660 B.C. According to the legend, Jimmi Tennu became Japan's first emperor.
A.D. 400's New ideas began arriving in Japan from China
646 The Taiko Reform began. It set up a central government controlled by the emperor.
858 The Fujiwara Family gained control of the imperial court.
1192 Yorimoto became the first shogun.
1543 Portugese sailors became the first Europeans to reach Japan.
1603 The Tokugawa family began its more than 250-year rule of Japan.
1630's Japan cut ties with the outside world.
1853 Commodore Matthew C. Perry of the United States made his first arrival in Japan. He later opened two ports to U.S. trade.
1867 Emperor Mutsuhito regained his traditional powers.
1868Under the leadership of Emperor Mutsuhito, the Meiji Revolution of Japan began.
1894-1895 Japan quickly won a war with China.
1904-1905 Japan's defeat of Russia in the Russo-Japanese War established the country as a world power.
1923 An earthquake destroyed much of Tokyo and Yokohama.
1931 Japan seized the Chinese province of Manchuria.
1937 Japan began a war with China. The fighting became part of World War II.
1941 Japan attacked U.S. bases at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
1945 The United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan surrendered to the Allies, and the Allied occupation of Japan began.
1947 Japan's democratic Constitution went into effect.
1951 Japan signed a general peace treaty and a security treaty with the United States.
1952 The Allied occupation of Japan ended.
1960 Japan signed the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security with the United States.
1980's Opposition to Japan's international trade policies grew in the United States , canada, and some other countries.