authors Famous Writers from Japan

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List of famous writers from Japan, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Japan is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Japanese writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Japan and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

Examples of writers on this list include Hiroshi Teshigahara and Atsumu Ohmura.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Japanese writers?" and "Which writers are from Japan?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Japan in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Japan, but they're all of Japan descent.

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Haruki Murakami is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Japan

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Kazuo Ishiguro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Japan

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Kenzaburō Ōe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Japan

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Yoji Yamada is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Yoji Yamada age 86

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Hayao Miyazaki is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Japan

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Liv Ullmann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Liv Ullmann age 79

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Akira Kurosawa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Akira Kurosawa Died at 88 (1910-1998)

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Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Yoko Ono age 84

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Kōichi Mashimo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Japan

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Takeshi Kitano is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Japan

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Mitsuo Fukuda is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Mitsuo Fukuda age 57

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Takashi Miike is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Takashi Miike age 57

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Mamoru Oshii is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Mamoru Oshii age 66

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Tomoyuki Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Tomoyuki Tanaka Died at 87 (1910-1997)

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Hideaki Anno is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Hideaki Anno age 57

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Osamu Dezaki is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Osamu Dezaki Died at 68 (1943-2011)

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Yukio Mishima is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Yukio Mishima Died at 45 (1925-1970)

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Ann Hui is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Ann Hui age 70

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Gisaburō Sugii is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Japan

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Kinji Fukasaku is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Kinji Fukasaku Died at 73 (1930-2003)

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Kon Ichikawa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Kon Ichikawa Died at 93 (1915-2008)

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Noriko Sakai is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Noriko Sakai age 46

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Kenji Kawai is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Kenji Kawai age 60

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Kaneto Shindo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Kaneto Shindo Died at 100 (1912-2012)

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Frank Spotnitz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Japan

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Jūzō Itami is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Jūzō Itami Died at 64 (1933-1997)

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Mako Iwamatsu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Mako Iwamatsu Died at 73 (1933-2006)

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Lafcadio Hearn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Lafcadio Hearn Died at 54 (1850-1904)

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Shinya Tsukamoto is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Japan

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Yoshitaka Asama is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Japan

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Shohei Imamura is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Shohei Imamura Died at 80 (1926-2006)

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Daisaku Ikeda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Daisaku Ikeda age 89

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Gackt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Gackt age 44

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Leiji Matsumoto is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Japan

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Isao Takahata is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Isao Takahata age 82

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Osamu Tezuka is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Osamu Tezuka Died at 61 (1928-1989)

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Yasushi Inoue is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Yasushi Inoue Died at 84 (1907-1991)

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Nagisa Oshima is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Nagisa Oshima Died at 81 (1932-2013)

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Ishirō Honda is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Ishirō Honda Died at 82 (1911-1993)

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Masahiro Shinoda is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Japan

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Tōru Takemitsu is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Tōru Takemitsu Died at 66 (1930-1996)

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Shintaro Ishihara is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Japan

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Mitsuru Hongo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Mitsuru Hongo age 58

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Hirokazu Koreeda is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Japan

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Shūsaku Endō is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Shūsaku Endō Died at 73 (1923-1996)

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Reiko Yoshida is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Reiko Yoshida age 50

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Kaori Momoi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Kaori Momoi age 65

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Masi Oka is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Masi Oka age 43

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Ai Kago is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Japan
Ai Kago age 29

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Japan