Famous Japanese Businessmen

Find out more about the greatest Japanese Businessmen, including Shigeru Miyamoto, Hiroyuki Nishimura, Masayoshi Son, Akio Morita and Fusajiro Yamauchi.

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 1 Shigeru Miyamoto

Shigeru Miyamoto.
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Famous As: Video Game Designer, Artist
Birthdate: November 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sonobe
Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto is the man behind games such as Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong. He has been the general manager and senior MD at Nintendo and now serves as its representative director and creative fellow. He avoids appearing on TV or giving autographs.

 2 Satoru Iwata

Satoru Iwata.
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Famous As: Former President & CEO of Nintendo
Birthdate: December 6, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sapporo
Died: July 11, 2015
Former Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata had started developing games while in school. He was the first Nintendo president not related to the Yamauchi family and revolutionized the gaming industry by focusing on a blue ocean strategy and introducing products such as the DS dual-screen console and targeting non-gamers.

 3 Masayoshi Son

Masayoshi Son.
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Famous As: Founder of SoftBank
Birthdate: August 11, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tosu, Saga Prefecture, Japan

Masayoshi Son is a Japanese technology entrepreneur, philanthropist, and investor. He is credited with founding SoftBank, a popular Japanese holding company, for which he also serves as the chief executive officer. One of the richest men in Japan, Son has pledged to donate $120 million to support the victims affected by the 2011 earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tōhoku.

 4 Nobu Matsuhisa

Nobu Matsuhisa.
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Famous As: Chefs
Birthdate: March 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saitama, Japan

 5 Tadashi Yanai

Tadashi Yanai.
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Businessperson
Birthdate: February 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan

 6 Yusaku Maezawa

Yusaku Maezawa.
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 22, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kamagaya, Chiba Prefecture

Yusaku Maezawa is a Japanese art collector and entrepreneur. He is credited with founding Japan's largest online fashion store, Zozotown. He is also credited with founding Contemporary Art Foundation, which aims at supporting young artists. Yusaku Maezawa is one of the richest men in Japan.

 7 Soichiro Honda

Soichiro Honda
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: November 17, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan
Died: August 5, 1991
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 8 Hiroyuki Nishimura

Hiroyuki Nishimura
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: November 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sagamihara

 9 Rei Kawakubo

Rei Kawakubo
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: October 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tokyo

 10 Momofuku Ando

Momofuku Ando.
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Famous As: Inventor of instant noodles
Birthdate: March 5, 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Puzi, Chiayi County, Taiwan
Died: January 5, 2007

Momofuku Ando was a Taiwanese-Japanese businessman and inventor. He is credited with founding the popular Japanese food company, Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd. Credited with creating brands like Cup Noodles and Top Ramen, Momofuku Ando is widely regarded as the inventor of instant noodles. During his lifetime, Ando was honored with medals, such as the Order of the Rising Sun.

 11 Fusajiro Yamauchi

Fusajiro Yamauchi
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 22, 1859
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kyoto
Died: January 1, 1940

 12 Masaru Ibuka

Masaru Ibuka
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: April 11, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nikkō City, Japan
Died: December 19, 1997

 13 Hiroshi Yamauchi

Hiroshi Yamauchi
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Famous As: Business person
Birthdate: November 7, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kyōto, Japan
Died: September 19, 2013

 14 Kiichiro Toyoda

Kiichiro Toyoda
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: June 11, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Japan
Died: March 27, 1952

 15 Hiroshi Mikitani

Hiroshi Mikitani
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Famous As: entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kobe

 16 Toshio Suzuki

Toshio Suzuki
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Famous As: film producer, animator, animator
Birthdate: August 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nagoya

 17 Ken Kutaragi

Ken Kutaragi
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Famous As: computer scientist, inventor, engineer, university teacher
Birthdate: August 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tokyo

 18 Akio Morita

Akio Morita
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: January 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Died: October 3, 1999

 19 Shoichiro Toyoda

Shoichiro Toyoda
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Famous As: businessperson, engineer
Birthdate: February 17, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aichi Prefecture

 20 Kōnosuke Matsushita

Kōnosuke Matsushita
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Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: November 27, 1894
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wakayama, Japan
Died: April 27, 1989

 21 Iwasaki Yatarō

Iwasaki Yatarō
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Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: January 9, 1835
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tosa, Japan
Died: February 7, 1885

 22 Kazushige Nojima

Kazushige Nojima
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Writer
Birthdate: January 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sapporo

