Famous Japanese Scientists

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Find out more about the greatest Japanese Scientists, including Shigeru Miyamoto, Satoru Iwata, Masatoshi Koshiba, Leo Esaki and Shinya Yamanaka.
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Shigeru Miyamoto
(Video Game Designer, Artist)
Shigeru Miyamoto
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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.
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Tasuku Honjo
(Nobel Prize-Winning Japanese Immunologist Who Is Known for His Research on Cancer Immunotherapy)
Tasuku Honjo
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Birthdate: January 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

Nobel Prize-winning Japanese immunologist Tasuku Honjo is known identifying the programmed cell death protein 1 and for revolutionizing cancer immunotherapy. Initially part of the University of Tokyo's faculty of medicine, he later taught genetics, immunology, and medical chemistry at several institutes. He was a foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

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Yukihiro Matsumoto
(Japanese Computer Scientist and Programmer Who Introduced the 'Ruby Programming Language')
Yukihiro Matsumoto
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Birthdate: April 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ōsaka Prefecture

Japanese computer scientist Yukihiro Matsumoto, better known as Matz, soared to fame for designing the Ruby programming language. He works for the open-source company Netlab.jp and has created many open-source products, such as cmail. He has also worked as a missionary for the LDS Church.

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Shinya Yamanaka
(Nobel Prize-Winning Japanese Scientist Who Is Known for his Work on Stem Cell Research)
Shinya Yamanaka
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Birthdate: September 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Osaka

Nobel Prize-winning Japanese scientist Shinya Yamanaka is known for his contribution to stem cell research. He developed the induced pluripotent stem cell, a stem cell that can be created directly from a somatic cell. He is a professor at Kyoto University’s Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences and has held several senior research positions.

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Yoshinori Ohsumi
(Nobel Prize-Winning Japanese Cell Biologist Known for His Work on Autophagy)
Yoshinori Ohsumi
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Birthdate: February 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fukuoka, Japan

Nobel Prize-winning Japanese cell biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi is best known for his research on autophagy. A Rockefeller University alumnus, he now teaches at Tokyo Tech’s Institute of Innovative Research. He is also known for his pathbreaking contribution to topics such as the DNA, cell, and embryo.

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Hideki Yukawa
(Theoretical Physicist and the First Japanese to Receive the Nobel Prize)
Hideki Yukawa
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Birthdate: January 23, 1907
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Azabu, Tokyo
Died: September 8, 1981

Hideki Yukawa was a Japanese theoretical physicist who won the prestigious Imperial Prize of the Japan Academy in 1940. In 1949, Yukawa became the first Japanese to be honored with the Nobel Prize. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his prediction of the pion. The Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics was inaugurated in 1952 to honor Yukawa's achievements.

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Yoichiro Nambu
(Nobel Prize-Winning Japanese-American Physicist)
Yoichiro Nambu
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Birthdate: January 18, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: July 5, 2015

Japanese-American physicist Yoichiro Nambu won the Nobel Prize for discovering spontaneous broken symmetry in subatomic physics. He was associated with the faculty of the University of Chicago since the 1950s till his death in 2015. He also received the prestigious Wolf Prize and the Max Planck Medal.

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Shinichi Mochizuki
(Japanese Mathematician Who Is Known for His Contribution to Anabelian Geometry)
Shinichi Mochizuki
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Birthdate: March 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Known as the Japanese Perelman, mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki is known for his work on number theory and arithmetic geometry and for his contribution to anabelian geometry. His proof of the ABC Conjecture was met with criticism by fellow mathematicians Peter Scholze and Jakob Stix, leading to a major controversy.

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Michiaki Takahashi
(Japanese Virologist Who Developed the First Chickenpox Vaccine)
Michiaki Takahashi
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Birthdate: 1928 AD
Birthplace: Ōsaka, Japan
Died: December 16, 2013

Michiaki Takahashi was a Japanese virologist best remembered for developing the first chickenpox vaccine. He is also remembered for his association with Osaka University, where he was appointed as director of the institute's Microbial Disease Study Group. Michiaki Takahashi was the recipient of the Prince Mahidol Award and Saburo Kojima Memorial Culture Award.

