Famous Japanese Media Personalities

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Takuya Kimura
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Birthdate: November 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Takuya Kimura is a Japanese actor, radio personality, and singer. He is best known for his association with SMAP, one of East Asia's best-selling boy bands. After starting his career as a singer, Kimura found considerable success as an actor, which catapulted him to stardom and turned him into a Japanese icon. His acting skills have earned him several awards.

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Masaharu Morimoto
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Birthdate: May 26, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hiroshima, Japan

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Sakura Miyawaki
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Birthdate: March 19, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kagoshima, Japan

Japanese singer-actor Sakura Miyawaki initially gained fame as part of groups such as HKT48 and Iz*One. The J-pop and K-pop icon apparently signed a deal with BTS’s agency HYBE in 2021. She was also the runner-up on the reality show Produce 48 and has a popular YouTube video gaming channel, too.

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Takahiro Sakurai
(Voice Actor)

Takahiro Sakurai
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Birthdate: June 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Okazaki, Japan

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
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Birthdate: January 1, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Japanese cultural icon and J-pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu soared to fame with singles such as PonPonPon and Candy Candy. She now promotes everything from soft drinks to fashion and make-up. Also dubbed as the Harajuku Girl, she is also known for her love for blonde wigs.

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Tomohisa Yamashita
(Singer, Actor)

Tomohisa Yamashita
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Birthdate: April 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Funabashi, Chiba

Tomohisa Yamashita is a Japanese singer, TV host, and actor. After joining talent agency Johnny & Associates at the age of 11, Yamashita has been active on TV ever since. He is best known for his portrayal of Kusano Akira in the 2005 TV drama Nobuta Wo Produce. Over the years, he has won several Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix awards.

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Naoki Urasawa
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Birthdate: January 2, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan

Award-winning Japanese manga artist Naoki Urasawa is best known for his thriller Monster and the sci-fi 20th Century Boys. Fans love his intricate and psychologically complicated plots. He also teaches at the Nagoya Zokei University and is a skilled rock musician who once performed as Bob Lennon.

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Fujiko F. Fujio
(Cartoonist)

Fujiko F. Fujio
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Birthdate: December 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Takaoka, Toyama, Japan
Died: September 23, 1996

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Kyu Sakamoto
(Singer)

Kyu Sakamoto
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Birthdate: December 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kawasaki Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
Died: August 12, 1985

With his Billboard number one track Sukiyaki, Kyu Sakamoto became the first to score a pop number one with a song entirely sung in Japanese. Born to a restaurateur, he had started his career singing in jazz clubs. He died in a 1985 plane crash that killed over 500 people.

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film critic, Journalist, Television director, Actor)

Kiyoshi Kurosawa
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Birthdate: July 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kōbe

Kiyoshi Kurosawa is a Japanese film director and film critic. He is also a professor at Tokyo University of the Arts. Interested in filmmaking from a young age,he received his training under prominent film critic Shigehiko Hasumi before beginning his career. He has worked in numerous genres and is best known for his many contributions to the Japanese horror genre. 

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Fukuzawa Yukichi
(Writer, Teacher, Educationist, Philosopher, University teacher, Critic, Journalist)

Fukuzawa Yukichi
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Birthdate: January 10, 1835
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ōsaka
Died: February 3, 1901

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Kumiko Okae
(Actress)

Kumiko Okae
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Birthdate: August 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Setagaya City, Tokyo, Japan
Died: April 23, 2020

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Bobby Ologun
(Television personality, Mixed martial artist)

Bobby Ologun
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Birthdate: April 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria

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Kunikida Doppo
(Novelist)

Kunikida Doppo
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Birthdate: August 30, 1871
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Choshi, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Died: June 23, 1908
A Japanese author who wrote novels and romantic poetry, Kunikida Doppo belongs to the Meiji period. Noted as one of the inventors of Japanese naturalism, Doppo served in the Sino-Japanese War as a reporter. After war, he published a compilation of poems titled Doppo's Poems. Later, he published a romantic short story titled Musashino followed by Doppo shu and Unmei.

