Famous Economists from Japan

List of notable or famous economists from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top economists born in Japan and even some popular economists who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese economists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These economists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known economist from Japan is included when available.

List people include Hajime Kawakami, Kazuhide Uekusa and many more.

This historic economists from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese economists of note?" and "Who are the most famous economists from Japan?" These prominent economists of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese economists.

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  • Tokuzō Fukuda

    Tokuzō Fukuda (福田 徳三 Fukuda Tokuzō; born February 12, 1874; died May 8, 1930) was a pioneer of modern Japanese economics. Fukuda introduced economic theory and economic history for the Social Policy School and the Younger Historical school of economics. He graduated from the Tokyo Higher School of Commerce (today's Hitotsubashi University). After he was appointed lecturer of his alma mater, he studied in Germany, under Karl Bücher among others in the field, and he earned his doctorate from Munich University. His thesis dealt with the social and economic development in Japan (original title: Die gesellschaftliche und wirtschaftliche Entwicklung in Japan) and was supervised by Lujo ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 56 (1874-1930)
  • Hajime Kawakami
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    Hajime Kawakami (河上 肇, Kawakami Hajime, October 20, 1879 – January 30, 1946) was a Japanese Marxist economist of the Taishō and early Shōwa periods. Born in Yamaguchi, he graduated from Tokyo Imperial University. After writing for Yomiuri Shimbun, he attained a professorship in economics at Kyoto Imperial University. Increasingly inclined toward Marxism, he participated in the March 15 incident of 1928, and was expelled from the university as a subversive. The following year, he joined the formation of a political party Shinrōtō. Kawakami went on to publish a Marxist-oriented economics journal, Studies of Social Problems. After joining the then-outlawed Japanese Communist Party, he was ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 66 (1879-1946)
    • Birthplace: Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan
  • Heizō Takenaka (竹中 平蔵, Takenaka Heizō, born 3 March 1951) is a Japanese economist and retired politician, last serving as Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications and Minister of State for Privatization of the Postal Services in the cabinet of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. As of July 2007, he is a professor at Keio University and an advisor for other academic institutions and companies.
    • Age: 71
    • Birthplace: Wakayama, Japan
  • Hiroshi Yoshikawa
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    Hiroshi Yoshikawa (吉川 洋, Yanaihara Hiroshi, born June 30, 1951) is a Japanese economist and professor of Rissho University.Yoshikawa was born in Tokyo. He won the Nikkei Economic Book Award and the Suntory Award (1984), the Economist Award (1993) and the Yomiuri-Yoshino Sakuzo Award (2000).
    • Age: 72
    • Birthplace: Japan
  • Kazuhide Uekusa (植草 一秀, Uekusa Kazuhide, born December 18, 1960) is a Japanese economist, economic analyst, former senior economist at Nomura Research Institute, and chairman of the Three-Nations Research Institute. He was arrested in 2004 and 2006 for sex offences.
    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: Edogawa, Tokyo, Japan
  • Kozo Uno

    Kozo Uno (宇野 弘蔵, Uno Kōzō, November 12, 1897 – February 22, 1977) was a Japanese economist and is considered one of the most important theorists on the field of Marx's theory of value. His main work Principles of Political Economy was published in 1964. Among his scholars are Thomas T. Sekine and Makoto Itoh.
    • Age: Dec. at 79 (1897-1977)
    • Birthplace: Kurashiki, Japan