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In 1941, the Japanese landed 50,000 troops in Cochin, China, putting the whole of IndoChina under their control.
In 1945, LeMay's firebombing campaign against small and medium-sized Japanese industrial cities seared Utsunomiya, Ichinomiya and Tsurugu on Honshu and Uwajima on Shikoku. Superfortresses also smashed oil refineries between Tokyo and Yokohama. An American naval task force powered by cruisers Concord and Richmond bombarded Suribachi Point in the Kurile Islands, north of Japan.
In 1979, Kiribati attained independence.
In 1991, a Japanese professor who had translated Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses" was found stabbed to death, nine days after the novel's Italian translator was attacked in Milan.
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