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27July774

Birth of Kukai, Founder of Shingon Sect of Buddhism

13May1133
Birth of Honen, Founder of Jodo Sect of Japanese Pure Land Buddhism

Birth of Honen, Founder of Jodo Sect of Japanese Pure Land Buddhism

23March1190
Buddhist Priest Saigyo Dies

Buddhist Priest Saigyo Dies

19January1200
Birth of Dogen in Japan

Birth of Dogen in Japan

29February1212
Death of Jodo Sect Founder Honen in Kyoto

Death of Jodo Sect Founder Honen in Kyoto

28April1253
Founding of Nichiren Buddhism by Nichiren

Founding of Nichiren Buddhism by Nichiren

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27July1549
Jesuit Founder Francis Xavier Becomes First Christian Missionary in Japan

Jesuit Founder Francis Xavier Becomes First Christian Missionary in Japan

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25July1587
Christianity Banned & Missionaries Ordered Out of Japan by Hideyoshi

Christianity Banned & Missionaries Ordered Out of Japan by Hideyoshi

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19September1931
Japan Invades Manchuria, Will Occupy Region Until End of WW II

Japan Invades Manchuria, Will Occupy Region Until End of WW II

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6September1941
Japanese Imperial Government Sets Deadline for Negotiations With USA

Japanese Imperial Government Sets Deadline for Negotiations With USA

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7December1941
Japan Begins Surprise Military Attack in American Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Japan Begins Surprise Military Attack in American Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

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8December1941
Japanese Forces Invade Malaya, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Dutch East Indies

Japanese Forces Invade Malaya, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Dutch East Indies

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6August1945
World's First Nuclear Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima, Japan

World's First Nuclear Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima, Japan

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9August1945
World's Second Nuclear Bomb Dropped on Nagasaki, Japan

World's Second Nuclear Bomb Dropped on Nagasaki, Japan

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2September1945
Japan & U.S. Sign Surrender Documents on USS Missouri

Japan & U.S. Sign Surrender Documents on USS Missouri

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14June1947
Japanese Prime Minister Katayama Tetsu Wants Christian Spirit in Government

Japanese Prime Minister Katayama Tetsu Wants Christian Spirit in Government

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6June1950
General MacArthur Orders Japanese Government to Purge All Communists

General MacArthur Orders Japanese Government to Purge All Communists

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11July1991
Japanese Scholar Hitoshi Igarashi Stabbed to Death for Translating Rushdie's Novel The Satanic Verses

Japanese Scholar Hitoshi Igarashi Stabbed to Death for Translating Rushdie's Novel The Satanic Verses

20March1995
Aum Shinrikyo Launches Sarin Gas Attacks in Tokyo Subway

Aum Shinrikyo Launches Sarin Gas Attacks in Tokyo Subway

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19December1996

Japan's Anglican Church Apologizes for its Support of Japan's Aggression in WW II

26June2002
Tomomitsu Niimi Sentenced to Death for Aum Shinrikyo Sarin Gas Attack

Tomomitsu Niimi Sentenced to Death for Aum Shinrikyo Sarin Gas Attack

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27February2004

Shoko Asahara Sentenced to Hang for Tokyo Subway Gassing

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