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.

Yuzuru HanyuYuzuru Hanyu
(Figure Skater)

07 December 1994

Sendai

Sagittarius

Yoko OnoYoko Ono
(Artist)

18 February 1933

Tokyo

Aquarius

Shinsuke NakamuraShinsuke Nakamura
(Japanese Pro Wrestler & MMA)

24 February 1980

Mineyama, Kyoto, Japan

Pisces

HirohitoHirohito
(Former Emperor of Japan)

29 April 1901

07 January 1989

Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo

Taurus

Hayao MiyazakiHayao Miyazaki
(Film director)

05 January 1941

Bunkyō

Capricorn

Ichiro SuzukiIchiro Suzuki
(Baseball Outfielder)

22 October 1973

Toyoyama, Aichi Prefecture

Libra

AkihitoAkihito
(Emperor of Japan)

23 December 1933

Tokyo

Capricorn

Rinko KikuchiRinko Kikuchi
(Actress)

06 January 1981

Hadano, Kanagawa, Japan

Capricorn

Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami

12 January 1949

Kyoto

Capricorn

Hideo KojimaHideo Kojima
(Video Game Designer)

24 August 1963

Setagaya

Virgo

Hideki TojoHideki Tojo
(27th Prime Minister of Japan)

30 December 1884

23 December 1948

Kōjimachi, Tokyo, Japan

Capricorn

Ken WatanabeKen Watanabe
(Actor)

21 October 1959

Koide, Japan

Libra

Akira KurosawaAkira Kurosawa
(Filmmaker)

23 March 1910

06 September 1998

Shinagawa

Aries

Oda NobunagaOda Nobunaga
(16th Century Japanese Feudal Lord)

23 June 1534

21 June 1582

Nagoya Castle, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Cancer

Shigeru MiyamotoShigeru Miyamoto
(Video Game Designer, Artist)

16 November 1952

Sonobe

Scorpio

Hiroyuki SanadaHiroyuki Sanada
(Actor)

12 October 1960

Tokyo, Japan

Libra

Miyamoto MusashiMiyamoto Musashi
(Swordsman & Warrior)

1584 AD

13 June 1645

Japan

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

04 April 1884

18 April 1943

Nagaoka, Niigata, Japan

Aries

Hiroo OnodaHiroo Onoda
(Imperial Japanese Army Intelligence officer)

19 March 1922

16 January 2014

Kainan, Wakayama, Empire of Japan

Pisces

Masayoshi SonMasayoshi Son
(Founder of SoftBank)

11 August 1957

Tosu, Saga Prefecture, Japan

Leo

Kazuyoshi MiuraKazuyoshi Miura
(Footballer)

26 February 1967

Shizuoka

Pisces

Mutsuhiro WatanabeMutsuhiro Watanabe
(Imperial Japanese Army Corporal)

18 January 1918

01 April 2003

Japan

Capricorn

Shohei OhtaniShohei Ohtani
(Baseball Player)

05 July 1994

Oshu, Iwate Prefecture, Japan

Cancer

Kota IbushiKota Ibushi
(Wrestler)

21 May 1982

Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan

Taurus

Ayako FujitaniAyako Fujitani
(Actor, Writer, Novelist)

07 December 1979

Ōsaka, Japan

Sagittarius

Satoru IwataSatoru Iwata
(Former President & CEO of Nintendo)

06 December 1959

11 July 2015

Sapporo

Sagittarius

Shinji KagawaShinji Kagawa
(Footballer)

17 March 1989

Tarumi-ku, Kobe, Hyōgo

Pisces

Keisuke HondaKeisuke Honda
(Footballer)

13 June 1986

Settsu, Osaka Prefecture

Gemini

Masashi KishimotoMasashi Kishimoto
(Manga Artist)

08 November 1974

Nagi, Okayama Prefecture

Scorpio

Kento YamazakiKento Yamazaki
(Actor)

07 September 1994

Itabashi, Tokyo

Virgo

Takeshi KaneshiroTakeshi Kaneshiro
(Actor)

11 October 1973

Wanhua District, Taipei

Libra

Kiko MizuharaKiko Mizuhara
(Actress, Model)

15 October 1990

Dallas, Texas

Libra

Tomohisa YamashitaTomohisa Yamashita
(Singer, Actor)

09 April 1985

Funabashi, Chiba

Aries

Mako IwamatsuMako Iwamatsu
(Actor)

10 December 1933

21 July 2006

Kobe, Japan

Sagittarius

Momofuku AndoMomofuku Ando
(Inventor of instant noodles)

05 March 1910

05 January 2007

Puzi, Chiayi County, Taiwan

Pisces

Morihei UeshibaMorihei Ueshiba
(Martial Artist)

14 December 1883

26 April 1969

Tanabe

Sagittarius

Hikaru UtdaHikaru Utada
(Singer-songwriter)

19 January 1983

New York City

Capricorn

George MillerGeorge Miller
(YouTube Personality, Humorist, Vlogger)

18 September 1992

Osaka

Virgo

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

30 November 1964

Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Sagittarius

Hideki Yukawa Hideki Yukawa
(Physicist)

23 January 1907

08 September 1981

Tokyo

Aquarius

Susumu TonegawaSusumu Tonegawa
(Immunologist, Molecular Biologist)

