Japanese People Famous Authors from Japan

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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.

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Yukio Mishima is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Confessions of a Mask, Forbidden Colors, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
Mishima Yukio is the pen name of Kimitake Hiraoka, a Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor, and film director. Mishima is considered one of the most important Japanese authors of the 20th ...more

Yoshihisa Yamamoto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
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
Yoshihisa Yamamoto is a scientist and engineer and winner of the Medal of Honour with Purple Ribbon.

Kisho Kurokawa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Kishō Kurokawa, Kyosei no shiso, Hana-suki
Kisho Kurokawa was a leading Japanese architect and one of the founders of the Metabolist Movement.

Takeshi Shudo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Eien no firēna. 7, Eien no firēna. 4, Eien no firēna. 5
Takeshi Shudo was a Japanese scriptwriter, best known for his work on the Pokémon franchise.

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

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
Sawako Ariyoshi was a Japanese writer and novelist.

Daisaku Ikeda is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Choose Life, Planetary Citizenship, Sobre El Profundo Mar Azul
Daisaku Ikeda is the spiritual leader and former president of the Nichiren Buddhist Soka Gakkai, the largest of Japan's new religious movements, and also one of the most controversial. Ikeda is ...more

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

Takashi Nagatsuka is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
The Soil, Nagatsuka Takashi, Earth
Takashi Nagatsuka was a Japanese poet and novelist. According to prominent historian Ann Waswo, Nagatsuka Takashi was born into a landowning family. Generally, he was born in Ibaraki Prefecture, ...more

Kenichi Ohmae is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Beyond national borders, The Invisible Continent: Four Strategic Imperatives of the New Economy, The Borderless World
Kenichi Ohmae is a Japanese organizational theorist, management consultant, Former Professor and Dean of UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and author, known developed the 3C's Model.

Michizō Tachihara is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Michizō Tachihara was a Japanese poet and architect. He died at age 24 from tuberculosis, before either career could seriously get under way. Michizō struggled to find a way for an urban poet to ...more

Akira Kurosawa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Rashomon, Something like an autobiography, Seven Samurai and other screenplays
Akira Kurosawa was a Japanese filmmaker. Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. ...more

Lafcadio Hearn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Kottō; being Japanese curios, with sundry cobwebs, Lafcadio Hearn: Japan's great interpreter: a new anthology of his writings
Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, known also by the Japanese name Koizumi Yakumo, was an international writer, known best for his books about Japan, especially his collections of Japanese legends and ...more

Takeshi Kitano is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Takeshi Kitano is a Japanese director, comedian, singer, actor, show host, film editor, presenter, screenwriter, author, poet, painter, and one-time video game designer who has received critical ...more

Liv Ullmann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Briefe an mein Enkelkind. Großdruck, Wandlungen
Liv Johanne Ullmann is a Norwegian actress and film director. She is known as one of the "muses" of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. Ullmann won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – ...more

Mamoru Oshii is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Mamoru Oshii is a Japanese filmmaker, television director, and writer. Famous for his philosophy-oriented storytelling, Oshii has directed a number of popular anime, including Urusei Yatsura, ...more

Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Grapefruit, This is not here, Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono, is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, and peace activist. She is the widow and second wife of John Lennon and is also known for her work in avant-garde art, music, and filmmaking. ...more

Yasushi Inoue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Der Stierkampf, Bunmei tozen, Shi to ai to sei
Yasushi Inoue was a writer, novelist, poet and essayist.

Mitsuo Fukuda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Reliability and degradation of semiconductor lasers and LEDs, Optical semiconductor devices
Mitsuo Fukuda is a Japanese anime and film director best known for his work on Future GPX Cyber Formula, Gear Fighter Dendoh, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny. He is ...more

Noriko Sakai is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Noripī rando, Noripīchan, Shokuzai
Noriko Sakai is a Japanese singer and actress. She was born in Japan, Fukuoka, debuting in 1986 as an idol singer identity, when her short hair style, sweet smile, youthful image became a ...more

Osamu Tezuka is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Yami No Matsuei 11, Adolf, Volume 4
Osamu Tezuka was a Japanese cartoonist, animator, film producer, and activist. Born in Osaka Prefecture, he is best known as the creator of the comics series Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion and ...more

Shūsaku Endō is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
The golden country, The Samurai, A life of Jesus
Shūsaku Endō was a Japanese author who wrote from the rare perspective of a Japanese Roman Catholic. Together with Junnosuke Yoshiyuki, Shōtarō Yasuoka, Junzo Shono, Hiroyuki Agawa, Ayako Sono, ...more

Haruki Murakami is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, Norwegian Wood
Haruki Murakami is a contemporary Japanese writer. His books and stories have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally, with his work being translated into 50 languages and selling ...more

Mako Iwamatsu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Mako Iwamatsu was a Japanese-born American actor and voice artist who has been nominated for numerous awards. Many of his acting roles credited him simply as Mako where he omits his surname. He ...more

Leiji Matsumoto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Japan
Capitaine Albator, tome 5, Galaxy Express 999
Leiji Matsumoto is a well-known creator of several anime and manga series. His wife Miyako Maki is also known as a manga artist.