1902 in Japan
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List of years in Japan
Events in the year 1902 in Japan.
- January 23 – The Aomori Infantry, Eighth Division begin their snow march toward Mt. Hakkoda. 199 soldiers die when a blizzard hits (known as the Snow March to Mt. Hakkoda).
- January 30 – The first Anglo-Japanese Alliance (日英同盟 Nichi-Ei Dōmei) was signed in London at Lansdowne House, on 30 January 1902, by Lord Lansdowne (British foreign secretary) and Hayashi Tadasu (Japanese minister in London). A diplomatic milestone that saw an end to Britain's splendid isolation, the alliance was renewed and expanded in scope twice, in 1905 and 1911, before its demise in 1921. It was officially terminated in 1923.
- August 10 – Japanese general election: The result was a victory for the Rikken Seiyūkai party, which won 191 of the 376 seats. Voting remained restricted to men aged over 25 who paid at least 10 yen a year in direct taxation, although 1900 electoral reforms had reduced the figure from 15 yen, increasing the proportion of the population able to vote from 1% to 2%.
- January 25 – Shigeharu Nakano author and politician (d. 1979)
- January 26 – Prince Kachō Hirotada, army lieutenant (d. 1924)
- June 25 – Yasuhito, Prince Chichibu (d. 1953)
- September 28 – Kenzo Okada, painter (d. 1982)
- July 18 – Saigō Jūdō, politician (Genrō) and admiral (b. 1843)
- August 18 – Nishimura Shigeki, educator (b. 1828)
- September 8 – Nagayo Sensai, doctor, educator and statesman (b. 1838)
- September 19 – Masaoka Shiki, poet, author, and literary critic (b. 1867)
- December 12 – Sano Tsunetami, politician and founder of the Japanese Red Cross Society (b. 1822)
- December 24 – Takayama Chogyū, author and literary critic (b. 1871)