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Famous Entrepreneurs from Japan

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

Victoria Principal and Joi Ito are included on this list along with many more.

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

Use this list of renowned Japanese entrepreneurs to discover some new entrepreneurs that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (16 items)
Daisuke Enomoto is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Japan
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Daisuke Enomoto

Daisuke Enomoto (榎本 大輔, Enomoto Daisuke, born April 22, 1971, nicknamed Dice-K) is a Japanese businessman and former livedoor executive who hoped to become the fourth space tourist. He had trained at Star City, Moscow in Russia to fly with two members of Expedition 14 on board Soyuz TMA-9, which was launched on September 18, 2006. However, on August 21, 2006, a Russian Federal Space Agency spokesman announced that Enomoto was "deemed not ready to fly for exclusively medical reasons", although he hinted that Enomoto might recover and join a later mission. His replacement on this particular flight was Iranian-American businesswoman Anousheh Ansari. Enomoto was involved in a lawsuit against ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 47

Birthplace: Matsudo, Japan

Fusajiro Yamauchi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Japan
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Fusajiro Yamauchi (山内 房治郎 Yamauchi, Fusajirō, November 22, 1859 – January 1, 1940) was a Japanese entrepreneur who founded the company that is now known as Nintendo. Yamauchi lived in Kyoto, Japan and had a wife and a daughter, Tei Yamauchi (who later married future Nintendo president and Fusajiro Yamauchi's successor, Sekiryo Kaneda). ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 81 (1859-1940)

Birthplace: Kyoto, Keihanshin, Japan

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Isao Okawa

Isao Okawa (大川 功, Ōkawa Isao) (May 19, 1926 – March 16, 2001) was a Japanese businessman and the former Chairman of Sega. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 75 (1926-2001)

Birthplace: Osaka, Japan

Joi Ito is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Japan
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Joichi "Joi" Ito (伊藤 穰一, Itō Jōichi, born June 19, 1966) is a Japanese activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and director of the MIT Media Lab. Ito is a professor of the practice of media arts and sciences at MIT and a visiting professor of law from practice at the Harvard Law School.Ito has received recognition for his role as an entrepreneur focused on Internet and technology companies and has founded, among other companies, PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan. Ito is the chairman of the board of PureTech Health. Ito is a strategic advisor to Sony Corporation, and a board member of The New York Times Company, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the John D. and ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 52

Birthplace: Kyoto, Keihanshin, Japan