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The year 1901 in Japanese history and events related to Japan that occurred in this year.


1901 Politics

1901 Births

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1901 Entertainment

1901 Sports

  • September 14 – Huo Yuanjia - Huo Yuanjia was a martial artist that studied a martial art known as Mizōngyi. This is a martial art that uses sneaky moves in order to beat the opponent, focusing the most on mobility and deception. It has since become a “lost” martial art. On Sept. 14th, Yuanjia responded to a challenge and managed to beat fighters from many countries, including one from Japan. Because of this last fight with the Japanese artist, Yuanjia became known as one of the best martial arts practitioners in history.

1901 Business

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1901 Other

  • June 2 – Katsura becomes Prime Minister - On June 2, Taro Katsura, who was the general of the Imperial Japanese Army, became the Prime Minister of Japan. Katsura was born into a family that had strong samurai values, which gave him many of his abilities. When the Meiji government took over, Katsura was noticed and was sent to Germany in order to study military science. He was quickly promoted to major general, once he returned to Japan, and was a major force during the first Sino-Japanese War. He became a viscount after the war, and was given the title of Prime Minister for the first time in 1901. he held the title for over four years and helped to make Japan noticeable as an imperialist power to reckon with in Asia.
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