Famous People Born In Tokyo

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Hayao Miyazaki
(One of the Most Accomplished Filmmakers in the History of Animation)
Hayao Miyazaki
60
Birthdate: January 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Considered one of the most prominent filmmakers in the history of animated films, Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese animator and manga artist. A co-founder of Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki has gained worldwide acclaim as a maker of animated films and a masterful storyteller. Miyazaki has served as an inspiration to several world-renowned animators and directors, including James Cameron and Wes Anderson.

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Olivia de Havilland
(One of the Leading Actresses of Golden Age of Hollywood )
Olivia de Havilland
31
Birthdate: July 1, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: July 26, 2020

The veteran actress of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Olivia de Havilland shot to fame with Gone With the Wind and later established her cinematic career with movies like To Each His Own and The Heiress. Her rivalry with her sister and the court battle against a powerful studio also made headlines.

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Shinzō Abe
(Former Prime Minister of Japan)
Shinzō Abe
34
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 21, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: July 8, 2022

Shinzō Abe was a Japanese politician who became the longest-serving prime minister in the history of Japan after serving as prime minister of Japan from 2006 to 2007 and then from 2012 to 2020. Aged 52 at the time of assuming office as the prime minister, Abe was also the youngest Japanese post-war prime minister.

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Akira Kurosawa
(Japanese Filmmaker Who is Regarded as One of the Most Important & Influential Filmmakers in Film History)
Akira Kurosawa
23
Birthdate: March 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: September 6, 1998

Akira Kurosawa was a Japanese filmmaker. Widely considered one of the most influential and important filmmakers of all time, Kurosawa's works opened up Western film markets to the products of the Japanese entertainment industry, enabling other Japanese filmmakers to achieve international recognition. Such is his impact as a filmmaker that he is credited with contributing to the development of Asia.

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Joan Fontaine
(One of the Leading Actresses of the Hollywood During the 'Golden Age')
Joan Fontaine
7
Birthdate: October 22, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: December 15, 2013

Joan Fontaine was a prominent Hollywood actress during the Golden Age. In a career that spanned more than 50 years, she won an Academy Award, becoming the only actor to win the award for a Hitchcock film - Suspicion. Apart from working as an actress, Joan Fontaine was also a licensed pilot, Cordon Bleu-level chef, and well-known interior decorator.

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Hirohito
(Former Emperor of Japan)
Hirohito
48
Birthdate: April 29, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: January 7, 1989
Hirohito, or Emperor Showa, the longest-reigning Japanese emperor, reigned from 1926 to 1989 and supported the Axis Powers during World War II. He also served in the Japanese military. He was not prosecuted for war crimes by the U.S. and played a major role in the post-war reconstruction of Japan.
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Yoko Ono
(Artist and Musician Who Was an Influential Practitioner of Conceptual & Performance Art)
Yoko Ono
73
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Yoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, peace activist, and singer-songwriter. She came into prominence after marrying John Lennon of the Beatles. She is widely criticized for her unquestionable influence over John Lennon and his music. She is also often blamed for the disbandment of The Beatles. Despite all these criticisms, Yoko Ono continues to go on her merry way.

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Akihito
(125th Emperor of Japan)
Akihito
15
Birthdate: December 23, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Akihito served as the 125th emperor of Japan after succeeding his father to the Chrysanthemum Throne. As emperor, he played a crucial role in inspiring people in 2011 when Japan was struck by two major disasters: Fukushima I nuclear crisis and Great East Japan Earthquake. Akihito abdicated the throne in 2019, becoming the first emperor to do so since 1817.

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Hiroyuki Sanada
(Actor & Martial Artist Known for His Role as ‘Genbu’ in the Film ‘Ninja in the Dragon's Den’)
Hiroyuki Sanada
13
Birthdate: October 12, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra

Hiroyuki Sanada gained prominence when he starred alongside Tom Cruise, in The Last Samurai. It opened the gates of Hollywood for him which was followed by various television shows and films. He bagged in the Japanese Academy Award for Tasogare Seibei (The Twilight Samurai).

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Naruhito
(Emperor of Japan)
Naruhito
11
Birthdate: February 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces

Naruhito, the 126th emperor of Japan and the only living monarch to use the title “Emperor,” ascended the throne after his father Akihito’s abdication in 2019. Devoted to efforts of water conservation, Naruhito has also been part of the International Olympic Committee. He plays both the violin and the viola.

