Famous Japanese Athletes

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Sadako Sasaki
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Birthdate: January 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kusunoki, Yamaguchi, Japan
Died: October 25, 1955

At age 2, Sadako Sasaki survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, being just 2km away from the bombing site. However, years later, she developed leukemia, as an aftermath of the bombing. While in hospital, battling the terminal disease, she folded over 1,000 origami cranes, in the hope of getting better.

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Kōhei Uchimura
(Artistic gymnast)
Kōhei Uchimura
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Birthdate: January 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan
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Shizo Kanakuri
(Marathon runner, Athletics competitor)
Shizo Kanakuri
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Birthdate: August 20, 1891
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tamana
Died: November 13, 1983
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Isao Inokuma
(Judoka)
Isao Inokuma
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Birthdate: February 4, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan
Died: September 28, 2001
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Sawao Kato
(Gymnast)
Sawao Kato
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Birthdate: October 11, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gosen, Niigata, Japan
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Yoshihiro Sato
(Kickboxer, Boxer, Thai boxer)
Yoshihiro Sato
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Birthdate: January 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nagoya
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Daisuke Ohata
(Rugby union player)
Daisuke Ohata
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Birthdate: November 11, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ōsaka
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Koji Murofushi
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Birthdate: October 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Numazu
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Hiroshi Aoyama
(Motorcycle racer)
Hiroshi Aoyama
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Birthdate: October 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chiba
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Naoko Takahashi
(Marathon runner, Long-distance runner)
Naoko Takahashi
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Birthdate: May 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gifu, Gifu, Japan
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Mizuki Noguchi
(Marathon runner, Long-distance runner)
Mizuki Noguchi
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Birthdate: July 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ise, Mie, Japan
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Watanabe Osamu
(Olympic athlete)
Watanabe Osamu
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Birthdate: October 21, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wassamu, Hokkaido, Japan
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Yukio Endo
(Olympic athlete)
Yukio Endo
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Birthdate: January 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Akita, Japan
Died: March 25, 2009
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Chūhei Nambu
(Track and field athlete)
Chūhei Nambu
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Birthdate: May 27, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Died: July 23, 1997
Yōsuke Yamamoto
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Birthdate: 1960 AD
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Kōichirō Morioka
(Race walker)
Kōichirō Morioka
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Birthdate: April 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan
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Abdul Hakim Sani Brown
(Athlete specialising in sprinting events)
Abdul Hakim Sani Brown
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Birthdate: March 6, 1999
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan