100 Notable alumni of
Chuo University

Chuo University is 65th in the world, 10th in Asia, and 7th in Japan by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 100 notable alumni from Chuo University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Makoto Shinkai

    Makoto Shinkai
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1973-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    novelistfilm directoranimatorscreenwritercinematographer
    Biography

    Makoto Niitsu; born February 9, 1973), known as Makoto Shinkai (新海 誠, Shinkai Makoto), is a Japanese animator, filmmaker, author, and manga artist.

  2. Hiroyuki Nishimura

    Hiroyuki Nishimura
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Hiroyuki Nishimura is a Japanese internet entrepreneur best known for being the founder of the most accessed Japanese message board, 2channel, and current administrator of 4chan. He is also a self-help author and TV personality. He is often known by his given name, hiroyuki (ひろゆき), which he uses, rendered intentionally in lowercase, both as a nom de plume and as a username.

  3. Hiroshi Abe

    Hiroshi Abe
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1964-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    actorsingertelevision actormodel
    Biography

    Hiroshi Abe is a Japanese model and actor. He is known for his roles in Still Walking, Chocolate, and Godzilla 2000: Millennium.

  4. Hiroki Hasegawa

    Hiroki Hasegawa
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1977-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    television actoractor
    Biography

    Hiroki Hasegawa, nicknamed Hasehiro-sama (ハセヒロ様), (born March 7, 1977 in Tokyo) is a Japanese stage, film, and television actor. Trained as a stage actor at the Bungaku-za after graduating from Chuo University, he first began to appear on Japanese TV in small roles in 2008, and then in films in 2011.

  5. Yasushi Akimoto

    Yasushi Akimoto
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1958-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    broadcast writerfilm directorsongwriterlyricistscreenwriter
    Biography

    Yasushi Akimoto is a Japanese record producer, lyricist, and television writer, best known for creating and producing some of Japan's top idol groups, Onyanko Club and the AKB48 franchise. Total sales of the singles he has written exceed 100 million copies, making him the best-selling lyricist in Japan.

  6. Toshihiro Nikai

    Toshihiro Nikai
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1939-.. (age 83)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Toshihiro Nikai is a Japanese politician for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), the leader of the LDP Shisuikai faction (informally called the Nikai faction), and serving as the Secretary-General of the LDP from 2016 to 2021. He was previously the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. Nikai is currently serving in his eighth term in the Lower House representing Wakayama's Third District. He is widely considered "Japan's most pro-China lawmaker". He has also been criticized for misogynistic views expressed in the past, and caused controversy when he invited women to "look, but not talk" at key party meetings.

  7. Kiyoshi Atsumi

    Kiyoshi Atsumi
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1928-1996 (aged 68)
    Occupations
    actorcomediantelevision actorsingerfilm actor
    Biography

    Kiyoshi Atsumi, born Yasuo Tadokoro (田所 康雄 Tadokoro Yasuo, 10 March 1928 – 4 August 1996), was a Japanese actor. He was born in Tokyo, and started his career in 1951 as a comedian at a strip-show theater in Asakusa. After two years of fighting pulmonary tuberculosis, he made his debut on TV in 1956 and on film in 1957. His vivid performance of a lovable, innocent man in the film “Dear Mr. Emperor” (Haikei Tenno-Heika-Sama) in 1963 established his reputation as an actor.

  8. Shinnosuke Abe

    Shinnosuke Abe
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1979-.. (age 43)
    Occupations
    baseball playerbaseball coachpolitician
    Biography

    Shinnosuke Abe is a Japanese former professional baseball player who spent his entire 19-year career with Nippon Professional Baseball's Yomiuri Giants, serving as the team's captain from 2007 to 2014. He has twice been named the MVP of the Nippon Professional Baseball All-Star Series, in 2007 (Game 1) and 2010 (Game 1).

  9. Ryō Kase

    Ryō Kase
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1974-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    television actoractor
    Biography

    Ryo Kase is a Japanese actor.

  10. Chūya Nakahara

    Chūya Nakahara
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1907-1937 (aged 30)
    Occupations
    tanka poetpoettranslatorwriter
    Biography

    Chūya Nakahara, born Chūya Kashimura (柏村 中也, Kashimura Chūya), was a Japanese poet active during the early Shōwa period. Originally shaped by Dada and other forms of European (mainly French) experimental poetry, he was one of the leading renovators of Japanese poetry. Although he died at the young age of 30, he wrote more than 350 poems throughout his life. Many called him the "Japanese Rimbaud" for his affinities with the French poet whose poems he translated in 1934.

