Resilient, hardworking, honest, intelligent, orderly… The list could go on and on if we were to describe the people of Japan! Japan is a country entirely consisting of islands—in facts thousands of them—located in the Pacific Ocean. Japan’s contributions to the world in terms of culture, science and technology, religion and philosophy, fine arts, and literature has been immense. Japan is also a highly developed country and plays a major role in the world economy. The Japanese with their quiet dignity, honesty, and principles are no doubt one of the most respected people in the world. Living in a nation that often finds itself at mercy of natural forces and is prone to earthquakes and tsunamis has made the Japanese very resilient and brave. No matter how grave a situation they face, they manage it with a stoic dignity.

Yoko OnoYoko Ono

18 February 1933

Yusaku MaezawaYusaku Maezawa

22 November 1975

Robert Griffin IIIRobert Griffin III
(American Football Player)

12 February 1990

Hayao MiyazakiHayao Miyazaki
(Film director)

05 January 1941

(Former Emperor of Japan)

29 April 1901

(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

Yayoi KusamaYayoi Kusama
(Contemporary Artist)

22 March 1929

Akira KurosawaAkira Kurosawa

23 March 1910

Oda NobunagaOda Nobunaga
(16th Century Japanese Feudal Lord)

23 June 1534

Keisuke HondaKeisuke Honda

13 June 1986

Hideo KojimaHideo Kojima
(Video Game Designer)

24 August 1963

Shinsuke NakamuraShinsuke Nakamura
(Japanese Pro Wrestler & MMA)

24 February 1980

Shigeru MiyamotoShigeru Miyamoto
(Video Game Designer, Artist)

16 November 1952

Ken WatanabeKen Watanabe

21 October 1959

Akira ToriyamaAkira Toriyama
(Japanese Manga Artist)

05 April 1955

Ichiro SuzukiIchiro Suzuki
(Baseball Outfielder)

22 October 1973

Hiroo OnodaHiroo Onoda
(Imperial Japanese Army Intelligence officer)

19 March 1922

Shohei OhtaniShohei Ohtani
(Baseball Player)

05 July 1994

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

Masayoshi SonMasayoshi Son
(Founder of SoftBank)

11 August 1957

Ayako FujitaniAyako Fujitani
(Actor, Writer, Novelist)

07 December 1979

Tsutomu MiyazakiTsutomu Miyazaki
(Serial Killer)

21 August 1962

Yuzuru HanyuYuzuru Hanyu
(Figure Skater)

07 December 1994

Mutsuhiro WatanabeMutsuhiro Watanabe
(Imperial Japanese Army Corporal)

18 January 1918

Rinko KikuchiRinko Kikuchi

06 January 1981

Masashi KishimotoMasashi Kishimoto
(Manga Artist)

08 November 1974

Shinji KagawaShinji Kagawa

17 March 1989

Kento YamazakiKento Yamazaki

07 September 1994

Satoru IwataSatoru Iwata
(Former President & CEO of Nintendo)

06 December 1959

Reina TriendlReina Triendl

23 January 1992

Kota IbushiKota Ibushi

21 May 1982

Takeshi KaneshiroTakeshi Kaneshiro

11 October 1973

Rila FukushimaRila Fukushima

16 January 1989

Kiko MizuharaKiko Mizuhara
(Actress, Model)

15 October 1990

(Actress, Model)

18 December 1976

Satomi IshiharaSatomi Ishihara

24 December 1986

Miyuki SawashiroMiyuki Sawashiro
(Voice Actor)

02 June 1985

Momofuku AndoMomofuku Ando
(Inventor of instant noodles)

05 March 1910

Tomohisa YamashitaTomohisa Yamashita
(Singer, Actor)

09 April 1985

Mako IwamatsuMako Iwamatsu

10 December 1933

Haruka AyaseHaruka Ayase

24 March 1985

Kazuyoshi MiuraKazuyoshi Miura

26 February 1967

Tenshin NasukawaTenshin Nasukawa

18 August 1998

Masaki SudaMasaki Suda

21 February 1993

Morihei UeshibaMorihei Ueshiba
(Martial Artist)

14 December 1883

Erika SawajiriErika Sawajiri

08 April 1986

Hikaru UtdaHikaru Utada

19 January 1983

Kazunari NinomiyaKazunari Ninomiya

17 June 1983

Hideki Yukawa Hideki Yukawa

23 January 1907

George MillerGeorge Miller
(YouTube Personality, Humorist, Vlogger)

18 September 1992

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

30 November 1964

Susumu TonegawaSusumu Tonegawa
(Immunologist, Molecular Biologist)

06 September 1939

Lil MocoLil Moco

02 November 1994

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

Mia StammerMia Stammer

01 August 1994

Mari TakahashiMari Takahashi
(YouTuber, Producer, Writer)

02 November 1984

Shinzō AbeShinzō Abe
(Prime Minister of Japan)

21 September 1954

Yoshiro MoriYoshiro Mori
(Prime Minister of Japan)

14 July 1937


27 June 2004

Asai ChuAsai Chu

22 July 1856

Robert Charles ChienRobert Charles Chien
(Entrepreneur, Lea Salonga’s Husband)

Mari OsakaMari Osaka
(Japanese Tennis Player)

03 April 1996

Kei NishikoriKei Nishikori
(Tennis player)

29 December 1989

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

15 March 1977

Naruhito, Crown Prince of JapanNaruhito, Crown Prince of Japan

23 February 1960

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

14 January 1925

Emperor MeijiEmperor Meiji

03 November 1852

Japan has a rich cultural heritage and from time immemorial has produced several philosophers, artists, writers, musicians, samurais, and industrialists whose works have enriched not just the nation’s history and culture, but have also influenced the whole world. Modern day Japanese too take forward the legacy of their illustrious ancient counterparts. Browse on to discover many more fascinating details about the famous people of Japan.