34 Notable alumni of
Hokkaido University

Hokkaido University is 322nd in the world, 61st in Asia, and 28th in Japan by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 34 notable alumni from Hokkaido University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff. 1 individual affiliated with Hokkaido University won Nobel Prizes in Chemistry.

  1. Nitobe Inazō

    Nitobe Inazō
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1862-1933 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    Esperantistpoliticianeconomistlinguistlexicographer
    Biography

    Nitobe Inazō was a Japanese author, educator, agricultural economist, diplomat, politician, and Christian during the pre-World War II period.

  2. Yūichirō Miura

    Yūichirō Miura
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1933-.. (age 89)
    Occupations
    veterinarianmountaineerskier
    Biography

    Yūichirō Miura is a Japanese skier and alpinist.

  3. Akira Ifukube

    Akira Ifukube
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1914-2006 (aged 92)
    Occupations
    concertmasterconductorviolinistprofessorcomposer
    Biography

    Akira Ifukube was a Japanese classical and film music composer, best known for his works on the Godzilla franchise.

  4. Michiyo Tsujimura

    Michiyo Tsujimura
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1888-1969 (aged 81)
    Occupations
    biochemistagronomist
    Biography

    Michiyo Tsujimura was a Japanese agricultural scientist and biochemist whose research focused on the components of green tea. She was the first woman in Japan to receive a doctoral degree in agriculture.

  5. Hiranao Honda

    Hiranao Honda
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1964-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Hiranao Honda is a Japanese politician of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Sapporo, Honda represents Hokkaido through the Hokkaido PR block.

  6. Seiji Osaka

    Seiji Osaka
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    politicianpharmacist
    Biography

    Seiji Osaka is a Japanese politician of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDP), a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). He represents Hokkaido's 8th district. He was a member of the Democratic Party. While he joined the CDP on the day it was formed, he ran on an independent ticket in the 2017 general election.

  7. 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).

  8. Akira Suzuki

    Akira Suzuki
    Awards
    Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2010
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1930-.. (age 92)
    Occupations
    professorchemist
    Biography

    Akira Suzuki is a Japanese chemist and Nobel Prize Laureate (2010), who first published the Suzuki reaction, the organic reaction of an aryl- or vinyl-boronic acid with an aryl- or vinyl-halide catalyzed by a palladium(0) complex, in 1979.

  9. Naomi Koshi

    Naomi Koshi
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1975-.. (age 47)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Naomi Koshi is a Japanese lawyer and advocate for gender equality and retired politician. In 2012 she became the youngest woman elected mayor of a Japanese city as the Mayor of Ōtsu, Shiga Prefecture for two four-year terms from January 2012 to January 2020.

  10. Katsuhiro Akimoto

    Katsuhiro Akimoto
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Katsuhiro Akimoto is a Japanese politician and the incumbent mayor of Sapporo, the largest and capital city of Hokkaido, Japan.

  11. Yasue Funayama

    Yasue Funayama
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1966-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Yasue Funayama is a Japanese politician and a former member of the House of Councillors (Japan) in the Diet (national legislature).

  12. Yoshio Hachiro

    Yoshio Hachiro
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Yoshio Hachiro is a Japanese politician from the Constitutional Democratic Party and a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (national legislature).

  13. Keizo Miura

    Keizo Miura
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1904-2006 (aged 102)
    Occupations
    alpine skierski instructorexplorermountaineer
    Biography

    Keizo Miura was a Japanese skier. He was a skiing teacher and photographer of mountain landscapes. He was notable for his fitness and outdoor-sport undertakings at advanced age; at 77 he was the oldest person to climb Kilimanjaro and at 99 descended a Gletscher of Mont Blanc together with his oldest son Yuichiro and grandson Yuta. Yuichiro Miura was also the oldest person to climb Mount Everest and the Himalayas, at age 70, at age 75 and later at age 80. Keizo Miura wrote two books on his health routine, one of them co-written with his physician. On February 15, 2004, Keizo Miura celebrated his hundredth birthday with a ski descent together with more than 170 friends and family members, including four generations of his family, at Snowbird ski resort in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. Keizo died 41 days short of his 102nd birthday.

