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27 July 774

Birth of Kukai, Founder of Shingon Sect of Buddhism

13 May 1133
Birth of Honen, Founder of Jodo Sect of Japanese Pure Land Buddhism

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

23 March 1190
Buddhist Priest Saigyo Dies

Buddhist Priest Saigyo Dies

19 January 1200
Birth of Dogen in Japan

Birth of Dogen in Japan

29 February 1212
Death of Jodo Sect Founder Honen in Kyoto

Death of Jodo Sect Founder Honen in Kyoto

28 April 1253
Founding of Nichiren Buddhism by Nichiren

Founding of Nichiren Buddhism by Nichiren

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27 July 1549
Jesuit Founder Francis Xavier Becomes First Christian Missionary in Japan

Jesuit Founder Francis Xavier Becomes First Christian Missionary in Japan

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25 July 1587
Christianity Banned & Missionaries Ordered Out of Japan by Hideyoshi

Christianity Banned & Missionaries Ordered Out of Japan by Hideyoshi

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19 September 1931
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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6 September 1941
Japanese Imperial Government Sets Deadline for Negotiations With USA

Japanese Imperial Government Sets Deadline for Negotiations With USA

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7 December 1941
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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8 December 1941
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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6 August 1945
World's First Nuclear Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima, Japan

World's First Nuclear Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima, Japan

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9 August 1945
World's Second Nuclear Bomb Dropped on Nagasaki, Japan

World's Second Nuclear Bomb Dropped on Nagasaki, Japan

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2 September 1945
Japan & U.S. Sign Surrender Documents on USS Missouri

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

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14 June 1947
Japanese Prime Minister Katayama Tetsu Wants Christian Spirit in Government

Japanese Prime Minister Katayama Tetsu Wants Christian Spirit in Government

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6 June 1950
General MacArthur Orders Japanese Government to Purge All Communists

General MacArthur Orders Japanese Government to Purge All Communists

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11 July 1991
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

20 March 1995
Aum Shinrikyo Launches Sarin Gas Attacks in Tokyo Subway

Aum Shinrikyo Launches Sarin Gas Attacks in Tokyo Subway

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19 December 1996

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

26 June 2002
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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27 February 2004

Shoko Asahara Sentenced to Hang for Tokyo Subway Gassing

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