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

List of famous alumni from University of Tokyo, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from University of Tokyo include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished University of Tokyo alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended University of Tokyo 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 University of Tokyo.

Items on this list include Rei Kikukawa and Yukio Mishima.

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

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Miyuki Ishikawa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Miyuki Ishikawa Miyuki Ishikawa was a Japanese midwife and serial killer who is believed to have murdered many infants with the aid of several accomplices throughout the 1940s. It is estimated that her victims ...more

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Osachi Hamaguchi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Osachi Hamaguchi Politician Osachi Hamaguchi was a Japanese politician, cabinet minister and Prime Minister of Japan from 2 July 1929 to 14 April 1931. Nicknamed the "Lion Prime Minister" due to his physical ...more

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Hara Takashi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Hara Takashi Politician, Writer Hara Takashi was a Japanese politician and the 10th Prime Minister of Japan from 29 September 1918 until his assassination on 4 November 1921. He was also called Hara Kei informally. He was the ...more

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Yoshiro Nakamatsu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Yoshiro Nakamatsu Inventor Yoshiro Nakamatsu, also known as Dr. NakaMats, is a Japanese inventor who has become a minor celebrity for his inventions. He regularly appears on Japanese talk shows which, in conjunction with ...more

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Hitoshi Igarashi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Hitoshi Igarashi Translator Hitoshi Igarashi was a Japanese scholar of Arabic and Persian literature and history and the Japanese translator of Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses.

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Soichi Noguchi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Soichi Noguchi Flight engineer, Astronaut, Engineer Soichi Noguchi is a Japanese aeronautical engineer and a JAXA astronaut. His first spaceflight was as a Mission Specialist aboard STS-114 on 26 July 2005 for NASA's first "return to ...more

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Takao Doi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Takao Doi Astronaut, Engineer Takao Doi is a Japanese astronaut and a veteran of two NASA space shuttle missions. Doi holds a doctorate from the University of Tokyo in aerospace engineering, and has studied and published in ...more

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Naoko Yamazaki is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Naoko Yamazaki Researcher, Astronaut, Engineer Naoko Yamazaki is a former Japanese astronaut at JAXA, the second Japanese woman to qualify. The first was Chiaki Mukai.

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Yukio Mishima is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Yukio Mishima Poet, Novelist, Author Mishima Yukio is the pen name of Kimitake Hiraoka, a Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor, and film director. Mishima is considered one of the most important Japanese authors of the 20th ...more

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Ryunosuke Akutagawa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Ryunosuke Akutagawa Novelist, Author, Writer Ryūnosuke Akutagawa was a Japanese writer active in the Taishō period in Japan. He is regarded as the "Father of the Japanese short story" and Japan's premier literary award, the ...more

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Gudo Wafu Nishijima is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Gudo Wafu Nishijima Philosopher Gudo Wafu Nishijima was a Japanese Zen Buddhist priest and teacher.

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Soen Nakagawa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Soen Nakagawa Sōen Nakagawa was a Taiwanese-born Japanese rōshi and Zen Buddhist master in the Rinzai tradition. An enigmatic figure, Nakagawa had a major impact on Zen as it was practiced in the 20th ...more

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Keiji Tachikawa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Keiji Tachikawa Keiji Tachikawa is the president of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Keiji Tachikawa was born in Gifu Prefecture on May 27, 1939. He graduated from University of Tokyo, Department of ...more

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Tuneyoshi Kamae is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Tuneyoshi Kamae Professor Tuneyoshi Kamae is Professor of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, Emeritus at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) and Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC), ...more

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José Wendell Capili is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
José Wendell Capili Poet, Author, Writer José Wendell Capili is a writer and academic from the Philippines. He earned degrees from the University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines Diliman, University of Tokyo, ...more

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Inazō Nitobe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Inazō Nitobe Pacifist, Politician, Writer Nitobe Inazō was a Japanese agricultural economist, author, educator, diplomat, politician, and Christian during the pre-World War II period.