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Masaoka Shiki
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Birthdate: October 14, 1867
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan
Died: September 19, 1902

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Tatsuo Yoshida
(Animator)

Tatsuo Yoshida
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Birthdate: March 6, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan
Died: September 5, 1977

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Toyohiro Akiyama
(Journalist)

Toyohiro Akiyama
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Birthdate: June 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

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Kanno Sugako
(Journalist)

Kanno Sugako
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Birthdate: 1881 AD
Birthplace: Osaka, Japan
Died: January 25, 1911

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Hotsumi Ozaki
(Journalist, Spy)

Hotsumi Ozaki
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Birthdate: April 29, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shirakawa, Gifu, Japan
Died: November 7, 1944

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Sanzō Nosaka
(Politician and Writer)

Sanzō Nosaka
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Birthdate: March 30, 1892
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Yamaguchi, Japan
Died: November 14, 1993

One of the co-founders of the Japanese Communist Party, Sanzō Nosaka had stepped into politics as a university student and had later traveled to the U.S. to work on plans such as smuggling Communists into Japan. He also campaigned against the Japanese occupation of China.

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Okumura Masanobu
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Birthdate: 1686 AD
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: March 13, 1764

Okumura Masanobu was a Japanese painter, print designer, and book publisher. He is considered a key figure in the era of ukiyo-e. Not much is known about his early years, and it is believed he was a self-taught painter. He also wrote some fiction and illustrated books. He was held in esteem by Japanese and Western collectors alike. 

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Tsuyoshi Kitazawa
(Football player)

Tsuyoshi Kitazawa
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Birthdate: August 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Machida, Tokyo, Japan

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Nakae Chōmin
(Journalist)

Nakae Chōmin
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Birthdate: December 8, 1847
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kōchi, Japan
Died: December 13, 1901

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Tokutomi Sohō
(Journalist)

Tokutomi Sohō
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Birthdate: March 14, 1863
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mashiki, Kumamoto, Japan
Died: November 2, 1957

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Kanagaki Robun
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Birthdate: January 6, 1829
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: October 8, 1894

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Chiyo Uno
(Author)

Chiyo Uno
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Birthdate: November 28, 1897
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Iwakuni, Yamaguchi, Japan
Died: June 10, 1996

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Jōsei Toda
(Educator, Publisher)

Jōsei Toda
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Birthdate: February 11, 1900
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ishikawa Prefecture
Died: April 2, 1958

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Sakai Toshihiko
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Birthdate: January 15, 1871
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toyotsu, Japan
Died: January 23, 1933

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Toba Sōjō
(Artist)

Toba Sōjō
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Birthdate: 1053 AD
Birthplace: Japan
Died: 1140 AD

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Gōtarō Mikami
(Physician, Journalist)

Gōtarō Mikami
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Birthdate: November 15, 1869
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sai
Died: October 1, 1964

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Rokusuke Ei
(Television presenter, Lyricist, Essayists)

Rokusuke Ei
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Birthdate: April 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan
Died: July 7, 2016

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Loveli
(Model and Television personality)

Loveli
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Birthdate: November 27, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan

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Michelle Ferre
(Actress and former CNN correspondent in Japan)

Michelle Ferre
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Birthdate: June 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kobe, Japan

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Christel Takigawa
(Television presenter, News presenter)

Christel Takigawa
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Birthdate: October 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Aya Sugimoto
(Actress, TV personality)

Aya Sugimoto
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Birthdate: July 19, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan

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Chris Peppler
(Radio Personality)

Chris Peppler
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Birthdate: October 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

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Francis Brinkley
(Newspaper owner, Editor and Scholar who resided in Meiji period)

Francis Brinkley
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Birthdate: December 30, 1841
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leinster, Ireland
Died: October 12, 1912

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Peter Barakan
(DJ, Broadcaster, author best known as the presenter for Begin Japanology and Japanology Plus on NHK World)

Peter Barakan
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Birthdate: August 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England

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Rumiko Tani
(Television personality and a former idol singer associated with Hello! Project)

Rumiko Tani
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Birthdate: August 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

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Renhō
(Politician and Former Journalist who is a current member of House of Councillors)

Renhō
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Birthdate: November 28, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan