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.

Yuzuru HanyuYuzuru Hanyu
(Figure Skater)

07 December 1994

Sendai

Sagittarius

Shinsuke NakamuraShinsuke Nakamura
(Japanese Pro Wrestler & MMA)

24 February 1980

Mineyama, Kyoto, Japan

Pisces

HirohitoHirohito
(Former Emperor of Japan)

29 April 1901

07 January 1989

Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo

Taurus

Hayao MiyazakiHayao Miyazaki
(Film director)

05 January 1941

Bunkyō

Capricorn

Ichiro SuzukiIchiro Suzuki
(Baseball Outfielder)

22 October 1973

Toyoyama, Aichi Prefecture

Libra

AkihitoAkihito
(Emperor of Japan)

23 December 1933

Tokyo

Capricorn

Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami

12 January 1949

Kyoto

Capricorn

Hideo KojimaHideo Kojima
(Video Game Designer)

24 August 1963

Setagaya

Virgo

Hideki TojoHideki Tojo
(27th Prime Minister of Japan)

30 December 1884

23 December 1948

Kōjimachi, Tokyo, Japan

Capricorn

Ken WatanabeKen Watanabe
(Actor)

21 October 1959

Koide, Japan

Libra

Akira KurosawaAkira Kurosawa
(Filmmaker)

23 March 1910

06 September 1998

Shinagawa

Aries

Oda NobunagaOda Nobunaga
(16th Century Japanese Feudal Lord)

23 June 1534

21 June 1582

Nagoya Castle, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Cancer

Shigeru MiyamotoShigeru Miyamoto
(Video Game Designer, Artist)

16 November 1952

Sonobe

Scorpio

Hiroyuki SanadaHiroyuki Sanada
(Actor)

12 October 1960

Tokyo, Japan

Libra

Miyamoto MusashiMiyamoto Musashi
(Swordsman & Warrior)

1584 AD

13 June 1645

Japan

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

04 April 1884

18 April 1943

Nagaoka, Niigata, Japan

Aries

Hiroo OnodaHiroo Onoda
(Imperial Japanese Army Intelligence officer)

19 March 1922

16 January 2014

Kainan, Wakayama, Empire of Japan

Pisces

Masayoshi SonMasayoshi Son
(Founder of SoftBank)

11 August 1957

Tosu, Saga Prefecture, Japan

Leo

Kazuyoshi MiuraKazuyoshi Miura
(Footballer)

26 February 1967

Shizuoka

Pisces

Mutsuhiro WatanabeMutsuhiro Watanabe
(Imperial Japanese Army Corporal)

18 January 1918

01 April 2003

Japan

Capricorn

Shohei OhtaniShohei Ohtani
(Baseball Player)

05 July 1994

Oshu, Iwate Prefecture, Japan

Cancer

Kota IbushiKota Ibushi
(Wrestler)

21 May 1982

Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan

Taurus

Satoru IwataSatoru Iwata
(Former President & CEO of Nintendo)

06 December 1959

11 July 2015

Sapporo

Sagittarius

Shinji KagawaShinji Kagawa
(Footballer)

17 March 1989

Tarumi-ku, Kobe, Hyōgo

Pisces

Keisuke HondaKeisuke Honda
(Footballer)

13 June 1986

Settsu, Osaka Prefecture

Gemini

Masashi KishimotoMasashi Kishimoto
(Manga Artist)

08 November 1974

Nagi, Okayama Prefecture

Scorpio

Kento YamazakiKento Yamazaki
(Actor)

07 September 1994

Itabashi, Tokyo

Virgo

Takeshi KaneshiroTakeshi Kaneshiro
(Actor)

11 October 1973

Wanhua District, Taipei

Libra

Tomohisa YamashitaTomohisa Yamashita
(Singer, Actor)

09 April 1985

Funabashi, Chiba

Aries

Mako IwamatsuMako Iwamatsu
(Actor)

10 December 1933

21 July 2006

Kobe, Japan

Sagittarius

Momofuku AndoMomofuku Ando
(Inventor of instant noodles)

05 March 1910

05 January 2007

Puzi, Chiayi County, Taiwan

Pisces

Morihei UeshibaMorihei Ueshiba
(Martial Artist)

14 December 1883

26 April 1969

Tanabe

Sagittarius

George MillerGeorge Miller
(YouTube Personality, Humorist, Vlogger)

18 September 1992

Osaka

Virgo

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

30 November 1964

Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Sagittarius

Hideki Yukawa Hideki Yukawa
(Physicist)

23 January 1907

08 September 1981

Tokyo

Aquarius

Susumu TonegawaSusumu Tonegawa
(Immunologist, Molecular Biologist)

06 September 1939

Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Virgo

Jiro OnoJiro Ono
(Chef)

27 October 1925

Tenryū, Shizuoka

Scorpio

Shinzō AbeShinzō Abe
(Prime Minister of Japan)

21 September 1954

Tokyo

Virgo

Kenichi Fukui Kenichi Fukui
(Chemist)

04 October 1918

09 January 1998

Nara City, Japan

Libra

BashoBasho
(Poet)

1644 AD

28 November 1694

Ueno, Mie

Sin'ichirō TomonagaSin-Itiro Tomonaga
(Physicist)

31 March 1906

08 July 1979

Tokyo, Japan

Aries

Yoshiro MoriYoshiro Mori
(Prime Minister of Japan)

14 July 1937

Nomi

Cancer

Asai ChuAsai Chu
(Painter)

22 July 1856

16 December 1907

Sakura

Cancer

Chiune SugiharaChiune Sugihara
(Diplomat)

01 January 1900

31 July 1986

Mino

Capricorn

Akira ToriyamaAkira Toriyama
(Japanese manga artist)

05 April 1955

Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

Aries

Yu DarvishYu Darvish
(Baseball player)

16 August 1986

Ōsaka

Leo

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

09 February 1973

Koumi

Aquarius

Emperor MeijiEmperor Meiji
(Emperor)

03 November 1852

30 July 1912

Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

Scorpio

Tokugawa IeyasuTokugawa Ieyasu
(Samurai)

31 January 1543

01 June 1616

Okazaki

Aquarius

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

14 January 1925

25 November 1970

Shinjuku, Tokyo

Capricorn

HokusaiHokusai
(Painter)

31 October 1760

10 May 1849

Edo, Tokyo

Scorpio

Toyotomi HideyoshiToyotomi Hideyoshi
(Daimyō)

17 March 1537

18 September 1598

Nakamura-ku, Nagoya

Pisces

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

Masaaki YuasaMasaaki Yuasa
(Screenwriter, Animator, Film director)

16 March 1965

Fukuoka

Pisces

Naruhito, Crown Prince of JapanNaruhito, Crown Prince of Japan

23 February 1960

Tokyo

Pisces

Noriaki KasaiNoriaki Kasai
(Ski jumper)

06 June 1972

Shimokawa

Gemini

Kei NishikoriKei Nishikori
(Tennis player)

29 December 1989

Matsue

Capricorn

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

26 April 1949

Kobe

Taurus

Tsutomu MiyazakiTsutomu Miyazaki
(Serial killer)

21 August 1962

17 June 2008

Ōme

Leo

KamiKami
(musician)

01 February 1972

21 June 1999

Ibaraki

Aquarius

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

27 November 1973

Yokohama

Sagittarius

Shoko AsaharaShoko Asahara
(Terrorist, Writer)

02 March 1955

Yatsushiro

Pisces

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

27 September 1950

Higashi-Azabu

Libra

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

01 February 1962

Itabashi-ku

Aquarius

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

01 April 1920

24 December 1997

Qingdao

Aries

MiyaviMiyavi
(Japanese singer-songwriter)

14 September 1981

Konohana-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

Virgo

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

20 February 1943

Yokohama

Pisces

Emperor JimmuEmperor Jimmu
(Emperor)

13 February 0712

09 April 0585

Aquarius

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

12 October 1963

24 August 2010

Kushiro

Libra

Masi OkaMasi Oka
(Japanese actor)

27 December 1974

Tokyo

Capricorn

Kazushi SakurabaKazushi Sakuraba
(Mixed Martial Artist)

14 July 1969

Shōwa, Akita, Japan

Cancer

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

03 November 1928

09 February 1989

Toyonaka

Scorpio

Masaru EmotoMasaru Emoto
(Essayist, Writer)

22 July 1943

17 October 2014

Yokohama

Cancer

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

24 August 1960

Yao

Virgo

Yoshihiro AkiyamaYoshihiro Akiyama
(Mixed martial artist, Judoka)

29 July 1975

Ikuno-ku

Leo

Yuto NagatomoYuto Nagatomo
(Association football player)

12 September 1986

Saijō

Virgo

Takuma AsanoTakuma Asano
(Footballer)

10 November 1994

Komono, Mie Prefecture

Scorpio

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

23 January 1939

Fukuoka

Aquarius

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

22 May 1960

Ube

Gemini

Hiro KanagawaHiro Kanagawa
(Actor, Seiyū)

13 October 1963

Sapporo

Libra

Katsuyori ShibataKatsuyori Shibata
(Professional wrestler, Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer)

17 November 1979

Kuwana

Scorpio