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.

Marie KondoMarie Kondo
(Organizing Expert)

09 October 1984

Ichiro SuzukiIchiro Suzuki
(Baseball Outfielder)

22 October 1973

(Emperor of Japan)

23 December 1933

Yoko OnoYoko Ono

18 February 1933

(Former Emperor of Japan)

29 April 1901

Hayao MiyazakiHayao Miyazaki
(Film director)

05 January 1941

Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami

12 January 1949

Hiroyuki SanadaHiroyuki Sanada

12 October 1960

Tsutomu MiyazakiTsutomu Miyazaki
(Serial Killer)

21 August 1962

Hideki TojoHideki Tojo
(27th Prime Minister of Japan)

30 December 1884

Oda NobunagaOda Nobunaga
(16th Century Japanese Feudal Lord)

23 June 1534

Shigeru MiyamotoShigeru Miyamoto
(Video Game Designer, Artist)

16 November 1952

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Akira KurosawaAkira Kurosawa

23 March 1910

Miyamoto MusashiMiyamoto Musashi
(Swordsman & Warrior)

1584 AD

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

01 December 2001

Hideo KojimaHideo Kojima
(Video Game Designer)

24 August 1963

Yayoi KusamaYayoi Kusama
(Contemporary Artist)

22 March 1929

Yukio MishimaYukio Mishima

14 January 1925

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Akira ToriyamaAkira Toriyama
(Japanese Manga Artist)

05 April 1955

Hiroo OnodaHiroo Onoda
(Imperial Japanese Army Intelligence officer)

19 March 1922

Robert Griffin IIIRobert Griffin III
(American Football Player)

12 February 1990

Ken WatanabeKen Watanabe

21 October 1959

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

09 December 1963

Shinji KagawaShinji Kagawa

17 March 1989

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Yuzuru HanyuYuzuru Hanyu
(Figure Skater)

07 December 1994

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

04 April 1884

Satoru IwataSatoru Iwata
(Former President & CEO of Nintendo)

06 December 1959

Shinsuke NakamuraShinsuke Nakamura
(Japanese Pro Wrestler & MMA)

24 February 1980

Masayoshi SonMasayoshi Son
(Founder of SoftBank)

11 August 1957

Masashi KishimotoMasashi Kishimoto
(Manga Artist)

08 November 1974

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Mutsuhiro WatanabeMutsuhiro Watanabe
(Imperial Japanese Army Corporal)

18 January 1918

Richard T. JonesRichard T. Jones

16 January 1972

Shoko AsaharaShoko Asahara

02 March 1955

Rinko KikuchiRinko Kikuchi

06 January 1981

Keisuke HondaKeisuke Honda

13 June 1986

Ayako FujitaniAyako Fujitani
(Actor, Writer, Novelist)

07 December 1979

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Shohei OhtaniShohei Ohtani
(Baseball Player)

05 July 1994

Kento YamazakiKento Yamazaki

07 September 1994

Takeshi KaneshiroTakeshi Kaneshiro

11 October 1973

Kazuyoshi MiuraKazuyoshi Miura

26 February 1967

Reina TriendlReina Triendl

23 January 1992

Jiroemon KimuraJiroemon Kimura
(Oldest Living Male Recorded in History)

19 April 1897

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(Crown Prince of Japan)

23 February 1960

Tenshin NasukawaTenshin Nasukawa

18 August 1998

Kiko MizuharaKiko Mizuhara
(Actress, Model)

15 October 1990

Kota IbushiKota Ibushi

21 May 1982

Miyuki SawashiroMiyuki Sawashiro
(Voice Actor)

02 June 1985

Rila FukushimaRila Fukushima

16 January 1989

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(Singer, Guitarist)

14 September 1981

Yusaku MaezawaYusaku Maezawa

22 November 1975

Momofuku AndoMomofuku Ando
(Inventor of instant noodles)

05 March 1910

Satomi IshiharaSatomi Ishihara

24 December 1986

Mari OsakaMari Osaka
(Tennis Player)

03 April 1996

(Actress, Model)

18 December 1976

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Masaki SudaMasaki Suda

21 February 1993

Tomohisa YamashitaTomohisa Yamashita
(Singer, Actor)

09 April 1985

Morihei UeshibaMorihei Ueshiba
(Martial Artist)

14 December 1883

Haruka AyaseHaruka Ayase

24 March 1985

Mako IwamatsuMako Iwamatsu

10 December 1933

Sota FukushiSota Fukushi

30 May 1993

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Kenichi MatsuyamaKenichi Matsuyama

05 March 1985

Hikaru UtdaHikaru Utada

19 January 1983

Ryunosuke KamikiRyunosuke Kamiki

19 May 1993

Erika SawajiriErika Sawajiri

08 April 1986

Naoko MoriNaoko Mori

29 November 1971

Kazunari NinomiyaKazunari Ninomiya

17 June 1983

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George MillerGeorge Miller
(YouTube Personality, Humorist, Vlogger)

18 September 1992

Hideki Yukawa Hideki Yukawa

23 January 1907

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

30 November 1964

Susumu TonegawaSusumu Tonegawa
(Immunologist, Molecular Biologist)

06 September 1939

Ken YamamuraKen Yamamura

21 January 1986

Kenichi Fukui Kenichi Fukui

04 October 1918

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Lil MocoLil Moco

02 November 1994

Jiro OnoJiro Ono

27 October 1925


1644 AD

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.