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
(Artist)

18 February 1933

Tenshin NasukawaTenshin Nasukawa
(Kickboxer)

18 August 1998

HirohitoHirohito
(Former Emperor of Japan)

29 April 1901

Robert Griffin IIIRobert Griffin III
(American Football Player)

12 February 1990

Hayao MiyazakiHayao Miyazaki
(Film director)

05 January 1941

AkihitoAkihito
(Emperor of Japan)

23 December 1933

Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami

12 January 1949

Yayoi KusamaYayoi Kusama
(Contemporary Artist)

22 March 1929

Ken WatanabeKen Watanabe
(Actor)

21 October 1959

Hideo KojimaHideo Kojima
(Video Game Designer)

24 August 1963

Hiroyuki SanadaHiroyuki Sanada
(Actor)

12 October 1960

Akira KurosawaAkira Kurosawa
(Filmmaker)

23 March 1910

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Oda NobunagaOda Nobunaga
(16th Century Japanese Feudal Lord)

23 June 1534

Miyamoto MusashiMiyamoto Musashi
(Swordsman & Warrior)

1584 AD

Shigeru MiyamotoShigeru Miyamoto
(Video Game Designer, Artist)

16 November 1952

Yuzuru HanyuYuzuru Hanyu
(Figure Skater)

07 December 1994

Hideki TojoHideki Tojo
(27th Prime Minister of Japan)

30 December 1884

Shinsuke NakamuraShinsuke Nakamura
(Japanese Pro Wrestler & MMA)

24 February 1980

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Akira ToriyamaAkira Toriyama
(Japanese Manga Artist)

05 April 1955

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

Keisuke HondaKeisuke Honda
(Footballer)

13 June 1986

Aiko, Princess ToshiAiko, Princess Toshi
(Daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito)

01 December 2001

Ichiro SuzukiIchiro Suzuki
(Baseball Outfielder)

22 October 1973

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Shinji KagawaShinji Kagawa
(Footballer)

17 March 1989

Tsutomu MiyazakiTsutomu Miyazaki
(Serial Killer)

21 August 1962

Masayoshi SonMasayoshi Son
(Founder of SoftBank)

11 August 1957

Satoru IwataSatoru Iwata
(Former President & CEO of Nintendo)

06 December 1959

Mutsuhiro WatanabeMutsuhiro Watanabe
(Imperial Japanese Army Corporal)

18 January 1918

Masashi KishimotoMasashi Kishimoto
(Manga Artist)

08 November 1974

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Rinko KikuchiRinko Kikuchi
(Actress)

06 January 1981

Masako, Crown Princess of JapanMasako, Crown Princess of Japan
(Crown Princess of Japan)

09 December 1963

Kento YamazakiKento Yamazaki
(Actor)

07 September 1994

Ayako FujitaniAyako Fujitani
(Actor, Writer, Novelist)

07 December 1979

Jiroemon KimuraJiroemon Kimura
(Oldest Living Male Recorded in History)

19 April 1897

Shohei OhtaniShohei Ohtani
(Baseball Player)

05 July 1994

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Shoko AsaharaShoko Asahara
(Criminal)

02 March 1955

Kiko MizuharaKiko Mizuhara
(Actress, Model)

15 October 1990

Yusaku MaezawaYusaku Maezawa
(Entrepreneur)

22 November 1975

Takeshi KaneshiroTakeshi Kaneshiro
(Actor)

11 October 1973

Reina TriendlReina Triendl
(Model)

23 January 1992

KoyukiKoyuki
(Actress, Model)

18 December 1976

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Kota IbushiKota Ibushi
(Wrestler)

21 May 1982

Miyuki SawashiroMiyuki Sawashiro
(Voice Actor)

02 June 1985

Satomi IshiharaSatomi Ishihara
(Actress)

24 December 1986

Rila FukushimaRila Fukushima
(Model)

16 January 1989

Momofuku AndoMomofuku Ando
(Inventor of instant noodles)

05 March 1910

Tomohisa YamashitaTomohisa Yamashita
(Singer, Actor)

09 April 1985

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Mako IwamatsuMako Iwamatsu
(Actor)

10 December 1933

Masaki SudaMasaki Suda
(Actor)

21 February 1993

Haruka AyaseHaruka Ayase
(Actress)

24 March 1985

Kazuyoshi MiuraKazuyoshi Miura
(Footballer)

26 February 1967

Morihei UeshibaMorihei Ueshiba
(Martial Artist)

14 December 1883

Erika SawajiriErika Sawajiri
(Actress)

08 April 1986

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Hikaru UtdaHikaru Utada
(Singer-songwriter)

19 January 1983

Mari OsakaMari Osaka
(Tennis Player)

03 April 1996

Kazunari NinomiyaKazunari Ninomiya
(Actor)

17 June 1983

Hideki Yukawa Hideki Yukawa
(Physicist)

23 January 1907

George MillerGeorge Miller
(YouTube Personality, Humorist, Vlogger)

18 September 1992

Susumu TonegawaSusumu Tonegawa
(Immunologist, Molecular Biologist)

06 September 1939

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

30 November 1964

Lil MocoLil Moco
(YouTuber)

02 November 1994

Ken YamamuraKen Yamamura
(Actor)

21 January 1986

Kenichi Fukui Kenichi Fukui
(Chemist)

04 October 1918

Jiro OnoJiro Ono
(Chef)

27 October 1925

Mia StammerMia Stammer
(YouTuber)

01 August 1994

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BashoBasho
(Poet)

1644 AD

Sin'ichirō TomonagaSin-Itiro Tomonaga
(Physicist)

31 March 1906

Mari TakahashiMari Takahashi
(YouTuber, Producer, Writer)

02 November 1984

Hirai MomoHirai Momo
(Singer, Dancer)

09 November 1996

Shinzō AbeShinzō Abe
(Prime Minister of Japan)

21 September 1954

NaruhitoNaruhito
(Crown Prince of Japan)

23 February 1960

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Robert Charles ChienRobert Charles Chien
(Entrepreneur, Lea Salonga’s Husband)
Yoshiro MoriYoshiro Mori
(Prime Minister of Japan)

14 July 1937

CocobeelocoCocobeeloco
(YouTuber)

27 June 2004

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.