Modern History of Japan

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Modern History

16th century

The 16th century including the early 16th century, early mid 16th century, mid 16th century, late mid 16th century, and late 16th century can be connected.

The early 16th century including the early 1500s, late 1500s, early 1510s, and late 1510s can be connected. This was part of the Muromachi period of Japanese history. The early mid 16th century including the early 1520s, late 1520s, early 1530s, and late 1530s can be connected. This was the late Muromachi period of Japanese history. The mid 16th century including the early 1540s, late 1540s, early 1550s, and late 1550s can be connected. The first Europeans arrived in Japan in 1543 and traders and brought muskets and Christianity. The late mid 16th century including the early 1560s, late 1560s, early 1570s, and late 1570s can be connected. The Muromachi period of Japanese history ended. The early Azuchi-Momoyama period of Japanese history began in 1568. The late 16th century including the early 1580s, late 1580s, early 1690s, and late 1590s can be connected. This was the later Azuchi-Momoyama period of Japanese history.

17th century

The 17th century including the early 17th century, early mid 17th century, mid 17th century, late mid 17th century, and late 17th century can be connected.

The early 17th century including the early 1600s, late 1600s, early 1610s, and late 1610s can be connected. Tokugawa Ieyasu was named shogun and claimed political power from the Emperor, beginning the Edo period of Japanese history. The early mid 17th century including the early 1620s, late 1620s, early 1630s, and late 1630s can be connected. Christianity was outlawed in Japan. The mid 17th century including the early 1640s, late 1640s, early 1650s, and late 1650s can be connected. The Japanese began to practice an isolationist policy. The late mid 17th century including the early 1660s, late 1660s, early 1670s, and late 1670s can be connected. Japanese continued their isolationist policy. The late 17th century including the early 1680s, late 1680s, early 1690s, and late 1690s can be connected. Japanese continued their isolationist policy.

18th century

The early 18th century including the early 1700s, late 1700s, early 1710s, and late 1710s can be connected. Japanese isolation continued. The early mid 18th century including the early 1720s, late 1720s, early 1730s, and late 1730s can be connected. The Japanese continued their isolationist policy. The mid 18th century including the early 1740s, late 1740s, early 1750s, and late 1740s can be connected. The Japanese remained isolationist. The late mid 18th century including the early 1760s, late 1760s, early 1770s, and late 1770s can be connected. The Japanese continued to practice isolation in the Edo period. The late 18th century including the early 1780s, late 1780s, early 1790s, and late 1790s can be connected. The Japanese continued the policy of isolation from Western civilization.

19th century

The early 19th century including the early 1800s, late 1800s, early 1810s, and late 1810s can be connected. The Japanese practiced isolation from Western civilization. The early mid 19th century including the early 1820s, late 1820s, early 1830s, and late 1830s can be connected. The Japanese continued to practice isolation from Western Civilization. The mid 19th century including the early 1840s, late 1840s, early 1850s, and late 1850s can be connected. Japan's isolation ended when it was forced to accept western traders. The late mid 19th century including the early 1860s, late 1860s, early 1870s, and late 1870s can be connected. The shogunate was ended and the emperor was restored to power in the Meiji restoration, and Japan began to industrialize and Westernize. The late 19th century including the early 1880s, late 1880s, early 1890s, and late 1890s can be connected. Japan continued to industrialize and Westernize.

20th century

The early 20th century including the early 1900s, late 1900s, early 1910s, and late 1910s can be connected. The Japanese defeated Russia in the Russo-Japanese war. The early mid 20th century including the early 1920s, late 1920s, early 1930s, and late 1930s can be connected. The Japanese invaded Manchuria, in China, in 1930.

The mid 20th century including the early 1940s can be connected. Japan was defeated in World War II and occupied by the US. The emperor renounced a claim of divinity and all political power, and a parliamentary democracy was established. The late 1940s including 1946, 1957, 1947, 1949, and 1950 can be connected. Japan was occupied and governed by the United States. The early 1950s including 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, and 1955 can be connected. Japan was occupied by the United States until 1952 and a parliamentary democracy established. The late 1950s including 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, and 1960 can be connected. Japan was admitted to the United Nations in 1956.

Late mid 20th century

The late mid 20th century including the early 1960s, late 1960s, early 1970s, and late 1970s can be connected.

