Japanese Female Sportspersons

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 1 
Naomi Osaka
(Japanese Professional Tennis Player and First Asian Player to Hold the Top Ranking in Singles)
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
(Japanese Professional Wrestler)
Asuka
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Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: 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
(British-Japanese Professional Skateboarder and Surfer)
Sky Brown
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Birthdate: July 12, 2008
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Miyazaki, Japan
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 
Hana Kimura
(Joshi puroresu professional wrestler)
Hana Kimura
4
Birthdate: September 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Died: May 23, 2020
 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.

 6 
Mao Asada
(Figure skater)
Mao Asada
177
Birthdate: September 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Meito Ward, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
 7 
Nozomi Okuhara
(Badminton player)
Nozomi Okuhara
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Birthdate: March 13, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ōmachi, Nagano, Japan
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 
Mari Osaka
(Retired Japanese Tennis Player and Fashion Designer)
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.

 10 
Io Shirai
(Japanese 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.

 11 
Mirai Nagasu
(Figure skater)
Mirai Nagasu
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Birthdate: April 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montebello, California
 12 
Aja Kong
(Japanese Professional Wrestler)
Aja Kong
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Birthdate: September 25, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan
 13 
Midori Ito
(Figure skater)
Midori Ito
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Birthdate: August 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
 14 
Bull Nakano
(Japanese Professional Wrestler)
Bull Nakano
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Birthdate: January 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kawaguchi, Japan
 15 
Akane Yamaguchi
(Badminton player)
Akane Yamaguchi
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Birthdate: June 6, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Katsuyama, Fukui, Japan
 16 
Mima Ito
(Table tennis player)
Mima Ito
2
Birthdate: October 21, 2000
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan
 17 
Miki Ando
(Figure skater)
Miki Ando
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Birthdate: December 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nagoya
 18 
Yuka Saso
(Philippine-born Japanese Professional Golfer)
Yuka Saso
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Birthdate: June 20, 2001
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Ildefonso, Bulacan, Philippines

Yuka Saso is a Philippine-born Japanese golfer. She won two gold medals for the Philippines at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, becoming the first golfer to win gold medals for the Philippines in both women's team event and women's individual in the history of Asian Games golf competitions. In 2022, Yuka Saso started representing Japan.  

 19 
Mayu Ishikawa
(Volleyball player)
Mayu Ishikawa
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Birthdate: May 14, 2000
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Okazaki, Aichi, Japan
 20 
Misaki Matsutomo
(Badminton player)
Misaki Matsutomo
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Birthdate: February 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokushima, Tokushima, Japan
 21 
Giulia
(Professional wrestler)
Giulia
2
Birthdate: February 21, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
 22 
Homare Sawa
(Football player Midfielder)
Homare Sawa
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Birthdate: September 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan
 23 
Ai Fukuhara
(Table tennis player)
Ai Fukuhara
2
Birthdate: November 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sendai, Japan
 24 
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
 25 
Seiko Yamamoto
(Wrestler)
Seiko Yamamoto
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Birthdate: August 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
 26 
Manami Toyota
(Professional Wrestler)
Manami Toyota
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Birthdate: March 2, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Masuda, Shimane, Japan
 27 
Shiho Yoshimura
(Volleyball Player)
Shiho Yoshimura
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Birthdate: December 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Isehara, Kanagawa, Japan
 28 
Kasumi Ishikawa
(Table tennis player)
Kasumi Ishikawa
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Birthdate: February 23, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yamaguchi, Japan
 29 
Sumie Sakai
(Japanese Professional Wrestler)
Sumie Sakai
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Birthdate: November 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Suzuka, Mie, Japan
 30 
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
 32 
Sara Takanashi
(Ski jumper)
Sara Takanashi
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Birthdate: October 8, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kamikawa, Hokkaido, Japan
 33 
Yukari Oshima
(Actress, Martial Artist)
Yukari Oshima
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Birthdate: December 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nishi Ward, Fukuoka, Japan
 34 
Uta Abe
(Judoka)
Uta Abe
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Birthdate: July 14, 2000
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
 35 
Ayaka Hamasaki
(Mixed martial artist)
Ayaka Hamasaki
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Birthdate: March 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Yamaguchi, Japan
 36 
Shoko Takahashi
(Table Tennis Player)
Shoko Takahashi
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Birthplace: Japan
 37 
Ai Sugiyama
(Japanese Tennis Player)
Ai Sugiyama
2
Birthdate: July 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yokohama, Kanagawa, 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
2
Birthdate: September 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
 40 
Megumi Fujii
(Mixed martial artist)
Megumi Fujii
2
Birthdate: April 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Okayama, Japan
 41 
Aya Ohori
(Badminton player)
Aya Ohori
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Birthdate: October 2, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima, Japan
 42 
Syuri
(Japanese Professional Wrestler)
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.

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Mai Murakami
(Artistic gymnast)
Mai Murakami
2
Birthdate: August 5, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan
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Yuki Fukushima
(Badminton player)
Yuki Fukushima
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Birthdate: May 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kumamoto Prefecture Kumamoto, Japan
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Ayaka Takahashi
(Badminton player)
Ayaka Takahashi
2
Birthdate: April 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kashihara, Nara, Japan
 46 
Rika Usami
(Karateka)
Rika Usami
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Birthdate: February 20, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
 47 
Miu Hirano
(Table tennis player)
Miu Hirano
2
Birthdate: April 14, 2000
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
 48 
Stephanie Mawuli
(Basketball Player)
Stephanie Mawuli
2
Birthdate: November 25, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Togo, Aichi, Japan
 49 
Shinobu Kandori
(Japanese Retired Wrestler)
Shinobu Kandori
2
Birthdate: October 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yokohama, Japan
 50 
Monica Okoye
(Basketball player who competed at the 2020 Summer Olympics, winning a silver medal)
Monica Okoye
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Birthdate: February 7, 1999
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan