Olympics The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan  

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List of the greatest Olympic athletes from Japan, with photos when available. These are the best Japanese Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. Japanese athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which Japanese Olympian is the best of them all? You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from Japan is by how many medals they took back to their country, but that isn't the only factor that comes into play when considering who the best really is.

Examples of athletes on this list include Nobutaka Taguchi and Yasunobu Sekikawa.

This list answers the questions, "Who is the best Japanese Olympian of all time?" and "Who are the greatest Olympians from Japan?"

America, Russia and Great Britain have the most Olympic medals out of every country that has been represented in the Olympics, but it doesn't mean that Olympic competitors from other nations don't deserve accolades as well. Vote for your favorite Japan Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on Japan.
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Yuzuru Hanyu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan
LanaYoshii added Yuzuru Hanyu Men's singles

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106 31
Kohei Uchimura is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan
Kohei Uchimura Men's Gymnastics, team competition, Men's Gymnastics

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50 19
Fumie Suguri is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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37 22
Daito Takahashi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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37 24
Miki Ando is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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19 8
Kosuke Kitajima is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan
Kosuke Kitajima Men's 200m breaststroke, Men's 100m breaststroke, Men's 4x100m medley relay

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16 7
Ken Mizuno is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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17 8
Nobuko Fukuda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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21 12
Saori Yoshida is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan
Saori Yoshida Women's Freestyle Wrestling, Lightweight 48 - 55kg

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11 4
Osamu Ueno is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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9 3
Kentaro Minagawa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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11 5
Masako Ishida is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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14 8
Hiroki Yamada is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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15 9
Kazuhiro Koshi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving

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9 4
Masaki Toshiro is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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7 2
Tomoka Takeuchi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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8 4
Eiko Nakayama is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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Sawao Kato is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan
Arthur Roderick added Sawao Kato Men's Gymnastics, individual all-round, Men's Horizontal bar

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8 5
Midori Ito is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan
LanaYoshii added Midori Ito Women's Singles

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8 5
Chikako Fushimi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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8 5
Eriko Ishino is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

The Best Boxers of All Time

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6 3
Joji Kato is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan
Joji Kato Men's 500m

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5 2
Soko Yamaoka is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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7 5
Noriaki Kasai is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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7 5
Maki Tabata is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan
Maki Tabata Women's Team Pursuit

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5 3
Chikage Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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5 3
Yuka Fujimori is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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4 2
Kiyofumi Nagai is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan
Kiyofumi Nagai Men's Track cycling^! Keirin

The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time

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7 6
Hiroki Hirako is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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6 5
Eri Yanetani is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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6 5
Hiroshi Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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6 5
Daisuke Matsuzaka is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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6 5
Satoshi Ishii is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan
Satoshi Ishii Men's Judo, + 100kg (heavyweight)

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6 5
Kazuyoshi Funaki is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan
Kazuyoshi Funaki Men's Large hill individual, Men's Individual Normal Hill

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6 5
Keiichiro Nagashima is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan
Keiichiro Nagashima Men's 500m

The Weirdest Sports from Around the World

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6 5
Teruhiro Sugimori is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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5 4
Daisuke Murakami is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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5 4
Tae Satoya is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan
Tae Satoya Women's Moguls

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5 4
Sayuri Osuga is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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5 4
Akito Watabe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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5 5
Miki Ito is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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4 4
Sayuri Yoshii is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame

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4 4
Akira Sasaki is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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4 4
Makoto Okiguchi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan
Makoto Okiguchi Men's Gymnastics, team competition

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4 4
Kenichi Yumoto is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan
Kenichi Yumoto Men's Freestyle Wrestling^! Featherweight 55 - 60 kg

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4 4
Ayako Tsubaki is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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3 3
Kai Ozaki is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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3 3
Takahiro Fujimoto is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan

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3 3
Isao Inokuma is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan
Isao Inokuma Men's Judo, +80 (heavyweight)

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3 3
Miyuki Hatanaka is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Japan