Famous Japanese Sportspersons

Find out more about the greatest Japanese Sportspersons, including Yoshihiro Akiyama, Miyamoto Musashi, Ichiro Suzuki, Shinji Okazaki and Shinji Kagawa

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 1 Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: October 16, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Japanese, American

 2 Asuka

Asuka
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Japanese

 3 Yuzuru Hanyu

Yuzuru Hanyu
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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: December 7, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Japanese

Yuzuru Hanyu is a Japanese figure skater. Considered one of the greatest male figure skaters of all time, Hanyu became only the second figure skaters ever to receive two successive Olympic gold medals; he achieved this feat in 2014 and 2018. He also won the 2020 Four Continents Championships, becoming the only male singles skater to accomplish a Super Slam.

 4 Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi
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Famous As: Swordsman & Warrior
Birthdate: 1584 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: June 13, 1645

Miyamoto Musashi was a Japanese swordsman, writer, strategist, and philosopher. Widely regarded as a Kensei, Musashi became famous through his stories of bravery, which involves his undefeated streak of 61 duels. He is also credited with founding the Niten Ichi-ryū school of swordsmanship. His life has inspired several films, TV series, stage plays, and video games.

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 5 Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro Suzuki
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Famous As: Baseball Outfielder
Birthdate: October 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Japanese

Ichiro Suzuki is a Japanese former baseball player who played as an outfielder in top-level professional leagues, including Major League Baseball (MLB). Also a popular player at the Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, Suzuki became the first MLB player to be inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame

 6 Shinsuke Nakamura

Shinsuke Nakamura
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Famous As: Japanese Pro Wrestler & MMA
Birthdate: February 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Japanese

Shinsuke Nakamura is a Japanese wrestler best known for appearing in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) where he has won several championships, such as the Intercontinental Championship, United States Championship, and SmackDown Tag Team Championship. In 2016, Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine named him the Most Popular Wrestler of the Year. He is also known for his association with New Japan Pro-Wrestling

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 7 Mark Dacascos

Mark Dacascos
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Spanish, Japanese, American
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 8 Shinji Kagawa

Shinji Kagawa
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Japanese

Shinji Kagawa is a Japanese footballer who plays as a midfielder. He has the distinction of having played for top-notch European football clubs, such as Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund. Known for agility on the field, Shinji Kagawa is currently part of the Greek club, PAOK Thessaloniki, after his contract with Spanish team, Zaragoza, was terminated. 

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 9 Keisuke Honda

Keisuke Honda
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Japanese

Keisuke Honda is a Japanese football player and manager. A versatile player, Honda can play as an attacking midfielder and as a winger. Renowned for his accuracy, dribbling skills, and powerful striking ability, Keisuke Honda helped the Japan national football team win the 2011 Asian Cup, where he was adjudged Player of the Tournament.       

 10 Takumi Minamino

Takumi Minamino
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Japanese
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 11 Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: August 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Japanese

 12 Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: December 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Japanese

 13 Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts
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Famous As: age 43
Birthdate: May 31, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Japanese

 14 Tenshin Nasukawa

Tenshin Nasukawa
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Famous As: Kickboxer
Birthdate: August 18, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Japanese
Former Rizin bantamweight title-holder Tenshin Nasukawa had begun training in karate at age 5. The Japanese MMA fighter and kickboxer is known for his peculiar style that mingles kickboxing and full-contact karate. He ended up crying after being steamrolled by U.S. boxing champion Floyd Mayweather in a match in Tokyo.

 15 Shinji Okazaki

Shinji Okazaki
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: April 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Japanese

 16 Kazuchika Okada

Kazuchika Okada
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: November 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Japanese

 17 Io Shirai

Io Shirai
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: May 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Japanese

 18 Kazushi Sakuraba

Kazushi Sakuraba
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: July 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Japanese

 19 Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: July 5, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Japanese

Affectionately called Sho Time and the Japanese Babe Ruth, Japanese baseball star Shohei Ohtani is known for his successful stint with the MLB team Los Angeles Angels. Earlier, while with the Hokkaido-Nippon Ham Fighters, he set the record for the fastest-ever pitch thrown by a Japanese player.

