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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.

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?"

For further information on these historic Japanese authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Japanese authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
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    Yukio Mishima

    Yukio Mishima

    Confessions of a Mask, Forbidden Colors

    BirthplaceShinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

    Birthdate1925

    NationalityJapan

    Yukio Mishima (三島 由紀夫, Mishima Yukio) is the pen name of Kimitake Hiraoka (平岡 公威, Hiraoka... more on Wikipedia

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    Yoshihisa Yamamoto

    Yoshihisa Yamamoto

    Phonon-Assisted Exciton-Polariton Emission in a Microcavity, Wannier Exciton Superradiance in a Quantum-Well Microcavity

    BirthplaceEast Asia, Tokyo, Asia, Japan

    Birthdate1950

    NationalityJapan

    Yoshihisa Yamamoto (山本 喜久, Yamamoto Yoshihisa) is a Japanaese physicist and winner of the... more on Wikipedia
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    Kisho Kurokawa

    Kisho Kurokawa

    Kishō Kurokawa, Kyosei no shiso

    BirthplaceAichi Prefecture, Chūbu region, East Asia, Honshu, Asia

    Birthdate1934

    NationalityJapan

    Kisho Kurokawa was a leading Japanese architect and one of the founders of the Metabolist... more on Wikipedia
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    Takeshi Shudo

    Eien no firēna. 7, Eien no firēna. 4

    BirthplaceEast Asia, Asia, Japan, Fukuoka, Kyushu

    Birthdate1949

    NationalityJapan

    Takeshi Shudo (首藤 剛志, Shudō Takeshi, August 18, 1949 – October 29, 2010) was a Japanese... more on Wikipedia
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    Yoshitsugu Matsuoka

    Yoshitsugu Matsuoka

    The Responsa of Professor Louis Ginzberg, Halakha For Our Time

    BirthplaceEast Asia, Asia, Japan, Hokkaido

    Birthdate1986

    NationalityJapan

    Matsuoka Yoshitsugo is a voice actor.
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    Sawako Ariyoshi

    The Doctor's Wife, The River Ki

    BirthplaceEast Asia, Kansai region, Wakayama Prefecture, Honshu, Asia

    Birthdate1931

    NationalityJapan

    Sawako Ariyoshi (有吉 佐和子 Ariyoshi Sawako, 20 January 1931 – 30 August 1984) was a prolific... more on Wikipedia
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    Daisaku Ikeda

    Daisaku Ikeda

    Choose Life, Planetary Citizenship

    BirthplaceEast Asia, Tokyo, Asia, Japan

    Birthdate1928

    NationalityJapan

    Daisaku Ikeda (池田 大作, Ikeda Daisaku, born 2 January 1928) is a Japanese Buddhist philosopher,... more on Wikipedia
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    Jun Henmi

    Otoko-tachi no Yamato

    BirthplaceToyama Prefecture, Chūbu region, East Asia, Honshu, Asia

    Birthdate1939

    NationalityJapan

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    Takashi Nagatsuka

    Takashi Nagatsuka

    The Soil, Nagatsuka Takashi

    BirthplaceKantō region, East Asia, Honshu, Ibaraki Prefecture, Asia

    Birthdate1879

    NationalityJapan

    Takashi Nagatsuka (長塚 節, Nagatsuka Takashi, April 3, 1879–February 8, 1915) was a Japanese... more on Wikipedia
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    Kenichi Ohmae

    Kenichi Ohmae

    Beyond national borders, The Invisible Continent: Four Strategic Imperatives of the New Economy

    BirthplaceEast Asia, Asia, Japan, Kyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture

    Birthdate1943

    NationalityJapan

    Kenichi Ohmae (大前 研一, Ōmae Ken'ichi, born February 21, 1943) is a Japanese organizational... more on Wikipedia
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    Michizō Tachihara (立原道造, Tachihara Michizō, July 30, 1914 - March 29, 1939) was a Japanese... more on Wikipedia
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    Akira Kurosawa