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Takaaki Kajita
(Nobel Prize-Winning Japanese Physicist Known for His Work on Neutrinos)
Takaaki Kajita
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Birthdate: March 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Higashimatsuyama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan

Nobel Prize-winning Japanese physicist Takaaki Kajita is best known for his research on the oscillations of neutrinos. He has been associated with the faculty of the University of Tokyo and has also led the Science Council of Japan as its president. He completed his doctoral thesis under Nobel laureate Masatoshi Koshiba.

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Satoshi Ōmura
(Nobel Prize-Winning Biochemist Known for His Contribution to Roundworm Infection Treatments)
Satoshi Ōmura
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Birthdate: July 12, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nirasaki, Yamanashi, Japan

Japanese biochemist Satoshi Ōmura won the Nobel Prize for contributing to the discovery of avermectin and ivermectin, and thus helping in developing treatments for roundworm parasite infections. He has also been associated with the faculty of the Kitasato University and the Wesleyan University.

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Susumu Tonegawa
(Recipent of Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1987 for his Discovery of V(D)J Recombination)
Susumu Tonegawa
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Birthdate: September 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

Susumu Tonegawa is a Japanese scientist known for his discovery of the genetic mechanism that produces antibody diversity. For this work, he received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1987. Even though he won the coveted award for his work in immunology, he is a molecular biologist by training. He now studies neuroscience. 

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Leo Esaki
(Nobel Prize-Winning Japanese Physicist Known for His Work on Superconductivity)
Leo Esaki
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Birthdate: March 12, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Osaka

Nobel Prize-winning Japanese physicist Reona Esaki, also known as Leo Esaki, is remembered for his pioneering research on superconductivity. He devised the Esaki diode, or tunnel diode, too. Initially associated with IBM’s research laboratories in the US, he later moved back to Japan and headed scientific institutions.

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Ryoji Noyori
(Japanese Chemist Who Won the 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry)
Ryoji Noyori
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Birthdate: September 3, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ashiya, Hyogo, Japan

Ryoji Noyori is a Japanese chemist best known for winning the 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with William S. Knowles. They won the award for analyzing chirally catalyzed hydrogenations. Over the course of his career, Ryoji Noyori has also received other prestigious awards like the Asahi Prize, Japan Academy Prize, Lomonosov Gold Medal, and King Faisal International Prize.

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Kitasato Shibasaburo
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Birthdate: January 29, 1853
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oguni, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
Died: June 13, 1931
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Tomonaga Shin'ichirō
(Japanese Physicist and Winner of 1965 Nobel Prize in Physics)
Tomonaga Shin'ichirō
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Birthdate: March 31, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kyōto, Japan
Died: July 8, 1979

Tomonaga Shin'ichirō was a Japanese physicist whose role in the progression of quantum electrodynamics earned him the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965. He won the award along with Julian Schwinger and Richard Feynman. Over the course of his career, Tomonaga Shin'ichirō was also honored with several other awards, such as the Asahi Prize and the Japan Academy Prize.

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Ei-ichi Negishi
(Nobel Prize-Winning Japanese Chemist)
Ei-ichi Negishi
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Birthdate: July 14, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Changchun, China

Japanese chemist Ei-ichi Negishi won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his pioneering research on using palladium as a catalyst in cross couplings in organic synthesis, now known as the Negishi coupling. He spent most of his teaching career at Purdue University and also taught at the Syracuse and Hokkaido universities.

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Isamu Akasaki
(Japanese Physicist and Engineer Who Won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics)
Isamu Akasaki
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Birthdate: January 30, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chiran, Kagoshima, Japan
Died: April 1, 2021

Isamu Akasaki was a Japanese physicist and engineer. Isamu, who specializes in semiconductor technology, won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014 along with Shuji Nakamura and Hiroshi Amano. Isamu Akasaki also won other prestigious awards like the Kyoto Prize, IEEE Edison Medal, Charles Stark Draper Prize, and Asia Game Changer Award.

