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Antonio Inoki
(Japanese Retired Professional Wrestler and Founder of 'New Japan Pro-Wrestling')
Antonio Inoki
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: October 1, 2022

Once a reputed Japanese martial artist and wrestler, Antonio Inoki grew up in Brazil, where he won several contests of shot put, discus, and javelin. At 17, he went to the Japanese Wrestling Association and was mentored by Rikidōzan. He later established the New Japan Pro Wrestling.

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Hana Kimura
(Japanese Professional Wrestler)
Hana Kimura
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: May 23, 2020
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Masaru Emoto
(Essayist, Writer)
Masaru Emoto
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: October 17, 2014

Masaru Emoto was a Japanese author, businessman, and pseudo-scientist. He is best remembered for his New York Times bestseller book The Hidden Messages in Water in which he claimed that thought can influence the molecular structure of water. He also served as the president emeritus of a non-profit organization called International Water For Life Foundation.

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Takehito Koyasu
(Seiyū, Singer)
Takehito Koyasu
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Birthdate: May 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
One of Japan’s most diverse voice actors, Takehito Koyasu has voiced over 230 different roles. He has also been part of the voice-acting group Weiss and has dubbed for many foreign actors such as Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jared Leto in live-action films. His son Kōki Koyasu, too, is a voice actor
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Tadanobu Asano
(Japanese Actor Known for His Films: 'Electric Dragon 80.000 V', 'Ichi the Killer' and 'Battleship')
Tadanobu Asano
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Birthdate: November 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Japanese actor Tadanobu Satō, better known as Tadanobu Asano, had begun his acting career at 16, with the show Kimpachi Sensei, at his father’s insistence. He later gained critical acclaim with roles in films such as Maborosi and Fried Dragon Fish. He has also sung for the band Mach 1.67.

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Mao Inoue
(Actress)
Mao Inoue
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Birthdate: January 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Minoru Suzuki
(Japanese Professional Wrestler and Former Mixed Martial Artist)
Minoru Suzuki
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Nanako Matsushima
(Actress known worldwide for her role in the horror film Ring)
Nanako Matsushima
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Birthdate: October 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Yuta Tabuse
(Japanese Professional Basketball Player)
Yuta Tabuse
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Shunsuke Nakamura
(Japanese Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Midfielder)
Shunsuke Nakamura
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Crystal Kay
(Japanese Pop Singer Known for Her Prolific Singing Career)
Crystal Kay
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Crystal Kay is a Japanese singer, actress, songwriter, and radio host. Crystal is best known for her album Almost Seventeen which has sold more than 400,000 copies, earning her platinum certificate from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). She is also known for her collaborations with popular recording artists like Chemistry and BoA.
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Setsuko Hara
(Actress)
Setsuko Hara
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Birthdate: June 17, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: September 5, 2015
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Fumio Demura
(Japanese Master of Karate and Kobudo)
Fumio Demura
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Eri Yoshida
(Japanese Professional Baseball Player Who Plays as a Sidearm Knuckleball Pitcher)
Eri Yoshida
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 17, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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Suzuka Ohgo
(Japanese Actress)
Suzuka Ohgo
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Birthdate: August 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Shoo
(Actress, Singer)
Shoo
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
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Yoshiaki Kawajiri
(Creator of Titles Such as Wicked City, Ninja Scroll, and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust.)
Yoshiaki Kawajiri
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Birthdate: November 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Haru Nomura
(Japanese Professional Golfer)
Haru Nomura
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Hiroshi Yamamoto
(Japanese Archer and Olympic Medalist)
Hiroshi Yamamoto
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 31, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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May J.
(Pop and R&B singer who made her major label debut under Sony Music Japan)
May J.
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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James Yaegashi
(Japanese American Actor)
James Yaegashi
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Okakura Kakuzō
(Art critic)
Okakura Kakuzō
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 14, 1862
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: September 2, 1913
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Violette Wautier
(Actress)
Violette Wautier
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Birthdate: October 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Kenzō Shirai
(Japanese Former Athlete of Artistic Gymnastics)
Kenzō Shirai
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 24, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Ai Sugiyama
(Japanese Former Tennis Player)
Ai Sugiyama
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Yasuhiro Nightow
(Mangaka)
Yasuhiro Nightow
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 8, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
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Phyllis A. Whitney
(American Novelist)
Phyllis A. Whitney
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 9, 1903
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: February 8, 2008

Phyllis Ayame Whitney was an American writer best remembered for writing mystery novels. Dubbed the Queen of the American Gothics, Whitney won an Edgar Award for her book The Mystery of the Haunted Pool in 1961. In 1988, she was honored with the Grand Master Award by the Mystery Writers of America for her overall contribution.

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Shinobu Kandori
(Retired Japanese Wrestler and Politician)
Shinobu Kandori
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Yūzō Kayama
(One of Japan’s Biggest Film and Musical Artists of the 1960s and 1970s)
Yūzō Kayama
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Birthdate: April 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Christopher Bland
(Businessman)
Christopher Bland
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 29, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 28, 2017

Apart from being a politician, Christopher Bland was also a successful entrepreneur and headed various organizations, such as the Independent Television Authority, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and British Telecommunications. Once an Olympic fencer for Ireland, the Oxford alumnus later also owned a vineyard and penned a novel.

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Toshiro Mayuzumi
(Composer)
Toshiro Mayuzumi
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 20, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: April 10, 1997
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Shōsuke Tanihara
(Japanese Actor)
Shōsuke Tanihara
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Birthdate: July 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Miri Yu
(South Korean Playwright, Novelist, and Essayist)
Miri Yu
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer

Miri Yu is a Zainichi Korean novelist, playwright, and essayist. Although she is a citizen of South Korea, Miri Yu writes in her native language, Japanese. Over the course of her career, Miri Yu has won several prestigious awards like the Noma literary prize and Akutagawa Prize. Many of her works, including Tokyo Ueno Station, have been translated into English.

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Li-Mei Chiang
(Actress and Voice Actress)
Li-Mei Chiang
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Birthdate: February 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Keiiti Aki
(Japanese-American Professor, Mentor, Author, and Seismologist)
Keiiti Aki
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: May 17, 2005

Keiiti Aki was a Japanese-American professor, mentor, author, and seismologist. He is best remembered for teaching Geophysics at the University of Southern California and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Over the course of his career, Keiiti Aki received several prestigious awards, including the William Bowie Medal and the Thorarinsson Medal.

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Hisako Takahashi
(Bereuacrat)
Hisako Takahashi
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: September 21, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: December 21, 2013