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Japan's Information

Flag of Japan
Land Area 364,485 km2
Water Area 13,430 km2
Total Area 377,915 km2
Population 126,702,133
Population Density 335.27 / km2
Government Type Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
GDP (PPP) $4,930.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $38,900
Currency Yen (JPY)
Largest Cities
  • Tokyo (8,336,599)
  • Yokohama (3,574,443)
  • Osaka-shi (2,592,413)
  • Nagoya-shi (2,191,279)
  • Sapporo (1,883,027)
  • Kobe (1,528,478)
  • Kyoto (1,459,640)
  • Fukuoka-shi (1,392,289)
  • Kawasaki (1,306,785)
  • Saitama (1,193,350)
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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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.

N

  • 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
S
  • 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
T
  • 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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