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List of the most popular authors from Japan, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Japanese authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Japanese writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

This is a list that includes authors like Kaiko Takeshi and Yoshida Sunao.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Japan?" and "Who are the best Japanese authors?"

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Yukio Mishima is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Yukio Mishima Confessions of a Mask, Forbidden Colors, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

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Yoshihisa Yamamoto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Yoshihisa Yamamoto Phonon-Assisted Exciton-Polariton Emission in a Microcavity, Wannier Exciton Superradiance in a Quantum-Well Microcavity, Excitonic Superradiance to Exciton-Polariton Crossover and the Pole Approximation

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Kisho Kurokawa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Kisho Kurokawa Kishō Kurokawa, Kyosei no shiso, Hana-suki

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Takeshi Shudo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Takeshi Shudo Eien no firēna. 7, Eien no firēna. 4, Eien no firēna. 5

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Yoshitsugu Matsuoka is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka The Responsa of Professor Louis Ginzberg, Halakha For Our Time, Rediscovering the Art of Jewish Prayer

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Sawako Ariyoshi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Sawako Ariyoshi The Doctor's Wife, The River Ki, Hanaoka Seishū no tsuma

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Daisaku Ikeda is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Daisaku Ikeda Choose Life, Planetary Citizenship, Sobre El Profundo Mar Azul

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Jun Henmi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Jun Henmi Otoko-tachi no Yamato

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Takashi Nagatsuka is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Takashi Nagatsuka The Soil, Nagatsuka Takashi, Earth

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Kenichi Ohmae is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Kenichi Ohmae Beyond national borders, The Invisible Continent: Four Strategic Imperatives of the New Economy, The Borderless World

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Michizō Tachihara is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Japan

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Akira Kurosawa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Akira Kurosawa Rashomon, Something like an autobiography, Seven Samurai and other screenplays

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Lafcadio Hearn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Lafcadio Hearn Kottō; being Japanese curios^! with sundry cobwebs, Lafcadio Hearn: Japan's great interpreter: a new anthology of his writings^! 1894-1904, Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things

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Takeshi Kitano is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Japan

The Best George Orwell Quotes

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Liv Ullmann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Liv Ullmann Briefe an mein Enkelkind. Großdruck, Wandlungen

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Mamoru Oshii is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Mamoru Oshii Hellhounds

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Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Yoko Ono Grapefruit, This is not here, Yoko Ono

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Yasushi Inoue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Yasushi Inoue Der Stierkampf, Bunmei tozen, Shi to ai to sei

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Mitsuo Fukuda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Mitsuo Fukuda Reliability and degradation of semiconductor lasers and LEDs, Optical semiconductor devices

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Noriko Sakai is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Noriko Sakai Noripī rando, Noripīchan, Shokuzai

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Osamu Tezuka is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Osamu Tezuka Yami No Matsuei 11, Adolf^! Volume 4, Buddha^! Vol. 2

The Best Novels About World War 2

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Shūsaku Endō is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Shūsaku Endō The golden country, The Samurai, A life of Jesus

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Haruki Murakami is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Haruki Murakami The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, Norwegian Wood

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Mako Iwamatsu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Japan

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Leiji Matsumoto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Leiji Matsumoto Capitaine Albator^! tome 5, Galaxy Express 999^! Volume 2

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Yu Watase is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Yu Watase El Arte De Ayashi No Ceres, Yuhi^! Volume 2, Imadoki Vol. 2 (Imadoki)

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Jirō Akagawa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Jirō Akagawa Sailor Suit and Machine Gun, Midnight suite, Tui li bo wu guan

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Yasunari Kawabata is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Yasunari Kawabata The Sound of the Mountain, Thousand Cranes, Tōkyō no hito

The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

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Yoshiyuki Tomino is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Yoshiyuki Tomino Brain Powered 02, Gundam Seed Astray R, Brain Powered 04

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Yasutaka Tsutsui is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Yasutaka Tsutsui The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Salmonella Men on Planet Porno, Yakusai hanten

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Kazuo Koike is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Kazuo Koike The Flute of the Fallen Tiger, Wounded Man^! Volume 5, Samurai Executioner^! Vol. 6

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Shintaro Ishihara is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Shintaro Ishihara Waga jinsei no toki no toki, Ansatsu no hekiga, Raiseiki no yoin

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Katsuhiro Otomo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Katsuhiro Otomo Visions of Arzach, Mother Sarah^! tome 1, Sarah^! Bd.3^! Die Kinderstadt

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Donald Keene is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Donald Keene Nō: the classical theatre of Japan, Seeds in the Heart, The Tale of the Shining Princess

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Japan

The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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Mitsumasa Anno is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Mitsumasa Anno All in a day, Ce jour làÂ, Anno's sundial

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Ryunosuke Akutagawa is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Ryunosuke Akutagawa Kappa, Japanese short stories, Mandarins

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Makoto Raiku is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Makoto Raiku 11 (Konjiki no Gasshu !!, 4 (Konjiki no Gasshu !!, 19 (Konjiki no Gasshu !!

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Reiko Yoshida is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Reiko Yoshida Tokyo Mew Mew 01, Tokyo Mewmew^! Omnibus Vol. 3

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Hideyuki Kikuchi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Hideyuki Kikuchi A Wind Named Amnesia, Vampire Hunter D: Mysterious Journey to the North Sea, Demon City Shinjuku

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Masanobu Fukuoka is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Masanobu Fukuoka L'Agriculture naturelle, 神と自然と人, 無1 神の革命

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Ai Kago is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Ai Kago Kago Ai Live—Miseinen Hakusho

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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Aki Hoshino is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Aki Hoshino Hoshino Body

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Sessue Hayakawa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Sessue Hayakawa Zen showed me the way

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Eiji Yoshikawa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Eiji Yoshikawa Musashi, Zuihitsu Miyamoto Musashi, Shin Heike monogatari

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Shinichiro Watanabe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Shinichiro Watanabe Cowboy Bebop Film Manga Volume 1, Edo no onnatachi no enishi o moyau akai ito, Seiyo koten goten

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Yoshitaka Amano is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Yoshitaka Amano Vampire Hunter D Volume 2, Worlds of Amano, Fairies

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Murasaki Shikibu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Murasaki Shikibu The Tale of Genji, Miotsukushi, The sacred tree

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Eiko Ishioka is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Eiko Ishioka Eiko on stage, Eiko by Eiko, Ishioka Eiko fushi kaden

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Sion Sono is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Sion Sono Suicide Circle: The Complete Edition