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Famous Athletes from Japan

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List of the most popular, renowned or famous athletes from Japan. List includes the most notable athletes from Japan, along with photos when available. This list of Japanese athletes is alphabetical, but can be sorted by any column and answers the question "what famous athletes are from Japan?" You can click on the names of the famous athletes of Japan in order to get more information about each one. The list you're viewing is made up of athletes like Ichiro Suzuki and Masako Hozumi. You may want to copy this fact-based list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your opinions, then publish it to share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social sites you frequent. (1669 items)
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Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Robert Lee Griffin III (born February 12, 1990), nicknamed RG3 or RGIII, is an American football quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college ...more
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Norifumi Yamamoto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto is a Japanese mixed martial artist and kickboxer who competes in the Bantamweight division of the UFC. He quickly gained popularity in the Shooto organization ...more
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Yushin Okami is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Yushin Okami is a Japanese mixed martial artist who competes for World Series of Fighting in the Middleweight division. As of June 15, 2014, he is ranked the #9 Middleweight in the world by ...more
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Yoshihiro Akiyama is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Chu Seong-hoon, also known as Yoshihiro Akiyama, is a South Korean-Japanese mixed martial artist and judoka. Akiyama won the gold medal at the 2001 Asian Championships for South Korea, and for ...more
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Hideki Matsui is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Hideki Matsui is a Japanese former professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter who played baseball in Japan and the United States. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed. After ...more
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Hiroshi Ogawa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Hiroshi Ogawa is a former Japanese pitcher of the Chiba Lotte Marines and convicted murderer. On November 18, 2004, Ogawa murdered a 67-year-old woman named Kazuko Nishiuchi.His uniform number, ...more
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Sonny Chiba is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Shin'ichi Chiba, also known as Sonny Chiba, is a Japanese actor, singer, film producer, film director, and martial artist. Chiba was one of the first actors to achieve stardom through his skills ...more
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Yuko Kavaguti is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Yuko Kavaguti is a pair skater who has represented Japan and Russia in international competition. In 2006, she began competing with Alexander Smirnov for Russia. They are two time European ...more
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Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
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Ichiro Suzuki (born October 22, 1973), often referred to mononymously as Ichiro, is a Japanese retired professional baseball outfielder who played 28 seasons combined in top-level professional ...more
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Wong Pei Tty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Wong Pei Tty is a female badminton player from Malaysia. Wong competed in badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics in women's doubles with partner Chin Eei Hui. They defeated Shizuka Yamamoto and ...more
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Lena Frier Kristiansen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Lena Frier Kristiansen is a female badminton player from Denmark.
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Ryoko Tani is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Ryoko Tani is a politician and former judoka.
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Saori Yoshida is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Saori Yoshida is a Japanese wrestler. Starting from 1998 she won every major competition, including three Olympic Games, four Asian Games, and 12 world championships, and became the most ...more
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Madoka Harada is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Madoka Harada is a Japanese luger who has competed since 2004. Competing in two Winter Olympics, she earned her best finish of 13th in the women's singles event at Turin in 2006. Harada's best ...more
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Sessue Hayakawa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Sessue Hayakawa was a Japanese Issei actor who starred in American, Japanese, French, German, and British films. Hayakawa was active at the outset of the American film industry. He was the first ...more
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Takuya Kimura is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Takuya Kimura is a Japanese singer and actor. He is also a member of the Japanese idol group SMAP. Most of the TV dramas he starred in produced high ratings in Japan. He has become one of the ...more
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Tae Satoya is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Tae Satoya is a Japanese freestyle skier. She won the Olympic title in the moguls event at the 1998 Winter Olympics, and she finished third at the 2002 games. Tae became the first Japanese woman ...more
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Maki Tabata is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Maki Tabata is a speed skater and cycle racer. Maki Tabata won bronze at the World Allround Championships in 2000 and one month later, she won another bronze, this time on the 3000 m at the ...more
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Fumie Suguri is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Fumie Suguri is a Japanese figure skater. She is a three-time World medalist, a three-time Four Continents champion, the 2003 Grand Prix Final champion, and a five-time Japanese national
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Miyuki Hatanaka is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Miyuki Hatanaka is a freestyle skier.
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Miki Ando is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Miki Ando is a Japanese former figure skater. She is the 2007 and 2011 World champion, 2011 Four Continents champion, 2004 World Junior champion, and a three-time Japanese national champion. ...more
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Eri Yanetani is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Eri Yanetani is a professional snowboarder.
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Tomoka Takeuchi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Tomoka Takeuchi is a professional snowboarder.
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Mao Asada is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Mao Asada is a Japanese competitive figure skater and an Olympic silver medalist noted for her flexibility, expressive step sequences and triple axel jumps. She is the only female figure skater ...more
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Madoka Natsumi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Japan
Madoka Natsumi is a Japanese cross country skier who has competed since 1995. She earned the best individual finish of the host nation Japan at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2007 in ...more