TIMELINE OF JAPAN

Yayoi Era 200

200 Sushi is invented

200

Kotun Era 300 - 538

500 Japan adopts Chinese alphabet

500

Asuka Era 538 - 710

605 Buddhism and Confucianism become the religions

605

Nara Era 710 - 784

Heian Era 794 - 1185

Kamakura Era 1192 - 1333

1180 Gempei War

1180

1181 Big famine kills hundreds of thousands of people

1181

Muromachi Era 1338 - 1573

1467 Onin Civil War

1467

1549 Christianity is introduced by Francis Xavier

1549

Azuchi Monoyama Era 1573 - 1603

Edo Era 1603 - 1867

1614 Igyasu bans Christianity and persecution begins

1614

1707 The Yen appears and trade rules change

1707

1707 Mt. Fugi erupts

1707

1854 Japanese ports open for international trade

1854

Meji Era 1868 - 1912

1872 First railway from Tokyo to Yokohama

1872

1873 Japan gives religious freedom to people

1873

1889 Nintendo is founded

1889

1900 Population reaches 44million

1900

Taisho Era 1912 - 1926

1923 Great Kanto Earthquake

1923

Showa Era 1926 - 1989

1928 Population is 65 000 000

1928

1939 Solviet Union fights Japan, 18 000 dead

1939

1941 Pacific War starts

1941

1945 WWII ends

1945

1945 Two atomic bombs fall on Hiroshima

1945

1956 Japan becomes a member of the UN

1956

1964 Tokyo hosts Olympic Games

1964

1974 Eisaku Sato (PM) wins Noble Peace Prize

1974

Heisei Era 1989 - present

1989 Japan owns 1/2 of the world's shipyards

1989

1989 One US $ is equal to 125 Yen

1989

1995 Japan manufactures 7,600,000 cars

1995

2003 Sony makes a blu ray disc

2003

2009 US doller worth 90 Yen

2009

2009 Toyoto overtakes GMC

2009

2011 tsunami strikes day after earthquake

2011

2011 8.9 earthquake, damage 25 trillion Yen

2011

2011 Nucleur leak in Fukushima

2011