1894- Japan and China go to war. With Japans better equipment and more resources, Japans
forces win in just about nine months.
1923- With Japan on a national fault line, a 8.2 magnitude Earthquake in
Tokyo kills more than 100,00 and injuries more than 90,000. This raises the national fear level of
1932- Japan’s prime minister is assassinated by
ultra-nationalist terrorists. The
military than holds increasing influences in the country.
1937- Japan goes to war with China, and by the end of the
war, Japan had captured Shanghai, Beijing and Nanjing. Japanese forces then commit atrocities,
including the “Rape of Nanjing”, were up to 300,00 Chinese civilians were
thought to be murdered.
1941- Japan launches a surprise attack on the US Pacific
fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Twelve ships were sunken, and nine more were
damaged. Nearly 2,500 people were
killed. The US and its main allies then declared war on Japan the following
1945- US planes drop bombs, one on Hiroshima and the second
on Nagasaki. Emperor Hirohito surrenders and relinquishes his divine
status. Japan is placed under US
military government. All Japanese
military and naval forces are then disbanded.
1951- Japan signs a peace treaty with the US and other
nations, and then one year later in 1952 Japan regains its independence.
1995- In January a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hits central Japan, killing
thousands of people, causing widespread damage. The city of Kobe was hit the
2007- In August the 62nd anniversary of Japan’s
surrender in World War II, and almost the entire cabinet stayed away from the
Yasukuni shrine. Prime Minister
Abe said he had no plans to visit the shrine as long as the issue continues to
be a diplomatic problem.
2011- On March 11, 2011 a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit of
the coast of Japan causing a huge nuclear reactor melt down and more than
14,000 deaths and more that 13,000 people missing. The reactor spewed radioactive chemical into the atmosphere
creating huge risks for the world.