1930s

1930 – The London disarmament conference angers Japanese Army and Navy. Japan’s navy demanded parity with the United States and Britain, but was rejected; it maintained the existing ratios and Japan was required to scrap a capital ship.

1931 September – Japanese Army seizes control of Manchuria, which China has not controlled in decades. It sets up a puppet government.

1932 March – League of Blood incident – assassination of Dan Takuma, Director General of Mitsui, who had visited Britain several times

1932 May – 11 naval officers assassinate Japan’s prime minister Inukai Tsuyoshi, and the military takes more power. Their plan had also included assassinating English actor Charlie Chaplin, who had just arrived in Japan.

1932 Britain and France effectively control the League of Nations, which issues the Lytton Report in 1932, saying that Japan had genuine grievances, but it acted illegally in seizing the entire province. Japan quits the League, Britain takes no action.

1934. The Royal Navy sends ships to Tokyo to take part in a naval parade in honour of the late Admiral Tōgō Heihachirō, one of Japan’s greatest naval heroes, the “Nelson of the East”.

1937. The Kamikaze, a prototype of the Mitsubishi Ki-15, travels from Tokyo to London, the first Japanese-built aircraft to land in Europe, for the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. 1

1938 Yokohama Specie Bank acquired HSBC.

1939. The Tientsin Incident almost causes an Anglo-Japanese war when the Japanese blockade the British concession in Tientsin, China.