Category Archives: On this day in Japan history

On 26 September in Japan’s history


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Updated on September 26, 2017

1626: Death of Wakisaka Yasuharu, Japanese warrior, born in 1554

1940: The Japanese land on Haiphong with the consent of the German-sponsored Vichy government of France. Japanese forces occupy French Indochina and the French governor is reduced to a figurehead,6916126&hl=fr

1946: Birth of Togo Igawa, Japanese actor

1954: Japanese rail ferry Toya Maru sinks during a typhoon in the Tsugaru Strait, Japan killing 1,172

2006: Death of Iva Toguri D’Aquino who was convicted and later pardoned of being World War II propagandist « Tokyo Rose, » who died in Chicago at age 90, born on July 4, 1916

2006: Shinzo Abe becomes the 90th premier of Japan with 339 votes on 475 at the House of representatives and 136 on 240 at the Senate

2012: Japan’s main opposition party choses former premier Shinzo Abe as its new leader, a victory likely to see him reinstated as prime minister in next general élections this year.

On 25 September in Japan’s history


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Updated on September 25, 2017

1333: Death of Japanese Prince Morikuni, 9th shogun of the Kamakura shogunate of Japan since June 19, 1308, born in 1301

1358: Birth of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, third shogun (1368-1394) of the Ashikaga shogunate of Japan, who died on May 31, 1408

1617: Death of Go-Yozei,107th emperor of Japan, (December 17, 1586 to May 9, 1611), corresponding to the transition between the Azuchi-Momoyama period and the Edo period, born on December 31, 1572

1937: During the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Chinese Eighth Route Army gains a minor, but morale-boosting victory in the Battle of Pingxingguan

1937: Birth of Soichiro Kitamura, Japanese actor

1942: Birth of Jin Nakayama, Japanese actor

1964: Birth of Kikuko Inoue, Japanese singer and voice actress (seiyu)

1970: Birth of Misa Shimizu, Japanese actress

1972: Beginning of Japanese Kakuei Tanaka visit to China which will be concluded by September joint communiqué announcing the end of state of war and the establishment of diplomatic relations

1972-09-25 Mao Tanaka

2007: Yasuo Fukuda is elected new Japan’s prime minister

2010: Tensions between China and Japan over the arrest of a Chinese trawler captain flare anew, a day after his release, with Beijing demanding an apology for the detention, and Tokyo refusing

2012: Japanese coast guard vessels have tried to turn away dozens of Taiwanese fishing boats near a chain of disputed islands in the East China Sea after firing water cannons at them.


On 24 September in Japan’s history


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Updated on September 24, 2017

1732: Death of Reigen, 112th emperor Japan, born on July 9, 1654

1877: Battle of Shiroyama, decisive victory of the imperial Japanese Army over the samurai Satsuma Rebellion

1877: Death of Takamori Saigo, samurai, leader of Satmura rebellion, born on February 7, 1827

1948: The Honda Motor Company is founded in Japan

1981: birth of Yuki Matsuzaki, Japanese actor and producer

2008: Taro Aso is named Japan’s third prime minister in the space of two years following a vote in the lower house of the country’s parliament

2010: Japanese authorities release the captain of a Chinese trawler who was arrested two weeks ago near islands claimed by China and Japan, defusing a dispute that had sent ties between the Asian powers to their lowest point in years

2012: Chinese ships plied the waters of a disputed island chain, Japan’s coastguard said, as a fleet of Taiwanese fishing boats set sail for the area, vowing to stake Taipei’s claim.


