55 Notable alumni of
Hitotsubashi University

Hitotsubashi University is 131st in the world, 24th in Asia, and 14th in Japan by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 55 notable alumni from Hitotsubashi University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Hiroshi Mikitani

    Hiroshi Mikitani
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1965-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    entrepreneur
    Biography

    Hiroshi Mikitani is a Japanese billionaire businessman and writer. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of Rakuten, Inc. He is also the president of Crimson Group, chairman of the football club Vissel Kobe, chairman of Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and a board member of Lyft.

  2. Heizō Takenaka

    Heizō Takenaka
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    businesspersoneconomistpolitician
    Biography

    Heizō Takenaka is a Japanese economist, retired politician, and political activist last serving as Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications and Minister of State for Privatization of the Postal Services in the cabinet of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. As of July 2007, he is a professor at Keio University and an advisor for other academic institutions and companies.

  3. Takashi Kawamura

    Takashi Kawamura
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    mayorpolitician
    Biography

    Takashi Kawamura is a Japanese politician of the Nagoya-based Genzei Nippon (減税日本 "Tax Cut Japan") party, currently serving as Mayor of Nagoya. He was previously a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature).

  4. Masabumi Hosono

    Masabumi Hosono
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1870-1939 (aged 69)
    Occupations
    explorer
    Biography

    Masabumi Hosono was a Japanese civil servant. He survived the sinking of the Titanic on 15 April 1912 but found himself condemned and ostracized by the Japanese public, press, and government because of a misconception that he decided to save himself rather than go down with the ship. Hosono's grandson is Haruomi Hosono, leading member of the Japanese band Yellow Magic Orchestra.

  5. Kafū Nagai

    Kafū Nagai
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1879-1959 (aged 80)
    Occupations
    university teachernovelistwriterdiarist
    Biography

    Kafū Nagai was a Japanese writer, essayist, diarist and translator. His works are noted for their depictions of life in early 20th-century Tokyo, especially among geisha, prostitutes, cabaret dancers, and other denizens of the city's lively entertainment districts.

  6. Yasuo Tanaka

    Yasuo Tanaka
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    novelistauthorwriterpolitician
    Biography

    Yasuo Tanaka is a Japanese novelist and politician. He served as the governor of Nagano Prefecture from 2000 to 2006, became president of New Party Nippon, and has been elected to Japan's legislatures.

  7. Yukio Okamoto

    Yukio Okamoto
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1945-2020 (aged 75)
    Occupations
    advisorcriticdiplomatanalyst
    Biography

    Yukio Okamoto was a Japanese diplomat, diplomatic analyst, and proponent of strong economic and political Japan–United States relations. Okamoto guided Japanese and American diplomatic relations throughout the 1980s, during an era when both countries simultaneously competed for economic influence on the global stage. He served as a diplomatic advisor and analyst for several Japanese prime ministers, including Ryutaro Hashimoto from 1996 to 1998 and Junichiro Koizumi from 2003 until 2004.

  8. Katsutoshi Kaneda

    Katsutoshi Kaneda
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Katsutoshi Kaneda is a Japanese politician who served as the Minister of Justice from 2016 to 2017. He studied at and graduated from Hitotsubashi University.

  9. Futabatei Shimei

    Futabatei Shimei
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1864-1909 (aged 45)
    Occupations
    translatorEsperantistjournalistwriternovelist
    Biography

    Futabatei Shimei was a Japanese writer, translator, and literary critic. His writings are in the realist style popular in the mid to late 19th century. His work The Drifting Cloud (Ukigumo, 1887) is widely regarded as Japan's first modern novel.

  10. Harumi Takahashi

    Harumi Takahashi
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Harumi Takahashi is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party and currently a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (national legislature). She served as governor of the prefecture of Hokkaido for four terms from 2003 to 2019. She graduated from Hitotsubashi University with a Bachelor of Economics degree in 1976. She started her career as a bureaucrat in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and quit in 2003. She was elected in April 2003, becoming the first female governor of Hokkaido and the fourth female governor in Japanese history.

  11. Riko Muranaka

    Riko Muranaka
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    20th Century
    Occupations
    physicianuniversity teacherjournalist
    Biography

    Riko Muranaka is a medical doctor, journalist and recipient of the 2017 John Maddox Prize for fighting to reduce cervical cancer and countering misinformation about the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine dominating the Japanese media, despite facing safety threats. Despite the lack of evidence, the HPV vaccine is infamous in Japan due to misattributed adverse effects, with government suspending promotion and coverage. While the World Health Organization (WHO) safety and efficacy information about the vaccine is consistent with Muranaka's reporting, a court ruled against Muranaka in an unrelated slander lawsuit in 2016 for claims of alleged fabrication. Under threat of legal harassment by antivaccine activists, publishers declined some of her works including a book on the HPV vaccine (ultimately, Heibonsha accepted the book for publication).