  14. Takeshi Mitarai

    Takeshi Mitarai
    Years
    1901-1984 (aged 83)
    Occupations
    physicianbusinessperson
    Biography

    Takeshi Mitarai was one of the founders of Canon Inc. He established Canon in 1937 along with Goro Yoshida, Saburo Uchida and Takeo Maeda.

  15. Gaku Hasegawa

    Gaku Hasegawa
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1971-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Gaku Hasegawa is a member of the House of Councillors of Japan from Hokkaido. He belongs to the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). In 1990 he enrolled at Hokkaido University and majored in Business Administration. While attending university, he, with five other friends, brought the Soran Festival to Hokkaido, which is now run by the Yasakoi Soran Festival Foundation. The Soran Festival incorporates the traditional Sōran Bushi song and dance. In 1998 he was elected Director of the Yasakoi Soran Foundation.  He has received the Japan Event New Theme Prize, the Suntory Area Culture Prize, and the Japanese Lifestyle and Culture Prize, for his founding of the Yasakoi Soran Bushi Festival that has come to represent the city of Sapporo. In 2008 he ran against Takahiro Yokomichi of the Democratic Party of Japan for representative of the first district of Hokkaido. He came in second place with a total of 124,343 votes.. He was elected to the House of Councillors in July 2010.

  16. Genichiro Sata

    Genichiro Sata
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Genichiro Sata is a Japanese politician serving in the House of Representatives of Japan as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party. He is the Chairman of the Committee on Rules and Administration. He was elected by the first district of the Japanese prefecture of Gunma. In 2005, he was the Chief Deputy Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party.

  17. Yōichi Komori

    Yōichi Komori
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1953-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    professorliterary criticpoet
    Biography

    Yōichi Komori is a critic of Japanese modern literature and a social activist in Japan. He is currently a professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan.

  18. Hiroshi Shimizu

    Hiroshi Shimizu
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1903-1966 (aged 63)
    Occupations
    screenwriterfilm director
    Biography

    Hiroshi Shimizu was a Japanese film director, who directed over 160 films during his career.

  19. Toshinari Masuda

    Toshinari Masuda
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1965-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    novelist
    Biography

    Toshinari Masuda is a Japanese novelist, critic, and visiting professor of Nagoya University of Arts.

  20. Hiroshi Ishii

    Hiroshi Ishii
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    engineercomputer scientist
    Biography

    Hiroshi Ishii is a Japanese computer scientist. He is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ishii pioneered the Tangible User Interface in the field of Human-computer interaction with the paper "Tangible Bits: Towards Seamless Interfaces between People, Bits and Atoms", co-authored with his then PhD student Brygg Ullmer.

  21. Yoshimaro Yamashina

    Yoshimaro Yamashina
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1900-1989 (aged 89)
    Occupations
    ornithologistmilitary personnelpolitician
    Biography

    Marquis Yoshimaro Yamashina was a Japanese ornithologist. He was the founder of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology.

  22. Maki Ikeda

    Maki Ikeda
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1972-.. (age 50)
    Enrolled in Hokkaido University
    2013-2015 graduated with master's degree in Goldman School of Public Policy
    Occupations
    social workercivil servantpolitician
    Biography

    Maki Ikeda is a Japanese politician of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan. She was a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature) representing Hokkaido through the Hokkaido PR block.

  23. Teruaki Masumoto

    Teruaki Masumoto
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1955-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    human rights activist
    Biography

    Teruaki Masumoto is the secretary general of the Japanese Association of the Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea, which advocates for the return of Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea and calls for the Japanese government to impose sanctions on the country. His older sister Rumiko is one of the victims. On February 1, 2007, he married actress Yuuko Wakamiya. in May 2012 he testified at North Korean human rights in European Parliament about his sister and other abductees including Megumi Yokota and Yaeko Taguchi

  24. Ryō Shuhama

    Ryō Shuhama
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1950-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Ryo Shuhama is a Japanese politician of the Democratic Party of Japan, a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Takizawa, Iwate and graduate of Hokkaido University, he worked at the government of Iwate Prefecture from 1973 until 2003. He was elected to the House of Councillors for the first time in 2004.