On 23 September in Japan’s history


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Updated on September 23, 2017

1161: Birth of Takakura, the 80th Japanese Emperor (1168-1180), who died on January 30, 1181

1573: Death of Asai Hisamasa, Japanese warlord who committed suicide for loosing battle, born in 1524

1740: Birth of Empress Go-Sakuramachi, 117th emperor of Japan (1762-1771)

1771: Birth of Morihito (Kokaku), 119th emperor of Japan (1779-1817) who died on 11 December 1840

1889: Nintendo Koppai (Later Nintendo Company, Limited) founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce and market the playing card game Hanafuda

1942: First day of the September Matanikau action on Guadalcanal as United States Marine Corps forces attack Imperial Japanese Army units along the Matanikau River

1964: Birth of Koshi Inaba, Japanese singer

1974: Birth of Harumi Inoue, Japanese actress and model

1985: Birth of Maki Goto, Japanese pop singer

1986: Japanese newspapers quote Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone as saying that minorities lowered the «intelligence level» of America

1996: Death of Fujiko F. Fujio, Japanese cartoonist, born in 1933

2012: China postpones a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of its diplomatic relationship with Japan amid high tensions between the two countries over a territorial dispute

On 22 September in Japan’s history


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Updated on September 22, 2017

1253: Death of Dogen Zenki, Japanese Zen Buddhist, born on January 19, 1200

1598: Korean and Chinese allied forces make a second attack against Japanese forces. However, Korean and Chinese allied forces failed to take the Ulsan Japanese Castle

1868: Byakkotai, The Young Japanese samurai corps of Aizu-Han commit suicide when they thought their castle was on fire

1868-09-22 Byakkotai

1878: Birth of the Japanese Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida (1946-1947), who died on October 20, 1967

1940: Following an ultimatum, France authorizes the use of the Tonkin airfields by the Japanese forces

1956: Birth of Masayuki Suzuki, Japanese singer

1957: Death of Japanese Admiral Soemu Toyoda, born on May 22, 1885

1981: Birth of Subaru Shibutani, Japanese singer, dancer and actor

1996: Foundation of the Democratic Party of Japan by Yukio Hatoyama, former general secretary of Sakigake

2000: Death of Saburo Sakai, Japanese aviator, born in 1916

2008: Taro Aso, an outspoken conservative is chosen by the governing Liberal Democratic Party to become the nation’s next prime minister of Japan,8599,1843251,00.html


On 21 September in Japan’s history


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Updated on September 21, 2017

1680: Death of Japanese emperor Go-Mizunoo on the throne from 1611 to 1629, born on June 25, 1596

1874: Birth of Hishida Shunso,Japanese painter from the Meiji period, who died on September 16, 1911

Hishida Shunso

1933: Death of Kenji Miyazawa, Japanese author and poet, born on August 27, 1896

Kenji Miyazawa

1934: Superpower Muroto Typhoon hit in western Honshu, Japan, Japanese government confirmed 3,036 killed. Mainly destroy temples, schools, and other buildings at Osaka

1949: Birth of Yusaku Matsuda, Japanese actor who died on November 6, 1989 

1954: Birth of Shinzo Abe, shortly Japanese prime minister (2006-2007) and again since December 2012

1954: Death of Kokichi Mikimoto, Japanese inventor of the cultured pearl, born on January 25, 1858

2011: Death of Jun Henmi, Japanese author and poet, born on July 26, 1939

2012: Yoshihiko Noda beat three other contenders, winning more than 60 per cent of points available in vote by party members

2013: Death of Taro Ishida, Japanese actor, born on March 16, 1944


On 20 September in Japan’s history


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Updated on September 20, 2017

1161: Birth of Emperor Takakura of Japan who died on January 30, 1181

1498: The 1498 Nankai earthquake generates a tsunami that washes away the building housing the statue of the Great Buddha at Kōtoku-in. Since then the Buddha has sat in the open air.

Great Buddha at Kōtoku-in

1875: Ganghwa Island incident between Japanese and South Koreans


1940: Birth of Taro Aso, 59th Japanese prime minister from September 24, 2008 to August 30, 2009

1944: Birth of Riku Rinkama, Japanese actor

1971: Birth of Masashi Hamauzu, Japanese composer

1976: Birth of Yui Horie, Japanese singer and actress

1976: Birth of Yo Hitoto, Japanese pop singer

1977: Birth of Namie Amuro, Japanese singer

1980: Death of Sanpei Hayashiya, Japanese comedian, born on November 30, 1925

1983: Birth of Yuna Ito, Japanese singer and actress

1991: Birth of Naruki Matsukawa, Japanese actor

2006: Shinzo Abe becomes the 90th Prime minister of Japan with 339 votes on 475 in the Lower House and 136 on 240 in the Upper House

