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Oda Nobunaga
(16th Century Japanese Feudal Lord)
Oda Nobunaga
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Birthdate: June 23, 1534
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: June 21, 1582
Oda Nobunaga was a 16th-century Japanese leader of the Sengoku period. Known as the “Great Unifier" of Japan, he overthrew Ashikaga Yoshiaki and dissolved the Ashikaga Shogunate. He also crushed the Ikkō-ikki rebels and conquered Honshu. He was later ambushed and forced to commit “seppuku,” a form of ritual suicide.
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Akira Toriyama
(Japanese Manga Artist)
Akira Toriyama
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Birthdate: April 5, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: March 1, 2024

Akira Toriyama is a Japanese character designer and manga artist. The creator of one of the most popular manga series of all time, Dragon Ball, Akira Toriyama is widely considered one of the most influential artists to have changed the history of manga; his creation Dragon Ball is often cited as a source of inspiration by several manga artists.

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Mao Asada
(Japanese Former Competitive Figure Skater)
Mao Asada
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Koji Kondo
(Composer)
Koji Kondo
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
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Último Dragón
(Japanese Professional Wrestler)
Último Dragón
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Naoko Mori
(Actress)
Naoko Mori
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Birthdate: November 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Born in Japan, Naoko Mori moved to the U.S. with her parents at 4 and then returned to Japan later, only to move to the UK at 12. She is best known as Toshiko Sato from Torchwood. Fans also loved her as Yoko Ono in the TV film Lennon Naked.

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Midori Ito
(Figure skater)
Midori Ito
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 4'9" (145 cm)
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Akio Toyoda
(Chief executive officer, President and chief executive officer)
Akio Toyoda
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 3, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Akio Morita
(Japanese Businessman & Co-Founder of 'Sony')
Akio Morita
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: October 3, 1999

Akio Morita was a Japanese businessman best remembered as the co-founder of Sony Group Corporation along with Masaru Ibuka. He also served as the president of Sony from 1971 and later served as its chairman. Akio Morita was the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Albert Medal.

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Toshio Suzuki
(Japanese Film Producer & Co-Founder of 'Studio Ghibli' Animation Studio)
Toshio Suzuki
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo

Toshio Suzuki is a Japanese film producer best known for producing anime. He is also credited with co-founding an animation film studio named Studio Ghibli, where he also served as the president. The enormous box office success of many Ghibli films has established Toshio Suzuki as one of the most successful producers in Japan.

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Miki Ando
(Figure skater)
Miki Ando
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Eiji Toyoda
(Business magnate, Entrepreneur)
Eiji Toyoda
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: September 17, 2013
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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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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo

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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Iwane Matsui
(Former general in the Imperial Japanese Army and the commander of the expeditionary force sent to China in 1937)
Iwane Matsui
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Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: July 27, 1878
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 23, 1948
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Hiroshi Tamaki
(Actor, Seiyū, Singer, Model)
Hiroshi Tamaki
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Birthdate: January 14, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Hiroshi Tamaki is a Japanese actor, model, and singer. He is best known for his portrayal of Sato in the 2001 Japanese comedy film Waterboys. Tamaki is also known for his contribution to video games and TV shows.

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Toshiki Kaifu
(Former Prime Minister of Japan (1989 - 1991))
Toshiki Kaifu
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 2, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: January 9, 2022

Born to a photography studio owner in Nagoya City, Toshiki Kaifu grew up to be the prime minister of Japan. The Liberal-Democratic Party member has also held important portfolios such as the ministry of education. He was the first major political leader to visit China after the Tiananmen Square massacre.

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Yoshihiro Sato
(Japanese Kickboxer)
Yoshihiro Sato
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Jong Tae-se
(Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
Jong Tae-se
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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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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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries

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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Hirotaka Suzuoki
(Seiyū, Actor)
Hirotaka Suzuoki
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Birthdate: March 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: August 6, 2006
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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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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: June 23, 2021

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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Nikki Havenaar
(Japanese Footballer Who Plays as a Centre Back)
Nikki Havenaar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
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Shusaku Arakawa
(Japanese Conceptual Artist and Architect)
Shusaku Arakawa
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Birthdate: July 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: May 19, 2010

Along with his wife and collaborator Madeline Gins, artist and architect Shusaku Arakawa designed buildings such as the Bioscleave house, which included surrealist features, such as sand-dune-shaped floors and the lack of doors. His art and his Reversible Destiny Foundation were geared toward increasing human longevity.

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Shigefumi Mori
(Japanese Mathematician Best Known for His Contribution to Algebraic Geometry)
Shigefumi Mori
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 23, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces

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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Katō Takaaki
(Former Prime Minister of Japan (1924 - 1926))
Katō Takaaki
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 3, 1860
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: January 28, 1926

The most democratic Japanese prime minister in pre Second World War period, Katō Takaaki began his political career as private secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Later he himself became the Minister of Foreign Affairs four times before being appointed as the Prime Minister of Japan. Enactment of universal male suffrage was one of the hallmarks of his era.

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Yoichi Wada
(Japanese Businessperson Who Was Former President and Representative Director of 'Square Enix')
Yoichi Wada
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 28, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini

Former Square Enix director and president Yoichi Wada has also led the CESA as its chairman. Though a fan of 3D games since childhood, Wada’s early career saw him working in the investment and finance firm Nomura and for Japan’s foreign ministry in Poland. He is currently associated with Metaps.

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Shinichi Suzuki
(Musician)
Shinichi Suzuki
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 17, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: January 26, 1998
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Saya Ichikawa
(Model)
Saya Ichikawa
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: February 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Akinori Nakayama
(Japanese Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Akinori Nakayama
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 1, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Kōji Yamamura
(Film director, Animator)
Kōji Yamamura
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Birthdate: June 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Saburō Ienaga
(Historian)
Saburō Ienaga
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Birthdate: September 3, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: November 29, 2002
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Shōzō Sakurai
(Japanese Military Personnel)
Shōzō Sakurai
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 27, 1889
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: July 7, 1985
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Sarah Bonito
(Pop Singer & Lead Vocalist of 'Kero Kero Bonito')
Sarah Bonito
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 4, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Akihiro Haga
(Japanese Stunt Performer and Actor)
Akihiro Haga
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Birthdate: January 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)