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Osamu Shimomura
(Nobel Prize-Winning Japanese Organic Chemist and Marine Biologist Known for Discovering GFP)
Osamu Shimomura
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Birthdate: August 27, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kyoto

Nobel Prize-winning Japanese organic chemist and marine biologist Osamu Shimomura is remembered for discovering the green fluorescent protein, or GFP. He was also associated with Princeton University and the Marine Biological Laboratory as a researcher and faculty member. He was named to the US National Academy of Sciences, too.

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Eugenie Clark
(American Ichthyologist Known for Her Research on Sharks)
Eugenie Clark
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Birthdate: May 4, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: February 25, 2015

Popularly known as The Shark Lady, American ichthyologist Eugenie Clark is remembered for her pathbreaking studies on shark behavior and poisonous fishes. A marine conservationist too, she had established the Mote Marine Laboratory. She also taught at the University of Maryland and authored 2 widely-appreciated books.

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Amano Hiroshi
(Japanese Physicist Who Won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014 for Inventing Blue LEDs)
Amano Hiroshi
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Birthdate: September 11, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan

Amano Hiroshi is a Japanese physicist, inventor, and engineer. Amano, who specializes in semiconductor technology, won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014 alongside Shuji Nakamura and Isamu Akasaki. They received the award for inventing blue LEDs. Over the course of his career, Amano Hiroshi has also been honored with several other awards, such as the Asia Game Changer Award.

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Kobayashi Makoto
(Japanese Physicist and One of the Winners of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics)
Kobayashi Makoto
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Birthdate: April 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nagoya, Japan

Kobayashi Makoto is a Japanese physicist who won one-fourth of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2008. Kobayashi has also received other prestigious awards such as the Nishina Memorial Prize, Sakurai Prize, and Asahi Prize.

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Akira Suzuki
(Japanese Chemist Who Won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Chemistry)
Akira Suzuki
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Birthdate: September 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mukawa-chō, Japan

Akira Suzuki is a Japanese chemist best known for publishing the Suzuki reaction for the first time in 1979. In 2010, he was honored with the prestigious Nobel Prize for Chemistry along with Ei-ichi Negishi and Richard F. Heck. Akira Suzuki has also won other prominent awards, such as the Japan Academy Prize and Korean Chemical Society Award.

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Kiyoshi Ito
(Japanese Mathematician Who Invented the Concept of Stochastic Differential Equation and Stochastic Integral)
Kiyoshi Ito
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Birthdate: September 7, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hokusei-cho, Japan
Died: November 10, 2008

Kiyoshi Ito was a Japanese mathematician best remembered for his immense contributions to probability theory. He is credited with inventing the concept of stochastic differential equation and stochastic integral. Kiyoshi Ito is also credited with founding Itô calculus. In 2006, Kiyoshi Ito was honored with the prestigious Gauss Prize by the International Mathematical Union.

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Seki Takakazu
(Japanese Author and Mathematician Active During the Edo Period)
Seki Takakazu
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Birthdate: 1642 AD
Birthplace: Fujioka, Japan
Died: December 5, 1708

Seki Takakazu was a Japanese author and mathematician active during the Edo period. Referred to as Japan's Newton, Seki laid foundations for the ensuing development of Japanese mathematics. Seki Takakazu is also credited with creating a new algebraic notation system. 

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Koshiba Masatoshi
(Japanese Physicist and Nobel Laureate Who Played an Instrumental Role in Detecting Solar Neutrinos)
Koshiba Masatoshi
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Birthdate: September 19, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toyohashi, Aichi, Japan

Koshiba Masatoshi was a Japanese physicist best remembered for co-founding neutrino astronomy. He played an instrumental role in detecting solar neutrinos, for which he was honored with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physics in 2002 along with Raymond Davis Jr. Koshiba Masatoshi also won several other awards, including the Asahi Prize, Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics, and Nishina Memorial Prize.

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Toru Kumon
(Japanese Mathematician and Mathematics Educator Who Created the 'Kumon Method of Learning')
Toru Kumon
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Birthdate: March 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kochi Prefecture, Japan
Died: July 25, 1995

Toru Kumon was a Japanese mathematician and mathematics educator. He is credited with creating the Kumon Method of Learning, which led to the establishment of the Kumon Institute of Education in 1958. Today, Kumon Centers can be found around the world. The Kumon Method of Learning was designed to bolster a student's fundamental language and maths skills.

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Toshihide Maskawa
(Japanese Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureate Best Known for His Work on 'CP-violation')
Toshihide Maskawa
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Birthdate: February 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nakagawa Ward, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

Toshihide Maskawa was a Japanese theoretical physicist best remembered for his work on CP-violation. He won one-quarter of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2008. He also won other prestigious awards, including the Nishina Memorial Prize. Toshihide Maskawa is also remembered for his association with the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, where he served as director from 1997 to 2003.

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Heisuke Hironaka
(Japanese Mathematician Who is Known for His Contribution to Algebraic Chemistry)
Heisuke Hironaka
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Birthdate: April 9, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Iwakuni, Yamaguchi, Japan

Heisuke Hironaka is a Japanese mathematician best known for his immense contributions to algebraic geometry, for which he received the prestigious Fields Medal in 1970. Heisuke Hironaka has also held teaching positions at Columbia University, Brandeis University, Harvard University, and Kyoto University. From 1996 to 2002, he served as the president of Yamaguchi University.

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Yoshiki Sasai
(Japanese Stem Cell Biologist)
Yoshiki Sasai
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Birthdate: March 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hyōgo Prefecture
Died: August 5, 2014

Yoshiki Sasai was a Japanese stem cell biologist best remembered for developing different techniques to guide human embryonic stem cells into forming eyes and brain cortex among other organs in tissue culture. Yoshiki Sasai was honored with the Inoue Prize for Science in 2012 and the Hans Sigrist Prize in 2013.

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Shigefumi Mori
(Japanese Mathematician Best Known for His Contribution to Algebraic Geometry)
Shigefumi Mori
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Birthdate: February 23, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nagoya, Japan

Shigefumi Mori is a Japanese mathematician best known for his contribution to algebraic geometry. In 1990, he was honored at the International Congress of Mathematicians with the prestigious Fields Medal. Shigefumi Mori also works as a professor at Kyoto University.

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Kenichi Fukui
(Chemist)
Kenichi Fukui
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Birthdate: October 4, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nara, Japan
Died: January 9, 1998

Nobel Prize-winning Japanese chemist Kenichi Fukui, best known for his research on frontier orbitals in chemical reactions, was initially hesitant to take up chemistry, as he hated memorizing equations. Following his stint at Kyoto University, where he studied engineering and earned a PhD, he developed an affinity for the subject.

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Kunihiko Kodaira
(Japanese Mathematician Known for His Work on the Theory of Complex Manifolds and Algebraic Geometry)
Kunihiko Kodaira
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Birthdate: March 16, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: July 26, 1997

Kodaira Kunihiko was a Japanese mathematician best remembered for his distinguished work on the theory of complex manifolds and algebraic geometry. In 1954, he became the first person from Japan to win a Fields Medal. Over the course of his illustrious career, Kodaira Kunihiko also won the Fujiwara Prize and the Japan Academy Prize.

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Hideki Shirakawa
(Japanese Engineer and Chemist Who is Known for His Discovery of Intrinsically Conducting Polymers)
Hideki Shirakawa
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Birthdate: August 20, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Hideki Shirakawa is a Japanese engineer, chemist, and Professor Emeritus at Zhejiang University and the University of Tsukuba. Renowned for his discovery of intrinsically conducting polymers, Shirakawa won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2000 along with Alan Heeger and Alan MacDiarmid. Hideki Shirakawa has also worked as a professor at the University of Tsukuba.