06 September 1939

Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Virgo

Jiro OnoJiro Ono
(Chef)

27 October 1925

Tenryū, Shizuoka

Scorpio

Mia StammerMia Stammer
(YouTuber)

01 August 1994

Okinawa, Japan

Leo

Shinzō AbeShinzō Abe
(Prime Minister of Japan)

21 September 1954

Tokyo

Virgo

Kenichi Fukui Kenichi Fukui
(Chemist)

04 October 1918

09 January 1998

Nara City, Japan

Libra

BashoBasho
(Poet)

1644 AD

28 November 1694

Ueno, Mie

Sin'ichirō TomonagaSin-Itiro Tomonaga
(Physicist)

31 March 1906

08 July 1979

Tokyo, Japan

Aries

Yoshiro MoriYoshiro Mori
(Prime Minister of Japan)

14 July 1937

Nomi

Cancer

Mari TakahashiMari Takahashi
(YouTuber, producer, and writer)

02 November 1984

California, USA

Scorpio

Asai ChuAsai Chu
(Painter)

22 July 1856

16 December 1907

Sakura

Cancer

Sola AoiSola Aoi
(Pornographic actor, Actor, Singer, AV idol, Tarento)

11 November 1983

Tokyo

Scorpio

Chiune SugiharaChiune Sugihara
(Diplomat)

01 January 1900

31 July 1986

Mino

Capricorn

Akira ToriyamaAkira Toriyama
(Japanese manga artist)

05 April 1955

Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

Aries

Yu DarvishYu Darvish
(Baseball player)

16 August 1986

Ōsaka

Leo

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

22 March 1929

Matsumoto

Aries

Maria OzawaMaria Ozawa
(Pornographic actor, AV idol, Stripper, Actor, Glamour model, Model)

08 January 1986

Hokkaidō

Capricorn

Makoto ShinkaiMakoto Shinkai
(Film director, Voice actor, Animator, Screenwriter)

09 February 1973

Koumi

Aquarius

Mao AsadaMao Asada
(Figure skater)

25 September 1990

Nagoya

Libra

Emperor MeijiEmperor Meiji
(Emperor)

03 November 1852

30 July 1912

Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

Scorpio

Tokugawa IeyasuTokugawa Ieyasu
(Samurai)

31 January 1543

01 June 1616

Okazaki

Aquarius

HimikoHimiko
(Queen)

0175 AD

0248 AD

Yamatai

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

14 January 1925

25 November 1970

Shinjuku, Tokyo

Capricorn

Sada AbeSada Abe
(Geisha, Criminal)

28 May 1905

Kanda

Gemini

HokusaiHokusai
(Painter)

31 October 1760

10 May 1849

Edo, Tokyo

Scorpio

Toyotomi HideyoshiToyotomi Hideyoshi
(Daimyō)

17 March 1537

18 September 1598

Nakamura-ku, Nagoya

Pisces

Takeshi KitanoTakeshi Kitano
(Film director, Actor, Painter, Owarai tarento, Poet, Film editor, Film producer, Writer, Sculptor, Screenwriter, Comedian, Tarento, Film actor)

18 January 1947

Adachi-ku

Capricorn

Masaaki YuasaMasaaki Yuasa
(Screenwriter, Animator, Film director)

16 March 1965

Fukuoka

Pisces

Naruhito, Crown Prince of JapanNaruhito, Crown Prince of Japan

23 February 1960

Tokyo

Pisces

Noriaki KasaiNoriaki Kasai
(Ski jumper)

06 June 1972

Shimokawa

Gemini

Kei NishikoriKei Nishikori
(Tennis player)

29 December 1989

Matsue

Capricorn

Issei SagawaIssei Sagawa
(actor, writer, novelist, mangaka, translator)

26 April 1949

Kobe

Taurus

Tsutomu MiyazakiTsutomu Miyazaki
(Serial killer)

21 August 1962

17 June 2008

Ōme

Leo

KamiKami
(musician)

01 February 1972

21 June 1999

Ibaraki

Aquarius

Tadanobu AsanoTadanobu Asano
(Actor, Guitarist, Musician, Singer, Film director, Model)

27 November 1973

Yokohama

Sagittarius

Liv UllmannLiv Ullmann
(Actress)

16 December 1938

Tokyo

Sagittarius

Shoko AsaharaShoko Asahara
(Terrorist, Writer)

02 March 1955

Yatsushiro

Pisces

Cary-Hiroyuki TagawaCary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
(Actor, Film producer, Film actor, Television actor, Karateka)

27 September 1950

Higashi-Azabu

Libra

Takashi MurakamiTakashi Murakami
(Sculptor, Painter, Artist, Film director)

01 February 1962

Itabashi-ku

Aquarius

Toshiro MifuneToshiro Mifune
(Actor, Film producer, Film actor)

01 April 1920

24 December 1997

Qingdao

Aries

Ayumi HamasakiAyumi Hamasaki
(Singer, Seiyū, Songwriter, Model, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Lyricist, Poet, Record producer)

02 October 1978

Fukuoka

Libra

MiyaviMiyavi
(Japanese singer-songwriter)

14 September 1981

Konohana-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

Virgo

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.