  11. Hirokazu Sawamura

    Hirokazu Sawamura
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1988-.. (age 34)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Hirokazu Sawamura is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Yomiuri Giants and Chiba Lotte Marines. Listed at 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 m) and 212 pounds (96 kg), he throws and bats right-handed.

  12. Tetsurō Tamba

    Tetsurō Tamba
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1922-2006 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    film actoractorfilm directorseiyū
    Biography

    Tetsurō Tamba was a Japanese actor with a career spanning five decades. He is best known in the West for his role in the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice as Tiger Tanaka.

  13. Ryu Matsumoto

    Ryu Matsumoto
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1951-2018 (aged 67)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Ryu Matsumoto was a Japanese politician of the Democratic Party of Japan, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Fukuoka, Fukuoka and graduate of Chuo University, he was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1990 as a member of the Japan Socialist Party. He followed in the steps of his grandfather Jiichirō Matsumoto and father in command of the Buraku Liberation League. He was vice-chairman Buraku Liberation League when he suppression of free speech.

  14. Toshiki Kaifu

    Toshiki Kaifu
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1931-2022 (aged 91)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Toshiki Kaifu was a Japanese politician who served as the 77th Prime Minister of Japan from 1989 to 1991.

  15. Kyogo Furuhashi

    Kyogo Furuhashi
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1995-.. (age 27)
    Occupations
    association football player
    Biography

    Kyogo Furuhashi, known mononymously as Kyogo, is a Japanese professional footballer who plays as a forward or winger for Scottish Premiership club Celtic and the Japan national team.

  16. Masaru Wakasa

    Masaru Wakasa
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    lawyerprosecutorpolitician
    Biography

    Masaru Wakasa is a Japanese lawyer, politician and former member of the House of Representatives in Japan.

  17. Kazuo Koike

    Kazuo Koike
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1936-2019 (aged 83)
    Occupations
    screenwriterlyricistmangaka
    Biography

    Kazuo Koike was a prolific Japanese manga writer (gensakusha), novelist, screenwriter, lyricist and entrepreneur. He is best known for his violent, artful seinen manga, notably Lone Wolf and Cub (with Goseki Kojima, 1970–6), Lady Snowblood (with Kazuo Kamimura, 1972–3) and Crying Freeman (with Ryoichi Ikegami, 1986–8), which – along with their numerous media adaptations − have been credited for their influence on the international growth of Japanese popular culture.

  18. Yutaka Takagi

    Yutaka Takagi
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1958-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    tarentobaseball player
    Biography

    Yutaka Takagi is a professional Japanese baseball player.

  19. Kengo Nakamura

    Kengo Nakamura
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1980-.. (age 42)
    Occupations
    association football player
    Biography

    Kengo Nakamura is a Japanese former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. A one-club man, Nakamura signed with Kawasaki Frontale in 2003 and helped the then J2 outfit earn promotion back to the top flight in 2004, and became a fixture in the ambitious Frontale side that finished second in the J1 League in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

  20. Manabu Mima

    Manabu Mima
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1986-.. (age 36)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Manabu Mima is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher for the Chiba Lotte Marines of the Nippon Professional Baseball(NPB). He played for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.

  21. Daniel Schmidt

    Daniel Schmidt
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1992-.. (age 30)
    Occupations
    association football player
    Biography

    Daniel Schmidt is a professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Belgian First Division A club Sint-Truiden. Born in the United States, he plays for the Japan national team.

  22. Ichita Yamamoto

    Ichita Yamamoto
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1958-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Ichita Yamamoto is a Japanese politician who has been the governor of Gunma Prefecture since July 2019. He was a neoconservative member of the House of Councillors in Japan. A member of the Liberal Democratic Party, he served as the Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs from 2012 to 2019 on the second Abe cabinet.

  23. Yoshimi Watanabe

    Yoshimi Watanabe
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Yoshimi Watanabe is a Japanese politician. He was formerly a member of the Liberal Democratic Party and later the founder of Your Party, after which he became a member of Nippon Ishin no Kai until 2019 when he then became an independent politician. He was a member of the House of Representatives from 1996 to 2014, and returned to the Diet (national legislature) in 2016 as a member of the House of Councillors.

  24. Kei Igarashi

    Kei Igarashi
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1980-.. (age 42)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Kei Igarashi is a Japanese professional basketball player. He plays for the Gunma Crane Thunders of the B.League. He also was a member of the Japan national basketball team, playing for the team in the 2006 FIBA World Championship and both the FIBA Asia Championship 2007 and FIBA Asia Championship 2009.

  25. Ken Akamatsu

    Ken Akamatsu
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1968-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    mangaka
    Biography

    Ken Akamatsu is a Japanese manga artist and politician from Tokyo. After success with A.I. Love You from 1994–1997, he wrote Love Hina from 1998 to 2001. His longest work to date has been Negima! Magister Negi Magi from 2003 to 2012. His current serial, UQ Holder!, is a sequel to Negima. Akamatsu is also the creator of the J-Comi website, a free digital distributor of out-of-print manga.

  26. Shinji Yamashita

    Shinji Yamashita
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    tarentoactor
    Biography

    Shinji Yamashita is a Japanese actor who is represented by the talent agency From First Production. He graduated from Shimonoseki Commercial High School and dropped out from Chuo University's Faculty of Letters.

  27. Susumu Kurobe

    Susumu Kurobe
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1939-.. (age 83)
    Occupations
    television actoractor
    Biography

    Susumu Kurobe is a television, film and stage actor from Kurobe, Toyama, Japan, widely known for his portrayal of Shin Hayata, the first Ultraman in the titular character series, a role he has played since the original series in 1966 and many other times during the franchise. In 2005, he played chief Kenzo Tomioka in Ultraman Max.

  28. Suzuki Osamu

    Suzuki Osamu
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1930-.. (age 92)
    Occupations
    entrepreneurbusinesspersonchief executive officer
    Biography

    Osamu Suzuki is a Japanese businessman and the current Chairman of Suzuki Motor Corporation. He has served as either president, chairman or CEO of the company since 1978. In February 2021, the company announced that Suzuki will retire in June 2021 and become an adviser.

  29. Seiya Inoue

    Seiya Inoue
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1989-.. (age 33)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Seiya Inoue, nicknamed "Aja", is a professional Japanese baseball player. He plays infielder for the Chiba Lotte Marines.

  30. Masahiko Kōmura

    Masahiko Kōmura
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1942-.. (age 80)
    Occupations
    lawyerdiplomatpolitician
    Biography

    Masahiko Kōmura is a Japanese political activist, full-time staff and former Vice-President of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). He was Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1998 to 1999 and again from 2007 to 2008, and he is a member of the House of Representatives for Yamaguchi 1st district. He is also the current Deputy President of his political party the Liberal Democratic Party.

  31. Fujio Mitarai

    Fujio Mitarai
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1935-.. (age 87)
    Occupations
    entrepreneur
    Biography

    Fujio Mitarai is the chairman and CEO of Canon inc. He studied law at Chuo University, and was President of Canon in the USA until 1989.

  32. Mitsuo Matayoshi

    Mitsuo Matayoshi
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1944-2018 (aged 74)
    Occupations
    politicianperennial candidate
    Biography

    Mitsuo Matayoshi, also known as Jesus Matayoshi (又吉 イエス, Matayoshi Iesu) or The Only God Matayoshi Jesus Christ (唯一神又吉光雄・イエス・キリスト, Yui'itsu-shin Matayoshi Mitsuo Iesu Kirisuto) was a Japanese political activist known for his perennial candidacy. He was the leader and founder of the World Economic Community Party (世界経済共同体党 (Sekai Keizai Kyōdōtai-tō)).

  33. Yohei Kagiya

    Yohei Kagiya
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1990-.. (age 32)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Yohei Kagiya is a Japanese professional baseball player. He was born on September 9, 1990. He debuted in 2013 for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. He had 42 strikeouts.

  34. Shōta Iizuka

    Shōta Iizuka
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1991-.. (age 31)
    Occupations
    sprinterathletics competitor
    Biography

    Shōta Iizuka is a Japanese sprinter who specializes in the 200 metres.

