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Famous People Of Japanese Descent

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Several well-known movers and shakers are of Japanese ancestry. Some celebs were born overseas, and others are third- and fourth-generation Japanese Americans. Many of these famous stars, actors, athletes, and musicians have had successful careers in the US and all over the world. But who is likely the most famous person of Japanese Descent?

Yoko Ono tops our list. The famous artist and musician was born in Japan to Japanese parents. Her banker father was transferred frequently, and the family lived in San Francisco, Japan, and New York during Ono's childhood. She married Beatles superstar John Lennon in 1969, and together they held "bed-ins" to promote peace all over the world. They remained together until Lennon's death in 1980.  

Read on to discover other popular Olympians, athletes, journalists, musicians, filmmakers, actors, and more of Japanese descent.