japanese admiral and politician, 42nd Prime Minister of Japan (April to August 1945) who died on April 17, 1948
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kantar%C5%8D_Suzuki
http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=292

1889: Bitrh of Kanji Ishiwara, Japanese general who died on August 15, 1949
http://madmonarchist.blogspot.fr/2010/10/soldier-of-monarchy-kanji-ishiwara.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanji_Ishiwara

1915: Japan sends its “21 demands” to the Chinese government including rights on Shandong and Manchuria
http://www.firstworldwar.com/source/21demands.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty-One_Demands

1943: Death of Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese admiral, born on April 4, 1884
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isoroku_Yamamoto
http://www.2worldwar2.com/yamamoto.htm

1947: Birth of Takeshi Kitano, Japanese actor and director
https://www.madman.com.au/actions/directors.do?method=view&directorId=292
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Kitano-Takeshi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZtKLVq4x0g

1952: South Korea extends ist territorial waters up to the “MacArthur” line
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rusk_documents
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&ved=0ahUKEwik9cLZtbHKAhVLuhoKHcr0Cr0QFgg9MAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dokdo-takeshima.com%2Fwordpress%2Fwp-content%2Fimages%2FPeace-Line-Hosaka.pdf&usg=AFQjCNF_38EpRNVAn_LRzCSWQFkQF-adgQ&sig2=JOp67Oq47nh8nyomeGk1Hwv

1969: Birth of Princess Sayako of Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Sayako

 

On 17 January in Japan’s history

ON 17 JANUARY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on January 17, 2019

1952: Birth of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese musician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryuichi_Sakamoto

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btyhpyJTyXg

1959: Birth of Momoe Yamaguchi, Japanese pop singer and actress
http://nippop.com/artist/artist_id-212/artist_name-momoe_yamaguchi/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4bsggAC1u4

1971: Birth of Youki Kudoh, Japanese actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0473802/
http://www.nytimes.com/movies/person/39534/Youki-Kudoh/biography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6Mo13-KOlE

1972: Birth of Ken Hirai, Japanese singer and songwriter
http://www.jpopasia.com/celebrity/kenhirai/

 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcXkgKA5wXc

1985: Birth of Riyu Kosaka, Japanese pop singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riyu_Kosaka

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FaSi6sT16U

1992: During a visit to South Korea, Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery (Comfort women) during World War II
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1992-01-17/news/9201050661_1_japanese-soldiers-prime-minister-kiichi-miyazawa-japanese-court

1995: 7.2 earthquake in Kobe, Japan. About 5000 people died and more than 21,000 people were injured. More than 30,000 buildings were damaged by the quake and resulting fires
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/17/newsid_3375000/3375733.stm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/567.html

2004: The first Japanese soldiers leave for Irak. Since 1945, it is the first time that Japanese troop are send in a country on war
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_Iraq_Reconstruction_and_Support_Group

2004-01-17 Premiers vers Irak

 

On 16 January in Japan’s history

ON 16 JANUARY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on January 16, 2019

1710: Death of Higashiyama, 113th emperor of Japan (1687-1709), born in October 1675
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Higashiyama_of_Japan

1950: Birth of Damo Suzuki, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damo_Suzuki

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAn1lLxe__U

 

On 15 January in Japan’s history

ON 15 JANUARY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on January 15, 2019

1481: Birth of shogun Ashikaga Yoshizumi (1494 -1508) who was assassinated on September 6, 1511
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashikaga_Yoshizumi
http://japan-photo.de/e-yoshizumi.htm

1538: Birth of Maeda Toshiie, Japanese general, who died on April 27, 1599
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maeda_Toshiie

1905: Birth of Kamatari Fujiwara, Japanese actor who died on December 21, 1985
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamatari_Fujiwara
http://akirakurosawa.info/2015/01/15/110-years-ago-kamatari-fujiwara-bo

kamatari Fujiwara

1936: Japanese leave the Naval Conference of London
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/naval-arms-control-1935.htm

1943: During World War II, the Japanese are driven off Guadalcanal
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/battle_of_guadalcanal.htm
http://www.c-span.org/video/?300576-1/battle-guadalcanal

