Famous Japanese Engineers

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Soichiro Honda
(Japanese Industrialist, Engineer and Founder of the Renowned Automobile Manufacturer, 'Honda Motor Co., Ltd')
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Birthdate: November 17, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan
Died: August 5, 1991

Soichiro Honda was a Japanese industrialist and engineer. He is credited with establishing the world-renowned automobile manufacturer, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. He is also credited with overseeing the company's growth from a wooden shack manufacturing unit to a multinational conglomerate manufacturer of motorcycle and automobile. Soichiro Honda was made an inductee of the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1989.

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Jiro Horikoshi
(Aerospace engineer, Engineer)
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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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Yukihiro Matsumoto
(Computer scientist, Engineer, Scientist, Programmer)
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Birthdate: April 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ōsaka Prefecture
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Yukio Hatoyama
(Politician, Engineer)
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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.

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Taiichi Ohno
(Japanese Industrial Engineer and Businessman)
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Birthdate: February 29, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dalian, China
Died: May 28, 1990

Japanese businessman and industrial engineer Ohno Taiichi is remembered for his efforts toward the reduction of muda, or waste, and the implementation of the kanban, or just-in-time system in Toyota. His popular books on manufacturing include Toyota Production System and Just-in-Time for Today and Tomorrow.

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Shuji Nakamura
(Electronic engineer and prolific inventor specializing in the field of semiconductor technology)
Shuji Nakamura
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Birthdate: May 22, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ikata, Ehime, Japan
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Shigeo Shingo
(Industrial engineer)
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Birthdate: 1909 AD
Birthplace: Saga, Japan
Died: 1990 AD
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Akihiro Hino
(Japanese Video Game Designer, Founder and CEO of Video Game Developing Company 'Level-5')
Akihiro Hino
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Birthdate: July 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ōmuta
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Isamu Akasaki
(Engineer)
Isamu Akasaki
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Birthdate: January 30, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chiran, Kawanabe District, Kagoshima Prefecture
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Amano Hiroshi
(Physicist)
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Birthdate: September 11, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
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Koichi Tanaka
(Electrical Engineer who shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2002)
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Birthdate: August 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toyama, Toyama, Japan
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Mohri Mamoru
(Scientist)
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Birthdate: January 29, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Japan
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Hideo Shima
(Engineer)
Hideo Shima
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Birthdate: May 20, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Died: March 18, 1998
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Nobutoshi Kihara
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Birthdate: October 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: February 13, 2011
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Toshiwo Doko
(Engineer)
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Birthdate: September 15, 1896
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Okayama, Japan
Died: August 4, 1988