Japanese singer-actor Sakura Miyawaki initially gained fame as part of groups such as HKT48 and Iz*One. The J-pop and K-pop icon apparently signed a deal with BTS’s agency HYBE in 2021. She was also the runner-up on the reality show Produce 48 and has a popular YouTube video gaming channel, too.
Saigo Takamori was a samurai and he is considered as one of the most influential samurais in Japanese history. He was one of the three great nobles who led the Meiji Restoration. Saigo Takamori lived during the late Edo and early Meiji periods and led the imperial forces at the Battle of Toba–Fushimi. He was dubbed "the true last Samurai" after his death.
Mitsuru Ushijima was a Japanese general best remembered for his service in the Second World War. He commanded the 32nd Army in the Battle of Okinawa, an important battle of the Pacific War. Mitsuru Ushijima lost the battle and committed suicide before getting caught by the enemies.
Tōgō Heihachirō was a Japanese naval officer who served as the fleet admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy. Nicknamed The Nelson of the East, Tōgō is considered one of the greatest naval heroes of Japan. He served as a Commander-in-Chief during the Russo-Japanese War of the early 1900s where he was victorius. Tōgō is considered a national hero in Japan.
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.
Mori Arinori became one of the first Japanese to get a foreign education when he went to the University of London. Following the Meiji Restoration, he went back to Japan and formed the Meirokusha, to popularize Western ideas in the country. He was also Japan’s first minister of education.
Kuroda Kiyotaka, also known as Kuroda Ryōsuke, played a significant role in the Meiji Restoration. Apart from being president of the Privy Council, he had been the prime minister of Japan, too. He introduced Western agricultural methods in Hokkaido but reigned in the wake of controversies related to unequal treaties.
Born into a samurai family, Matsukata Masayoshi grew up to become the prime minister of Japan. His strategic financial reforms, which included cutting down on government expenditure and establishing the Bank of Japan, helped the country stabilize itself. He had also been the Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal of Japan.
Chōgorō Kaionji was the pen name of a Japanese author known for his historical novels. Born as Tōsaku Suetomi, he was active during the Shōwa period of Japan. He studied at Kokugakuin University and became a teacher. He eventually began writing and found great success in his literary career. In 1968, he won the 16th Kikuchi Kan Prize.