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Famous Athletes from Japan

Updated June 14, 2019 47.8k views1.7k items
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. {#nodes}
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