Famous Japanese Media Personalities

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 1 Takahiro Sakurai

Takahiro Sakurai.
Famous As: Voice Actor
Birthdate: June 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Okazaki, Japan

 2 Takuya Kimura

Takuya Kimura.
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tokyo

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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 3 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 1, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

 4 Masaharu Morimoto

Masaharu Morimoto.
Famous As: Chefs
Birthdate: May 26, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hiroshima, Japan

 5 Tomohisa Yamashita

Tomohisa Yamashita.
Famous As: Singer, Actor
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.

 6 Kyu Sakamoto

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

 7 Naoki Urasawa

Naoki Urasawa
Famous As: Artist
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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 8 Fujiko F. Fujio

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

 9 Sakura Miyawaki

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

 10 Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film critic, Journalist, Television director, Actor
Birthdate: July 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kōbe

 11 Fukuzawa Yukichi

Fukuzawa Yukichi
Famous As: Writer, Teacher, Educationist, Philosopher, University teacher, Critic, Journalist
Birthdate: January 10, 1835
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ōsaka
Died: February 3, 1901

 12 Kumiko Okae

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

 13 Kunikida Doppo

Kunikida Doppo
Famous As: Novelist
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.

 14 Masaoka Shiki

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

 15 Toyohiro Akiyama

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

 16 Jōsei Toda

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

 17 Sanzō Nosaka

Sanzō Nosaka
Famous As: Politician and Writer
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.

 18 Tsuyoshi Kitazawa

Tsuyoshi Kitazawa
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Machida, Tokyo, Japan

 19 Okumura Masanobu

Okumura Masanobu
Famous As: Artist
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. 

 20 Kōtoku Shūsui

Kōtoku Shūsui
Famous As: Social leader
Birthdate: November 5, 1871
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nakamura, Japan
Died: January 24, 1911

 21 Nakae Chōmin

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

 22 Tokutomi Sohō

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

 23 Toba Sōjō

Toba Sōjō
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1053 AD
Birthplace: Japan
Died: 1140 AD

 24 Kanagaki Robun

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

 25 Chiyo Uno

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

 26 Chūhei Nambu

Chūhei Nambu
Famous As: Athletics competitor, Journalist, Sprinter
Birthdate: May 27, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sapporo
Died: July 23, 1997

 27 Sakai Toshihiko

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

 28 Gōtarō Mikami

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