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.

Shohei OhtaniShohei Ohtani
(Baseball Player)

05 July 1994

Ichiro SuzukiIchiro Suzuki
(Baseball Outfielder)

22 October 1973

Keisuke HondaKeisuke Honda

13 June 1986

Shinsuke NakamuraShinsuke Nakamura
(Japanese Pro Wrestler & MMA)

24 February 1980

Hayao MiyazakiHayao Miyazaki
(Film director)

05 January 1941

(Former Emperor of Japan)

29 April 1901

Hiroyuki SanadaHiroyuki Sanada

12 October 1960

(Emperor of Japan)

23 December 1933

Shinji KagawaShinji Kagawa

17 March 1989

Hideo KojimaHideo Kojima
(Video Game Designer)

24 August 1963

Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami

12 January 1949

Miyamoto MusashiMiyamoto Musashi
(Swordsman & Warrior)

1584 AD

Akira KurosawaAkira Kurosawa

23 March 1910

Oda NobunagaOda Nobunaga
(16th Century Japanese Feudal Lord)

23 June 1534

Ken WatanabeKen Watanabe

21 October 1959

Hideki TojoHideki Tojo
(27th Prime Minister of Japan)

30 December 1884

Shigeru MiyamotoShigeru Miyamoto
(Video Game Designer, Artist)

16 November 1952

Yuzuru HanyuYuzuru Hanyu
(Figure Skater)

07 December 1994

Hiroo OnodaHiroo Onoda
(Imperial Japanese Army Intelligence officer)

19 March 1922

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

04 April 1884

Akira ToriyamaAkira Toriyama
(Japanese Manga Artist)

05 April 1955

Masayoshi SonMasayoshi Son
(Founder of SoftBank)

11 August 1957

Tsutomu MiyazakiTsutomu Miyazaki
(Serial Killer)

21 August 1962

Masashi KishimotoMasashi Kishimoto
(Manga Artist)

08 November 1974

Satoru IwataSatoru Iwata
(Former President & CEO of Nintendo)

06 December 1959

Kento YamazakiKento Yamazaki

07 September 1994

Mutsuhiro WatanabeMutsuhiro Watanabe
(Imperial Japanese Army Corporal)

18 January 1918

Kota IbushiKota Ibushi

21 May 1982

Takeshi KaneshiroTakeshi Kaneshiro

11 October 1973

Momofuku AndoMomofuku Ando
(Inventor of instant noodles)

05 March 1910

Tomohisa YamashitaTomohisa Yamashita
(Singer, Actor)

09 April 1985

Kazuyoshi MiuraKazuyoshi Miura

26 February 1967

Mako IwamatsuMako Iwamatsu

10 December 1933

Tenshin NasukawaTenshin Nasukawa

18 August 1998

Morihei UeshibaMorihei Ueshiba
(Martial Artist)

14 December 1883

Kazunari NinomiyaKazunari Ninomiya

17 June 1983

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

30 November 1964

Hideki Yukawa Hideki Yukawa

23 January 1907

George MillerGeorge Miller
(YouTube Personality, Humorist, Vlogger)

18 September 1992

Ken YamamuraKen Yamamura

21 January 1986

Susumu TonegawaSusumu Tonegawa
(Immunologist, Molecular Biologist)

06 September 1939

Jiro OnoJiro Ono

27 October 1925


1644 AD

Kenichi Fukui Kenichi Fukui

04 October 1918

Sin'ichirō TomonagaSin-Itiro Tomonaga

31 March 1906

Yoshiro MoriYoshiro Mori
(Prime Minister of Japan)

14 July 1937

Lil MocoLil Moco

02 November 1994

Shinzō AbeShinzō Abe
(Prime Minister of Japan)

21 September 1954

Asai ChuAsai Chu

22 July 1856

Isao TakahataIsao Takahata
(Film director, Animator, Screenwriter)

29 October 1935

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

14 January 1925

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

26 April 1949

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

27 September 1950

Yu DarvishYu Darvish
(Baseball player)

16 August 1986

Emperor MeijiEmperor Meiji

03 November 1852

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

01 February 1962

Tokugawa IeyasuTokugawa Ieyasu

31 January 1543

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

13 June 1944


31 October 1760

Naruhito, Crown Prince of JapanNaruhito, Crown Prince of Japan

23 February 1960


01 February 1972

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

09 February 1973

Satoshi TajiriSatoshi Tajiri
(Video game designer)

28 August 1965

Hidetoshi NakataHidetoshi Nakata
(Association football player)

22 January 1977

Shinji OkazakiShinji Okazaki
(Association football player)

16 April 1986

Toyotomi HideyoshiToyotomi Hideyoshi

17 March 1537

Yasuo FukudaYasuo Fukuda
(Politician, Economist)

16 July 1936

Yuto NagatomoYuto Nagatomo
(Association football player)

12 September 1986

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

18 January 1947

Makoto HasebeMakoto Hasebe
(Association football player)

18 January 1984

Takashi InuiTakashi Inui
(Association football player)

02 June 1988

Kei NishikoriKei Nishikori
(Tennis player)

29 December 1989

Eiji KawashimaEiji Kawashima
(Association football player)

20 March 1983

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

01 April 1920

Eiichiro OdaEiichiro Oda
(Japanese manga artist)

01 January 1975

Shunsuke NakamuraShunsuke Nakamura
(Association football player)

24 June 1978

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

20 February 1943

Hiroki SakaiHiroki Sakai
(Japanese footballer)

12 April 1990

Maya YoshidaMaya Yoshida
(Association football player)

24 August 1988

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

08 June 1983

Emperor JimmuEmperor Jimmu

13 February 0712