  12. Hiroshi Okuda

    Hiroshi Okuda
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1932-.. (age 90)
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Hiroshi Okuda, is the former chairman of the Toyota Motor Corporation from 1999 to 2006.

  13. Michio Watanabe

    Michio Watanabe
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1923-1995 (aged 72)
    Occupations
    tax advisordiplomatjournalistpolitician
    Biography

    Michio Watanabe was a Japanese political figure. He was born in Ōtawara, Tochigi and graduated from the Tokyo College of Commerce (now Hitotsubashi University) in 1942. He worked as a reporter for the Yomiuri Shimbun, a certified tax accountant, and a member of Tochigi prefectural assembly before serving as a member of House of Representatives of Japan.

  14. Saburō Shiroyama

    Saburō Shiroyama
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1927-2007 (aged 80)
    Occupations
    novelistkamikaze
    Biography

    Saburō Shiroyama is a Japanese novelist.

  15. Taizo Mikazuki

    Taizo Mikazuki
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1971-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    politiciantrade unionist
    Biography

    Taizo Mikazuki is a Japanese politician and the current governor of Shiga Prefecture, having been elected to the position in July 2014. He previously served in the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature) as a member of the Democratic Party of Japan.

  16. Masatsugu Nagato

    Masatsugu Nagato
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Masatsugu Nagato is a Japanese businessman, the president and CEO of Japan Post Holdings since April 2016, when he succeeded Taizo Nishimuro, following his hospitalization, having previously been president and CEO of Japan Post Bank.

  17. Fusanosuke Kuhara

    Fusanosuke Kuhara
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1869-1965 (aged 96)
    Occupations
    politicianbusinessperson
    Biography

    Fusanosuke Kuhara was an entrepreneur, politician and cabinet minister in the pre-war Empire of Japan.

  18. Saburō Kurusu

    Saburō Kurusu
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1886-1954 (aged 68)
    Occupations
    consul generaldiplomatconsul
    Biography

    Saburō Kurusu was a Japanese career diplomat. He is remembered now as an envoy who tried to negotiate peace and understanding with the United States while the Japanese government under Hirohito was secretly preparing the attack on Pearl Harbor.

  19. Rizaburō Toyoda

    Rizaburō Toyoda
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1884-1952 (aged 68)
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Risaburo Toyoda was a Japanese entrepreneur. He was the son-in-law of Toyota Industries Co., Ltd founder Sakichi Toyoda, and brother-in-law of Toyota Motor Corporation founder, Kiichiro Toyoda (豊田 喜一郎, Toyoda Kiichirō, June 11, 1894 – March 27, 1952) His original surname was Kodama (児玉).

  20. Ken Ishii

    Ken Ishii
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1970-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    composerdisc jockeyrecord producer
    Biography

    Ken Ishii is a Japanese DJ and record producer from Sapporo. He graduated from Hitotsubashi University. He has released work under his own name as well as under the pseudonyms: FLR, Flare, UTU, Yoga, and Rising Sun.

  21. Kenkichi Ueda

    Kenkichi Ueda
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1875-1962 (aged 87)
    Occupations
    military personnel
    Biography

    Kenkichi Ueda was a general in the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. He played an active role in the Soviet-Japanese Border Wars of the late 1930s.

  22. Koji Omi

    Koji Omi
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1932-2022 (aged 90)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Kōji Omi was a Japanese politician who served as Minister of Finance in the first Cabinet of Shinzō Abe, from 2001 to 2007.

  23. Toshikazu Kase

    Toshikazu Kase
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1903-2004 (aged 101)
    Occupations
    writerdiplomat
    Biography

    Toshikazu Kase was a Japanese civil servant and career diplomat. During World War II he was a high-ranking Foreign Ministry official. Hideaki Kase is his son and Yoko Ono is his niece.

  24. Yoshinori Suematsu

    Yoshinori Suematsu
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Yoshinori Suematsu is a Japanese politician of the Democratic Party of Japan, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature).

  25. Hiroko Ōta

    Hiroko Ōta
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    economistuniversity teacherpolitician
    Biography

    Hiroko Ōta is a female Japanese politician and a researcher of economics. Her academic specialties are national public finance and economic policy. She is a noted lecturer of public finance and is a professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo.

  26. Shinzō Ōya

    Shinzō Ōya
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1894-1980 (aged 86)
    Occupations
    politicianbusinessperson
    Biography

    Shinzō Ōya was an entrepreneur and politician, who served as Minister of Commerce and Industry in post-war Japan.

  27. Misako Yasui

    Misako Yasui
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1965-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Misako Yasui is a legislator in the National Diet of Japan, holding a seat in the House of Councillors. She is a member of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), serving as a representative of Aichi Prefecture.

  28. Masaru Hayami

    Masaru Hayami
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1925-2009 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Masaru Hayami was a Japanese businessman, central banker, the 28th Governor of the Bank of Japan (BOJ) and a Director of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

  29. Feng Zhenghu

    Feng Zhenghu
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    human rights activisteconomist
    Biography

    Feng Zhenghu is a Chinese economist and scholar based in Shanghai. Citing Amnesty International, The Guardian said that Feng was "a prominent human rights defender" in Mainland China. In 2001 he was sent to prison for three years ostensibly for "illegal business activity". He was released in 2004 and has since written critical pieces highlighting alleged malpractice by local governments and forced evictions.

  30. Zenzo Shimizu

    Zenzo Shimizu
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1891-1977 (aged 86)
    Occupations
    tennis player
    Biography

    Zenzo Shimizu, also spelt Zenzo Shimidzu, was a male tennis player from Japan.

  31. Naotake Satō

    Naotake Satō
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1882-1971 (aged 89)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
    Biography

    Naotake Satō was a Japanese diplomat and politician. He was born in Osaka. He graduated from the Tokyo Higher Commercial School (東京高等商業学校| Tōkyō Kōtō Shōgyō Gakkō, now Hitotsubashi University) in 1904, attended the consul course of the same institute, and finished studying there in 1905.

  32. Ichiro Komatsu

    Ichiro Komatsu
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1951-2014 (aged 63)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    Ichirō Komatsu was a Japanese diplomat, civil servant and politician.

  33. Zentarō Kosaka

    Zentarō Kosaka
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1912-2000 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    bankerdiplomatpolitician
    Biography

    Zentarō Kosaka was a Japanese politician who served as foreign minister for two times and as labor minister.

  34. Mami Mizutori

    Mami Mizutori
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1960-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    Mami Mizutori is a Japanese diplomat. She has been the Assistant Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction in the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR, formerly UNISDR) since March 2018.

  35. Paek Nam-un

    Paek Nam-un
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1894-1979 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    civil servanthistorianpolitician
    Biography

    Paek Nam-un was an economist, educator and politician during the Japanese colonial period and following the establishment of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. He was a professor of economics at Yeonhee College and an economic theorist of the Communist Party of Korea, and a representative figure of socialist economists during the Japanese colonial period along with Lee Soon-Tak. After the independence, on the premise of some asset class and solidarity, in the article 'The Path of the Chosun People's', 'Combination of New Democracy (National Unification Front)' was proposed. After liberation, Kim Doo-bong, Heo Jeong-suk, and Choi Chang-ik connected with Nam Joseon New Democratic Party and Nationalist Democratic Front, but did not come down after coming to North Korea with Kim Gu, Kim Kyu-sik, Jang Geon-sang in April 1948. Since then, he served as the first literary statue of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the chairman of the Supreme People's Assembly.

  36. Masaji Kiyokawa

    Masaji Kiyokawa
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1913-1999 (aged 86)
    Occupations
    swimmer
    Biography

    Masaji Kiyokawa was a Japanese businessman, sports administrator and backstroke swimmer who won two medals at the 1932 and 1936 Olympics. During his swimming career Kiyokawa set one world record, in the 400-metre backstroke.

  37. Tran Van Tho

    Tran Van Tho
    Born in
    Vietnam Flag Vietnam
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    economist
    Biography

    Trần Văn Thọ is a Vietnamese former economic advisor to the Japanese government, head of a major Japanese bank’s ODA assessment committee, and a professor of economics at the faculty of Social Sciences of Waseda University in Japan.

  38. Tokuzō Fukuda

    Tokuzō Fukuda
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1874-1930 (aged 56)
    Occupations
    economisthistorianuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Tokuzō Fukuda was a pioneer of modern Japanese economics.

  39. Aziz Abdukhakimov

    Aziz Abdukhakimov
    Born in
    Uzbekistan Flag Uzbekistan
    Years
    1974-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    civil servant
    Biography

    Aziz Abdukhakimov is an Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Minister of Tourism and Cultural Heritage.

  40. Koichiro Ichimura

    Koichiro Ichimura
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1964-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Koichiro Ichimura is 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 Hitotsubashi University, he was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 2003 after an unsuccessful run in 2000.

  41. Baek Du-jin

    Baek Du-jin
    Born in
    North Korea Flag North Korea
    Years
    1908-1993 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Baek Du-jin was a South Korean politician. He was acting prime minister before he became the 4th Prime Minister of South Korea.

  42. Nakajima Kumakichi

    Nakajima Kumakichi
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1873-1960 (aged 87)
    Occupations
    businesspersondiplomatpolitician
    Biography

    Baron Kumakichi Nakajima was an entrepreneur, politician and cabinet minister in the pre-war Empire of Japan.

