Find out more about the greatest Japanese, including Yoko Ono, Hirohito, Shinsuke Nakamura, Hayao Miyazaki and Akihito.

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.

Shohei OhtaniShohei Ohtani
(Baseball Player)

05 July 1994

Ichiro SuzukiIchiro Suzuki
(Baseball Outfielder)

22 October 1973

Yoko OnoYoko Ono

18 February 1933

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

Rinko KikuchiRinko Kikuchi

06 January 1981

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

Rila FukushimaRila Fukushima

16 January 1989

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

Reina TriendlReina Triendl

23 January 1992

Mutsuhiro WatanabeMutsuhiro Watanabe
(Imperial Japanese Army Corporal)

18 January 1918

Kota IbushiKota Ibushi

21 May 1982

Ayako FujitaniAyako Fujitani
(Actor, Writer, Novelist)

07 December 1979

Takeshi KaneshiroTakeshi Kaneshiro

11 October 1973

Miyuki SawashiroMiyuki Sawashiro
(Voice Actor)

02 June 1985

Kiko MizuharaKiko Mizuhara
(Actress, Model)

15 October 1990

Momofuku AndoMomofuku Ando
(Inventor of instant noodles)

05 March 1910

Satomi IshiharaSatomi Ishihara

24 December 1986

Tomohisa YamashitaTomohisa Yamashita
(Singer, Actor)

09 April 1985

(Actress, Model)

18 December 1976

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

Hikaru UtdaHikaru Utada

19 January 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

Mia StammerMia Stammer

01 August 1994

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

Mari TakahashiMari Takahashi
(YouTuber, Producer, Writer)

02 November 1984


27 June 2004

Asai ChuAsai Chu

22 July 1856

Isao TakahataIsao Takahata
(Film director, Animator, Screenwriter)

29 October 1935


0175 AD

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

14 January 1925

Yayoi KusamaYayoi Kusama
(Artist, Sculptor, Novelist, Painter)

22 March 1929

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

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.