List of famous Japanese men with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Famous People From Japan

A world power, Japan has long since been one of the leading nations in the world, be it scientifically, technologically, economically, educationally or militarily. And much of the credit for the same goes to famous Japanese men who worked hard to make the country a powerhouse that it is today. Be it Kenzo Tange and his architectural marvel of Hiroshima Peace Center or Emperor Akihito and his humanitarian approach, Momofuku Ando and his invention of instant noodles or Nobel Laureate Kenzaburo Oe and his work, ‘Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids’, Japanese men have greatly contributed in the country’s growth and development.

Hayao MiyazakiHayao Miyazaki
(Film director)

05 January 1941

Bunkyō

Capricorn

Mutsuhiro WatanabeMutsuhiro Watanabe
(Imperial Japanese Army Corporal)

18 January 1918

01 April 2003

Japan

Capricorn

Shinzō AbeShinzō Abe
(Prime Minister of Japan)

21 September 1954

Tokyo

Virgo

Hideo KojimaHideo Kojima
(Video Game Designer)

24 August 1963

Setagaya

Virgo

Shigeru MiyamotoShigeru Miyamoto
(Video Game Designer, Artist)

16 November 1952

Sonobe

Scorpio

HirohitoHirohito
(Former Emperor of Japan)

29 April 1901

07 January 1989

Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo

Taurus

Jushin Thunder LigerJushin Thunder Liger
(Japanese Professional Wrestler & MMA)

30 November 1964

Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Sagittarius

Oda NobunagaOda Nobunaga
(16th Century Japanese Feudal Lord)

23 June 1534

21 June 1582

Nagoya Castle, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Cancer

AkihitoAkihito
(Emperor of Japan)

23 December 1933

Tokyo

Capricorn

Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami

12 January 1949

Kyoto

Capricorn

Akira KurosawaAkira Kurosawa
(Filmmaker)

23 March 1910

06 September 1998

Shinagawa

Aries

Hideki TojoHideki Tojo
(27th Prime Minister of Japan)

30 December 1884

23 December 1948

Kōjimachi, Tokyo, Japan

Capricorn

Satoru IwataSatoru Iwata
(Former President & CEO of Nintendo)

06 December 1959

11 July 2015

Sapporo

Sagittarius

Miyamoto MusashiMiyamoto Musashi
(Swordsman & Warrior)

1584 AD

13 June 1645

Japan

Hiroo OnodaHiroo Onoda
(Imperial Japanese Army Intelligence officer)

19 March 1922

16 January 2014

Kainan, Wakayama, Empire of Japan

Pisces

Ken WatanabeKen Watanabe
(Actor)

21 October 1959

Koide, Japan

Libra

Isoroku YamamotoIsoroku Yamamoto
(Japanese Naval Officer Who Conceived The Pearl Harbor Attack in 1941)

04 April 1884

18 April 1943

Nagaoka, Niigata, Japan

Aries

Mako IwamatsuMako Iwamatsu
(Actor)

10 December 1933

21 July 2006

Kobe, Japan

Sagittarius

Shinsuke NakamuraShinsuke Nakamura
(Japanese Pro Wrestler & MMA)

24 February 1980

Mineyama, Kyoto, Japan

Pisces

Hiroyuki SanadaHiroyuki Sanada
(Actor)

12 October 1960

Tokyo, Japan

Libra

Morihei UeshibaMorihei Ueshiba
(Martial Artist)

14 December 1883

26 April 1969

Tanabe

Sagittarius

Masayoshi SonMasayoshi Son
(Founder of SoftBank)

11 August 1957

Tosu, Saga Prefecture, Japan

Leo

Momofuku AndoMomofuku Ando
(Inventor of instant noodles)

05 March 1910

05 January 2007

Puzi, Chiayi County, Taiwan

Pisces

Kota IbushiKota Ibushi
(Wrestler)

21 May 1982

Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan

Taurus

Hideki Yukawa Hideki Yukawa
(Physicist)

23 January 1907

08 September 1981

Tokyo

Aquarius

BashoBasho
(Poet)

1644 AD

28 November 1694

Ueno, Mie

Sin'ichirō TomonagaSin-Itiro Tomonaga
(Physicist)

31 March 1906

08 July 1979

Tokyo, Japan

Aries

Susumu TonegawaSusumu Tonegawa
(Immunologist, Molecular Biologist)

06 September 1939

Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Virgo

Kenichi Fukui Kenichi Fukui
(Chemist)

04 October 1918

09 January 1998

Nara City, Japan

Libra

Yoshiro MoriYoshiro Mori
(Prime Minister of Japan)

14 July 1937

Nomi

Cancer

Jiro OnoJiro Ono
(Chef)

27 October 1925

Tenryū, Shizuoka

Scorpio

Noriyuki MoritaPat Morita
(Actor, Comedian)

28 June 1932

24 November 2005

Isleton, California, USA

Cancer

Asai ChuAsai Chu
(Painter)

