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Famous University Of Tokyo Alumni

Updated October 13, 2018 4.6k views353 items

List RulesPeople 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 (石川 ミユキ, Ishikawa Miyuki, born 1897, date of death unknown) was a Japanese midwife and serial killer who is believed to have murdered many infants with the aid of several accomplices...  more

    #12 of 12 12 Terrifying Female Serial Killers#15 of 26 Serial Killers Who Were Doctors Or Nurses#4 of 37 37 Famous Serial Killers Of Children

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    AgeDec. at 61 (1870-1931)

    BirthplaceKochi, Japan


    Hamaguchi Osachi (Kyūjitai: 濱口 雄幸; Shinjitai: 浜口 雄幸, also Hamaguchi Yūkō, 1 April 1870 – 26 August 1931) was a Japanese politician, cabinet minister and Prime Minister of Japan from 1929 to 1931....  more
  • 3
    Politician, Writer

    AgeDec. at 65 (1856-1921)

    BirthplaceMorioka, Japan


    Hara Takashi (原 敬, 15 March 1856 (安政3年2月9日) – 4 November 1921) was a Japanese politician and the Prime Minister of Japan from 1918 until his assassination on 4 November 1921. He was also called Hara...  more
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    BirthplaceJapan, Tokyo


    Yoshiro Nakamatsu (中松 義郎, Nakamatsu Yoshirō, born June 26, 1928), also known as Dr. NakaMats (ドクター中松, Dokutā Nakamatsu), is a Japanese inventor. He regularly appears on Japanese talk shows...  more
  • 5

    AgeDec. at 44 (1947-1991)

    Hitoshi Igarashi (五十嵐 一, Igarashi Hitoshi, 10 June 1947 – 12 July 1991) was a Japanese scholar of Arabic and Persian literature and history and the Japanese translator of Salman Rushdie's novel The...  more
  • 6
    Flight engineer, Astronaut


    BirthplaceYokohama, Japan


    Soichi Noguchi (野口 聡一, Noguchi Sōichi, born 15 April 1965 in Yokohama, Japan) is a Japanese aeronautical engineer and JAXA astronaut. His first spaceflight was as a Mission Specialist aboard STS-114...  more
  • 7
    Astronaut, Engineer


    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan


    Takao Doi (土井 隆雄, Doi Takao, born September 18, 1954) is a Japanese astronaut and veteran of two NASA Space Shuttle missions. Doi holds a doctorate from the University of Tokyo in aerospace...  more
  • 8
    Researcher, Astronaut


    BirthplaceMatsudo, Japan


    Naoko Yamazaki (山崎 直子, Yamazaki Naoko, born December 27, 1970) is a former Japanese astronaut at JAXA, and the second Japanese woman to qualify for the program. The first was Chiaki Mukai....  more
  • 9
    Poet, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 45 (1925-1970)

    BirthplaceShinjuku, Japan


    Yukio Mishima (三島 由紀夫, Mishima Yukio) is the pen name of Kimitake Hiraoka (平岡 公威, Hiraoka Kimitake, January 14, 1925 – November 25, 1970), a Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor, model, film...  more

    The Tale of The Japanese Author Who Botched A Coup D'etat And Committed Seppuku#259 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#131 of 306 The Best Novelists of All Time

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    Novelist, Author

    AgeDec. at 35 (1892-1927)

    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan


    Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (芥川 龍之介, Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, 1 March 1892 – 24 July 1927), art name Chōkōdō Shujin (澄江堂主人), was a Japanese writer active in the Taishō period in Japan. He is regarded as the...  more
  • 11

    AgeDec. at 94 (1919-2014)

    BirthplaceYokohama, Japan


    Gudo Wafu Nishijima (西嶋愚道和夫 Nishijima Gudō Wafu, 29 November 1919 – 28 January 2014) was a Japanese Zen Buddhist priest and teacher....  more
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    Sōen Nakagawa (中川 宋淵, Nakagawa Sōen, born Motoi Nakagawa; March 19, 1907 – March 11, 1984) was a Taiwanese-born Japanese rōshi and Zen Buddhist master in the Rinzai tradition. An enigmatic figure,...  more
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    Keiji Tachikawa (立川 敬二, Tachikawa Keiji, born May 27, 1939 in Gifu Prefecture) is the president of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Keiji Tachikawa was born in Gifu Prefecture on May...  more
  • 14
    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), Stanford...  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceManila, Philippines

    José Wendell Capili is a Filipino academic and writer. He earned degrees from the University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines Diliman, University of Tokyo (東京大学), University of Cambridge...  more
  • 16
    Pacifist, Politician

    AgeDec. at 71 (1862-1933)

    BirthplaceMorioka, Japan


    Nitobe Inazō (新渡戸 稲造, September 1, 1862 – October 15, 1933) was a Japanese agricultural economist, author, educator, diplomat, politician, and Christian during the pre-World War II period....  more
  • 17

    AgeDec. at 70 (1942-2012)

    BirthplaceHyōgo Prefecture, Japan


    Akira Tonomura was a Japanese physicist, best known for his development of electron holography and his experimental verification of the Aharonov–Bohm effect....  more
  • 18
    Martial artist

    AgeDec. at 77 (1860-1938)

    BirthplaceHyōgo Prefecture, Japan

    Kanō Jigorō (嘉納 治五郎, 28 October 1860 – 4 May 1938) was a Japanese educator and athlete, the founder of Judo. Judo was the first Japanese martial art to gain widespread international recognition, and...  more
  • 19
    Professor, Writer

    AgeDec. at 81 (1889-1971)

    BirthplaceOkayama, Japan


    Hyakken Uchida (内田 百間, Uchida Hyakken, May 29, 1889 – April 20, 1971) was a Japanese author and academic....  more
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    Pacifist, Writer

    AgeDec. at 76 (1901-1977)

    BirthplaceKanda, Tokyo


    Tomoyoshi Murayama (村山 知義, Murayama Tomoyoshi, 18 January 1901 – 22 March 1977) was a Japanese artist, play writer, novelist and drama producer active during the Shōwa period in Japan....  more
  • 21
    Conductor, Musician


    BirthplaceTaitō, Tokyo, Japan


    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 Backgammon...  more
  • 22
    Novelist, Essayist


    BirthplaceUchiko, Japan


    Kenzaburō Ōe (大江 健三郎, Ōe Kenzaburō, born 31 January 1935) is a Japanese writer and a major figure in contemporary Japanese literature. His novels, short stories and essays, strongly influenced by...  more
  • 23
    Bacteriologist, Physician

    AgeDec. at 85 (1871-1957)

    BirthplaceSendai, Japan


    Kiyoshi Shiga (志賀 潔, Shiga Kiyoshi, February 7, 1871 – January 25, 1957) was a Japanese physician and bacteriologist....  more
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    AgeDec. at 66 (1879-1946)

    BirthplaceYamaguchi Prefecture, Japan


    Hajime Kawakami (河上 肇, Kawakami Hajime, October 20, 1879 – January 30, 1946) was a Japanese Marxist economist of the Taishō and early Shōwa periods. Born in Yamaguchi, he graduated from Tokyo...  more
  • 25


    BirthplaceEdogawa, Tokyo, Japan


    Kazuhide Uekusa (植草 一秀, Uekusa Kazuhide, born December 18, 1960) is a Japanese economist, economic analyst, former senior economist at Nomura Research Institute, and chairman of the Three-Nations...  more
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List Rules: People on this list must have gone to University of Tokyo and be of some renown.