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List of the most popular, renowned or famous politicians from Japan. List includes the most notable politicians from Japan, along with photos when available. This list of Japanese politicians is alphabetical, but can be sorted by any column and answers the question "what famous politicians are from Japan?" You can click on the names of the famous politicians of Japan in order to get more information about each one. List ranges from Chikage Oogi to Akira Nagatsuma, plus much more. You can use the politicians in this fact-based list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your opinion, then share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networks you belong to. (521 items)

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Abe Isoo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Died at 84 (1865-1949) Abe Isoo was a Japanese Christian socialist, parliamentarian and pacifist.

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Abe Masahiro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Abe Masahiro Died at 38 (1819-1857) Abe Masahiro was the chief senior councillor in the Japanese government at the time of the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry. Against the shogun's wishes, and the wishes of many other ...more

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Abe Tadaaki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Died at 69 (1602-1671) Abe Tadaaki was a high-ranking government official in Japan under Tokugawa Iemitsu and Ietsuna, the third and fourth Tokugawa Shogun. Daimyo of the Oshi Domain in modern-day Saitama prefecture, ...more

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Akie Abe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
age 56 Akie Abe is the wife of Shinzō Abe, the current Prime Minister of Japan.

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Akihiro Ohata is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Akihiro Ohata age 71 Akihiro Ohata is a Japanese politician of the Democratic Party of Japan, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet. A native of Higashiibaraki District, Ibaraki, he attended the ...more

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Akihiro Ota is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
age 73 Akihiro Ota is a Japanese politician of the New Komeito Party. He was a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet. In 2006 Ota became the president of Komeito Party, replacing Takenori ...more

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Akihito is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
age 85 Akihito English pronunciation is the reigning Emperor of Japan, the 125th emperor of his line according to Japan's traditional order of succession. He acceded to the Chrysanthemum Throne in ...more

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Akiko Dōmoto is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
age 86 Akiko Dōmoto was the governor of Chiba Prefecture in Japan from 2001 to 2009. She was the first female governor of Chiba and the third in Japanese history. She was first elected in 2001.

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Akimoto Hirotomo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Died at 35 (1848-1883) Akimoto Hirotomo was a Japanese samurai of the late Edo period who served as the lord of Tatebayashi han. Succeeding to family headship in 1864, he ruled the domain during the closing stages of ...more

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Akira Amari is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Akira Amari age 70 Akira Amari is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party and a member of the lower house. He was the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry from 2006 to 2008. He also served as ...more

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Akira Koike is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
age 58 Akira Koike is a Japanese politician and member of the House of Councillors for the Japanese Communist Party. He is a physician, specialized in gastroenterology, and a member of the Japanese ...more

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Akira Nagatsuma is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
age 58 Akira Nagatsuma is a Japanese politician of the Democratic Party of Japan, a member of House of Representatives in the Diet. He came to prominence when he reported missing records of public ...more

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Akira Shimada is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Akira Shimada Died at 44 (1901-1945) Akira Shimada was the last governor of Okinawa Prefecture before Japan's defeat in 1945. He died during the Battle of Okinawa.

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Akita Sanesue is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Died at 84 (1576-1660) Akita Sanesue was a Japanese daimyo who lived during the Azuchi-Momoyama and early Edo periods. He was son of Andō Chikasue, a powerful figure in Dewa Province. Sanesue pledged loyalty to ...more

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Akiyuki Nosaka is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
age 88 Akiyuki Nosaka is a Japanese novelist, singer, lyricist, and former member of the House of Councillors. As a broadcasting writer he uses the name Yukio Aki and his alias as a chanson singer is ...more

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Akizuki Tanenaga is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Died at 47 (1567-1614) Akizuki Tanenaga was a Japanese samurai warrior and daimyo of the late Sengoku and early Edo periods.

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Alberto Fujimori is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
age 80 Alberto Fujimori Fujimori is a former Peruvian politician. He was President of Peru from 28 July 1990 to 17 November 2000. A controversial figure, Fujimori ended his presidency by fleeing Peru ...more

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Antonio Inoki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
age 75 Muhammad Hussain Inoki is a Japanese professional wrestling promoter, politician, retired professional wrestler and mixed martial artist best known by the ring name Antonio Inoki. Also known as ...more

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Aoyama Tadanaga is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Aoyama Tadanaga Died at 58 (1806-1864) Aoyama Tadanaga was a Japanese daimyo of the late Edo period, who ruled the Sasayama Domain. He served as a rōjū in the Tokugawa shogunate.