    Akira Kurosawa

    Rashomon, Something like an autobiography

    BirthplaceShinagawa, Japan

    Birthdate1910

    NationalityJapan

    Akira Kurosawa (Kyūjitai: 黒澤 明, Shinjitai: 黒沢 明 Kurosawa Akira; March 23, 1910 – September 6,... more on Wikipedia

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    Lafcadio Hearn

    Lafcadio Hearn

    Kottō; being Japanese curios, with sundry cobwebs

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Lefkada, Greece, Lefkada

    Birthdate1850

    NationalityIreland, Kingdom of Greece, Empire of Japan, United Kingdom, Japan

    Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (; Greek: Πατρίκιος Λευκάδιος Χερν; 27 June 1850 – 26 September 1904),... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Takeshi Kitano
    Takeshi Kitano (北野 武, Kitano Takeshi, born 18 January 1947) is a Japanese comedian, television... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Liv Ullmann

    Liv Ullmann

    Briefe an mein Enkelkind. Großdruck, Wandlungen

    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan

    Birthdate1938

    NationalityNorway

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    Mamoru Oshii

    Mamoru Oshii

    Hellhounds

    BirthplaceŌta, Tokyo, Japan

    Birthdate1951

    NationalityJapan

    Mamoru Oshii (押井 守, Oshii Mamoru, born 8 August 1951) is a Japanese filmmaker, television... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Yoko Ono

    Yoko Ono

    Grapefruit, This is not here

    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan

    Birthdate1933-02-18

    NationalityJapan

    Yoko Ono (born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese-American multimedia artist, singer, songwriter... more on Wikipedia

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    Yasushi Inoue

    Yasushi Inoue

    Der Stierkampf, Bunmei tozen

    BirthplaceEast Asia, Asia, Japan, Hokkaido, Asahikawa

    Birthdate1907

    NationalityJapan

    Yasushi Inoue (井上靖, Inoue Yasushi, May 6, 1907 – January 29, 1991) was a Japanese writer of... more on Wikipedia
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    Mitsuo Fukuda

    Mitsuo Fukuda

    Reliability and degradation of semiconductor lasers and LEDs, Optical semiconductor devices

    BirthplaceTochigi Prefecture, Japan

    Birthdate1960

    NationalityJapan

    Mitsuo Fukuda (福田 己津央, Fukuda Mitsuo, 福田 満夫 before 1990) (born November 28, 1960) is a... more on Wikipedia
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    Noriko Sakai

    Noriko Sakai

    Noripī rando, Noripīchan

    BirthplaceFukuoka, Japan

    Birthdate1971

    NationalityJapan

    Noriko Sakai (酒井 法子, Sakai Noriko, born February 14, 1971) is a Japanese singer and actress.... more on Wikipedia
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    Osamu Tezuka

    Osamu Tezuka

    Yami No Matsuei 11, Adolf

    BirthplaceOsaka Prefecture, East Asia, Kansai region, Honshu, Toyonaka

    Birthdate1928

    NationalityJapan

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  • 22

    Shūsaku Endō

    The golden country, The Samurai

    BirthplaceKantō region, East Asia, Honshu, Tokyo, Asia

    Birthdate1923

    NationalityJapan

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    Haruki Murakami

    Haruki Murakami

    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore

    BirthplaceFushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan

    Birthdate1949

    NationalityJapan

    Series WrittenTrilogy of the Rat

    Haruki Murakami (村上 春樹, Murakami Haruki, born January 12, 1949) is a Japanese writer. His... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Mako Iwamatsu
    Makoto Iwamatsu (岩松誠, Iwamatsu Makoto, December 10, 1933 – July 21, 2006) was a Japanese... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Leiji Matsumoto

    Leiji Matsumoto

    Capitaine Albator, tome 5

    BirthplaceKurume, East Asia, Asia, Japan, Kyushu

    Birthdate1938

    NationalityJapan

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