Japanese Female Sportspersons

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 1 
Naomi Osaka
(Tennis Player)

Naomi Osaka
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Birthdate: October 16, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka made history by being the first player of Asian origin to hold the world number one rank in singles. Osaka made headlines when in 2021, she withdrew from the French Open after refusing to be part of a press conference to protect her mental health.

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Asuka
(Professional Wrestler)

Asuka
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Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Osaka, Osaka, Japan

One of the most promising young wrestlers from Japan, Kanako Urai, better known as Asuka and Kana (previously), has been making a name for herself as part of the WWE. Known for her multi-colored hair, she is a Grand Slam Champion, and holds the NXT, Raw, and SmackDown Women’s titles.

 3 
Sky Brown
(Skateboarder)

Sky Brown
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Birthdate: July 12, 2008
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Miyazaki
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.

 4 
Mao Asada
(Figure skater)

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Birthdate: September 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Meito Ward, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

 5 
Kairi Sane
(Japanese Professional Wrestler and Actress Known for Her Work With WWE)

Kairi Sane
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Birthdate: September 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hikari, Yamaguchi, Japan

WWE wrestler and actor Kaori Housako, better known as Kairi Sane, initially represented Japanese women’s wrestling promotion Stardom, as Kairi Hojo, and also won many honors, such as the Artist of Stardom. She is also skilled in yachting, holds a degree in Japanese literature, and has taught Japanese in Cambodia.

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Nozomi Okuhara
(Badminton player)

Nozomi Okuhara
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Birthdate: March 13, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ōmachi, Nagano, Japan

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Mari Osaka
(Tennis player)

Mari Osaka
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Birthdate: April 3, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Osaka, Osaka, Japan

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.

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Sadako Sasaki
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Birthdate: January 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kusunoki, Yamaguchi, Japan
Died: October 25, 1955

At age 2, Sadako Sasaki survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, being just 2km away from the bombing site. However, years later, she developed leukemia, as an aftermath of the bombing. While in hospital, battling the terminal disease, she folded over 1,000 origami cranes, in the hope of getting better.

 9 
Io Shirai
(Professional Wrestler)

Io Shirai
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Birthdate: May 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan

Japanese wrestler Masami Odate, better known by her pseudonym, Io Shirai, performs for WWE and is a former NXT Women's Champion. Japanese newspaper Tokyo Sports named her the top female wrestler of the year thrice. She is best known for her trademark moonsaults, springboard dropkicks, and hurricanranas.

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Mirai Nagasu
(Figure skater)

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Birthdate: April 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montebello, California

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Shinya Aoki
(Mixed martial artist)

Shinya Aoki
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Birthdate: May 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Adriano Martins

 12 
Midori Ito
(Figure skater)

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Birthdate: August 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

 13 
Aja Kong
(Professional Wrestler)

Aja Kong
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Birthdate: September 25, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan

 14 
Bull Nakano
(Professional Golfer)

Bull Nakano
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Birthdate: January 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kawaguchi, Japan

 15 
Miki Ando
(Figure skater)

Miki Ando
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Birthdate: December 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nagoya

 16 
Akane Yamaguchi
(Badminton player)

Akane Yamaguchi
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Birthdate: June 6, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Katsuyama, Fukui, Japan

 17 
Mayu Ishikawa
(Volleyball player)

Mayu Ishikawa
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Birthdate: May 14, 2000
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Okazaki, Aichi, Japan

 18 
Mima Ito
(Table tennis player)

Mima Ito
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Birthdate: October 21, 2000
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan

 19 
Misaki Matsutomo
(Badminton player)

Misaki Matsutomo
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Birthdate: February 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokushima, Tokushima, Japan

 20 
Homare Sawa
(Football player Midfielder)

Homare Sawa
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Birthdate: September 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan

 21 
Miyoko Watai
(Chess player and widow of former world chess champion Bobby Fischer)

Miyoko Watai
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Birthdate: January 8, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

 22 
Ai Fukuhara
(Table tennis player)

Ai Fukuhara
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Birthdate: November 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sendai, Japan

 23 
Manami Toyota
(Professional Wrestler)

Manami Toyota
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Birthdate: March 2, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Masuda, Shimane, Japan