2014: Death of Takako Doi, former head of the Japan Socialist Party and first female speaker of the Lower House, born on November 30, 1928


On 19 September In Japan’s history

Hiroshi Yoshida


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Updated on September 19, 2017

1339: Death of Japanese Emperor Go-Daigo (1318-133), born on November 26, 1288

1876: Birth of Japanese painter Hiroshi Yoshida who died on April 15, 1050

Hiroshi Yoshida

1902: Death of Masaoka Shiki, Japanese author, poet, literary critic, and journalist in Meiji period Japan. His real name was Masaoka Tsunenori. Born on September 17, 1867

1908: Birth of Tatsuo Shimabuku, founder of Isshinryu Karate who died on May 30, 1975

1926: Birth of Masatoshi Koshiba, Japanese physicist, Physics Nobel Prize laureate 2002

1931: Following the Mukden Incident (September 18), Japanese Kwantung Army takes Mukden and starts to invade Manchuria

1970: Birth of Takanori Nishikawa, Japanese pop/rock singer

1990: Birth of Saki Fukuda, Japanese actress

1995: The commander of American forces in Japan and the US ambassador apology for the rape of a schoolgirl committed by three US servicemen

2010: China suspends high-level exchanges with Japan and promises tough countermeasures after a Japanese court extended the detention of a Chinese trawler captain who collided with two Japanese coastguard ships

2013: Hiroshi Yamauchi, the man who ran Nintendo for more than 50 years, overseeing the creation of Super Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda, has died aged 85.

2014: Former Japanese premier Hoshiro Mori brings a letter from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to South Korean President Park Geun-hye during a visit to Seoul as Tokyo seeks a thaw in frosty ties

2015: Japan’s upper chamber of Parliament approves controversial bills allowing the country’s military to engage in overseas combat in limited circumstances — a major shift after seven decades of pacifism

On 18 September in Japan’s history


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Updated on September 18, 2017

1598: Death of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Japanese warlord, born February 2, 1536

1931: Mukden (Shenyang) Incident or Manchurian Incident provoked by the Japanese, pretext for invading Manchuria

1945: General MacArthur moves his command to Tokyo as he prepares for his new role as archictect of democratic Japan

1946: Birth of Akira Kamiya, Japanese actor

1949: Birth of Sokyu Fujita, Japanese actor

1954: Birth of Takao Doi, Japanese astronaut

1973: Birth of Ami Onuki, Japanese singer


Holidays and observances

Island Language Day (Okinawa Prefecture)

On 17 September in Japan’s history


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Updated on September 17, 2017

1192: Birth of Minamoto no Sanetomo, Japanese shogun who was assassinated on February 13, 1219

1786: Death of Tokugawa Ieharu, 10th shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate (1760-1786), born on June 20, 1737

1867: Birth of Shiki Masaoka, Japanese poet who died on September 19, 1902

1894: Battle of Yalu River, the largest naval engagement in the first Sino-Japan war

1939: Beginning of the Battle of Changsha, up to October 6, 1939) the first attempt by Japan to take the city of Changsha, China, during the second Sino-Japanese War

2002: Junichiro Koizumi is the first Japanese head of government to go to Pyongyang. North Korea admits the kidnapping of Japanese in the 70s and 80s

2005: After its failure in the September 13 election, the Democratic Party of Japan elects Seiji Maehara as its new leader

2010: Prime Minister Naoto Kan keeps to his « anti-Ozawa » principle as he reshuffles the Cabinet, awarding key positions to Diet members who have kept their distance from former DPJ Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa

2010: Japan says China has shipped drilling equipment to a disputed gas field in the East China Sea, fuelling diplomatic tensions between the Asian giants. China has previously refrained from unilateral drilling at Japan’s request

2012: Major electronics firms Panasonic and Canon have temporarily suspend production at factories in China after a territorial dispute triggered violent anti-Japanese protests