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Takeshi (which might be written in several ways, such as 武, 毅, 猛, or 健史, katakana: タケシ; hiragana: たけし) is a masculine Japanese given name. Notable people with the name include:

  • Takeshi Inoue (井上 武, born 1980), mixed martial artist, ring name Lion Takeshi (リオン武)
  • Takeshi Kaga (鹿賀 丈史, born 1950), actor, known for his portrayal of Chairman Kaga in the television show Iron Chef
  • Takeshi Kaneshiro (金城 武, born 1973), actor and singer
  • Takeshi Kitano (北野 武, born 1947), known as Beat Takeshi, (ビートたけし), filmmaker and star of Takeshi's Castle
  • Takeshi Konomi (許斐剛, born 1970), manga artist, writer of The Prince of Tennis
  • Takeshi Kusao (草尾 毅, born 1965), voice actor
  • Takeshi Morishima (森嶋 猛, born 1978), professional wrestler for Pro Wrestling Noah
  • Takeshi Obata (小畑 健, born 1969), manga artist
  • Takeshi Okumura (奥村 健, born 1952), pocket billiards player
  • Takeshi Onaga (翁長 雄志, 1950), politician, current Governor of Okinawa Prefecture
  • Takeshi Rikio (力皇猛, born 1972), professional wrestler for Pro Wrestling Noah.
  • Takeshi Shudo, (首藤 剛志, 1949–2010), scriptwriter
  • Takeshi So (宗猛, born 1953), long-distance runner
  • Takeshi Ueda (上田剛士, born 1968), musician, bassist of The Mad Capsule Markets
  • Takeshi Utsumi, education expert

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