 11 
Marie Kondo
(Organizing Expert)
Marie Kondo
29
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 9, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra

Japanese organizing expert Marie Kondo gained fame with her bestselling books on organizing, such as The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which have been translated into languages such as Italian, Korean, French, and German. She also earned an Emmy nomination for her Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

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Emperor Taishō
(Emperor of Japan from 1912 to 1926)
Emperor Taishō
6
Birthdate: August 31, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: December 25, 1926

Emperor Taishō was the 123rd Emperor of Japan. He was the son of  Emperor Meiji and Yanagihara Naruko, a concubine. As the eldest living son of the emperor, he was formally named the crown prince in 1888. Upon the death of his father in 1912, he ascended the throne. A sickly man with disabilities, he died at 47.

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Katsushika Hokusai
10
Birthdate: October 31, 1760
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: May 10, 1849

Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese printmaker, ukiyo-e painter, and artist of the Edo period. He is best known as the creator of the monumental Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, a series of landscape prints, which includes the iconic print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa. He is credited with transforming the ukiyo-e art form to include a much broader style of art.

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Sonoya Mizuno
(Actress Best Known for Her Works in Movies 'Ex Machina', 'Annihilation', and 'Devs')
Sonoya Mizuno
7
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: July 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer

Sonoya Mizuno is an English actress, ballet dancer, and model. She started her professional career as a model, working for world-renowned brands, such as Saint Laurent, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton. Thanks to her skills as a ballet dancer, which she learnt at the Royal Ballet School, Mizuno landed roles in dance films like High Strung, which kick-started her film career.

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Kento Yamazaki
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Birthdate: September 7, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Japanese actor/model Kento Yamazaki is best known for his performance as L in the series Death Note and as Minato Shindo in Good Doctor, with the latter winning him a Television Drama Academy Award. He also appeared in films such as Orange and previously modeled for Pichi Lemon magazine. 
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Masi Oka
(Best Known for His Roles in the TV Series: ‘Heroes’ and ‘Hawaii Five-0’)
Masi Oka
8
Birthdate: December 27, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Masi Oka soared to fame with his Emmy-nominated and Saturn Award-winning role of Hiro Nakamura in the superhero series Heroes. The Hawaii Five-0 star is a black belt in Japanese fencing and an avid chess player. He is also multilingual and has been a translator at the 1992 Summer Olympics.
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Rocky Aoki
(Restaurateur Who Founded the Popular Japanese Cuisine Restaurant Chain 'Benihana')
Rocky Aoki
3
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 9, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: July 10, 2008
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Yasujirō Ozu
(Japanese Film Director and Screenwriter)
Yasujirō Ozu
2
Birthdate: December 12, 1903
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: December 12, 1963

Yasujiro Ozu often ran away from school to watch movies at a local theater and later began his career as a camera assistant. He directed both silent films and talkies, including the masterpiece Tokyo Story, and is best remembered for his signature static camera effect and the use of the color red.

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Masako, Crown Princess of Japan
(Crown Princess of Japan)
Masako, Crown Princess of Japan
11
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Liv Ullmann
(One of the Greatest European Actresses of All Time)
Liv Ullmann
10
Birthdate: December 16, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Norwegian actress-film director Liv Ullmann is counted among the greatest European actresses. She is best-known for her roles in films like The Emigrants and Face to Face, both of which earned her Oscar nomination, and the former won her a Golden Globe She received an Honorary Academy Award. Her second directorial feature-film Faithless was nominated for Palme d'Or in 2000.

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Satoshi Tajiri
(Japanese Video Game Designer and Director Best Known for Creating the 'Pokémon')
Satoshi Tajiri
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 28, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Aiko, Princess Toshi
(Daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito)
Aiko, Princess Toshi
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 1, 2001
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Aiko, Princess Toshi, is the only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan. She went to Gakushuin Kindergarten as a small child and later enrolled at the Gakushuin Girl's Junior High-school. Currently, she is studying the Japanese language and literature at Gakushuin University. 

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Samaire Armstrong
(Actress)
Samaire Armstrong
7
Birthdate: October 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Takashi Murakami
(Contemporary Artist Who Is the Founder and President of Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd)
Takashi Murakami
3
Birthdate: February 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Takashi Murakami is a Japanese contemporary artist who works in both fine arts media and commercial arts media. He is known for blurring the line between “high” and “low” arts. He is the founder of the art production and artist management company Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. He has collaborated with the fashion brand Louis Vuitton as well. 