  25. Hitoshi Kihara

    Hitoshi Kihara
    Years
    1893-1986 (aged 93)
    Enrolled in Hokkaido University
    In 1918 studied genetics
    Occupations
    university teacherbotanistbiologistgeneticist
    Biography

    Hitoshi Kihara was a Japanese geneticist known for his work on the genetics of wheat.

  26. Naohiro Dōgakinai

    Naohiro Dōgakinai
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1914-2004 (aged 90)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Naohiro Dōgakinai was the 3rd Governor of Hokkaido (1971–1983). He was member of the Liberal Democratic Party, and originally from Sapporo.

  27. Ayako Fuchigami

    Ayako Fuchigami
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1975-.. (age 47)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Ayako Fuchigami is a member of the Hokkaido Legislative Assembly, representing Sapporo's Higashi-ku ward. She is the first openly trans person to hold a prefectural assembly position in Japan.

  28. Ryuzo Yanagimachi

    Ryuzo Yanagimachi
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1928-.. (age 94)
    Occupations
    biologistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Ryuzo Yanagimachi is a Japan-born American-based scientist. He has made numerous key contributions to the study of mammalian fertilization. He is a pioneer of assisted fertilization technologies such as in vitro fertilization and direct sperm injection into egg (commonly called intracytoplasmic sperm injection or ICSI) which are widely used today in human infertility clinics throughout the world. He was also a pioneer in the cloning field. In 1997 his laboratory at the University of Hawaii at Manoa successfully cloned mice using the Honolulu technique. The first one was a female named Cumulina from the cells that surround the developing ovarian follicle in mice.

  29. Lo Tsung-lo

    Lo Tsung-lo
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1898-1978 (aged 80)
    Occupations
    botanist
    Biography

    Lo Tsung-lo was a Chinese botanist and plant physiologist. Lo was a main founder of modern plant physiology in China. He was the first President of National Taiwan University (after World War II).

  30. Tadahiko Mizuno

    Tadahiko Mizuno
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1945-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    chemist
    Biography

    Tadahiko Mizuno is a Japanese nuclear-chemist known for his work on cold fusion. He was a former assistant professor teaching the Atomic Power Environmental Materials program at Hokkaido University. He was also a member of Energy Environmental Institute of Engineering at Hokkaido University until 2009.

  31. Shūichi Katō

    Shūichi Katō
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Shuichi Kato is a Japanese politician of the New Komeito Party, a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Tanno, Hokkaidō, he graduated from Kitami Institute of Technology and received a Ph.D. from Hokkaido University. He was elected to the House of Councillors for the first time in 1995 as a member of the New Frontier Party.

  32. Masayoshi Uchida

    Masayoshi Uchida
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1898-1945 (aged 47)
    Occupations
    competitive diverswimmer
    Biography

    Masayoshi Uchida was a Japanese swimmer. He competed in two swimming events and the diving at the 1920 Summer Olympics. He was killed in action during World War II.

  33. Shisanji Hokari

    Shisanji Hokari
    Years
    1908-2004 (aged 96)
    Occupations
    mathematician
    Biography

    Dr. Shisanji Hokari was a Japanese mathematician. He was admitted to the American Mathematical Society in 1966. He was a professor emeritus of Tokyo Metropolitan University and the president of Josai University.

  34. Shioko Kimura

    Shioko Kimura
    Enrolled in Hokkaido University
    Graduated with Doctor of Philosophy
    Occupations
    biochemistcancer researcher
    Biography

    Shioko Kimura is a Japanese-American biochemist specialized in endocrinology and the physiology and pathogenesis of diseases including thyroid and lung cancers. She heads the endocrinology section in the laboratory of metabolism at the National Cancer Institute.