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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)
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Jujiro Matsuda is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Japan
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Jujiro Matsuda

Jujiro Matsuda (松田 重次郎, Matsuda Jūjirō, August 8, 1875 – March 27, 1952) was a Japanese industrialist and businessman who founded automobile manufacturer Mazda Motor Corporation. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 77 (1875-1952)

Birthplace: Hiroshima, Japan

Kazuo Inamori is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Japan
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Kazuo Inamori

Kazuo Inamori (稲盛 和夫, Inamori Kazuo, born January 21, 1932) is a Japanese philanthropist, entrepreneur and the founder of Kyocera and KDDI. He was the chairman of Japan Airlines. In 2011, he received the Othmer Gold Medal for outstanding contributions to progress in science and chemistry. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 87

Birthplace: Kagoshima, Japan

Kazutoshi Sakurai is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Japan
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Kazutoshi Sakurai (桜井 和寿, Sakurai Kazutoshi, born 櫻井 和寿, March 8, 1970 in Tokyo) is a Japanese musician. He composes and writes almost all of the songs for his band Mr. Children, in addition to writing lyrics and singing for his solo project group Bank Band. In 2006, Sakurai ranked #8 in HMV's "Top 30 Best Japanese Singers of All Time" and in 2007 was voted #4 as the "ideal father image" by Oricon. Also, in 2009, he was chosen as one of the Young Global Leaders in World Economic Forum. As an entrepreneur, he co-founded AP Bank, where he personally provided 1 million dollars of seed money to launch and fund the nonprofit lending group which finances environmentally friendly projects. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 48

Birthplace: Nerima, Tokyo, Japan

Kiichiro Toyoda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Japan
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Kiichiro Toyoda

Kiichiro Toyoda (豊田 喜一郎, とよだ きいちろう, Toyoda Kiichirō) (June 11, 1894 – March 27, 1952), was a Japanese businessman and the son of Toyoda Loom Works founder Sakichi Toyoda. His decision to change Toyoda's focus from automatic loom manufacture into automobile manufacturing created what would become Toyota Motor Corporation. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 58 (1894-1952)

Birthplace: Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan