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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Tohoku University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Tohoku University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Tohoku University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Tohoku University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Tohoku University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Tohoku University.

List is made up of a variety of graduates, including Koichi Tanaka and Akira Koike.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Tohoku University?” and “Which celebrities are Tohoku University alumni?”

Koichi Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Tohoku University Alumni
Koichi Tanaka Scientist Koichi Tanaka is a Japanese engineer who shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2002 for developing a novel method for mass spectrometric analyses of biological macromolecules with John Bennett ...more

Shizuo Kakutani is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Tohoku University Alumni
Shizuo Kakutani Mathematician Shizuo Kakutani was a Japanese-born American mathematician, best known for his eponymous fixed-point theorem. Kakutani attended Tohoku University in Sendai, where his advisor was Tatsujirō ...more

Akira Endo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Tohoku University Alumni
Akira Endo Scientist Akira Endo is a Japanese biochemist whose research into the relationship between fungi and cholesterol biosynthesis led to the development of statin drugs, which are some of the best-selling ...more

Sumio Iijima is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Tohoku University Alumni
Sumio Iijima Physicist Sumio Iijima is a Japanese physicist, often cited as the inventor of carbon nanotubes. Although carbon nanotubes had been observed prior to his "invention", Iijima's 1991 paper ...more

Akira Koike is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Tohoku University Alumni
Akira Koike Politician, Physician 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

Tsutomu Oohashi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Tohoku University Alumni
Tsutomu Oohashi Musician, Scientist Tsutomu Ōhashi is a Japanese artist and scientist. He is also known by his pseudonym, Shoji Yamashiro.

Yukio Edano is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Tohoku University Alumni
Yukio Edano Spokesperson, Politician Yukio Edano is a Japanese politician of the Democratic Party of Japan and a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet. He was the Chief Cabinet Secretary in the Kan government. From ...more

Hideaki Sena is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Tohoku University Alumni
Hideaki Sena Novelist Hideaki Sena, Ph.D. is a Japanese pharmacologist and novelist. Sena was a graduate student at Tohoku University when he wrote his prizewinning debut novel, Parasite Eve. The novel was adapted ...more

Ryuta Kawashima is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Tohoku University Alumni
Ryuta Kawashima Professor, Neuroscientist Ryuta Kawashima is a Japanese neuroscientist known for his appearances in the Brain Training/Brain Age series of video games for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS.

Norihisa Satake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Tohoku University Alumni
Norihisa Satake Norihisa Satake is a Japanese politician. A former two-term mayor of Akita City in Akita Prefecture, first elected in 2001, he is currently the Governor of Akita Prefecture after winning ...more

Masatoshi Shima is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Tohoku University Alumni
Masatoshi Shima Chemist, Electronics engineer Masatoshi Shima is a Japanese electronics engineer, who was one of the designers of the world's first microprocessor, the Intel 4004, along with Federico Faggin, Ted Hoff, and Stanley Mazor. He ...more

Masayoshi Esashi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Tohoku University Alumni
Masayoshi Esashi Engineer Masayoshi Esashi is an engineer. He is a global authority of Microelectromechanical systems and serves as the professor of the Tohoku University graduate school engineering graduate course. Born ...more

Nobuhiko Kawamoto is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Tohoku University Alumni
Nobuhiko Kawamoto Nobuhiko Kawamoto was the CEO of Honda Motor from 1990 to 1998.

Terunobu Fujimori is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Tohoku University Alumni
Terunobu Fujimori Architect Terunobu Fujimori is a Japanese architect and architectural historian. During the 1970s and 80s he made studies of the city about early Western buildings and unusual occurrences and did not turn ...more