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

29 April 1901
Former Emperor of Japan

23 February 1960
Emperor of Japan

Akira KurosawaAkira Kurosawa
23 March 1910

Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami
12 January 1949
23 December 1933
125th Emperor of Japan

Miyamoto MusashiMiyamoto Musashi
1584 AD
Swordsman & Warrior

Isoroku YamamotoIsoroku Yamamoto
04 April 1884
Japanese Naval Officer Who Conceived The Pearl
Hideo KojimaHideo Kojima
24 August 1963
Video Game Designer

Yukio MishimaYukio Mishima
14 January 1925
Oda NobunagaOda Nobunaga
23 June 1534
16th Century Japanese Feudal Lord

Ken WatanabeKen Watanabe
21 October 1959

Hiroo OnodaHiroo Onoda
19 March 1922
Imperial Japanese Army Intelligence officer

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

Richard T. JonesRichard T. Jones
16 January 1972
Sonoya MizunoSonoya Mizuno
01 July 1986

Ichiro SuzukiIchiro Suzuki
22 October 1973
Baseball Outfielder

Shigeru MiyamotoShigeru Miyamoto
16 November 1952
Video Game Designer, Artist

Hiroyuki SanadaHiroyuki Sanada
12 October 1960
Emperor MeijiEmperor Meiji
03 November 1852
Emperor of Japan

Shinzō AbeShinzō Abe
21 September 1954
Former Prime Minister of Japan
Toshiro MifuneToshiro Mifune
01 April 1920

Marie KondoMarie Kondo
09 October 1984
Organizing Expert

Toyotomi HideyoshiToyotomi Hideyoshi
17 March 1537
Japanese Samurai
Yuzuru HanyuYuzuru Hanyu
07 December 1994
Figure Skater

Akira ToriyamaAkira Toriyama
05 April 1955
Japanese Manga Artist
Mutsuhiro WatanabeMutsuhiro Watanabe
18 January 1918
Imperial Japanese Army Corporal

Osamu DazaiOsamu Dazai
19 June 1909

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

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Shinji KagawaShinji Kagawa
17 March 1989
Masashi KishimotoMasashi Kishimoto
08 November 1974
Manga Artist

Yoshitsugu MatsuokaYoshitsugu Matsuoka
17 September 1986
Voice Actor

Hirohiko ArakiHirohiko Araki
07 June 1960
Manga artist

Emperor TaishōEmperor Taishō
31 August 1879
Former Emperor of Japan
Ayako FujitaniAyako Fujitani
07 December 1979
Actor, Writer, Novelist
Robert Griffin IIIRobert Griffin III
12 February 1990
American Football Player

Tsutomu MiyazakiTsutomu Miyazaki
21 August 1962
Serial Killer

Sky BrownSky Brown
12 July 2008

Shohei OhtaniShohei Ohtani
05 July 1994
Baseball Player
Brian TeeBrian Tee
15 March 1977

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

Kazuyoshi MiuraKazuyoshi Miura
26 February 1967

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

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

Yayoi KusamaYayoi Kusama
22 March 1929
Contemporary Artist
Emperor JimmuEmperor Jimmu
13 February 0712

Kiko MizuharaKiko Mizuhara
15 October 1990
Actress, Model

Kaito IshikawaKaito Ishikawa
13 October 1993
Voice Actor
Naoko TakeuchiNaoko Takeuchi
15 March 1967
Manga Artist

Takuya KimuraTakuya Kimura
13 November 1972
Rie TakahashiRie Takahashi
27 February 1994
Voice Actress

Masi OkaMasi Oka
27 December 1974

Miyuki SawashiroMiyuki Sawashiro
02 June 1985
Voice Actor

Minamoto no YoshitsuneMinamoto no Yoshitsune
1159 AD
Military Leader

14 September 1981
Singer, Guitarist
Takeshi KaneshiroTakeshi Kaneshiro
11 October 1973

Hiroyuki SawanoHiroyuki Sawano
12 September 1980

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

18 December 1976
Actress, Model
Kento YamazakiKento Yamazaki
07 September 1994

Tomoyuki YamashitaTomoyuki Yamashita
08 November 1885
Japanese General
Keisuke HondaKeisuke Honda
13 June 1986

Hiromu ArakawaHiromu Arakawa
08 May 1973
Manga Artist

Ayane SakuraAyane Sakura
29 January 1994
Voice Actress
Tenshin NasukawaTenshin Nasukawa
18 August 1998

Tsutomu YamaguchiTsutomu Yamaguchi
16 March 1916
Survivor of Hiroshima & Nagasaki
Chiune SugiharaChiune Sugihara
01 January 1900

Rila FukushimaRila Fukushima
16 January 1989

Nobuo UematsuNobuo Uematsu
21 March 1959
Video-Game Composer
Yusaku MaezawaYusaku Maezawa
22 November 1975

Reina TriendlReina Triendl
23 January 1992
Tomohisa YamashitaTomohisa Yamashita
09 April 1985
Singer, Actor

Murasaki ShikibuMurasaki Shikibu
0973 AD

Kota IbushiKota Ibushi
21 May 1982

Hiroshi TanahashiHiroshi Tanahashi
13 November 1976
Tadamichi KuribayashiTadamichi Kuribayashi
07 July 1891
Mako IwamatsuMako Iwamatsu
10 December 1933

Yoshihiro TajiriYoshihiro Tajiri
29 September 1970
Professional Wrestler

Kenichi MatsuyamaKenichi Matsuyama
05 March 1985

Masaki SudaMasaki Suda
21 February 1993
Satomi IshiharaSatomi Ishihara
24 December 1986

Haruka AyaseHaruka Ayase
24 March 1985

Momofuku AndoMomofuku Ando
05 March 1910
Inventor of instant noodles

Morihei UeshibaMorihei Ueshiba
14 December 1883
Martial Artist

Yoshihide SugaYoshihide Suga
06 December 1948
Prime Minister of Japan
Naoko MoriNaoko Mori
29 November 1971

Erika SawajiriErika Sawajiri
08 April 1986
Kazunari NinomiyaKazunari Ninomiya
17 June 1983

Sota FukushiSota Fukushi
30 May 1993
Yasuhiro NakasoneYasuhiro Nakasone
27 May 1918
Former Prime Minister of Japan
Mari OsakaMari Osaka
03 April 1996
Tennis Player

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.