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Akira Tonomura is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Akira Tonomura Physicist Akira Tonomura was a Japanese physicist, best known for his development of electron holography and his experimental verification of the Aharonov–Bohm effect.

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Jigoro Kano is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Jigoro Kano Martial artist Kanō Jigorō was the founder of judo. Judo was the first Japanese martial art to gain widespread international recognition, and the first to become an official Olympic sport. Pedagogical ...more

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Uchida Hyakken is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Uchida Hyakken Professor, Writer Hyakken Uchida was a Japanese author and academic. He was born in Okayama, to a family of sake brewers whose business later went bankrupt. His real name is Eizo Uchida. He became a pupil of ...more

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Tomoyoshi Murayama is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Tomoyoshi Murayama Pacifist, Writer Tomoyoshi Murayama was a Japanese artist, playwright, novelist and drama producer active during the Shōwa period of Japan.

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Kouichi Sugiyama is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Kouichi Sugiyama Conductor, Musician, Composer Koichi Sugiyama is a Japanese composer, conductor, orchestrator, council member of JASRAC, board member of Japan Institute for National Fundamentals, and honorary chairman of the Japanese ...more

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Kenzaburō Ōe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Kenzaburō Ōe Novelist, Essayist, Writer Kenzaburō Ōe is a Japanese author and a major figure in contemporary Japanese literature. His works, strongly influenced by French and American literature and literary theory, deal with ...more

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Kiyoshi Shiga is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Kiyoshi Shiga Bacteriologist, Physician Kiyoshi Shiga was a Japanese physician and bacteriologist.

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Hajime Kawakami is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Hajime Kawakami Economist Hajime Kawakami was a Japanese Marxist economist of the Taishō and early Shōwa periods. Born in Yamaguchi, he graduated from Tokyo Imperial University. After writing for Yomiuri Shimbun, he ...more

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Kazuhide Uekusa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Kazuhide Uekusa Economist Kazuhide Uekusa is a Japanese economist, economic analyst, former senior economist at Nomura Research Institute, and chairman of the Three-Nations Research Institute. He was arrested in 2004 and ...more

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Hisashi Owada is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Hisashi Owada Judge, Diplomat Hisashi Owada is a former Japanese diplomat and law professor, and a judge on the International Court of Justice since 2002.

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Ted Fujita is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Ted Fujita Scientist Tetsuya Theodore "Ted" Fujita was a prominent Japanese-American severe storms researcher. His research at the University of Chicago on severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and ...more

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Kiyoshi Itō is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Kiyoshi Itō Mathematician Kiyoshi Itō was a Japanese mathematician. He pioneered the theory of stochastic integration and stochastic differential equations, now known as the Itō calculus. Its basic concept is the Itō ...more

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Masatoshi Koshiba is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Masatoshi Koshiba Physicist Masatoshi Koshiba is a Japanese physicist. He jointly won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2002. He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1951 and received a Ph.D. in physics at the University ...more

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Dhan Gopal Mukerji is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Dhan Gopal Mukerji Novelist, Writer Dhan Gopal Mukerji was the first successful Indian man of letters in the United States and winner of Newbery Medal 1928. He studied at Duff School, and at Duff College, both within the ...more

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Motojirō Kajii is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Motojirō Kajii Writer Motojirō Kajii was a Japanese author in the early Shōwa period known for his poetic short stories. Kajii left behind masterpieces such as "Lemon", "Winter Days" and ...more

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Kenkichi Iwasawa is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Kenkichi Iwasawa Mathematician Kenkichi Iwasawa was a Japanese mathematician who is known for his influence on algebraic number theory. Iwasawa was born in Shinshuku-mura, a town near Kiryū, in Gunma Prefecture. He attended ...more

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Tadatoshi Akiba is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Tadatoshi Akiba Mathematician Tadatoshi Akiba is a Japanese politician and served as the mayor of the city of Hiroshima, Japan from 1999 to 2011.