  35. Hwang Jang-yop

    Hwang Jang-yop
    Born in
    North Korea Flag North Korea
    Years
    1923-2010 (aged 87)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Hwang Jang-yop was a North Korean politician who defected to South Korea in 1997, best known for being the highest-ranking North Korean defector until deputy ambassador Thae Yong-ho defected in 2016. Hwang was largely responsible for crafting Juche, the official state ideology of North Korea.

  36. Junji Ogawa

    Junji Ogawa
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1957-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Junji Ogawa was a Japanese Nippon Professional Baseball player. He played for the Yakult Swallows and Nippon-Ham Fighters.

  37. Jōsei Toda

    Jōsei Toda
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1900-1958 (aged 58)
    Occupations
    publishereducator
    Biography

    Jōsei Toda was a teacher, peace activist and second president of Soka Gakkai from 1951 to 1958. Imprisoned for two years during World War II under violating the Peace Preservation Law and the charge of lèse-majesté from against the war, he emerged from prison intent on rebuilding the Soka Gakkai. He has been described as the architect of the Soka Gakkai, the person chiefly responsible for its existence today.

  38. Kazuki Kamizato

    Kazuki Kamizato
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1994-.. (age 28)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Kazuki Kamizato is a professional Japanese baseball player. He plays outfielder for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars.

  39. Natsuko Aso

    Natsuko Aso
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1990-.. (age 32)
    Occupations
    singeractor
    Biography

    Natsuko Aso is a Japanese actress and singer.

  40. Kiyoshi Kimura

    Kiyoshi Kimura
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Kiyoshi Kimura is known as the "Tuna King" of Japan. Kimura is the head of Kiyomura Corporation which runs the Sushi Zanmai chain of restaurants. In January 2019, Kimura paid a record 333.6 million yen for a 278 kg (613 lb) blue fin tuna and has been the highest bidder at the Japanese new year tuna auction in eight out of the past nine years. The fish normally sells for $88/kilogram.

  41. Shokei Matsui

    Shokei Matsui
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    karateka
    Biography

    Shokei Matsui, also known by his Korean name of Moon Jang-gyu (Hangul: 문장규; Hanja: 文章圭), is a South Korean martial artist in Japan. He is the master of Kyokushin karate and current Kancho (Director) of the International Karate Organization Kyokushin-kaikan, faction of the International Karate Organization (IKO) founded by Mas Oyama (1923–1994).

  42. Kenji Sahara

    Kenji Sahara
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1932-.. (age 90)
    Occupations
    lyricistactorfilm actor
    Biography

    Kenji Sahara is a Japanese actor. He was born in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa. His real name is Masayoshi Kato (加藤 正好 Katō Masayoshi). Initially he used the name Tadashi Ishihara before changing it when he secured the lead role in Rodan (1956).

  43. Ichiro Tsukada

    Ichiro Tsukada
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Ichiro Tsukada is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (national legislature). A graduate of Chuo University and Boston University, he was elected to the House of Councillors for the first time in 2007 after unsuccessful runs in 2002 and 2004.

  44. Yoshihide Muroya

    Yoshihide Muroya
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1973-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    aircraft pilotAir racer
    Biography

    Yoshihide "Yoshi" Muroya is a Japanese aerobatics pilot and race pilot of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. He started glider flight training in 1991 because it was an inexpensive way to fly. Muroya went to the United States privately to earn his airplane license at the age of twenty.

  45. Tang Te-chang

    Tang Te-chang
    Years
    1907-1947 (aged 40)
    Occupations
    lawyer
    Biography

    Thng Tekchiong, also known as Tokushō Sakai (坂井 德章, Sakai Tokushō), was a Taiwanese lawyer of Japanese descent, born in Tailam during Japanese rule. He was killed in the February 28 Incident.

  46. Tatsuya Fukuzawa

    Tatsuya Fukuzawa
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1986-.. (age 36)
    Occupations
    volleyball playerbeach volleyball player
    Biography

    Tatsuya Fukuzawa is a retired Japanese volleyball player who played for Japan men's national volleyball team. He announced his retirement on July 14, 2021 and competed in the retirement match with Panasonic Panthers teammates on August 14, 2021.