 24 
Seiko Yamamoto
(Wrestler)

Seiko Yamamoto
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Birthdate: August 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan

 25 
Kasumi Ishikawa
(Table tennis player)

Kasumi Ishikawa
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Birthdate: February 23, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yamaguchi, Japan

 26 
Sumie Sakai
(Wrestler, Mixed martial artists)

Sumie Sakai
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Birthdate: November 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Suzuka, Mie, Japan

 27 
Misaki Doi
(Tennis player who won the BGL Luxembourg Open in October 2015)

Misaki Doi
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Birthdate: April 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ōamishirasato, Japan

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Saori Kimura
(Volleyball player)

Saori Kimura
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Birthdate: August 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Yashio, Saitama, Japan

 29 
Yuki Fukushima
(Badminton player)

Yuki Fukushima
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Birthdate: May 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kumamoto Prefecture Kumamoto, Japan

 30 
Ayaka Takahashi
(Badminton player)

Ayaka Takahashi
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Birthdate: April 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kashihara, Nara, Japan

 31 
Sara Takanashi
(Ski jumper)

Sara Takanashi
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Birthdate: October 8, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kamikawa, Hokkaido, Japan

 32 
Ayaka Hamasaki
(Mixed martial artist)

Ayaka Hamasaki
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Birthdate: March 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Yamaguchi, Japan

 33 
Shiho Yoshimura
(Volleyball Player)

Shiho Yoshimura
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Birthdate: December 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Isehara, Kanagawa, Japan

 34 
Yukari Oshima
(Actress, Martial Artist)

Yukari Oshima
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Birthdate: December 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nishi Ward, Fukuoka, Japan

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Shoko Takahashi
(Table Tennis Player)

Shoko Takahashi
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Japan

 36 
Keiko Fukuda
(Martial Artist)

Keiko Fukuda
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Birthdate: April 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: February 9, 2013

The highest-ranked female judoka in the history of the sport, Keiko Fukuda was also the last-surviving student of the founder of the art, Kanō Jigorō. Apart from breaking the male bastion of the judo circuit, she also penned books, launched a kata championship, and taught judo around the world.

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Uta Abe
(Judoka)

Uta Abe
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Birthdate: July 14, 2000
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kobe, Hyogo, Japan

 38 
Lioness Asuka
(Professional Wrestler)

Lioness Asuka
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Birthdate: July 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

 39 
Kimiko Date
(Tennis player)

Kimiko Date
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Birthdate: September 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan

 40 
Ai Sugiyama
(Japanese Tennis Player)

Ai Sugiyama
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Birthdate: July 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan

 41 
Aya Ohori
(Badminton player)

Aya Ohori
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Birthdate: October 2, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima, Japan

 42 
Megumi Fujii
(Mixed martial artist)

Megumi Fujii
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Birthdate: April 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Okayama, Japan

 43 
Mai Murakami
(Artistic gymnast)

Mai Murakami
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Birthdate: August 5, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan

 44 
Rika Usami
(Karateka)

Rika Usami
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Birthdate: February 20, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

 45 
Nao Hibino
(Tennis Player)

Nao Hibino
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Birthdate: November 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ichinomiya, Aichi, Japan

 46 
Miu Hirano
(Table tennis player)

Miu Hirano
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Birthdate: April 14, 2000
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan

 47 
Syuri
(Wrestler, Pop singer)

Syuri
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Birthdate: February 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ebina, Kanagawa, Japan

Syuri is a Japanese kickboxer, shoot boxer, professional wrestler, and mixed martial artist. Syuri, who has competed in popular promotions like the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), is currently working for a Japanese women's wrestling promotion called World Wonder Ring Stardom. Over the course of her career, Syuri has won many championships at various promotions.

 48 
Shinobu Kandori
(Professional wrestler, Politician)

Shinobu Kandori
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Birthdate: October 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yokohama, Japan

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Arisa Higashino
(Badminton player)

Arisa Higashino
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Birthdate: August 1, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Iwamizawa, Hokkaido, Japan

 50 
Ryoko Tani
(Judoka)

Ryoko Tani
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Birthdate: September 6, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fukuoka, Japan