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Rei Kikukawa is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Rei Kikukawa Model, Actor, Presenter Rei Kikukawa is a Japanese actress, model, and television presenter.

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Kiichi Miyazawa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Kiichi Miyazawa Kiichi Miyazawa was a leading Liberal Democratic Party politician and the 78th Prime Minister, serving from 5 November 1991 to 9 August 1993.

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Takeo Fukuda is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Takeo Fukuda Takeo Fukuda was a Japanese politician and the 67th Prime Minister of Japan from 24 December 1976 to 7 December 1978.

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Yasuhiro Nakasone is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Yasuhiro Nakasone Politician Yasuhiro Nakasone is a Japanese politician who served as Prime Minister of Japan from November 27, 1982 to November 6, 1987. A contemporary of Brian Mulroney, Ronald Reagan, Helmut Kohl, ...more

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Peng Ming-min is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Peng Ming-min Politician, Lawyer Peng Ming-min is a noted democracy activist, advocate of Taiwan independence, and politician. Arrested for sedition in 1964 for printing a manifesto advocating democracy in his native Taiwan, he ...more

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Mamoru Shigemitsu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Mamoru Shigemitsu Mamoru Shigemitsu was a Japanese diplomat and politician in the Empire of Japan, who served as the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs at the end of World War II and later, as the Deputy Prime ...more

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Birendra of Nepal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Birendra of Nepal Birendra Bir Bikram Shah was the 11th King of Nepal and a South Asian statesman. The eldest son of King Mahendra, whom he succeeded in 1972, he reigned until his death in the 2001 Nepalese royal ...more

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Jirō Osaragi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Jirō Osaragi Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer Jirō Osaragi was the pen-name of a popular Japanese writer in Shōwa period Japan, known primarily for his historical fiction novels, which appeared serialized in newspapers and magazines. His ...more

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Kijūrō Shidehara is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Kijūrō Shidehara Politician, Diplomat Baron Kijūrō Shidehara was a prominent pre–World War II Japanese diplomat and the 44th Prime Minister of Japan from 9 October 1945 to 22 May 1946. He was a leading proponent of pacifism in Japan ...more

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Soseki Natsume is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Soseki Natsume Novelist, Writer Natsume Sōseki, born Natsume Kinnosuke was a Japanese novelist of the Meiji period. He is best known for his novels Kokoro, Botchan, I Am a Cat and his unfinished work Light and Darkness. He was ...more

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Jokichi Takamine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Jokichi Takamine Chemist, Scientist Jōkichi Takamine was a Japanese chemist.

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Masao Kume is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Masao Kume Novelist, Writer Masao Kume was a Japanese popular playwright, novelist and haiku poet active during the late Taishō and early Shōwa periods of Japan. His wife, and the wife of Nagai Tatsuo were sisters.

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Tatsuhiko Shibusawa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Tatsuhiko Shibusawa Novelist, Writer Tatsuhiko Shibusawa was the pen name of Shibusawa Tatsuo, a novelist, art critic, and translator of French literature active during Shōwa period Japan. Shibusawa wrote many short stories and ...more

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Wakatsuki Reijirō is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Wakatsuki Reijirō Politician Baron Wakatsuki Reijirō was a Japanese politician and the 25th and 28th Prime Minister of Japan. Opposition politicians of the time derogatorily labeled him Usotsuki Reijirō, or "Reijirō

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Kazuo Shii is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Kazuo Shii Politician Kazuo Shii is a Japanese politician and chairman of the Japanese Communist Party.

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Kunihiko Kodaira is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Kunihiko Kodaira Mathematician Kunihiko Kodaira was a Japanese mathematician known for distinguished work in algebraic geometry and the theory of complex manifolds, and as the founder of the Japanese school of algebraic ...more

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Mitsuo Nakamura is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni
Mitsuo Nakamura Writer Mitsuo Nakamura was the pen-name of a writer of biographies and stage-plays, and a literary critic active in Shōwa period Japan. His real name was Koba Ichirō.