Famous Playwrights from Japan

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

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

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  • Ayumu Saito is an actor.
    • Age: 58
    • Birthplace: Kushiro, Japan
  • Ben Ousaka is a television director and playwright.
    • Birthplace: Manchuria, China
  • Hideki Noda is an acclaimed Japanese actor, playwright and theatre director who has written and directed more than forty plays in Japan, as well as working at bringing modern Japanese theatre to an international audience.
    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Saikai, Japan
  • Inoue Hisashi (井上 ひさし, Inoue Hisashi, 16 November 1934 – 9 April 2010) was a leading Japanese playwright and writer of comic fiction. From 1961 to 1986, he used the pen name of Uchiyama Hisashi.
    • Age: Dec. at 75 (1934-2010)
    • Birthplace: Yamagata Prefecture, East Asia, Honshu, Kawanishi, Asia
  • Kankurō Kudō
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    Kankurō Kudō (宮藤 官九郎, Kudō Kankurō, born July 19, 1970 in Miyagi Prefecture) is a Japanese screenwriter, dramatist, director, actor and member of the theater company Otona Keikaku. He won the 'Best Screenplay' award at the 2002 Japanese Academy Awards for Go, which explores problems faced by people of Korean-heritage living in Japan.He acted in Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World, and is also guitarist in the Japanese Comedy Rock Band Group Tamashii.
    • Age: 52
    • Birthplace: Wakayanagi, Japan
  • Kenji Yamauchi is an actor and playwright.
    • Age: 65
    • Birthplace: Japan, Tokyo