  47. Toshiaki Endo

    Toshiaki Endo
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1950-.. (age 72)
    Enrolled in Chuo University
    Studied law school
    Occupations
    politiciansecretary
    Biography

    Toshiaki Endo is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Kaminoyama, Yamagata and graduate of Chuo University (where he played Rugby), he was elected to the assembly of Yamagata Prefecture in 1983, serving there for one term. In 1993 he was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time as an independent after an unsuccessful run in 1990. He headed an overhaul of Japan's English language education. In 2015 he was appointed to oversee the 2020 Summer Olympics preparations on behalf of the Japanese government.

  48. Takekaze Akira

    Takekaze Akira
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1979-.. (age 43)
    Occupations
    rikishi
    Biography

    Takekaze Akira is a former professional sumo wrestler from Akita Prefecture, Japan. A former amateur sumo champion, he turned professional in 2002, reaching the top makuuchi division the following year. He was a runner-up in one tournament, earned two special prizes for Fighting Spirit, and one gold star for defeating a yokozuna. Takekaze is in first place for the slowest promotion from makuuchi debut to the third highest sekiwake rank in history. Aged 35 years and 2 months, he is in first place for the eldest to make his sekiwake debut post World War II. He was a member of Oguruma stable. He retired in January 2019 to become an elder of the Japan Sumo Association under the name Oshiogawa Oyakata.

  49. Masahiro Fukuda

    Masahiro Fukuda
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1966-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    association football player
    Biography

    Masahiro Fukuda is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team. He was a forward but sometimes played in the midfield.

  50. Hirofumi Hirano

    Hirofumi Hirano
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Hirofumi Hirano is a Japanese politician of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and a former member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). He is a native of Katsuragi, Wakayama and he started working for Panasonic Corporation in 1971 after graduating from Chuo University. He was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1996 as an independent. He was the Chief Cabinet Secretary in the Yukio Hatoyama administration. He represented the 11th District of Osaka Prefecture from 1996 until 2012, and again from 2014 to 2021.

  51. Hisashi Shinma

    Hisashi Shinma
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1935-.. (age 87)
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Hisashi Shinma is a Japanese booker and promoter. Shinma is noted for being an on-screen authority at the World Wrestling Federation, from 1978 to 1984, billed as the President of the promotion. He was succeeded by Jack Tunney.

  52. Manabu Terata

    Manabu Terata
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    politiciansalaryman
    Biography

    Manabu Terata is a Japanese politician serving in the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature) as a member of the Democratic Party of Japan. A native of Yokote, Akita and graduate of Chuo University he was elected for the first time in 2003.

  53. Kohei Suwama

    Kohei Suwama
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    professional wrestler
    Biography

    Kohei Suwama is a Japanese professional wrestler better known simply as Suwama (諏訪魔). He is best known for his work in All Japan Pro Wrestling, where he is former record seven-time Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion and a six-time World Tag Team Champion. He is also part of the promotion's board of directors.

  54. Ryota Nagaki

    Ryota Nagaki
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1988-.. (age 34)
    Occupations
    association football player
    Biography

    Ryota Nagaki is a Japanese football player who plays as a midfielder for Shonan Bellmare in the J1 League.

  55. Dejima Takeharu

    Dejima Takeharu
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1974-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    rikishi
    Biography

    Dejima Takeharu is a former sumo wrestler from Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan. A former amateur champion, he made his professional debut in 1996, reaching the top makuuchi division the following year. In July 1999 he won the yūshō or tournament championship and earned promotion to the second highest rank of ōzeki. He lost the rank in 2001 and, for the most part, remained a maegashira until his retirement in 2009. He won ten special prizes and six gold stars over his long career. He wrestled for Musashigawa stable. He is now an elder of the Japan Sumo Association under the name Ōnaruto Oyakata.

  56. Liao Zhongkai

    Liao Zhongkai
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1877-1925 (aged 48)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Liao Zhongkai was a Chinese-American Kuomintang leader and financier. He was the principal architect of the first Kuomintang–Chinese Communist Party (KMT–CCP) United Front in the 1920s. He was assassinated in Canton (Guangzhou) in August 1925.

  57. Tetsushi Sakamoto

    Tetsushi Sakamoto
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1950-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Tetsushi Sakamoto is a Japanese politician who served as the Minister of Loneliness from 12 February 2021 to 4 October 2021. He is also a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature), representing the Liberal Democratic Party (Japan).