  43. Seiichiro Kashio

    Seiichiro Kashio
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1892-1962 (aged 70)
    Occupations
    tennis player
    Biography

    Seiichiro Kashio was a tennis player from Japan, and with Ichiya Kumagae was one of the first Japanese Olympic medalists. He won the Canadian Open by defeating United States player Walter K. Wesbrook 3–6, 6–3, 6–1, 11–9.

  44. Kotaro Suzumura

    Kotaro Suzumura
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1944-2020 (aged 76)
    Occupations
    economist
    Biography

    Kotaro Suzumura was a Japanese economist and professor emeritus of Hitotsubashi University and Waseda University. He graduated from Hitotsubashi University in 1966. His research interests were in social choice theory and welfare economics. He was also a Fellow of the Econometric Society. He was named a Person of Cultural Merit in 2017.

  45. Shigeyuki Tomita

    Shigeyuki Tomita
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1953-.. (age 69)
    Enrolled in Hitotsubashi University
    Studied law school
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Shigeyuki Tomita is a Japanese politician serving in the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature) as a member of the New Komeito Party. A native of Choshi, Chiba and graduate of Hitotsubashi University, he was elected for the first time in 1990.

  46. Shinya Ishikawa

    Shinya Ishikawa
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1984-.. (age 38)
    Occupations
    professional wrestler
    Biography

    Shinya Ishikawa is a retired Japanese professional wrestler best known for his tenure with the Japanese professional wrestling promotion Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW).

  47. Kenkichi Kagami

    Kenkichi Kagami
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1869-1939 (aged 70)
    Occupations
    politicianbusinessperson
    Biography

    Kenkichi Kagami was a Japanese businessman.

  48. Ichiro Nakayama

    Ichiro Nakayama
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1898-1980 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    economist
    Biography

    Ichiro Nakayama was a Japanese economist. He graduated from The Tokyo University of Commerce (now Hitotsubashi University) in 1926, and then studied under Joseph Schumpeter in Germany. He was a pioneer of mathematical economics in Japan. After serving as assistant at The Tokyo University of Commerce, he became an assistant professor in 1933, a professor in 1937 and president in 1949 at the same institution. He became Chairman of Central Labor Relations Commission of Japan in 1950, and served as the first Chairman of The Tax Commission of Japan from 1959 to 1965. In 1965 he was appointed as a professor emeritus of Hitotsubashi University. In 1968, he was recognized as a Person of Cultural Merit, and was appointed a Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun on 3 November 1974.

  49. Murata Shōzō

    Murata Shōzō
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1878-1957 (aged 79)
    Occupations
    businesspersondiplomatpolitician
    Biography

    Shōzō Murata was a Japanese entrepreneur, cabinet minister and diplomat before, during and after World War II.

  50. Tomomi Nagare

    Tomomi Nagare
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1957-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    historian
    Biography

    Koji Miyamoto is a Japanese professional wrestling historian and writer, best known for his work on Lou Thesz. He has authored sixteen books.

  51. Zenjiro Kaneko

    Zenjiro Kaneko
    Years
    1943-.. (age 79)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Zenjiro Kaneko is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Yamagata Prefecture and graduate of Hitotsubashi University, he worked at the Ministry of Home Affairs. He was elected for the first time in 2000 as a member of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) but lost his seat three years later after defecting from the DPJ to join the second incarnation of the New Conservative Party. He was re-elected in 2005 as a representative for the LDP.

  52. Naoki Minezaki

    Naoki Minezaki
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1944-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Naoki Minezaki is a Japanese politician of the Democratic Party of Japan and a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Kure, Hiroshima and graduate of Hitotsubashi University, he was elected for the first time in 1992.

  53. Kizō Yasui

    Kizō Yasui
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1899-1983 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Kizo Yasui was a Japanese corporate executive. He held the positions of the chairman of the board of directors of Toray Industries, vice-president of Mitsui Bank, president of Mitsui Petrochemicals Industries, vice-chairman of Nihon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), chairman of Japan Chemical Fibers Association and others. He was also general manager of Tokyo Metropolis of Ise Shrine Revered Board. He dedicated himself to reconstructing Japanese National Railways as the 4th chairman of audit committee thereof. He received Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure in 1979.

  54. Shinpei Mykawa

    Shinpei Mykawa
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1874-1906 (aged 32)
    Occupations
    farmer
    Biography

    Shinpei Mykawa was a Japanese rice farmer who introduced the cultivation of rice in parts of southeast Texas. The community of Mykawa and Mykawa Road in Houston are named after him.

  55. Tsunei Kusunose

    Tsunei Kusunose
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1899-1988 (aged 89)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Tsunei Kusunose was the Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture from October 1945 to 1950.