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Arai Hakuseki is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Died at 68 (1657-1725) Arai Hakuseki was a Confucianist, scholar-bureaucrat, academic, administrator, writer and politician in Japan during the middle of the Edo Period, who advised the Shogun Tokugawa Ienobu. His ...more

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Arima Harunobu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Arima Harunobu Died at 45 (1567-1612) Arima Harunobu was the second son and successor of Japanese daimyo Arima Yoshisada.

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Arima Naozumi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Arima Naozumi Died at 55 (1586-1641) Arima Naozumi was the first son of the Kirishitan daimyo Arima Harunobu. He was baptized as a child with the name Miguel. He was born in Hinoe Castle in Shimabara but was sent by his father to ...more

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Asano Nagaakira is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Asano Nagaakira Died at 46 (1586-1632) Asano Nagaakira was a Japanese samurai of the early Edo period who served as daimyō of the Wakayama domain, and was later transferred to the Hiroshima Domain.

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Asano Nagakoto is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Asano Nagakoto Died at 95 (1842-1937) Asano Nagakoto was a daimyō of Hiroshima Domain for a short time after the Meiji Restoration. For the rest of the Meiji period, he was a politician and diplomat, and was one of the last ...more

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Asano Tsunaakira is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Asano Tsunaakira Died at 36 (1637-1673) Asano Tsunaakira was a Japanese daimyo of the Edo period, who ruled the Hiroshima Domain. Two of his consorts were daughters of the court noble Kujō Michifusa.

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Asano Tsunanaga is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Asano Tsunanaga Died at 49 (1659-1708) Asano Tsunanaga was a Japanese daimyo of the Edo period, who ruled the Hiroshima Domain. He held the title of Aki no kami. During the 47 Ronin incident, Tsunanaga sent a messenger to Akō, which ...more

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Ashikaga Takauji is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Ashikaga Takauji Died at 53 (1305-1358) Ashikaga Takauji was the founder and first shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate. His rule began in 1338, beginning the Muromachi period of Japan, and ended with his death in 1358. He was a ...more

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Ashikaga Yoshiaki is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Died at 60 (1537-1597) Ashikaga Yoshiaki was the 15th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate in Japan who reigned from 1568 to 1573. His father, Ashikaga Yoshiharu was the twelfth shogun, and his brother, Ashikaga Yoshiteru ...more

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Ashikaga Yoshiakira is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Ashikaga Yoshiakira Died at 37 (1330-1367) Ashikaga Yoshiakira was the 2nd shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate who reigned from 1358 to 1367 during the Muromachi period of Japan. Yoshiakira was the son of the founder and first shogun of the ...more

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Ashikaga Yoshiharu is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Ashikaga Yoshiharu Died at 39 (1511-1550) Ashikaga Yoshiharu was the twelfth shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate who held the reins of supreme power from 1521 through 1546 during the late Muromachi period of Japan. He was the son of the ...more

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Ashikaga Yoshihide is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Ashikaga Yoshihide Died at 30 (1538-1568) Ashikaga Yoshihide was the 14th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate who held nominal power for a few months in 1568 during the Muromachi period of Japan. When he became shogun, he changed his name ...more

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Ashikaga Yoshihisa is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Ashikaga Yoshihisa Died at 24 (1465-1489) Ashikaga Yoshihisa was the 9th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate who reigned from 1473 to 1489 during the Muromachi period of Japan. Yoshihisa was the son of the eighth shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa. ...more

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Ashikaga Yoshikatsu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Ashikaga Yoshikatsu Died at 9 (1434-1443) Ashikaga Yoshikatsu was the 7th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate who reigned from 1442 to 1443 during the Muromachi period of Japan. Yoshikatsu was the son of 6th shogun Ashikaga Yoshinori. ...more

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Ashikaga Yoshikazu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Ashikaga Yoshikazu Died at 18 (1407-1425) Ashikaga Yoshikazu was the 5th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate who reigned from 1423 to 1425 during the Muromachi period of Japan. Yoshikazu was the son of the fourth shogun Ashikaga ...more

