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

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

Haruki Murakami and Norio Wakamoto are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

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

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Iccho Itoh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Politician Iccho Itoh, born Kazunaga Itō, was the mayor of the Japanese city of Nagasaki; he first took office in 1995. He was a graduate from Waseda University, and majored in political science.

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Haruki Murakami is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author Haruki Murakami is a contemporary Japanese writer. His books and stories have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally, with his work being translated into 50 languages and selling ...more

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Shinya Aoki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Police officer, Martial artist Shinya Aoki is a Japanese mixed martial artist, grappler, and former police trainee currently competing in ONE Championship's lightweight division. He is noted for being the DREAM Lightweight ...more

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Tensai Okamura is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Animator, Film Director Tensai Okamura born Yutaka Okamura on December 13, 1961, in Fukushima Prefecture is a Japanese anime director and animator. Okamura grew up in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. He is a graduate of ...more

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Yasuo Fukuda is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Politician Yasuo Fukuda was the 91st Prime Minister of Japan, serving from 2007 to 2008. He was previously the longest-serving Chief Cabinet Secretary in Japanese history, serving for three and a half ...more

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Morihei Ueshiba is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Martial artist, Sensei Morihei Ueshiba was a martial artist and founder of the Japanese martial art of aikido. He is often referred to as "the founder" Kaiso or Ōsensei, "Great Teacher". The son of ...more

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Hirokazu Koreeda is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter Hirokazu Koreeda is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter and editor.

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Mas Oyama is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Martial artist Masutatsu Oyama, more commonly known as Mas Oyama, was a karate master who founded Kyokushin Karate, considered the first and most influential style of full contact karate. A Zainichi Korean, he ...more

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Toshiki Kaifu is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Toshiki Kaifu is a Japanese politician who was the 76th and 77th Prime Minister of Japan from 1989 to 1991.

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Lee Kun-hee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Businessperson Lee Kun-hee is a South Korean business magnate and the chairman of Samsung Group. He had resigned in April 2008, owing to a Samsung slush funds scandal, but returned on March 24, 2010. He speaks ...more

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Li Dazhao is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Librarian, Politician Li Dazhao was a Chinese intellectual who co-founded the Communist Party of China with Chen Duxiu in 1921.

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Mikihiko Nagata is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Screenwriter Nagata Mikihiko was a poet and playwright active during the Shōwa period in Japan. He also was a scriptwriter.

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Nakayama Gishu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Novelist, Writer Nakayama Gishū was the pen-name of a Japanese writer active in Shōwa period Japan. His real name was Takama Yoshihide.

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Yutaka Mafune is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Writer Yutaka Mafune was a Japanese playwright, novelist and director active during the Shōwa period of Japan.

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Tomonobu Itagaki is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Designer, Game designer Tomonobu Itagaki is a Japanese video game designer best known for creating the Dead or Alive series and also reviving the Ninja Gaiden franchise in 2004. Joining Tecmo in 1992, Itagaki produced ...more

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Makiko Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Politician Makiko Tanaka is a Japanese politician. She is the daughter of former Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka. Tanaka attended high school at Germantown Friends School in the United States and graduated ...more

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Fukushiro Nukaga is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Fukushiro Nukaga Politician Fukushiro Nukaga is a Japanese politician and a member of the Liberal Democratic Party. He has been a member of the House of Representatives since 1983 and represents Ibaraki's 2nd district. He ...more

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Masaru Ibuka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Businessperson, Writer, Engineer Masaru Ibuka was a Japanese electronics industrialist and co-founder of Sony.

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Tachihara Masaaki is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Novelist Tachihara Masaaki was the pen-name of a Japanese novelist, essayist, poet and literary critic of Korean descent, active during the Shōwa period.

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Hakushū Kitahara is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Writer Hakushū Kitahara is the pen-name of Kitahara Ryūkichi, a Japanese tanka poet active during the Taishō and Shōwa periods of Japan. He is regarded as one of the most popular and important poets in ...more

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Kunikida Doppo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Novelist, Writer Doppo Kunikida was a Japanese author of novels and romantic poetry during the Meiji period, noted as one of the inventors of Japanese naturalism.

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Hirotsu Kazuo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Writer Kazuo Hirotsu was a Japanese novelist, literary critic and translator active in the Shōwa period.

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Kyoshi Takahama is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Novelist, Writer Kyoshi Takahama was a Japanese poet active during the Shōwa period of Japan. His given name was Takahama Kiyoshi; Kyoshi was a pen name given to him by his mentor, Masaoka Shiki.

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Hidemitsu Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Novelist Hidemitsu Tanaka was a novelist of the Buraiha genre in Shōwa period Japan. His name was also pronounced "Tanaka Eiko" on occasion.

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Yoshii Isamu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Waseda University Alumni
Writer, Playwright Count Isamu Yoshii was a Japanese tanka poet and playwright writer active in Taishō and Shōwa period Japan. Attracted to European romanticism in his youth, his later works were more subdued.