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
Artist
Hayao MiyazakiHayao Miyazaki
05 January 1941
Film director

HirohitoHirohito
29 April 1901
Former Emperor of Japan

NaruhitoNaruhito
23 February 1960
Crown Prince of Japan

Marie KondoMarie Kondo
09 October 1984
Organizing Expert

Shinzō AbeShinzō Abe
21 September 1954
Prime Minister of Japan
Aiko, Princess ToshiAiko, Princess Toshi
01 December 2001
Daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito

Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami
12 January 1949
 

Hideo KojimaHideo Kojima
24 August 1963
Video Game Designer

Ken WatanabeKen Watanabe
21 October 1959
Actor
AkihitoAkihito
23 December 1933
Emperor of Japan

Hideki TojoHideki Tojo
30 December 1884
27th Prime Minister of Japan
Robert Griffin IIIRobert Griffin III
12 February 1990
American Football Player

Akira KurosawaAkira Kurosawa
23 March 1910
Filmmaker

Oda NobunagaOda Nobunaga
23 June 1534
16th Century Japanese Feudal Lord
Hiroo OnodaHiroo Onoda
19 March 1922
Imperial Japanese Army Intelligence officer

Sonoya MizunoSonoya Mizuno
01 July 1986
Actress
Shigeru MiyamotoShigeru Miyamoto
16 November 1952
Video Game Designer, Artist

Miyamoto MusashiMiyamoto Musashi
1584 AD
Swordsman & Warrior

Ichiro SuzukiIchiro Suzuki
22 October 1973
Baseball Outfielder
Shinji KagawaShinji Kagawa
17 March 1989
Footballer

Yukio MishimaYukio Mishima
14 January 1925
Playwright
Shohei OhtaniShohei Ohtani
05 July 1994
Baseball Player

Isoroku YamamotoIsoroku Yamamoto
04 April 1884
Japanese Naval Officer Who Conceived The Pearl

Akira ToriyamaAkira Toriyama
05 April 1955
Japanese Manga Artist

Hiroyuki SanadaHiroyuki Sanada
12 October 1960
Actor
Masako, Crown Princess of JapanMasako, Crown Princess of Japan
09 December 1963
Crown Princess of Japan
Yayoi KusamaYayoi Kusama
22 March 1929
Contemporary Artist

Tsutomu MiyazakiTsutomu Miyazaki
21 August 1962
Serial Killer

Emperor JimmuEmperor Jimmu
13 February 0712
Emperor

Masayoshi SonMasayoshi Son
11 August 1957
Founder of SoftBank
Shinsuke NakamuraShinsuke Nakamura
24 February 1980
Japanese Pro Wrestler & MMA

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Satoru IwataSatoru Iwata
06 December 1959
Former President & CEO of Nintendo

Mutsuhiro WatanabeMutsuhiro Watanabe
18 January 1918
Imperial Japanese Army Corporal

Masashi KishimotoMasashi Kishimoto
08 November 1974
Manga Artist

Shoko AsaharaShoko Asahara
02 March 1955
Criminal
Rinko KikuchiRinko Kikuchi
06 January 1981
Actress

Keisuke HondaKeisuke Honda
13 June 1986
Footballer
Richard T. JonesRichard T. Jones
16 January 1972
Actor

Yuzuru HanyuYuzuru Hanyu
07 December 1994
Figure Skater

Brian TeeBrian Tee
15 March 1977
Actor
Ayako FujitaniAyako Fujitani
07 December 1979
Actor, Writer, Novelist

Masi OkaMasi Oka
27 December 1974
Actor
Kento YamazakiKento Yamazaki
07 September 1994
Actor

Kazuyoshi MiuraKazuyoshi Miura
26 February 1967
Footballer

Takeshi KaneshiroTakeshi Kaneshiro
11 October 1973
Actor

Takuya KimuraTakuya Kimura
13 November 1972
Actor

Princess Kako of AkishinoPrincess Kako of Akishino
29 December 1994
Japanese Princess, Prince Akishino’s Daughter
Kota IbushiKota Ibushi
21 May 1982
Wrestler

