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.

Hayao MiyazakiHayao Miyazaki
05 January 1941
Film director
Yoko OnoYoko Ono
18 February 1933
Artist

HirohitoHirohito
29 April 1901
Former Emperor of Japan

Sonoya MizunoSonoya Mizuno
01 July 1986
Actress

Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami
12 January 1949
 

Akira KurosawaAkira Kurosawa
23 March 1910
Filmmaker
NaruhitoNaruhito
23 February 1960
Emperor of Japan

AkihitoAkihito
23 December 1933
125th Emperor of Japan

Oda NobunagaOda Nobunaga
23 June 1534
16th Century Japanese Feudal Lord
Ichiro SuzukiIchiro Suzuki
22 October 1973
Baseball Outfielder

Isoroku YamamotoIsoroku Yamamoto
04 April 1884
Japanese Naval Officer Who Conceived The Pearl
Yukio MishimaYukio Mishima
14 January 1925
Playwright

Miyamoto MusashiMiyamoto Musashi
1584 AD
Swordsman & Warrior

Marie KondoMarie Kondo
09 October 1984
Organizing Expert

Hideki TojoHideki Tojo
30 December 1884
27th Prime Minister of Japan

Ken WatanabeKen Watanabe
21 October 1959
Actor
Hideo KojimaHideo Kojima
24 August 1963
Video Game Designer

Hiroyuki SanadaHiroyuki Sanada
12 October 1960
Actor

Hiroo OnodaHiroo Onoda
19 March 1922
Imperial Japanese Army Intelligence officer

Toshiro MifuneToshiro Mifune
01 April 1920
Actor
Akira ToriyamaAkira Toriyama
05 April 1955
Japanese Manga Artist

Emperor MeijiEmperor Meiji
03 November 1852
Emperor of Japan
Shigeru MiyamotoShigeru Miyamoto
16 November 1952
Video Game Designer, Artist

Toyotomi HideyoshiToyotomi Hideyoshi
17 March 1537
Japanese Samurai

Mutsuhiro WatanabeMutsuhiro Watanabe
18 January 1918
Imperial Japanese Army Corporal
Masayoshi SonMasayoshi Son
11 August 1957
Founder of SoftBank

Masashi KishimotoMasashi Kishimoto
08 November 1974
Manga Artist
Robert Griffin IIIRobert Griffin III
12 February 1990
American Football Player

Yuzuru HanyuYuzuru Hanyu
07 December 1994
Figure Skater

Tsutomu MiyazakiTsutomu Miyazaki
21 August 1962
Serial Killer
Brian TeeBrian Tee
15 March 1977
Actor

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Shinji KagawaShinji Kagawa
17 March 1989
Footballer
Shinsuke NakamuraShinsuke Nakamura
24 February 1980
Japanese Pro Wrestler & MMA

Richard T. JonesRichard T. Jones
16 January 1972
Actor

Emperor TaishōEmperor Taishō
31 August 1879
Former Emperor of Japan

Shinzō AbeShinzō Abe
21 September 1954
Prime Minister of Japan
Yayoi KusamaYayoi Kusama
22 March 1929
Contemporary Artist
Reina TriendlReina Triendl
23 January 1992
Model

Rinko KikuchiRinko Kikuchi
06 January 1981
Actress

Ayako FujitaniAyako Fujitani
07 December 1979
Actor, Writer, Novelist

Osamu DazaiOsamu Dazai
19 June 1909
Author
Nobuo UematsuNobuo Uematsu
21 March 1959
Video-Game Composer

Yoshitsugu MatsuokaYoshitsugu Matsuoka
17 September 1986
Voice Actor

Takuya KimuraTakuya Kimura
13 November 1972
Actor

Aiko, Princess ToshiAiko, Princess Toshi
01 December 2001
Daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito

Shoko AsaharaShoko Asahara
02 March 1955
Criminal
Satoru IwataSatoru Iwata
06 December 1959
Former President & CEO of Nintendo

Kento YamazakiKento Yamazaki
07 September 1994
Actor
Takeshi KaneshiroTakeshi Kaneshiro
11 October 1973
Actor

Emperor JimmuEmperor Jimmu
13 February 0712
Emperor

Masi OkaMasi Oka
27 December 1974
Actor
Hiroyuki SawanoHiroyuki Sawano
12 September 1980
Composer

Minamoto no YoshitsuneMinamoto no Yoshitsune
1159 AD
Military Leader
Kiko MizuharaKiko Mizuhara
15 October 1990
Actress, Model

Naoko TakeuchiNaoko Takeuchi
15 March 1967
Manga Artist

MiyaviMiyavi
14 September 1981
Singer, Guitarist

Tomoyuki YamashitaTomoyuki Yamashita
08 November 1885
Japanese General

Keisuke HondaKeisuke Honda
13 June 1986
Footballer
Jiroemon KimuraJiroemon Kimura
19 April 1897
Oldest Living Male Recorded in History

Miyuki SawashiroMiyuki Sawashiro
02 June 1985
Voice Actor

KoyukiKoyuki
18 December 1976
Actress, Model

Rie TakahashiRie Takahashi
27 February 1994
Voice Actress
Kaito IshikawaKaito Ishikawa
13 October 1993
Voice Actor

Ayane SakuraAyane Sakura
29 January 1994
Voice Actress
Hiromu ArakawaHiromu Arakawa
08 May 1973
Manga Artist

Shohei OhtaniShohei Ohtani
05 July 1994
Baseball Player

Kazuyoshi MiuraKazuyoshi Miura
26 February 1967
Footballer
Rila FukushimaRila Fukushima
16 January 1989
Model

Yoshihiro TajiriYoshihiro Tajiri
29 September 1970
Professional Wrestler
Tenshin NasukawaTenshin Nasukawa
18 August 1998
Kickboxer

Tsutomu YamaguchiTsutomu Yamaguchi
16 March 1916
Survivor of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

Yusaku MaezawaYusaku Maezawa
22 November 1975
Entrepreneur
Chiune SugiharaChiune Sugihara
01 January 1900
Diplomat

Kota IbushiKota Ibushi
21 May 1982
Wrestler
Tomohisa YamashitaTomohisa Yamashita
09 April 1985
Singer, Actor

Tadamichi KuribayashiTadamichi Kuribayashi
07 July 1891
General

Mako IwamatsuMako Iwamatsu
10 December 1933
Actor

Kenichi MatsuyamaKenichi Matsuyama
05 March 1985
Actor
Hiroshi TanahashiHiroshi Tanahashi
13 November 1976
Wrestler
Sky BrownSky Brown
12 July 2008
Skateboarder

Masaki SudaMasaki Suda
21 February 1993
Actor

Murasaki ShikibuMurasaki Shikibu
0973 AD
Novelist

Satomi IshiharaSatomi Ishihara
24 December 1986
Actress
Momofuku AndoMomofuku Ando
05 March 1910
Inventor of instant noodles

Haruka AyaseHaruka Ayase
24 March 1985
Actress

Morihei UeshibaMorihei Ueshiba
14 December 1883
Martial Artist

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

Erika SawajiriErika Sawajiri
08 April 1986
Actress
Naoko MoriNaoko Mori
29 November 1971
Actress

Sota FukushiSota Fukushi
30 May 1993
Actor
Kazunari NinomiyaKazunari Ninomiya
17 June 1983
Actor

Kōbō AbeKōbō Abe
07 March 1924
Writer
Hikaru UtdaHikaru Utada
19 January 1983
Singer-songwriter
Ryunosuke KamikiRyunosuke Kamiki
19 May 1993
Actor

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.