1896 in Japan
Events in the year 1896 in Japan.
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- June 15 – Sanriku earthquake: One of the most destructive seismic events in Japanese history. The 8.5 magnitude earthquake occurred at 19:32 (local time) on June 15, 1896, approximately 166 kilometres (103 mi) off the coast of Iwate Prefecture, Honshu. It resulted in two tsunamis which destroyed about 9,000 homes and caused at least 22,000 deaths. The waves reached a record height of 38.2 metres (125 ft); more than a meter lower than those created after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake which triggered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
- April 22 – Chishō Takaoka, geisha, writer, and nun (d. 1994)
- May 11 – Toshiko, Princess Yasu, daughter of Emperor Meiji (d. 1878)
- July 28 – Takeru Inukai, politician and novelist (d. 1960)
- August 27 – Kenji Miyazawa, author and poet (d. 1933)
- November 13 – Nobusuke Kishi, politician and Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1987)