Japan is an Island country, which is located in East Asia and shares its border with Russia, Korea, China and Taiwan. It has a population of 126 million. It has in the past faced a couple of earthquakes and atomic bombing that really affected its economy. Despite this, the Japanese people are always hardworking, hence no matter how hard they are hit they will always retain the high status of the country. Japan is also ranked number three for having a wealthy economy. This is due to the role played by Tycoons who have been a key role in raising the economy’s status. So, Here are the Top 10 most famous Japanese people right now:
10. Masahiro Miki
Masahiro Miki is a very successful business man. He is the founder of the Shoemaker ABC-Mart, which is a firm that deals with discount shoe makers. ABC-Mart firm is mostly known by the public for trading shoe makers. This business does not only operate in South Korea but also in Taiwan. This famous Japanese has a net worth of $3.4 billion.
9. Masatoshi Ito
Masatoshi is the founder and owner of Seven & I. This company is among the biggest retail group in Japan. Seven & I has a lot of satellite hubs in the whole world. This famous Japanese is worth $4.2 billion.
8. Akira Mori
Being the President and Owner of Mori Trust, Akira Mori is worth $3.7 billion. This is a real estate developer company which are located in Japan and Tokyo. This company was initially founded by his father Takichiro Mori back in 1959. He was then the beneficiary of his fathers’ fortune after his brother and father passed on. This firm operates more than 66 buildings, manages more than 88 buildings and all these consists of residential buildings and offices.
7. Han Chang-Woo
He is a Japanese-Korean businessman. Han Chang-Woo is the CEO of Maruhan the pachinko parlor operator firm. This is mainly a Japanese niche gambling device management firm. This firm is based in Korea and Japan. This famous Japanese man is worth $4.3 billion.
6. Kunio Busujima
Kunio Busujima is famous for being the founder of Sankyo, this is pachinko machine makers. His estimated net worth is US$4.2 billion. He managed to create a gambling empire in a country in which casinos were not allowed. Busujima had found the key to success in gambling and at almost the exact time he found the ideal way to convince players. Kunio has never failed in the rules of entrepreneurship.
5. Keiichiro Takahara
He has been the founder of Unicharm Corporation since June 2001. He was born in 1931 and graduated from the Faculty of Business in 1953. Takahara started off his career as a staff member with goods company Kansai. He worked in this company for about 8 years. Later in 1961, he founded Taisei Kako that manufactures building materials but later changed its name to Unicharm. The product range were added to include sanitary products. This company’s employees funded Tohoku-Pacific Ocean who were victims of tsunamis and earthquake. Takahara is passionate about the environment.
4. Takemitsu Takizaki
Takemistu was the founder of Keyence Corp. Investors. This company has earned almost twice the profit of Apple Inc. He is famously known for quietly building Japan Inc. factory, this is an automation powerhouse. This company has been successful following the excellent abilities of Takizaki. His absence in this company will surely be felt since he has contributed a lot to the growth of this company. He amassed Japan’s fortune when he was building the dominant factory-automation company. Takemitsu is a very rare breed in Japan, since he valued the profit margin more than the sales.
Takizaki also offered help in the invention of precision sensors where he used on assembly lines for Toyota Motor Corp. Currently, this company still maintains a high margin by its products being made at contract fabricators.
This is effected by combining automation-consulting work together with device sales.
3. Hiroshi Mikitani
He is the Chief executive of Rakuten Inc. This company will always look outside for growth in order to make itself attractive to international job candidates. Although they have incurred loses they still managed to come out of the debt. Rakuten is doubling down on Tokyo in terms of their presence in Silicon Valley. They have put efforts in developing English language skills in order to cultivate a global mindset and it has been successful. In future, Rakuten may decide to take the virtual currency bitcoin as payment.
2. Masayoshi Son
Masayoshi is the Chief Executive officer of SoftBank. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Son began Unison in Oakland, Carlifornia which currently has been bought by Kyocera. He knew that anything that is related to microchips will always produce a fortune. He aimed at producing one business idea every day. He managed to patent translating device that he sold to Sharp Electronics at $450,000. Son bought 76% in Sprint and has also bought shares to almost 80% ownership. He is actively involved in investing nationwide solar power network in Japan. He is philanthropic and has pledged to donate $120 million to help the victims of tsunamis and earthquake.
1. Tadashi Yanai
He is the founder of Fast Retailing. Yanai was born in February 1949 in Yamaguchi. He went to Ube High School and Waseda University. Later he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political science. Yanai uncle was an activist in the removal of the settlement of discriminated low income earners. He began by selling kitchenware and Men’s clothing but later moved to a tailor shop.
He has won an award for International Retailer of the year. Yanai has also been chosen as an excellent Company President in a research done by Japanese Corporate executives. He loves giving to charity, he donated one billion Yen to the affected people of Tsunamis and earthquakes.
Most of these famous people are successful in what they do, and have successfully learned from the mistakes they have made along the way. Becoming this famous may take a while, and the people mentioned above have excelled in inventing opportunities where there were none.