  58. Keiko Chiba

    Keiko Chiba
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Keiko Chiba is a former justice minister of Japan.

  59. Kenichi Sako

    Kenichi Sako
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1970-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Kenichi Sako is a Japanese former basketball player.

  60. Okiharu Yasuoka

    Okiharu Yasuoka
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1939-2019 (aged 80)
    Occupations
    tax advisorjudgelawyerpolitician
    Biography

    Okiharu Yasuoka was a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Kagoshima Prefecture and graduate of Chuo University, he was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1972 as an independent. He later joined the LDP and served as the Minister of Justice from 2000 to 2001. He was later returned to the post of Minister of Justice under Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda on 1 August 2008.

  61. Yoshio Mochizuki

    Yoshio Mochizuki
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1947-2019 (aged 72)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Yoshio Mochizuki was a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature), and a Minister of the Environment. A native of Shimizu, Shizuoka and graduate of Chuo University, he was elected to the first of his four terms in the city assembly of Shimizu in 1975 and to the first of his two terms in the assembly of Shizuoka Prefecture in 1991. He was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1996 as an independent. He was affiliated to the openly revisionist organization Nippon Kaigi.

  62. Jiro Aichi

    Jiro Aichi
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1969-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Jiro Aichi is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Sendai, Miyagi and graduate of Chuo University, he was elected for the first time in 2001. He is affiliated to the revisionist lobby Nippon Kaigi.

  63. Kenya Akiba

    Kenya Akiba
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Kenya Akiba is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Miyagi Prefecture, he attended Chuo University as an undergraduate and received his master's degree from Tohoku University. He was elected to the first of his three terms in the assembly of Miyagi Prefecture in 1995 and then to the House of Representatives for the first time in 2005.

  64. Meg Hemphill

    Meg Hemphill
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1996-.. (age 26)
    Occupations
    athletics competitor
    Biography

    Meg Hemphill is a Japanese track and field athlete. She is the Japanese national champion in 2017 and was placed second in the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships heptathlon.

  65. Masakazu Fujiwara

    Masakazu Fujiwara
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1981-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    athletics competitormarathon runner
    Biography

    Masakazu Fujiwara, in Japanese 藤原正和, is Japanese long-distance runner, who specializes in the marathon. He has a personal best of 2:08:12 hours for the event. He was the 2013 Japanese champion in the marathon and won the 2010 Tokyo Marathon. He trains at Honda Sports team.

  66. Masato Nakazawa

    Masato Nakazawa
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1985-.. (age 37)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Masato Nakazawa is a Japanese former professional baseball pitcher. He has played in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.

  67. Isao Okano

    Isao Okano
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1944-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    judoka
    Biography

    Isao Okano is a retired judoka who competed in the middleweight (−80 kg) division in the 1964 Summer Olympics.

  68. Kiyoshi Okuma

    Kiyoshi Okuma
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1964-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    association football managerassociation football player
    Biography

    Kiyoshi Okuma is a former Japanese football player and manager. His younger brother Yuji Okuma is also a former footballer.

  69. Rachmat Gobel

    Rachmat Gobel
    Born in
    Indonesia Flag Indonesia
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Rachmad Gobel is an Indonesian businessman and politician from Gorontalo. His family controls the company, Gobel Group which is now called PT. Panasonic Gobel Indonesia, an Indonesian division of Panasonic. He is also the former Minister of Trade and the Indonesian President's Special Envoy to Japan. Currently, he is the Deputy Speaker of the People's Representative Council.

  70. Ken Naganuma

    Ken Naganuma
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1930-2008 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    association football managerassociation football player
    Biography

    Ken Naganuma was a Japanese football player and manager. He played for Japan national team. He also managed Japan national team. He was the president of the Japan Football Association from 1994 to 1998.

  71. Shinya Makabe

    Shinya Makabe
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1987-.. (age 35)
    Occupations
    rugby union player
    Biography

    Shinya Makabe is a Japanese rugby union player. He was named in Japan's squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

  72. Yoshiyuki Kamei

    Yoshiyuki Kamei
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1982-.. (age 40)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Yoshiyuki Kamei is a Japanese professional baseball player for the Yomiuri Giants in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball.

  73. Yoshiyuki Shinoda

    Yoshiyuki Shinoda
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1971-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    association football managerassociation football player
    Biography

    Yoshiyuki Shinoda is a former Japanese football player and manager.