Tenshin NasukawaTenshin Nasukawa
18 August 1998
Kickboxer

Jiroemon KimuraJiroemon Kimura
19 April 1897
Oldest Living Male Recorded in History

Kiko MizuharaKiko Mizuhara
15 October 1990
Actress, Model
Rila FukushimaRila Fukushima
16 January 1989
Model

Reina TriendlReina Triendl
23 January 1992
Model
Rie TakahashiRie Takahashi
27 February 1994
Voice Actress

Miyuki SawashiroMiyuki Sawashiro
02 June 1985
Voice Actor

MiyaviMiyavi
14 September 1981
Singer, Guitarist
Tomohisa YamashitaTomohisa Yamashita
09 April 1985
Singer, Actor

KoyukiKoyuki
18 December 1976
Actress, Model
Satomi IshiharaSatomi Ishihara
24 December 1986
Actress

Yusaku MaezawaYusaku Maezawa
22 November 1975
Entrepreneur

Ayane SakuraAyane Sakura
29 January 1994
Voice Actress
Masaki SudaMasaki Suda
21 February 1993
Actor

Mako IwamatsuMako Iwamatsu
10 December 1933
Actor
Haruka AyaseHaruka Ayase
24 March 1985
Actress

Momofuku AndoMomofuku Ando
05 March 1910
Inventor of instant noodles

Morihei UeshibaMorihei Ueshiba
14 December 1883
Martial Artist

Sota FukushiSota Fukushi
30 May 1993
Actor
Kenichi MatsuyamaKenichi Matsuyama
05 March 1985
Actor
Mari OsakaMari Osaka
03 April 1996
Tennis Player

Ryunosuke KamikiRyunosuke Kamiki
19 May 1993
Actor

Naoko MoriNaoko Mori
29 November 1971
Actress

Hikaru UtdaHikaru Utada
19 January 1983
Singer-songwriter
Erika SawajiriErika Sawajiri
08 April 1986
Actress

Kazunari NinomiyaKazunari Ninomiya
17 June 1983
Actor

George MillerGeorge Miller
18 September 1992
YouTube Personality, Humorist, Vlogger

Hideki Yukawa Hideki Yukawa
23 January 1907
Physicist

Jushin Thunder LigerJushin Thunder Liger
30 November 1964
Japanese Professional Wrestler & MMA
Ken YamamuraKen Yamamura
21 January 1986
Actor

Susumu TonegawaSusumu Tonegawa
06 September 1939
Immunologist, Molecular Biologist
Lil MocoLil Moco
02 November 1994
YouTuber

Kenichi Fukui Kenichi Fukui
04 October 1918
Chemist

Jiro OnoJiro Ono
27 October 1925
Chef
BashoBasho
1644 AD
Poet

Robert Charles ChienRobert Charles Chien
 
Entrepreneur, Lea Salonga’s Husband
Sin'ichirō TomonagaSin-Itiro Tomonaga
31 March 1906
Physicist

Mari TakahashiMari Takahashi
02 November 1984
YouTuber, Producer, Writer

Hirai MomoHirai Momo
09 November 1996
Singer, Dancer

Yoshiro MoriYoshiro Mori
14 July 1937
Prime Minister of Japan
Mia StammerMia Stammer
01 August 1994
YouTuber

CocobeelocoCocobeeloco
27 June 2004
YouTuber
Asai ChuAsai Chu
22 July 1856
Painter

Akihiro HagaAkihiro Haga
26 January 1981
Stunt Performer
Mayumi KaiMayumi Kai
 
Disc Jockey

Sky BrownSky Brown
12 July 2008
Skateboarder
Mark DacascosMark Dacascos
26 February 1964
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.