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Jokichi Takamine
(Japanese Chemist Who Was the First Person to Isolate Epinephrine in 1901)
Jokichi Takamine
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Birthdate: November 3, 1854
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Takaoka, Toyama, Japan
Died: July 22, 1922

Jokichi Takamine was a Japanese chemist best remembered as the first person to isolate epinephrine in 1901. He is credited with founding the Tokyo Artificial Fertilizer Company in Japan as well as the Nippon Club of New York City in the USA. Jokichi Takamine's life and career inspired a couple of films, namely Sakura, Sakura and Takamine.

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Shiga Kiyoshi
(Japanese Bacteriologist and Physician Who Discovered the Shigella Dysenteriae Microorganism)
Shiga Kiyoshi
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Birthdate: February 7, 1871
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Miyagi, Japan
Died: January 25, 1957

Shiga Kiyoshi was a Japanese bacteriologist and physician. He is credited for many scientific discoveries, including the discovery of the Shigella dysenteriae microorganism. He also conducted research on diseases such as trypanosomiasis and tuberculosis. Kiyoshi Shiga is also credited with making numerous advancements in immunology and bacteriology.

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Mohri Mamoru
(Japanese Scientist and Former Astronaut)
Mohri Mamoru
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Birthdate: January 29, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Japan

Mohri Mamoru is a Japanese scientist and former astronaut. He was part of two NASA Space Shuttle missions and was the first astronaut from Japan to be a part of a Japanese space program; Toyohiro Akiyama, the first Japanese in space, was trained in the Soviet Union.

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Hiroshi Nakajima
(Japanese Physician Who Served as the Director-General of WHO from 1988 to 1998)
Hiroshi Nakajima
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Birthdate: May 16, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chiba, Chiba, Japan
Died: January 26, 2013

Hiroshi Nakajima was a Japanese physician best remembered for his association with the World Health Organization (WHO), where he served as Director-General from 1988 to 1998. Prior to his role as Director-General of WHO, Hiroshi Nakajima served as the Chief of the organization's Drug Policies and Management Unit.  

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Kaibara Ekken
(Japanese Philosopher and Botanist Who Translated the Intricate Writings of Neo-Confucianism into Colloquial Japanese)
Kaibara Ekken
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Birthdate: December 17, 1630
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan
Died: October 5, 1714

Kaibara Ekken was a Japanese philosopher and botanist. He is best remembered for translating the intricate writings of Neo-Confucianism into colloquial Japanese. A popular botanist, Kaibara Ekken is also credited with advancing the study of botany in Japan. One of his most influential works is Yamato honzō, a pioneering study of Japanese plants.

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Sin-Itiro Tomonaga
(Japanese Physicist Who Played a Key Role in the Development of Quantum Electrodynamics)
Sin-Itiro Tomonaga
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Birthdate: March 31, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: July 8, 1979

Sin-Itiro Tomonaga was a Japanese physicist who played an important role in the progression of quantum electrodynamics, for which he received the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965. He shared the award with Julian Schwinger and Richard Feynman.

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Akira Fujishima
(Japanese Chemist Who Made Important Contribution to the Research of Superhydrophilic and Photocatalytic Properties of Titanium Dioxide)
Akira Fujishima
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Birthdate: March 10, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Setagaya City, Tokyo, Japan

Akira Fujishima is a Japanese chemist best known for his contributions to the research of superhydrophilic and photocatalytic properties of titanium dioxide. He is also known for his association with the Tokyo University of Science, where he is currently serving as president. Akira Fujishima is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Asahi Prize. 

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Yuji Hyakutake
(Japanese Amateur Astronomer Who Discovered 'Comet Hyakutake' in 1996)
Yuji Hyakutake
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Birthdate: July 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shimabara, Nagasaki, Japan
Died: April 10, 2002
Yuji Hyakutake was a Japanese amateur astronomer. He is best remembered for discovering Comet Hyakutake in 1996. Hyakutake's search for comets began in 1989 and his search led him to move to Hayato, where he made his first discovery by identifying Comet C/1995 Y1 in 1995.
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Keiiti Aki
(Japanese-American Professor, Mentor, Author, and Seismologist)
Keiiti Aki
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Birthdate: March 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Died: May 17, 2005

Keiiti Aki was a Japanese-American professor, mentor, author, and seismologist. He is best remembered for teaching Geophysics at the University of Southern California and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Over the course of his career, Keiiti Aki received several prestigious awards, including the William Bowie Medal and the Thorarinsson Medal.