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Ashikaga Yoshimasa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Died at 55 (1435-1490) Ashikaga Yoshimasa was the 8th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate who reigned from 1449 to 1473 during the Muromachi period of Japan. Yoshimasa was the son of the sixth shogun Ashikaga Yoshinori. ...more

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Ashikaga Yoshimitsu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Died at 50 (1358-1408) Ashikaga Yoshimitsu was the 3rd shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate who ruled from 1368 to 1394 during the Muromachi period of Japan. Yoshimitsu was the son of the second shogun Ashikaga ...more

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Ashikaga Yoshimochi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Ashikaga Yoshimochi Died at 42 (1386-1428) Ashikaga Yoshimochi was the 4th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate who reigned from 1394 to 1423 during the Muromachi period of Japan. Yoshimochi was the son of the third shogun Ashikaga ...more

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Ashikaga Yoshinori is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Died at 47 (1394-1441) Ashikaga Yoshinori was the 6th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate who reigned from 1429 to 1441 during the Muromachi period of Japan. Yoshinori was the son of the third shogun Ashikaga

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Ashikaga Yoshitane is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Ashikaga Yoshitane Died at 57 (1466-1523) Ashikaga Yoshitane, also known as Ashikaga Yoshiki, was the 10th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate who headed the shogunate first from 1490 to 1493 and then again from 1508 to 1521 during the ...more

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Ashikaga Yoshiteru is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Died at 29 (1536-1565) Ashikaga Yoshiteru, also known as Yoshifushi or Yoshifuji, was the 13th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate who reigned from 1546 to 1565 during the late Muromachi period of Japan. He was the ...more

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Ashikaga Yoshizumi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Ashikaga Yoshizumi Died at 30 (1481-1511) Ashikaga Yoshizumi was the 11th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate who reigned from 1494 to 1508 during the Muromachi period of Japan. He was the son of Ashikaga Masatomo and grandson of the sixth ...more

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Azuma Koshiishi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Azuma Koshiishi age 82 Azuma Koshiishi is a Japanese politician of the Democratic Party of Japan, a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet, and general secretary of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan. A ...more

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Bunmei Ibuki is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
age 80 Bunmei Ibuki is a Japanese politician. He is a Member of the House of Representatives serving the constituency of Kyoto Prefecture, 1st district, where, as of October 2006, he has been elected ...more

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Chikage Oogi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Chikage Oogi age 85 Chikage Oogi, real name Hiroko Hayashi, is a Japanese actress and politician. During her 30-year-long political career, she served in some important posts. She became the first female President ...more

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Date Hidemune is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Date Hidemune Died at 67 (1591-1658) Date Hidemune was a Japanese daimyo of the early Edo period. He was the eldest son of Date Masamune, born in 1596 by Lady Iisaka. Coming of age while living with Toyotomi Hideyoshi, he received ...more

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Date Masamune is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Died at 69 (1567-1636) Date Masamune was a regional strongman of Japan's Azuchi-Momoyama period through early Edo period. Heir to a long line of powerful daimyo in the Tōhoku region, he went on to found the modern-day ...more

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Date Munenari is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Date Munenari Died at 74 (1818-1892) Marquis Date Munenari was the eighth head of the Uwajima Domain during the Late Tokugawa shogunate and a politician of the early Meiji era.

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Date Tadamune is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Date Tadamune Died at 58 (1600-1658) Date Tadamune was a Japanese samurai of the early Edo period. The second son of the famous and powerful daimyō Date Masamune, he succeeded his father as lord of Sendai. Although he was the ...more

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Date Tsunamune is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Date Tsunamune Died at 71 (1640-1711) Date Tsunamune was the daimyō of Sendai han for about two years, from 1658 to 1660. His father, Date Tadamune, died in 1658, but Tsunamune's succession and rule was soon opposed by a number of ...more

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Date Yoshikuni is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Politicians from Japan
Date Yoshikuni Died at 49 (1825-1874) Date Yoshikuni was a Japanese daimyo lord of the late Edo period. He was the 29th generation head of the Date clan and 11th daimyo of Sendai Domain. He is known primarily his role as ...more