Famous Japanese Engineers

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 1 Grant Imahara

Grant Imahara
Famous As: Electrical engineer
Birthdate: October 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Grant Masaru Imahara, a Japanese-American electrical engineer, roboticist, television host and actor, began his career at Lucasfilm, where he got involved with several big budget films including Star War franchise. Later, he joined MythBusters as a member of Build Tea and was well-known for his contribution in it. His other important works include White Rabbit Project, BattleBots, Star Trek Continues etc.

 2 Soichiro Honda

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

 3 Jiro Horikoshi

Jiro Horikoshi
Famous As: Aerospace engineer, Engineer
Birthdate: June 22, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fujioka
Died: January 11, 1982

Jiro Horikoshi was a Japanese engineer who played an important role during the Second World War, serving as the chief engineer of several Japanese fighter aircraft, including the famous Mitsubishi A6M Zero. Jiro Horikoshi's life and career inspired a fictionalized biographical animated film titled The Wind Rises which was directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

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 4 Yukihiro Matsumoto

Yukihiro Matsumoto
Famous As: Computer scientist, Engineer, Scientist, Programmer
Birthdate: April 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ōsaka Prefecture

 5 Yukio Hatoyama

Yukio Hatoyama
Famous As: Politician, Engineer
Birthdate: February 11, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bunkyō, Tokyo

Born into a family of Japanese politicians that has been compared to the Kennedy family of the U.S., Yukio Hatoyama has served as Japan’s prime minister and as the Democratic Party president. An engineer, who later obtained a PhD from Stanford, he has also taught at a few universities earlier.

 6 Shuji Nakamura

Shuji Nakamura
Famous As: Physicist, Engineer, Inventor, Professor
Birthdate: May 22, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ikata

 7 Yūko Miyamura

Yūko Miyamura
Famous As: Actor, Engineer, Seiyū, Director of audiography, Audio engineer
Birthdate: December 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kōbe
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 8 Akihiro Hino

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

 9 Isamu Akasaki

Isamu Akasaki
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 30, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chiran, Kawanabe District, Kagoshima Prefecture

 10 Amano Hiroshi

Amano Hiroshi
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: September 11, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

 11 Hideo Shima

Hideo Shima
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 20, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Died: March 18, 1998

 12 Mohri Mamoru

Mohri Mamoru
Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: January 29, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Japan

 13 Nobutoshi Kihara

Nobutoshi Kihara
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: October 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: February 13, 2011

 14 Toshiwo Doko

Toshiwo Doko
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: September 15, 1896
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Okayama, Japan
Died: August 4, 1988