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Japan History Timeline

2000s continued
  • (2011) China overtook Japan as world's second largest economy
  • (2011) Huge offshore earthquake followed by a tsunami devastated east coast, killed thousands, engulfed entire towns, some waves reached six miles (10 kilometers) inland; damages estimated around $34.6 billion
  • (2011) Damage to the Fukushima nuclear plant from the tsunami caused radiation leak, left extensive areas uninhabitable, contaminated food
  • (2011) Prime Minister Kan resigned after being criticized for response to earthquake and nuclear disaster, succeeded by Yoshihiko Noda
  • (2011) Earthquake struck, triggered tsunami warning for one prefecture
  • (2011) Japanese authorities declared Fukushima accident level-7, put it on par with the Chernobyl disaster in 1986
  • (2012) U.S. Coast Guard sunk crewless Japanese ship that had drifted to Alaska after 2011 tsunami
  • (2012) U.S. and Japan reached agreement to move thousands of U.S. Marines from Okinawa, did not reach agreement on closing the airbase
  • (2012) Exports rose 10%
  • (2012) Lower house of parliament approved bill to double sales tax due to decrease in income taxes caused by aging populace
  • (2012) Ohi nuclear reactor restarted
  • (2012) Eurozone crisis caused Japan's economic growth to slow due to decrease in exports and domestic consumption
  • (2012) China canceled 40th anniversary celebrations with Japan due to dispute of ownership of islands in East China Sea; islands under Japanese administration, claimed by China and Taiwan
  • (2013) Exports rose 10.1% due to weaker yen, boosted economic recovery plan
  • (2013) Prime Minister Abe's coalition won house elections, gave him control of both houses of parliament
  • (2013) Tokyo chosen to host Olympics in 2020
  • (2013) Japan approved U.S. military base relocation to less densely populated part of Okinawa
  • (2014) Some residents from area around Fukushima nuclear plant allowed to return home after 2011 disaster
  • (2014) Japan and North Korea agreed to hold talks over nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and fate of Japanese citizens in 1970s and 1980s
  • (2014) Sales tax increase approved from 5% to 8%
  • (2014) International Court of Justice banned Japan's annual whaling drive off Antarctica

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Japan prefectures & their capitals

Region Capital
Aichi Nagoya-shi
Akita Akita Shi
Aomori Aomori Shi
Chiba Chiba
Ehime Matsuyama
Fukui Fukui-shi
Fukuoka Fukuoka-shi
Fukushima Fukushima-shi
Gifu Gifu-shi
Gunma Maebashi-shi
Hiroshima Hiroshima-shi
Hokkaido Sapporo
Hyogo Kobe
Ibaraki Mito-shi
Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi
Iwate Morioka-shi
Kagawa Takamatsu-shi
Kagoshima Kagoshima-shi
Kanagawa Yokohama
Kochi Kochi-shi
Kumamoto Kumamoto
Kyoto Kyoto
Mie Tsu-shi
Miyagi Sendai-shi
Miyazaki Miyazaki-shi
Nagano Nagano-shi
Nagasaki Nagasaki-shi
Nara Nara-shi
Niigata Niigata-shi
Oita Oita
Okayama Okayama-shi
Okinawa Naha-shi
Osaka Osaka-shi
Saga Saga-shi
Saitama Saitama
Shiga Otsu-shi
Shimane Matsue-shi
Shizuoka Shizuoka-shi
Tochigi Utsunomiya-shi
Tokushima Tokushima-shi
Tokyo Tokyo
Tottori Tottori
Toyama Toyama-shi
Wakayama Wakayama-shi
Yamagata Yamagata-shi
Yamaguchi Yamaguchi-shi
Yamanashi Kofu-shi

Countries of Asia

This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.