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.

Yusaku MaezawaYusaku Maezawa

22 November 1975

(Former Emperor of Japan)

29 April 1901

Hayao MiyazakiHayao Miyazaki
(Film director)

05 January 1941

Keisuke HondaKeisuke Honda

13 June 1986

Robert Griffin IIIRobert Griffin III
(American Football Player)

12 February 1990

(Emperor of Japan)

23 December 1933

Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami

12 January 1949

Miyamoto MusashiMiyamoto Musashi
(Swordsman & Warrior)

1584 AD

Hiroyuki SanadaHiroyuki Sanada

12 October 1960

Shinsuke NakamuraShinsuke Nakamura
(Japanese Pro Wrestler & MMA)

24 February 1980

Akira KurosawaAkira Kurosawa

23 March 1910

Ken WatanabeKen Watanabe

21 October 1959

Hideo KojimaHideo Kojima
(Video Game Designer)

24 August 1963

Oda NobunagaOda Nobunaga
(16th Century Japanese Feudal Lord)

23 June 1534

Shinji KagawaShinji Kagawa

17 March 1989

Hiroo OnodaHiroo Onoda
(Imperial Japanese Army Intelligence officer)

19 March 1922

Shohei OhtaniShohei Ohtani
(Baseball Player)

05 July 1994

Ichiro SuzukiIchiro Suzuki
(Baseball Outfielder)

22 October 1973

Akira ToriyamaAkira Toriyama
(Japanese Manga Artist)

05 April 1955

Shigeru MiyamotoShigeru Miyamoto
(Video Game Designer, Artist)

16 November 1952

Tsutomu MiyazakiTsutomu Miyazaki
(Serial Killer)

21 August 1962

Hideki TojoHideki Tojo
(27th Prime Minister of Japan)

30 December 1884

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

04 April 1884

Yuzuru HanyuYuzuru Hanyu
(Figure Skater)

07 December 1994

Masayoshi SonMasayoshi Son
(Founder of SoftBank)

11 August 1957

Mutsuhiro WatanabeMutsuhiro Watanabe
(Imperial Japanese Army Corporal)

18 January 1918

Satoru IwataSatoru Iwata
(Former President & CEO of Nintendo)

06 December 1959

Masashi KishimotoMasashi Kishimoto
(Manga Artist)

08 November 1974

Kento YamazakiKento Yamazaki

07 September 1994

Kota IbushiKota Ibushi

21 May 1982

Takeshi KaneshiroTakeshi Kaneshiro

11 October 1973

Tomohisa YamashitaTomohisa Yamashita
(Singer, Actor)

09 April 1985

Kazuyoshi MiuraKazuyoshi Miura

26 February 1967

Mako IwamatsuMako Iwamatsu

10 December 1933

Momofuku AndoMomofuku Ando
(Inventor of instant noodles)

05 March 1910

Masaki SudaMasaki Suda

21 February 1993

Morihei UeshibaMorihei Ueshiba
(Martial Artist)

14 December 1883

Tenshin NasukawaTenshin Nasukawa

18 August 1998

Kazunari NinomiyaKazunari Ninomiya

17 June 1983

Lil MocoLil Moco

02 November 1994

George MillerGeorge Miller
(YouTube Personality, Humorist, Vlogger)

18 September 1992

Hideki Yukawa Hideki Yukawa

23 January 1907

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

30 November 1964

Susumu TonegawaSusumu Tonegawa
(Immunologist, Molecular Biologist)

06 September 1939

Ken YamamuraKen Yamamura

21 January 1986

Jiro OnoJiro Ono

27 October 1925

Kenichi Fukui Kenichi Fukui

04 October 1918


1644 AD

Sin'ichirō TomonagaSin-Itiro Tomonaga

31 March 1906

Shinzō AbeShinzō Abe
(Prime Minister of Japan)

21 September 1954

Yoshiro MoriYoshiro Mori
(Prime Minister of Japan)

14 July 1937

Asai ChuAsai Chu

22 July 1856

Shoko AsaharaShoko Asahara
(Terrorist, Writer)

02 March 1955

Kei NishikoriKei Nishikori
(Tennis player)

29 December 1989

Ban Ki-moonBan Ki-moon
(South Korean diplomat)

13 June 1944

Norifumi YamamotoNorifumi Yamamoto
(Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer, Amateur wrestler)

15 March 1977

Takashi InuiTakashi Inui
(Association football player)

02 June 1988

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

14 January 1925

Naruhito, Crown Prince of JapanNaruhito, Crown Prince of Japan

23 February 1960

Emperor MeijiEmperor Meiji

03 November 1852

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

09 February 1973


01 February 1972

Masi OkaMasi Oka
(Japanese actor)

27 December 1974

Tokugawa IeyasuTokugawa Ieyasu

31 January 1543

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

26 April 1949

Toyotomi HideyoshiToyotomi Hideyoshi

17 March 1537


31 October 1760

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

27 September 1950

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

18 January 1947

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

12 October 1963

Yu DarvishYu Darvish
(Baseball player)

16 August 1986

Nobuhiko OkamotoNobuhiko Okamoto
(Seiyū, Singer)

24 October 1986

Kazushi SakurabaKazushi Sakuraba
(Mixed Martial Artist)

14 July 1969

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

01 April 1920

Eiichiro OdaEiichiro Oda
(Japanese manga artist)

01 January 1975

Yuto NagatomoYuto Nagatomo
(Association football player)

12 September 1986

Tsutomu YamaguchiTsutomu Yamaguchi

16 March 1916

Sota FukushiSota Fukushi
(Japanese actor)

30 May 1993

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

01 February 1962

Hidetoshi NakataHidetoshi Nakata
(Association football player)

22 January 1977

Shinji OkazakiShinji Okazaki
(Association football player)

16 April 1986