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Satō Nobuhiro
(Japanese Political Scientist Who is Considered the Founder of the 'Greater East Asia' Concept)
Satō Nobuhiro
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Birthdate: July 18, 1769
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nishimonai, Japan
Died: February 17, 1850

Satō Nobuhiro was a Japanese political scientist who is credited with founding the Greater East Asia concept. An early supporter of Japanese Westernization, Satō Nobuhiro made attempts to synthesize Western science with Japanese philosophical and political thought.

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Ryuzo Yanagimachi
(Japanese-born American-based Scientist Who is Considered a Pioneer in the Field of Cloning)
Ryuzo Yanagimachi
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Birthdate: August 27, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

Ryuzo Yanagimachi is a Japanese-born scientist who is based in the USA. He is best known for making many important contributions to the study of fertilization. A pioneer of assisted fertilization technologies, Ryuzo Yanagimachi is also considered a pioneer in the field of cloning. He has won many prestigious awards such as the International Prize for Biology.

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Honda Toshiaki
(Japanese Political Economist Who was Active During the Late Edo Period)
Honda Toshiaki
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Birthdate: 1744 AD
Birthplace: Japan
Died: January 25, 1821

Honda Toshiaki was a Japanese political economist who was active during the late Edo period. Toshiaki, who studied mathematics, astronomy, and kendo in Edo, went on to open his own school at the age of 24. A polymath, Honda Toshiaki is also remembered for his literary works, Keisei Hisaku and Seiiki Monogatari.

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Kenichi Honda
(Japanese Chemist Known for His Contribution to the Discovery of Photocatalytic Properties of Titanium Dioxide)
Kenichi Honda
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Birthdate: August 23, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saitama, Japan
Died: February 26, 2011

Kenichi Honda was a Japanese chemist best remembered for winning the Japan Prize in 2004 for his contribution to the discovery of photocatalytic properties of titanium dioxide. Kenichi Honda also worked as a lecturer and professor at prestigious institutions like Kyoto University and the University of Tokyo. From 1996 to 2004, he was the president of the Tokyo Polytechnic University.

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Toyoichi Tanaka
(Japanese Scientist Best Remembered for His Discovery of Smart Gels)
Toyoichi Tanaka
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Birthdate: January 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nagaoka, Japan
Died: May 20, 2000

Toyoichi Tanaka was a Japanese scientist best remembered for his discovery of smart gels, a class of materials that contract or expand when triggered by changes in light, temperature, or other stimulus. Toyoichi Tanaka is also remembered for his association with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked as a professor of Physics.

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Takebe Kenkō
(Japanese Cartographer and Mathematician Who was Active During the Edo Period)
Takebe Kenkō
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Birthdate: 1664 AD
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: August 24, 1739

Takebe Kenkō was a Japanese cartographer and mathematician who was active during the Edo period. One of the favorite pupils of the famous mathematician Seki Takakazu, Kenkō is believed to have popularized Seki's work. Takebe Kenkō also played an important role in the progression of the Enri, a Japanese equivalent of the western calculus.

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Tomio Tada
(Japanese Immunologist Who Founded the Journal 'International Immunology')
Tomio Tada
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Birthdate: March 31, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Yuki, Ibaraki, Japan
Died: April 21, 2010

Tomio Tada was a Japanese Immunologist who served as the president of the Japanese Society for Immunology from 1985 to 1988. He founded the journal 'International Immunology' in 1989 and served as Editor-in-Chief until 2000. Tomio Tada also served as the president of the International Union of Immunological Societies from 1994 to 1997.