 20 Yoshihiro Akiyama

Yoshihiro Akiyama
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: July 29, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Japanese

 21 Antonio Inoki

Antonio Inoki
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Famous As: Politician, Professional wrestler, Writer, Actor
Birthdate: February 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Japanese

 22 Kazuyoshi Miura

Kazuyoshi Miura
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: February 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Japanese

Kazuyoshi Miura is a professional Japanese footballer for who age is truly just a number. He is above 50 and continues to be an active player , He holds the global record as the oldest player to score a goal in a professional soccer league. Associated with Yokohama FC, he played for Japan’s national team for a decade, scoring 55 goals from 89 matches.

 23 Hidetoshi Nakata

Hidetoshi Nakata
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 22, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese

 24 Kota Ibushi

Kota Ibushi
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: May 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Japanese

Japanese martial artist and wrestler Kota Ibushi stunned his fans when he rejected an offer from All Elite Wrestling, choosing to remain with New Japan Pro-Wrestling instead, as he did not wish to move to the U.S. for good. The IWGP World Heavyweight Champion had initially ditched karate for wrestling.

 25 Hiroshi Tanahashi

Hiroshi Tanahashi
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: November 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Japanese

Hiroshi Tanahashi is a Japanese professional wrestler, widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. He is the current NEVER Openweight Champion at  New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). He is one of the most decorated wrestlers in New Japan's history with eight reigns as IWGP Heavyweight Champion and three reigns as IWGP Tag Team Champion. 

 26 Mirai Nagasu

Mirai Nagasu
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: April 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Japanese, American

 27 Shunsuke Nakamura

Shunsuke Nakamura
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: June 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Japanese

 28 Tetsuya Naito

Tetsuya Naito
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: June 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Japanese

 29 Takuma Asano

Takuma Asano
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: November 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Japanese

 30 Yoshihiro Tajiri

Yoshihiro Tajiri
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: September 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Japanese

Japanese wrestler Yoshihiro Tajiri has been known by many pseudonyms, such as Aquarius and Tigre Blanco. Trained in lucha libre and Japanese wrestling, Tajiri has also amused audiences with his backstage comedy during his association with organizations such as WWE and ECW. He later popularized his signature goatee.

 31 Sky Brown

Sky Brown
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Famous As: Skateboarder
Birthdate: July 12, 2008
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Japanese
Born to a Japanese mother and a British father, Sky Brown is a self-taught skateboarder who learned the art from YouTube videos. At age 10, she became the world’s youngest professional skateboarder. The Dancing with the Stars: Juniors winner had a near-death experience after a skateboarding accident in 2020.

 32 Sasaki Kojirō

Sasaki Kojirō
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Famous As: Swordsman
Birthdate: 1575 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: April 13, 1612

 33 Sadako Sasaki

Sadako Sasaki
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Birthdate: January 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Japanese
Died: October 25, 1955

 34 Takuma Sato

Takuma Sato
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: January 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese

 35 Mari Osaka

Mari Osaka
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: April 3, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Japanese

Mari Osaka is a Japanese tennis player. In 2014, she made her WTA Tour debut at the Bank of the West Classic, partnering with Marina Shamayko in the doubles event. A few years later, she made her WTA Tour singles debut at the 2019 Miami Open. Her sister, Naomi Osaka, is also a tennis player.

 36 Yuto Nagatomo

Yuto Nagatomo
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 12, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Japanese

 37 Kenta Kobayashi

Kenta Kobayashi
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Famous As: Professional wrestler, Kickboxer
Birthdate: March 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Japanese

 38 Minoru Suzuki

Minoru Suzuki
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: June 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Japanese

 39 Hideki Matsui

Hideki Matsui
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: June 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Japanese, American

 40 Maya Yoshida

Maya Yoshida
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 24, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Japanese

 41 Yushin Okami

Yushin Okami
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: July 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Japanese

 42 Katsuyori Shibata

Katsuyori Shibata
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Famous As: Professional wrestler, Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer
Birthdate: November 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Japanese

 43 Keiichi Tsuchiya

Keiichi Tsuchiya
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: January 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese

 44 Kento Momota

Kento Momota
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: September 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Japanese

 45 Nozomi Okuhara

Nozomi Okuhara
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Famous As: badminton player
Birthdate: March 13, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Japanese

 46 Mitsuharu Misawa

Mitsuharu Misawa
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: June 18, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Japanese
Died: June 13, 2009

 47 Munenori Kawasaki

Munenori Kawasaki
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: June 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Japanese

 48 Mao Asada

Mao Asada
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: September 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Japanese

 49 Michael Leitch

Michael Leitch
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: October 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Japanese

 50 Kenta Maeda

Kenta Maeda
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: April 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Japanese