1914 in Japan

Events in the year 1914 in Japan. It corresponds to Taishō 3 (大正3年) in the Japanese calendar.

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See also:Other events of 1914
History of Japan  • Timeline  • Years



  • January – Siemens scandal breaks out.
  • February 10–14 large-scale demonstrations erupted in Tokyo in response to the Siemens scandal.
  • March 24 – Both houses of the Imperial Diet refused to pass the 1914 Navy budget
  • April 16 – Yamamoto Gonnohyōe resigns as Prime Minister
  • August 7 – The United Kingdom (Japan's ally since 1902) officially asked Japan for assistance in destroying the raiders from the Imperial German Navy in and around Chinese waters.
  • August 23 – Japan declares war on Germany.
  • August 25 – Japan declares war on Austria-Hungary, after Vienna refused to withdraw the Austro-Hungarian cruiser SMS Kaiserin Elisabeth from Qingdao.
  • September 2 – Japanese forces landed on China's Shandong province and surrounded the German settlement at Tsingtao (Qingdao)
  • September 6 – A seaplane launched by the seaplane-carrier Wakamiya. unsuccessfully attacked the Austro-Hungarian cruiser Kaiserin Elisabeth and the German gunboat Jaguar with bombs[2]
  • October – The Imperial Japanese Navy seized several of Germany's island colonies in the Pacific – the Mariana, Caroline, and Marshall Islands - with virtually no resistance. The Japanese Navy conducted the world's first naval-launched air raids against German-held land targets in Shandong province and ships in Qiaozhou Bay from Wakamiya.
  • October 17–November 7 – Naval operations around Tsingtao, China.
  • October 31–November 7 – Siege of Tsingtao concluded with the surrender of German colonial forces.
  • December 20 – Tokyo Station opened with four platforms; two serving electric trains and two serving non-electric trains.



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Taishō | emperor of Japan". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  2. ^ Donko, Wilhelm M. (2013), Österreichs Kriegsmarine in Fernost: Alle Fahrten von Schiffen der k.(u.)k. Kriegsmarine nach Ostasien, Australien und Ozeanien von 1820 bis 1914, Berlin: epubli, pp. 4, 156–162, 427
  3. ^ Hideko Maehata Archived 2015-06-11 at the Wayback Machine. sports-reference.com
  4. ^ HIDEKO MAEHATA (JPN) 1979 Honor Swimmer. ISHOF