The early 1960s including 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, and 1965 can be connected. Japan's economy continued to grow. The 1964 Summer Olympics were noteworthy. The late 1960s including 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, and 1970 can be connected. and Japan's economy continued to grow. The early 1970s including 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, and 1975 can be connected. Japan's economy continued to grow. The late 1970s including 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, and 1980 can be connected. Japan's economy continued to grow.

Late 20th century

The late 20th century including the early 1980s, late 1980s, early 1990s, and late 1990s can be connected.

The early 1980s including 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, and 1985 can be connected. Japan's economy continued to grow. The late 1980s including 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, and 1990 can be connected. Japanese economic growth slowed somewhat. The Showa period ended with the deah of Hirohito and the Heisi period begin with the reign of Akihito. The early 1990s including 1991, 1992, 1992, 1994, and 1995 can be connected. The Heisi period continued following the revolutions of Eastern Europe and the end of the Cold War. The late 1990s including 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000 can be connected. Japanese government was led by the LDP, (Liberal Democratic Party)

Early 21st century

The early 2000s including 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 can be connected. Japan sent troops to help with reconstruction following the Gulf war, In 2004 there was a major earthquake in Chuetsu.

Late 2000s

The late 2000s including 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 can be connected. Shinzo Abe, Yasuo Fukuda, Taro Aso, and Naoto Kan served as Prime Ministers.

2006 including the first quarter 2006, second quarter 2006, third quarter 2006, and fourth quarter 2006 can be connected. I do not yet have specific events for Japan in this year. 2007 including the first quarter 2007, second quarter 2007, third quarter 2007, and fourth quarter 2007 can be connected. Shinzo Abe resigned after an election defeat and Yasuo Fukuda became Prime Minister. 2008 including the first quarter 2008, second quarter 2008, third quarter 2008, and fourth quarter 2008 can be connected. Yasuo Fukuda resigned as Prime Minister and Taro Aso was selected. 2009 including the first quarter 2009, second quarter 2009, third quarter 2009, and fourth quarter 2009 can be connected. The Democratic party of Japan (DPJ) won a Parliamentary majority. Taro Aso resigned and Naoto Kan was selected as Prime Minister. Toyota recalled motor vehicles. 2010 including the first quarter 2010, second quarter 2010, third quarter 2010, and fourth quarter 2010 can be connected. The Senkaku boat collision caused increased tensions with China.

Early 2010s

2011 including the first quarter 2011, second quarter 2011, third quarter 2011, and fourth quarter 2011 can be connected. A major earthquake and tsunami occurred, and the Fukishima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster. Naoto Kan resigned as prime minister, and Yoshihiko Noda was named. 2012 including the first quarter 2012, second quarter 2012, third quarter 2012, and fourth quarter 2012 can be connected. Noda was defeated in an election and Prime Minister and Shinzo Abe became prime minister.

2013

The first quarter 2013 including January 2012, February 2013, and March 2013 can be connected.

The second quarter 2013 can be connected. April 2013 including 2013 week 14, 2013 week 15, 2013 week 16, 2013 week 17, and 2013 week 18 can be connected.

May 2013 including 2013 week 18, 1913 week 19, 2013 week 20, 2013 week 21, and 2013 week 22 can be connected.

June 2013 including 2013 week 22, 2013 week 23, 2013 week 24, 2013 week 25, 2013 week 26, and 2013 week 27 can be connected.

The third quarter 2013 can be connected.

July 2013 including 2013 week 27, 2013 week 28 and 2013 week 29 can be connected.

2013 week 30

July 21, 2013 Voters in Japan go to the polls for a House of Councillors (Japan's upper house) election with the governing coalition led by Shinzo Abe winning control of the upper house. (USA Today), (Bloomberg via Business Week)

July 23, 2013 Japan begins a renewed effort to halt the leak of radioactive material from the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (BBC)

2013 week 31 has no major events reported.

August 2013 including 2013 week 35 can be connected.

2013 week 31 has no major events reported.

2013 week 32

August 5, 2013 US military helicopter HH60 crashed at a US Marine Camp Hansen in Japan's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa, killing 4 people and injuring 3 others. (NHK World)

2013 week 33 has no major events so far connected.

2013 week 34 can be connected.