1943: Birth of Kiki Kirin, Japanese actress
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Kiki_Kirin
http://www.nipponcinema.com/tag/kirin-kiki

1956: Birth of Miki Fujimura, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miki_Fujimura 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5BJP26ukdY

2005: Death of Japanese filmmaker Noriyoshi Matsûra
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0559676/

2013: Death of Nagasi Oshima, Japanese film-maker, born on March 3, 1932
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/jan/15/nagisa-oshima

2014: China launches a scathing diplomatic attack against Japan, warning African nations of an impending « resurrection of Japanese militarism » and branding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a « troublemaker »

 

On 14 January in Japan’s history

ON 14 JANUARY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on January 14, 2019

1701: Death of Tokugawa Mitsukuni, Japanese warlord, born in July 1628
http://eos.kokugakuin.ac.jp/modules/xwords/entry.php?entryID=558

1702: Birth of 114th Japanese emperor Nakamikado (1709-1735) who died on May 10, 1737
http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node=Nakamikado

Emperor Nakamikado

1905: Birth ofTakeo Fukuda, Prime Minister from December 1976 to December 1978, who died in July 1995. Father of Yasuo Fukuda, also later a Prime Minister
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takeo_Fukuda

1925: Birth of Japanese author Yukio Mishima who committed suicide on November 25, 1970


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yukio_Mishima
http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/10/25/specials/mishima-bios.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WhSRHhaE9E

1928: Birth of Akiyoshi Fukae, Japanese actor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0297908/

1938: Birth of Morihiro Hosokawa, first non-LDP Japanese Prime Minister since 1955 (1993-1994)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morihiro_Hosokawa

1942: Forces, under US general Douglas MacArthur, resist Japanese attacks on Bataan in Philippines
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Bataan

1942: Japanese troops land at oil center Balikpapan in Borneo
http://www.combinedfleet.com/BorneoOil.htm

1943: Operation Ke, the successful Japanese operation to evacuate their forces from Guadalcanal during the Guadalcanal campaign, begins
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Ke
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Operation_Ke
http://www.usni.org/store/books/aviation/operation-ke

1955: Birth of Junichi Ishida, Japanese actor
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Ishida_Junichi

1979: Birth of Mami Nakamura, Japanese actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0620115/
http://www.fandango.com/maminakamura/overview/p200524

1980: Birth of Hiroshi Tamaki, Japanese actor
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Tamaki_Hiroshi
http://www.tamakihiroshi.com/

1994: Japanese police raid two companies suspected of selling electronics to the North Korean missile program

 

On 13 January in Japan’s history

ON 13 JANUARY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on January 13, 2019

703: Death of Empress Jito of Japan, born in 645
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Jit%C5%8D

1904: The fourth and final Japanese appeal proposes that Russia concedes influence in Korea while Japan concedes influence in Manchuria, with Russia respecting Chinese territorial integrity in Manchuria – the appeal is regarded by Russia as an ultimatum

1968: Birth of Chara, Japanese singer and actress
http://www.jpopasia.com/celebrity/chara/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chara_(singer)
http://www.lastfm.fr/music/Chara

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rraaz68uJAY

1976: Japan says it is ready to sign a peace treaty with China

1984: Birth of Aya Hirayama, Japanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aya_Hirayama

1992: Japan apologizes for forcing tens of thousands of Korean women to serve as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II
http://articles.latimes.com/keyword/koreans-women
http://www.nww2m.com/2012/01/comfort-women/

On 12 January in Japan’s history

ON 12 JANUARY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on January 12, 2019

1898: Ito Hirobumi begins his third term as Prime Minister of Japan
http://www.jref.com/glossary/ito_hirobumi.shtml

1935: Birth of Tomiko Ishii, Japanese actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0411032/

1945: US Task Force 38 destroys 41 Japanese ships in Battle Gratitude off the cost of Vietnam
http://www.mighty90.com/Operation_GRATITUDE.html
http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=323

1945-01-12 Operation Gratitude

1949: Birth of Haruki Murakami, popular Japanese writer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haruki_Murakami


1949: Birth of Kentaro Haneda, Japanese composer who died on June 2, 2007
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentaro_Haneda
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0352600/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAa8XaO5nsA