 23 Shu Uemura

Shu Uemura
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Famous As: Make-up artist, Entrepreneur, Businessperson
Birthdate: June 19, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tokyo
Died: December 29, 2007

 24 Mikimoto Kōkichi

Mikimoto Kōkichi
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 25, 1858
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toba, Mie Prefecture, Japan
Died: September 21, 1954

 25 Akihiro Hino

Akihiro Hino
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Engineer
Birthdate: July 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ōmuta

 26 Shishaku Shibusawa Eiichi

Shishaku Shibusawa Eiichi
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Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: March 16, 1840
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Musashi, Japan
Died: November 11, 1931

 27 Norio Ohga

Norio Ohga
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Famous As: Business Executive
Birthdate: January 29, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Died: April 23, 2011

 28 Den Fujita

Den Fujita
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: March 13, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Osaka,Osaka, Japan
Died: April 21, 2004

 29 Sakuma Shōzan

Sakuma Shōzan
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 22, 1811
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Shinano Province, Japan
Died: August 12, 1864

Sakuma Shōzan was a major force behind the modernization of Japan and believed in the motto "Eastern ethics, Western techniques." He learned Dutch and taught himself techniques of making sophisticated weapons. He was assassinated by nationalists while trying to bridge gaps between the shogun and the emperor.

 30 Taikichiro Mori

Taikichiro Mori
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Famous As: Founder
Birthdate: March 1, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: January 30, 1993

 31 Nobuyuki Idei

Nobuyuki Idei
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: November 22, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Japan

 32 Isao Okawa

Isao Okawa
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: May 19, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Died: March 16, 2001

 33 Yasuda Zenjirō

Yasuda Zenjirō
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 9, 1838
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toyama, Japan
Died: September 28, 1921

 34 Masaaki Shirakawa

Masaaki Shirakawa
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: September 27, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fukuoka, Japan

 35 Genichi Kawakami

Genichi Kawakami
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: January 30, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hamakita, Japan
Died: May 25, 2002

 36 Ryōichi Sasakawa

Ryōichi Sasakawa
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: May 4, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Minoo, Osaka, Japan
Died: July 18, 1995

The founder-president of the Nippon Foundation, Ryōichi Sasakawa was a far-right politician, businessman, and philanthropist. During WWII, he actively supported his country’s war efforts, leading to his imprisonment by the Allied forces after the fall of Japan; but he was released due to lack of evidence. Thereafter, he set up various successful businesses, which include motorboat racing and ship building.

 37 Dan Takuma

Dan Takuma
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: September 7, 1858
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan
Died: March 5, 1932

 38 Yukio Okamoto

Yukio Okamoto
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: November 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kanagawa, Japan
Died: April 24, 2020

 39 Okura Kihachiro

Okura Kihachiro
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 23, 1837
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shibata, Niigata, Japan
Died: April 5, 1928

 40 Asano Sōichirō

Asano Sōichirō
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: April 13, 1848
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Etchu Province, Japan
Died: November 9, 1930

 41 Isao Nakauchi

Isao Nakauchi
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: August 2, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Denpo-cho, Japan
Died: September 19, 2005

 42 Toshihiko Fukui

Toshihiko Fukui
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: September 7, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Osaka, Osaka, Japan

 43 Masaru Hayami

Masaru Hayami
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: March 24, 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kōbe, Japan
Died: May 17, 2009

 44 Yasuo Takei

Yasuo Takei
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Famous As: Founder
Birthdate: January 4, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fukaya, Japan
Died: August 10, 2006

 45 Keizo Saji

Keizo Saji
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: November 1, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Died: November 3, 1999

 46 Tachikawa Keiji

Tachikawa Keiji
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Famous As: Business executive
Birthdate: May 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gifu or Ōgaki, Japan

 47 Koji Kobayashi

Koji Kobayashi
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Famous As: Japanese industrialist
Birthdate: February 17, 1907
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Japan
Died: November 30, 1996

 48 Masaya Hanai

Masaya Hanai
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: August 1, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toyokawa, Aichi, Japan
Died: June 10, 1995

 49 Takashi Ishihara

Takashi Ishihara
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Famous As: Business executive
Birthdate: March 3, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: December 31, 2003

 50 Kadoya Shichirobei

Kadoya Shichirobei
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Famous As: Trader
Birthdate: February 29, 1610
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Matsuzaka, Japan
Died: February 7, 1672