The Top 100 Historical Persons in Japan

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The Top 100 Historical Persons (超大型歴史アカデミー史上初1億3000万人が選ぶニッポン人が好きな偉人ベスト100発表[1] in Japanese), aired on Nippon Television on May 7, 2006. The program featured the results of a survey that asked Japanese people to choose their favorite great person from history. The show featured several re-enactments of scenes from the lives of the people on the list.[2]

The survey asked Japanese people to name their most-liked historical figures, not the most influential. The selection was not restricted to Japanese people, and only about two thirds of the names are Japanese, mostly important Japanese historical figures, such as samurai, prime ministers, war leaders, authors, poets. and popular Meiji restoration figures.[3]

The program was followed up with a women-only Top-100 list (ニッポン人が好きな100人の美人) which aired September 23, 2006.[4] and History’s 100 Most Influential People: Hero Edition which aired in March 2007.[5]

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The final list was as follows:[6]

  1. Japan Oda Nobunaga
  2. Japan Sakamoto Ryoma
  3. United States Thomas Edison
  4. Japan Toyotomi Hideyoshi
  5. Japan Matsushita Konosuke
  6. Japan Tokugawa Ieyasu
  7. Japan Noguchi Hideyo
  8. India Mother Teresa
  9. United States Helen Keller
  10. Japan Hijikata Toshizo
  11. Japan Saigo Takamori
  12. United Kingdom Princess Diana
  13. Germany Albert Einstein
  14. Japan Misora Hibari
  15. Japan Fukuzawa Yukichi
  16. Netherlands Anne Frank
  17. United Kingdom Florence Nightingale
  18. Japan Yoshida Shigeru
  19. United States Walt Disney
  20. Germany Ludwig van Beethoven
  21. Japan Minamoto Yoshitsune
  22. Brazil Ayrton Senna
  23. Italy Leonardo da Vinci
  24. Japan Tezuka Osamu
  25. France Napoleon Bonaparte
  26. Japan Prince Shotoku
  27. United Kingdom John Lennon
  28. China Zhuge Liang
  29. Japan Miyamoto Musashi
  30. Japan Ozaki Yutaka
  31. United Kingdom Audrey Hepburn
  32. India Mahatma Gandhi
  33. Japan Soseki Natsume
  34. Japan Takasugi Shinsaku
  35. Japan Murasaki Shikibu
  36. Austria Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  37. Japan Yamamoto Isoroku
  38. Japan Miyazawa Kenji
  39. United States John F. Kennedy
  40. Japan Ninomiya Sontoku
  41. Japan Kondo Isami
  42. Japan Okubo Toshimichi
  43. Japan Takeda Shingen
  44. Japan Himiko
  45. Japan Ino Tadataka
  46. Japan Ishihara Yujiro
  47. Japan Sen no Rikyu
  48. United Kingdom Charlie Chaplin
  49. Japan Sugihara Chiune
  50. Japan Date Masamune
  51. Japan Tanaka Giichi
  52. Hong Kong Bruce Lee
  53. Japan Okita Souji
  54. Japan Matsuda Yusaku
  55. Austria Marie-Antoinette
  56. Japan Oishi Kuranosuke
  57. Japan Ikariya Chosuke
  58. United States Wright Brothers
  59. Japan Katsu Kaishu
  60. United States Martin Luther King Jr.
  61. Japan Yoshida Shoin
  62. Japan Kurosawa Akira
  63. Japan Uesugi Kenshin
  64. Poland Marie Curie
  65. Japan Sato Eisaku
  66. Japan Sanada Yukimura
  67. China Cao Cao
  68. Japan Kato Daijiro
  69. Egypt Cleopatra
  70. Japan Tokugawa Mitsukuni
  71. United States Elvis Presley
  72. Japan Ogi Akira
  73. Japan Togo Heihachiro
  74. Italy Christopher Columbus
  75. Japan Ito Hirobumi
  76. Spain Pablo Picasso
  77. Italy Marco Polo
  78. Germany Albert Schweitzer
  79. Japan Yosano Akiko
  80. Switzerland Andy Hug
  81. Japan Tsuburaya Eiji
  82. France Joan of Arc
  83. Japan Honda Minako
  84. Japan Uemura Naomi
  85. Japan Sugita Genpaku
  86. China Confucius
  87. France Jean Henri Casimir Fabre
  88. Japan Natsume Masako
  89. Portugal Ferdinand Magellan
  90. Japan Honda Soichiro
  91. United States Anne Sullivan
  92. Japan Shohei "Giant" Baba
  93. United States Abraham Lincoln
  94. Japan Dazai Osamu
  95. Poland Frédéric Chopin
  96. Japan Ikkyu
  97. Japan Akechi Mitsuhide
  98. United Kingdom Isaac Newton
  99. Japan Matsuo Basho
  100. United Kingdom Arthur Conan Doyle

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