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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    Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan

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    East Asia, Asia, Japan

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

    Kenzaburō Ōe Uchiko, Japan

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

    Yoji Yamada Toyonaka, Japan

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    Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan

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    East Asia, Tokyo, Asia

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    Shinagawa, Japan

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    Japan, Tokyo

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    Tokyo, Japan

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

    Takeshi Kitano Adachi, Japan

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    Tochigi Prefecture, Japan

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    Japan, Yao

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    Kantō region, East Asia, Honshu

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    Tomoyuki Tanaka Kashiwara, Japan

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

    Hideaki Anno Ube, Japan

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    Osamu Dezaki is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Japan

    Osamu Dezaki Kantō region, East Asia, Honshu

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    Kantō region, East Asia, Honshu

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

    Ann Hui China, Anshan

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

    Gisaburō Sugii Numazu, Japan

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    Japan, Mito

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    Ise, Japan

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

    Noriko Sakai Fukuoka, Japan

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    Shinagawa, Japan

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    Saeki District^! Hiroshima

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    East Asia, Camp Zama, Asia

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    Ukyō-ku, Kyoto, Japan

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    Kobe, Keihanshin, Japan

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    Lafcadio Hearn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Japan

    Lafcadio Hearn Southeast Europe, Lefkada, Greece

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    Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

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    East Asia, Honshu, Asia

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    Shohei Imamura is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Japan

    Shohei Imamura Tokyo City

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    Tokyo, Japan

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    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan

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    Kurume, East Asia, Asia

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    Isao Takahata Ise, Japan

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    Toyonaka, Japan

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    Asahikawa, Japan

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    Japan, Tamano

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    Asahi, Japan

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

    Masahiro Shinoda Gifu, Japan

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    Japan, Tokyo

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    Japan, Keihanshin

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    Mitsuru Hongo Tokyo, Japan

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    Nerima^! Tokyo, Japan

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    Shūsaku Endō Toshima, Tokyo, Japan

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    Reiko Yoshida East Asia, Honshu, Hiroshima Prefecture

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    Japan, Setagaya

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    Shibuya, Japan

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    Yamatotakada, Japan

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

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa Kobe, Keihanshin, Japan

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