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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.

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  • Megumi Nakajima singer
  • Crown Prince Naruhito crown prince of Japan
  • Kei Nishikori tennis player
  • Oda Nobunaga warrior, dictator
  • Kanda Nobuo historian
  • Kogo Noda screenwriter
  • Yoshihiko Noda prime minister
  • Motoori Norinaga scholar
  • Ryoji Noyori Nobel laureate, chemist
O - R
  • Keizo Obuchi former prime minister
  • Kenzaburo Oe author, Nobel laureate
  • Mori Ogai physician, translator, novelist, poet
  • Yoko Ogawa writer
  • Shun Oguri actor, film director
  • Yoko Ono anti-war activist, artist, singer
  • Koji Ota baseball player
  • Edogawa Rampo novelist
  • Yokomitsu Riichi writer
  • Sen no Rikyu Japanese tea ceremony figure
  • Akutagawa Ryunoske writer
  • Hirotsu Ryuro writer
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  • Oda Sakunosuke author
  • Mikio Sato mathematician
  • Takuma Sato race car driver
  • Takeru Satoh actor
  • Homare Sawa football player
  • Kanjuro Shibata XX bowmaker, kyudo teacher
  • Murasaki Shikibu novelist, poet, lady-in-waiting Imperial Court Heian
  • Goro Shimura mathematician
  • Fujimura Shinichi archeologist
  • Junzo Shono novelist
  • Prince Shotoku regent
  • Endo Shusaku author
  • Ayako Sono writer
  • Natsume Soseki writer
  • Sowelu singer
  • Masaki Sumitani wrestler, comedian
  • Ichiro Suzuki baseball player
  • Midori Suzuki educator, researcher
  • Papaya Suzuki celebrity
  • Shunryu Suzuki Zen master
  • Zenko Suzuki former prime minister
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  • Teiji Takagi mathematician
  • Jokichi Takamine chemist
  • Kitano Takeshi actor, author, poet, painter, filmmaker
  • Naoko Takeuchi manga artist
  • Kenzo Tange architect
  • Ryoko Tani Olympic medalist, judoka
  • Jun'ichiro Tanizaki author
  • Sin-Itiro Tomonaga physicist
  • Terada Torahiko physicist, author
  • Naito Torajiro historian
  • Shimazaki Toson author
  • Sakichi Toyoda inventor
  • Mitsuo Tsukahara Olympic medalist, gymnast
  • Naoya Tsukahara gymnast
  • Shigeto Tsuru political economist
U - Y
  • Kohei Uchimura gymnast
  • Kazuo Umezu author
  • Jiro Watanabe boxer
  • Koichi Yamadera actor
  • Kawabata Yasunari novelist
  • Shotaro Yasuoka writer
  • Minamoto Yoritomo shogun
  • Banana Yoshimoto novelist
  • Akira Yoshimura writer
  • Junnosuke Yoshiyuki novelist
  • Fukuzawa Yukichi writer, teacher, translator, journalist
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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.