  74. Tamakasuga Ryōji

    Tamakasuga Ryōji
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1972-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    rikishi
    Biography

    Tamakasuga Ryōji is a former sumo wrestler from Seiyo, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. A former amateur sumo champion, he made his professional debut in 1994 and reached a highest rank of sekiwake in 1997. He fought in the top makuuchi division for twelve years, won five special prizes and earned seven gold stars for defeating yokozuna. He retired in 2008 and is now a sumo coach. In February 2010 he took over the running of Kataonami stable.

  75. Yoshio Anabuki

    Yoshio Anabuki
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1933-2018 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Yoshio Anabuki was a Japanese baseball player and former manager of the Nankai Hawks.

  76. Hori Shigeru

    Hori Shigeru
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1901-1979 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    politicianjournalist
    Biography

    Shigeru Hori was a prominent Japanese politician who served in various cabinet positions, including Chief Cabinet Secretary, and was also Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan. He was also the founder of the Liberal Party, and later served in senior positions in the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan.

  77. Suehiro Nishio

    Suehiro Nishio
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1891-1981 (aged 90)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Suehiro Nishio was a Japanese labor activist and party politician whose career extended across the prewar and postwar periods. A long-serving member of the National Diet (15 terms in total), he was a power broker in the Japan Socialist Party and one of the main leaders of the Right Socialists. He served as Deputy Prime Minister of Japan during the cabinet of Hitoshi Ashida, and in January 1960, he led a breakaway faction out of the Japan Socialist Party to found the new Democratic Socialist Party.

  78. Osamu Watanabe

    Osamu Watanabe
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1940-.. (age 82)
    Occupations
    amateur wrestler
    Biography

    Osamu Watanabe is a retired Japanese freestyle wrestler. In 1962, he debuted internationally and retired shortly after the 1964 Olympics. During his brief career Watanabe won all his few hundred bouts. He is considered one of the best wrestlers in Olympic history.

  79. Hiroshi Imazu

    Hiroshi Imazu
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1946-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Hiroshi Imazu is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a former member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Asahikawa on Hokkaido and graduate of Chuo University, he was elected to the first of his two terms in the city assembly of Asahikawa in 1975, to the first of his two terms in the Hokkaido Prefectural Assembly in 1983 and finally to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1990. Imazu is affiliated to the revisionist lobby Nippon Kaigi. After failing to win a seat in the 2017 Japanese general election he retired from politics. His son is Hirosuke Imazu, who became the mayor of Asahikawa in 2021.

  80. Kim Jong-oh

    Kim Jong-oh
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1921-1966 (aged 45)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Kim Jong-oh was a South Korean Republic of Korea Army colonel and general in the Korean War. He was born in North Chungcheong Province. He was active in the First Republic of South Korea and Third Republic of South Korea. He was the 10th president of the Republic of Korea Military Academy (1952–1954) and commander of the Republic of Korea 1st Army.

  81. Riki Kawara

    Riki Kawara
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1937-2013 (aged 76)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Tsutomu Kawara was a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party.

  82. Hosei Norota

    Hosei Norota
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1929-2019 (aged 90)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Hosei Norota was a Japanese politician of the People's New Party, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Noshiro, Akita and graduate of Chuo University he joined the Ministry of Construction in 1953. Leaving the ministry, he was elected to the House of Councilors in the Diet for the first time in 1977. In 1983 he was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time. From 1995 to 1996 he served as the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Tomiichi Murayama's cabinet. In 1998 he served briefly as Director General of the Japan Defense Agency.

  83. Ryūmo Ono

    Ryūmo Ono
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1988-.. (age 34)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Ryumo Ono is a Japanese professional basketball player for the Shinshu Brave Warriors club of the B.League in Japan.

  84. Nyozekan Hasegawa

    Nyozekan Hasegawa
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1875-1969 (aged 94)
    Occupations
    thinkercriticjournalistpolitician
    Biography

    Hasegawa Nyozekan was the pen-name of Yamamoto Manjirō, a Japanese social critic, and journalist in the Taishō and Shōwa periods Japan. He was one of the most important and widely read supporters of liberalism and democracy in inter-war Japan.