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Miyuki Sawashiro
(Voice Actor)
Miyuki Sawashiro
4
Birthdate: June 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Her voice role as Puchiko in the English version of Leave it to Piyoko made Japanese voice actor Miyuki Sawashiro the first from her country to reprise a Japanese voice role in its English dubbed version. She had started learning English during her time in Pennsylvania in high school.
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Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
(American Martial Artist and Actor Who Became Known for His Memorable Villain Roles)
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
2
Birthdate: September 27, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra

Currently a Russian citizen, Japanese actor and martial artist Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa began his training in martial art while in junior school and acting while studying in Duarte High School, California, making his breakthrough as the Eunuch Chang in The Last Emperor. Thereafter he continued to appear in numerous productions, concurrently developing a new form of martial arts called Chun Shin

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Ryuichi Sakamoto
(Japanese Composer and Pianist Who Influenced and Pioneered a Number of 'Electronic Music' Genres)
Ryuichi Sakamoto
3
Birthdate: January 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Apart from being a keyboardist and songwriter for the Yellow Magic Orchestra, Japanese pianist and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto has also been a solo artist and composed tracks for films such as The Last Emperor and The Revenant. He now has a Grammy and an Academy Award in his kitty.

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Masahiro Sakurai
(Best Known as the Creator of the 'Kirby' and 'Super Smash Bros. Series')
Masahiro Sakurai
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo

Best known as the creator of the game series Super Smash Bros. and Kirby, Masahiro Sakurai initially worked for HAL Laboratory but quit it later and began his own company, Sora, as he wasn’t too keen on the sequels HAL was creating. His diagnosis of calcific tendinitis posed a threat to his career.

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Hiroyuki Sawano
(Japanese Composer, Arranger and Music Producer Known for His Work on Anime Series, Video Games and Television Dramas)
Hiroyuki Sawano
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo

A multi-talented personality, Hiroyuki Sawano is a Japanese composer, arranger, musician, and lyricist. He is best known for his work on anime TV series, films, and TV dramas. He has composed music for films and series like Attack on Titan and Blue Exorcist. He started a new vocal project under the name ''SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] in 2014 and has released many albums.

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Takuya Kimura
(Japanese Actor, Singer and Member of Boy Bands ‘SMAP’)
Takuya Kimura
8
Birthdate: November 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Takuya Kimura is a Japanese actor, radio personality, and singer. He is best known for his association with SMAP, one of East Asia's best-selling boy bands. After starting his career as a singer, Kimura found considerable success as an actor, which catapulted him to stardom and turned him into a Japanese icon. His acting skills have earned him several awards.

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Ayane Sakura
(Japanese Voice Actress Known for Her Manga Series: ‘Non Non Biyori’, ‘Boarding School Juliet’ and ‘My Hero Academia’)
Ayane Sakura
5
Birthdate: January 29, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Japanese voice actor Ayane Sakura soared to fame with her voice work in manga and anime projects such as Is the Order a Rabbit? and My Hero Academia. The Seiyu Award-winning artist has earned the nickname Ayaneru because of her love for sleeping in her spare time.
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Rila Fukushima
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: January 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Tokyo-born Rila Fukushima initially wished to be a model agent but ended up being one of Japan’s most popular models, walking the ramp for Louis Vuitton and gracing magazines such as Vogue Japan. She later appeared in The Wolverine and the series Arrow and Gunshi Kanbei.

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Nat Sciver-Brunt
(English Cricket All-rounder)
Nat Sciver-Brunt
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
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Sola Aoi
(Adult Film Star, Actor, Singer, AV idol, Tarento)
Sola Aoi
7
Birthdate: November 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Scouted by an agent when she was still in high school, Sola Aoi initially became a successful gravure model and later deviated to pornography. Originally named Suzuki Miho, she chose Sola Aoi as her pseudonym, meaning Blue Sky, indicating her favorite color. She later also tried her luck in singing.
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Empress Kōjun
(Consort)
Empress Kōjun
6
Birthdate: March 6, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: June 16, 2000

Empress Kōjun was an Empress consort of Japan. As the wife of Emperor Shōwa, Kōjun was one of the most important members of the Imperial House of Japan. She reigned as empress consort from 1926 to 1989, becoming the longest-serving empress consort in the history of Japan. Kōjun performed her ceremonial duties and accompanied Emperor Shōwa on his foreign tours.

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Yasuko Namba
(Japanese Mountaineer)
Yasuko Namba
11
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 11, 1996
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Maaya Sakamoto
(Actress)
Maaya Sakamoto
1
Birthdate: March 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries

One of the best-known Japanese voice actors, Maaya Sakamoto soared to fame with her performances as Kiyomi Takada in Death Note and Lunamaria Hawke in Gundam Seed Destiny. She is also a successful singer and a sociology major. She has also dubbed for films such as the Star Wars trilogy.