22 July 1856

16 December 1907

Sakura

Cancer

Shohei OhtaniShohei Ohtani
(Baseball Player)

05 July 1994

Oshu, Iwate Prefecture, Japan

Cancer

Emperor MeijiEmperor Meiji
(Emperor)

03 November 1852

30 July 1912

Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

Scorpio

Issei SagawaIssei Sagawa
(actor, writer, novelist, mangaka, translator)

26 April 1949

Kobe

Taurus

Yoshihiro AkiyamaYoshihiro Akiyama
(Mixed martial artist, Judoka)

29 July 1975

Ikuno-ku

Leo

Yusuke MurataYusuke Murata
(Mangaka)

04 July 1978

Kumamoto Prefecture

Cancer

Tokugawa IeyasuTokugawa Ieyasu
(Samurai)

31 January 1543

01 June 1616

Okazaki Castle

Aquarius

Ichiro SuzukiIchiro Suzuki
(Professional baseball player)

22 October 1973

Kasugai

Libra

Cary-Hiroyuki TagawaCary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
(Actor, Film producer, Film actor, Television actor, Karateka)

27 September 1950

Higashi-Azabu

Libra

Yukio MishimaYukio Mishima
(Writer, Actor, Novelist, Film director, Screenwriter, Poet, Essayist, Playwright, Lyricist, Critic, Model)

14 January 1925

25 November 1970

Tokyo

Capricorn

Takami AkaiTakami Akai
(Illustrator)

21 November 1961

Yonago

Scorpio

Kazushi SakurabaKazushi Sakuraba
(Mixed Martial Artist)

14 July 1969

Shōwa, Akita, Japan

Cancer

Toyotomi HideyoshiToyotomi Hideyoshi
(Daimyō)

17 March 1537

18 September 1598

Nakamura-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Pisces

Naruhito, Crown Prince of JapanNaruhito, Crown Prince of Japan

23 February 1960

Tokyo

Pisces

Shinji OkazakiShinji Okazaki
(Association football player)

16 April 1986

Takarazuka

Aries

Shinji KagawaShinji Kagawa
(Association football player)

17 March 1989

Kōbe

Pisces

Satoshi KonSatoshi Kon
(Animator, Film director, Screenwriter, Mangaka)

12 October 1963

24 August 2010

Kushiro

Libra

Yuzuru HanyuYuzuru Hanyu
(Figure skater)

07 December 1994

Sendai

Sagittarius

Osamu TezukaOsamu Tezuka
(Film director, Film producer, Mangaka, Animator, Physician, Writer, Designer, Screenwriter)

03 November 1928

09 February 1989

Toyonaka

Scorpio

Hiroyuki NishimuraHiroyuki Nishimura
(Businessperson)

16 November 1976

Sagamihara

Scorpio

Takeshi KitanoTakeshi Kitano
(Film director, Actor, Painter, Owarai tarento, Poet, Film editor, Film producer, Writer, Sculptor, Screenwriter, Comedian, Tarento, Film actor)

18 January 1947

Adachi-ku

Capricorn

Toshiro MifuneToshiro Mifune
(Actor, Film producer, Film actor)

01 April 1920

24 December 1997

Qingdao

Aries

Tokugawa YoshinobuTokugawa Yoshinobu
(Photographer, Shogun)

28 October 1837

22 November 1913

Edo

Scorpio

Munenori KawasakiMunenori Kawasaki
(Baseball player)

03 June 1981

Aira

Gemini

Emperor JimmuEmperor Jimmu
(Emperor)

13 February 0712

09 April 0585

Kyushu, Japan

Aquarius

Shigeru MizukiShigeru Mizuki
(Mangaka, Writer, Lyricist)

08 March 1922

30 November 2015

Ōsaka

Pisces

Kitanoumi ToshimitsuKitanoumi Toshimitsu
(Rikishi)

16 May 1953

20 November 2015

Sōbetsu

Taurus

Makoto ShinkaiMakoto Shinkai
(Film director, Voice actor, Animator, Screenwriter)

09 February 1973

Koumi

Aquarius

Keisuke HondaKeisuke Honda
(Association football player)

13 June 1986

Settsu

Gemini

Mamoru MiyanoMamoru Miyano
(Actor, Singer, Seiyū, Child actor)

08 June 1983

Saitama Prefecture

Gemini

Takashi MiikeTakashi Miike
(Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter, Actor)

24 August 1960

Yao

Virgo

Hideaki AnnoHideaki Anno
(Film director, Animator, Actor, Screenwriter, Film producer, Film actor)

22 May 1960

Ube

Gemini

Kazuo SakamakiKazuo Sakamaki
(Soldier)

08 November 1918

29 November 1999

Awa

Scorpio

Kei NishikoriKei Nishikori
(Tennis player)

29 December 1989

Matsue

Capricorn

Kenta KobayashiKenta Kobayashi
(Professional wrestler, Kickboxer)

12 March 1981

Sōka City

Pisces

Takashi MurakamiTakashi Murakami
(Sculptor, Painter, Artist, Film director)

01 February 1962

Itabashi-ku

Aquarius

Shizo KanakuriShizo Kanakuri
(Marathon runner, Athletics competitor)

20 August 1891

13 November 1983

Tamana

Leo

Takeshi KaneshiroTakeshi Kaneshiro
(Actor, Singer, Voice actor, Film actor)

11 October 1973

Taipei

Libra

Shinichi MochizukiShinichi Mochizuki
(mathematician)

29 March 1969

Tokyo

Aries

Tsutomu MiyazakiTsutomu Miyazaki
(Serial killer)

21 August 1962

17 June 2008

Ōme

Leo

Isamu NoguchiIsamu Noguchi
(Sculptor, Architect)

17 November 1904

30 December 1988

Los Angeles

Scorpio

Kazuyoshi MiuraKazuyoshi Miura
(Association football player, Futsal player)

26 February 1967

Shizuoka

Pisces

Inejiro AsanumaInejiro Asanuma
(Politician)

27 December 1898

12 October 1960

Tokyo

Capricorn

Tomokazu SugitaTomokazu Sugita
(Seiyū)

11 October 1980

Saitama Prefecture

Libra

Haruma MiuraHaruma Miura
(Actor, Singer, Voice actor, Child actor)

05 April 1990

Tsuchiura

Aries

Gorō MiyazakiGorō Miyazaki
(Film director, Animator, Screenwriter, Architect)

21 January 1967

Tokyo

Aquarius

Shoko AsaharaShoko Asahara
(Terrorist, Writer)

02 March 1955

Yatsushiro

Pisces

Mamoru HosodaMamoru Hosoda
(Film director, Animator, Screenwriter, Animation director)

19 September 1967

Kamiichi

Virgo

Hidetoshi NakataHidetoshi Nakata
(Association football player)

22 January 1977

Kōfu

Aquarius

Antonio InokiAntonio Inoki
(Politician, Professional wrestler, Writer, Actor)

20 February 1943

Yokohama

Pisces

Chiune SugiharaChiune Sugihara
(Diplomat)

01 January 1900

31 July 1986

Mino

Capricorn

Masaru EmotoMasaru Emoto
(Essayist, Writer)

22 July 1943

17 October 2014

Yokohama

Cancer

Jiro HorikoshiJiro Horikoshi
(Aerospace engineer, Engineer)

22 June 1903

11 January 1982

Fujioka

Cancer

Sonny ChibaSonny Chiba
(Actor, Judoka, Seiyū, Singer, Composer, Film producer, Film director, Lyricist, Karateka, Stunt performer)

23 January 1939

Fukuoka

Aquarius

Isao TakahataIsao Takahata
(Film director, Animator, Screenwriter)

29 October 1935

Ise

Scorpio

Tadanobu AsanoTadanobu Asano
(Actor, Guitarist, Musician, Singer, Film director, Model)

27 November 1973

Yokohama

Sagittarius

Yushin OkamiYushin Okami
(Mixed martial artist)

21 July 1981

Fujisawa

Cancer

HiroshigeHiroshige
(painter)

1797 AD

12 October 1858

Edo

Shun OguriShun Oguri
(Actor, Seiyū, Film director, Child actor, Stage actor)

26 December 1982

Kodaira

Capricorn

Tomoyuki YamashitaTomoyuki Yamashita
(Officer)

08 November 1885

23 February 1946

Kōchi

Scorpio

Issey MiyakeIssey Miyake
(Fashion designer)

22 April 1938

Hiroshima

Taurus

Date MasamuneDate Masamune
(Samurai)

05 September 1567

27 June 1636

Yonezawa

Virgo

Takeru SatohTakeru Satoh
(Actor, Singer)

21 March 1989

Iwatsuki-ku

Aries

Yasunari KawabataYasunari Kawabata
(Novelist)

11 June 1899

16 April 1972

Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

Gemini

Masatoshi KoshibaMasatoshi Koshiba
(Physicist, University teacher)

19 September 1926

Toyohashi

Virgo

Sessue HayakawaSessue Hayakawa
(Actor, Novelist, Screenwriter, Film director)

10 June 1889

23 November 1973

Chiba

Gemini

Nobuhiko OkamotoNobuhiko Okamoto
(Seiyū, Singer)

24 October 1986

Tokyo

Scorpio

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What’s more, Japanese men have made their presence felt in science as well, with a long list of Nobel Laureates in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Physiology and so on. Their technological contributions in the fields of electronics, automobiles, machinery, earthquake engineering, industrial robotics, optics, chemicals, semiconductors and metals are second to none. It is for their contribution that Japan has become a leading nation in scientific research, technology, machinery and biomedical research. To know in details about the life and works of famous Japanese men, read this section.