September 2013 including 2013 week 36, 2013 week 37, 2013 week 38, 2013 week 39, and 2013 week 40 can be connected.

The fourth quarter 2013 can be connected. October 2013 including 2013 week 40, 2013 week 41, 2013 week 42, 2013 week 43, and 2013 week 44 can be connected. November 2013 including 2013 week 44, 2013 week 45, 2013 week 46, 2013 week 47, and 2013 week 48 can be connected.

December 2013 can be connected. 2013 week 49 can be connected. 2013 week 50 can be connected. 2013 week 51 can be connected. 2013 week 52 can be connected. 2013 week 53 can be connected.

2014 can be connected. The first quarter 2014 including March 2014 can be connected.

January 2014

January 2014 including 2014 week 1, 2014 week 2, 2014 week 3, 2014 week 4, and 2014 week 5 can be connected.

2014 week 1 had no reported events.

2014 week 2 had no reported events.

2014 week 3

January 17, 2014 One of the last Japanese soldiers to surrender from World War II, Hiroo Onoda, who surrendered in the Philippines in 1974, dies at the age of 91. (CNN)

2014 week 4

January 20, 2014 Dolphin hunting in the Japanese town of Taiji is criticized by US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy after protests by environmental groups. (Japan Daily Press)

2014 week 5 had no reported events.

February 2014 can be connected.

2014 week 5 had no reported events.

2014 week 6

February 8, 2014 Large snowstorms kill 6 people and injure over 600 in Japan. (Australia Network)

2014 week 7

February 9, 2014 Tokyo gubernatorial election, 2014: Voters in the Japanese capital of Tokyo elected Yoichi Masuzoe to replace former Governor Naoki Inose, who resigned on December 24, 2013. (Yomiuri Shimbun)

2014 week 8 can be connected.

February 16, 2014 Heavy snowfall hits Tokyo and other parts of eastern Japan, killing at least 12 people and disrupting power and airline flights. (Reuters)

2014 week 9 had no reported events.

March 2014 including 2014 week 11, 2014 week 12, 2014 week 13, and 2014 week 14 can be connected. 2014 week 10 can be connected.

2014 week 9 had no reported events.

2015 including the first quarter 2015, second quarter 2015, third quarter 2015, and fourth quarter 2015 can be connected.

Late 2010s

The late 2010s including 2016 and 2017 can be connected.

2016

2016 including the first quarter 2016, second quarter 2016, third quarter 2016, and fourth quarter 2016 can be connected.

The first quarter 2016 including January 2016 and February 2016 can be connected. March 2016 including 2016 week 10, 2016 week 11, 2016 week 12, 2016 week 13, and 2016 week 14 can be connected.

Second quarter 2016

The second quarter 2016 including June 2016 can be connected.

April 2016

May 2016 including 2016 week 14, 2016 week 15, 2016 week 16, 2016 week 17, and 2016 week 18 can be connected.

2016 week 14, 2016 week 15, 2016 week 16, 2016 week 17, and 2016 week 18 can be connected.

May 2016

May 2016 including 2016 week 19, 2016 week 20, and 2016 week 21 can be connected.

2016 week 19 can be connected. 2016 week 20 can be connected. 2016 week 21 can be connected.

The third quarter 2016 including July 2016, August 2016, and September 2016 can be connected. The fourth quarter 2016 including October 2016 and November 2016 can be connected.

2017

2017 including the first quarter 2017, second quarter 2017, third quarter 2017, and fourth quarter 2017 can be connected.

The first quarter 2017 including January 2017 can be connected. February 2017 including 2017 week 5, 2017 week 6, 2017 week 7, 2017 week 8, and 2017 week 9 can be connected. March 2017 including 2017 week 9, 2017 week 10, 2017 week 11, 2017 week 12, and 2017 week 13 can be connected.

The second quarter 2017 including May 2017 and June 2017 can be connected. April 2017 including 2017 week 13, 2017 week 14, 2017 week 15, 2017 week 16, 2017 week 17, and 2017 week 18 can be connected.

The third quarter 2017 including July 2017, August 2017, and September 2017 can be connected. The fourth quarter 2017 including October 2017 and November 2017 can be connected.

History, sociology, institutions, culture, anthropology, personal studies, and science will be connected as the site develops.

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Created 12 Sep 2016 Last updated 15 Nov 2017