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1915

Following Japan's capture of the German naval port of Qingdao in Shandong Province, China (Republic of China) demanded the withdrawal of the Japanese forces, to which Japan responded with the issuing of the Twenty-One Demands. China had originally rejected the expansion of Japanese interests on Chinese territory based on military force, but ultimately came to an agreement, and May 9 of this year continues to be commemorated as a "day of national shame" amongst anti-Japanese movement in China.

Amid such events, the 2nd Far Eastern Championship Games was held in Shanghai in May. This time, although Japan had made significant preparations for the event, the international situation needed to be closely monitored when it came to dispatching athletes to the Games, and the Japanese athletes did not actually arrive in Shanghai until after the competition had started. In both the track and field and the swimming tournaments, Japan finished third, behind the Philippines and the Republic of China. However, in tennis, Ichiya Kumagai and Seiichiro Kashio secured victories in both the singles and the doubles events, and Japanese participants also emerged triumphant in four of the seven swimming events.

After this event, Japan also joined the Far Eastern Athletic Association, and it was decided that the 3rd Games would be held in Shibaura, Tokyo, in 1917.

This would now provide Japan with the chance to enter the international soccer stage.

In August, the 1st National Junior High School Baseball Championship was held at the Toyonaka Ground. Ten schools took part in this tournament, which signified the beginnings of the now-famous National High School Baseball Championship.

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  • Nov November - 2nd Kansai Association Football Tournament held at Mikage Normal School. Mikage emerges victorious (five teams participate - Mikage, Himeji, Kyoto, and Nara Normal Schools, and Meisei Commercial)
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  • May Japan participates in 2nd Far Eastern Championship Games in Shanghai. Achieves good results in track and field, swimming, tennis, and cycling.
  • Jun Additional budget proposals carried to increase two divisions and construct navy ships
  • Aug First National Junior High School Baseball Championship
  • Nov Coronation of Taisho Emperor
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  • Jan Zeppelin airships make first air raids on London
  • Apr Germany announces submarine blockade of United Kingdom
  • Jul Passenger liner RMS Lusitania sunk by German submarine off the coast of Ireland
  • Nov Yuan Shikai, in whose hands lay the fate of the Republic of China, endorsed as Emperor (to acceed in January 1916) Monarchism abandoned in 1916 due to strong opposition from several countries, including Japan