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Ryunosuke Akutagawa
(Japanese Short-Story Writer Active During the Taishō Period)
Ryunosuke Akutagawa
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 1, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: July 24, 1927

Ryunosuke Akutagawa was a Japanese writer best remembered for writing more than 150 short stories including In a Grove which inspired the 1950 film Rashōmon. Considered the father of the Japanese short story, Ryunosuke Akutagawa's brief career helped inspire his friend Kan Kikuchi to create Akutagawa Prize, a literary award for new writers, which is named in his honor.

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Tokugawa Yoshinobu
(15th and Last ShōGun of the Tokugawa Shogunate of Japan)
Tokugawa Yoshinobu
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 28, 1837
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: November 22, 1913

Tokugawa Yoshinobu was the 15th and last shōgun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan. During his tenure, he aimed to reform the shogunate but was largely unsuccessful. He resigned in 1867 and went into retirement, choosing to lead a private life away from the public eye. He had multiple hobbies, including photography, oil painting, archery, hunting, and cycling.

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Takuma Sato
(Japanese Professional Racing Driver)
Takuma Sato
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Shun Oguri
(Japanese Actor and Voice Actor)
Shun Oguri
2
Birthdate: December 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Satomi Ishihara
0
Birthdate: December 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Following her debut with the film My Grandpa, Japanese actor Satomi Ishihara became a star both in films and on TV. She has been involved in charitable activities in Africa and was also chosen as a torchbearer for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, before the event was postponed due to COVID-19.

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Princess Kako of Akishino
(Japanese Princess, Prince Akishino’s Daughter)
Princess Kako of Akishino
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 29, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Princess Kako of Akishino, the second child of Japan’s Prince Fumihito and Princess Kiko, excelled in figure skating in school. She later studied performing arts and psychology at the University of Leeds. Kako isn’t eligible to rule ever, as Japan doesn’t include women in the line of royal succession.

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Naoki Urasawa
(Artist)
Naoki Urasawa
1
Birthdate: January 2, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Award-winning Japanese manga artist Naoki Urasawa is best known for his thriller Monster and the sci-fi 20th Century Boys. Fans love his intricate and psychologically complicated plots. He also teaches at the Nagoya Zokei University and is a skilled rock musician who once performed as Bob Lennon.

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Maaya Uchida
(Japanese Voice Actress, Actress and Singer)
Maaya Uchida
8
Birthdate: December 27, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Seiyu Award-winning voice actor Maaya Uchida is the sister of fellow voice actor Yuma Uchida. Initially interested in gaming, she later aspired to be a voice actor for gaming characters and thus ventured into voice acting. She owns a fan club named LIFE IS LIKE A SUNNY DAY.

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Rei Kawakubo
(Japanese Fashion Designer and Founder of 'Comme des Garçons')
Rei Kawakubo
2
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: October 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra

Rei Kawakubo is a Japanese fashion designer and the founder of Dover Street Market and Comme des Garçons. She is known as one of the most influential designers and is widely regarded as a fashion icon all over the world.

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Kaito Ishikawa
(Japanese Voice Actor Who Voiced ‘Nero’ in ‘Devil May Cry’ and ‘Genos’ in ‘One Punch Man’)
Kaito Ishikawa
7
Birthdate: October 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Initially, when Kaito Ishikawa decided to become a voice actor, his parents were against him, which made him fund his own voice-acting training through part-time jobs. The Seiyu Award-winning voice actor is known for his work in video games, films, and anime/manga series, such One Punch Man and Tokyo Ghoul.
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Yuki Kajiura
(Musician)
Yuki Kajiura
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 6, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
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Nobuhiko Okamoto
(Seiyū, Singer)
Nobuhiko Okamoto
3
Birthdate: October 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Japanese voice actor Nobuhiko Okamoto is best known for his award-winning performances in anime series such as A Certain Magical Index and Persona: Trinity Soul. He is also a certified shogi player and has participated in several shogi events. He has also tried his luck in singing.

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Hirokazu Koreeda
(Japanese Film Director, Producer and Screenwriter)
Hirokazu Koreeda
1
Birthdate: June 6, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini

Hirokazu Koreeda is a Japanese film director, producer, and screenwriter. He loved movies from an early age and began his career as an assistant director on documentaries for TV. Eventually, he turned to screenwriting and direction and found tremendous success. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d'Or.