1968: Birth of Junichi Masuda, Japanese composer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junichi_Masuda
http://www.ocremix.org/composer/id/281/junichi-masuda/

1993: Birth of Aika Mitsui, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aika_Mitsui

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj9g5SI8QII

2003: Death of Kinji Fukasaku, Japanese director, born on July 3, 1930
http://www.midnighteye.com/features/focus_fukasaku.shtml

 

On 11 January in Japan’s history

ON 11 JANUARY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on January 11, 2019

782: Death of Kōnin, emperor of Japan, born on November 18, 709
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_K%C5%8Dnin

1322: Birth of Japanese emperor Komyo (1336-1348) who died on July 26, 1380
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_K%C5%8Dmy%C5%8D

1359: Birth of Japanese Emperor Go-En’yu (1371-1382) who died on June 6, 1393
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-En%27yu

1911: Birth of Zenko Suzuki, Japanese Prime Minister (1980-1982) who died on July 19, 2004
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zenko_Suzuki

1942: Japan declares war on the Netherlands while invading the Netherlands East Indies
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tarakan_(1942)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands_East_Indies

1942: The Japanese capture Kuala Lumpur (Malaya)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kuala_Lumpur
http://ww2daybyday.blogspot.fr/2013/01/the-japanese-capture-kuala-lumpur-1942.html
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/50140967

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09dGuZ6zQt0

1983: Yasuhiro Nakasone is the first Japanese Prime Minister to go to South Korea since WWII
http://www.nytimes.com/1983/01/12/world/nakasone-and-chun-meet-in-seoul-to-discuss-big-tokyo-aid-package.html

1985: Birth of Rie fu, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rie_fu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjeYsEIho6Q

1996: Ryutaro Ashimoto becomes Japanese Prime Minister, replacing Tomiichi Murayama, through July 1998
http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/economy/apec/1997/rh_profile.html

2014: Actress Keiko Awaji, known for her role as the girlfriend of a U.S. Navy airman in the 1954 Hollywood movie “The Bridges at Toko-Ri” about the Korean War, dies of esophageal cancer. She was 80
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/01/11/national/actress-keiko-awaji-best-known-for-role-in-the-bridges-at-toko-ri-dies-at-age-80/#.UtG5nMvLRMs

 

Holidays and observances

Kagami Biraki (Japan)

On 10 January in Japan’s history

ON 10 JANUARY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on January 10, 2019

1942: Japanese begin invasion of Indonesia in Kalimantan (Tarakan) and Sulawesi (Manado)
http://countrystudies.us/indonesia/15.htm
https://www.jstor.org/stable/20072708?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

1951: Death of Yoshio Nishina, Japanese physicist, born on December 6, 1890
http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=605
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshio_Nishina

1991: Japan ends routine fingerprinting of all adult ethnic Koreans

2011: South Korean and Japanese defense ministers agreed to “expand and deepen” bilateral military cooperation during talks in Seoul on Monday, amid heightened tensions following a series of deadly North Korean attacks last year
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20110110000909

On 9 January in Japan’s history

ON 9 JANUARY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on January 9, 2019

1562: Death of Amago Haruhisa, Japanese warlord, born on March 4, 1514
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amago_Haruhisa

1624: Birth of Empress Meisho, 109th emperor of Japan (1629-1643) and the seventh woman to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne, who died in December 1696
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Meish%C5%8D

1945: US forces land on Luzon island (Philippines) with 67,000 soldiers
http://kahimyang.info/kauswagan/articles/867/today-in-philippine-history-january-9-1945-general-macarthur-landed-at-bonuan-in-lingayen-pangasinan

1979: Birth of Tomiko Van, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomiko_Van
http://vantomiko.free.fr/website-fr/

1987: Birth of Mao Inoue, Japanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mao_Inoue

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_khoawqIXo

1988: Death of Jukichi Uno, Japanese actor born on 27 September 1914
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0881303/

1998: Death of Kenichi Fukui, Japanese chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate, born on October 4, 1918

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/1981/fukui-bio.html

2014: China has taken its feud with Japan to the UN, questioning Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s « erroneous outlook » on history after he visited a shrine commemorating former leaders convicted as war criminals
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/china-takes-japan-shrine-dispute-un-20141912939172706.html