  85. Ikkō Narahara

    Ikkō Narahara
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1931-2020 (aged 89)
    Occupations
    photographer
    Biography

    Ikkō Narahara was a Japanese photographer. His work is held in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

  86. Kazuya Murata

    Kazuya Murata
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1985-.. (age 37)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Kazuya Murata is a Japanese former professional baseball outfielder in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. He played for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters from 2008 to 2014.

  87. Naoya Shibamura

    Naoya Shibamura
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1982-.. (age 40)
    Occupations
    association football player
    Biography

    Naoya Shibamura is a Japanese football player, who currently plays for Shibuya City.

  88. Takao Sakurai

    Takao Sakurai
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1941-2012 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    boxer
    Biography

    Takao Sakurai was a Japanese boxer who won a gold medal at the 1964 Olympics.

  89. Shinsuke Kashiwagi

    Shinsuke Kashiwagi
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1981-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Shinsuke Kashiwagi is a Japanese professional basketball player. He plays for the Niigata Albirex BB of the B.League. Kashiwagi was a member of the Japan national basketball team. He played for the team in the 2006 FIBA World Championship and the FIBA Asia Championship 2007 and FIBA Asia Championship 2009.

  90. Kenta Chida

    Kenta Chida
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1985-.. (age 37)
    Occupations
    fencer
    Biography

    Kenta Chida is a Japanese fencer. At the 2012 Summer Olympics he competed in the men's foil, but was defeated in the second round. He won a silver medal in the team foil event.

  91. Shinobu Sekine

    Shinobu Sekine
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1943-2018 (aged 75)
    Occupations
    judoka
    Biography

    Shinobu Sekine was a Japanese middleweight judoka. He won a gold medal at his only Olympics in 1972.

  92. Chen Wangdao

    Chen Wangdao
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1891-1977 (aged 86)
    Occupations
    translatorteacherfaculty member
    Biography

    Chen Wangdao was a Chinese scholar and educator. He is recognized as the first and only person to translate the Communist Manifesto into Chinese completely so far. He also served as president of Fudan University from 1949 to 1977.

  93. Tsutomu Yamazaki

    Tsutomu Yamazaki
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1947-2021 (aged 74)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Tsutomu Yamazaki was a Japanese politician. He was a member of the House of Councillors from 1995 until 2007 and again from 2010 until 2017. Yamazaki was born in Aomori, Japan.

  94. Hideo Usui

    Hideo Usui
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1939-.. (age 83)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Hideo Usui is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature).

  95. Kohei Murakoso

    Kohei Murakoso
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1905-1998 (aged 93)
    Occupations
    long-distance runner
    Biography

    Kohei Murakoso was a Japanese runner. He competed at the 1936 Olympics in the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres events and finished fourth on both occasions.

  96. Takehiko Endo

    Takehiko Endo
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1938-2019 (aged 81)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Takehiko Endo was a Japanese politician who was a member of Liberal Democratic Party, serving in the House of Representatives in the Diet of Japan. On September 3, 2007, due to the financial scandal, he resigned as Minister of Agriculture just eight days after he was appointed to the post. Masatoshi Wakabayashi became new Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries again.

  97. Yukio Sakurauchi

    Yukio Sakurauchi
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1888-1947 (aged 59)
    Occupations
    businesspersonpoliticianjournalist
    Biography

    Yukio Sakurauchi was an entrepreneur, politician and cabinet minister in the pre-war Empire of Japan. He was the father of prominent post-war politician Yoshio Sakurauchi, and grandfather of controversial politician Seiichi Ota.

  98. Goji Sakamoto

    Goji Sakamoto
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1944-2018 (aged 74)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Goji Sakamoto was a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Iwaki, Fukushima and graduate of Chuo University, he had served in the city assembly of Iwaki since 1972 and in the assembly of Fukushima Prefecture for three terms since 1975. In 1986, he ran unsuccessfully for the House of Representatives. He ran again four years later and was elected for the first time. He died on 4 November 2018 at the age of 74 from heart failure.

  99. Kazuaki Shimoji

    Kazuaki Shimoji
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Kazuaki Shimoji is the former Head coach of the Toyama Grouses in the Japanese Bj League.

  100. Yohei Hayashi

    Yohei Hayashi
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1989-.. (age 33)
    Occupations
    association football player
    Biography

    Yohei Hayashi is a Japanese football player for Blaublitz Akita.