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Famous Japanese

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.


A

  • Kobo Abe writer, playwright, photographer, inventor
  • Ryuichi Abe professor
  • Shinzo Abe former prime minister
  • Hiroyuki Agawa author
  • Sugiyama Ai tennis player
  • Angela Aki singer, songwriter
  • Akihito emperor
  • Miki Ando figure skater
  • Momofuku Ando entrepreneur, inventor
  • Shizuka Arakawa Olympic medalist, figure skater
  • Mori Arinori statesman, diplomat
  • Mao Asada Olympic medalist, figure skater
  • Kanichi Asakawa historian
  • Tadanobu Asano actor
  • Taro Aso former prime minister
  • Kiyoshi Atsumi actor
D - F
  • Nichiren Daishonin Buddhist monk
  • Osamu Dazai author
  • Fujita Den entrepreneur
  • Dogen Zen Buddhist teacher
  • Takao Doi astronaut
  • Yuri Ebihara actress
  • Eita actor
  • Fumiko Enchi writer
  • Shusaku Endo writer
  • Tatsuya Fujiwara actor
  • Yasuo Fukuda former prime minister
  • Ai Fukuhara table tennis player
H - I
  • Masatoshi Hamada comedian
  • Murakami Haruki writer
  • Yukio Hatoyama former prime minister
  • Anno Hideaki film director
  • Ichiyo Higuchi author
  • Hirohito former emperor
  • Hiroshi comedian
  • Masami Hisamoto comedian
  • Kenichi Horie yachtsman
  • Masuji Ibuse author
  • Kon Ichikawa film director
  • Saburo Ienaga historian
  • Tokugawa Ieyasu shogun
  • Mao Inoue actress
  • Nisio Isin novelist
  • Kyoka Izumi author
K
  • Naoto Kan former prime minister
  • Yasunari Kawabata author, Nobel laureate
  • Chieko Kawabe singer, actress
  • Ikuko Kawai violinist
  • Tange Kenzo architect
  • Rinko Kikuchi actress
  • Natsuo Kirino novelist
  • Kosuke Kitajima Olympic medalist swimmer
  • Takeshi Kitano comedian, actor, singer
  • Shibasaburo Kitasato physician, bacteriologist
  • Abe Kobo writer
  • Junichiro Koizumi former prime minister
  • Masatoshi Koshiba physicist
  • Harumi Kurihara television personality
  • Meisa Kuroki actress
  • Akira Kurosawa painter, director
L - M
  • Esaki Leona physicist, Nobel laureate
  • Masao Maruyama scholar, historian
  • Kobayashi Masaki director
  • Crown Princess Masako crown princess of Japan
  • Ryuhei Matsuda actor
  • Ken Matsudaira actor
  • Hideki Matsui baseball player
  • Meiji emperor
  • Yukio Mishima author
  • Kazuo Miyagawa cinematographer
  • Issey Miyake fashion designer
  • Hayao Miyazaki artist, film director, animator
  • Kenji Miyazawa poet, author
  • Minae Mizumura novelist
  • Yoshiro Mori former prime minister
  • Kaori Muraji guitarist
  • Haruki Murakami writer, translator
  • Ryu Murakami novelist, filmmaker
  • Koji Murofushi Olympic medalist, hammer thrower
  • Miyamoto Musashi painter, warrior, journalist

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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.