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Famous Playwrights from Japan

Updated October 13, 2018 6.9k views20 items

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.

Use this list of renowned Japanese playwrights to discover some new playwrights 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. {#nodes}
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  • Ayumu Saito is an actor.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 55
    • Birthplace: Kushiro, Japan
  • Ben Ousaka is a television director and playwright.... more on Wikipedia
    • 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.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 64
    • Birthplace: Nagasaki, 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.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 76 (1934-2010)
    • Birthplace: Kawanishi, Japan
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