The Top 100 Historical Persons in Japan

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The Top 100 Historical People (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 (1534-1582)
  2. Japan Sakamoto Ryōma (1836-1867)
  3. United States Thomas Edison (1847-1931)
  4. Japan Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598)
  5. Japan Matsushita Konosuke (1894-1989)
  6. Japan Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616)
  7. Japan Noguchi Hideyo (1876-1928)
  8. India Mother Teresa (1910-1997)
  9. United States Helen Keller (1880-1968)
  10. Japan Hijikata Toshizō (1835-1869)
  11. Japan Saigo Takamori (1828-1877)
  12. United Kingdom Princess Diana (1961-1997)
  13. Germany Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
  14. Japan Misora Hibari (1937-1989)
  15. Japan Fukuzawa Yukichi (1835-1901)
  16. Netherlands Anne Frank (1929-1945)
  17. United Kingdom Florence Nightingale (1890-1910)
  18. Japan Yoshida Shigeru (1878-1967)
  19. United States Walt Disney (1901-1966)
  20. Germany Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  21. Japan Minamoto Yoshitsune (1159-1189)
  22. Brazil Ayrton Senna (1960-1994)
  23. Italy Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
  24. Japan Tezuka Osamu (1928-1989)
  25. France Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
  26. Japan Prince Shotoku (574-622)
  27. United Kingdom John Lennon (1940-1980)
  28. China Zhuge Liang (181-234)
  29. Japan Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645)
  30. Japan Ozaki Yutaka (1965-1992)
  31. United Kingdom Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993)
  32. India Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
  33. Japan Soseki Natsume (1867-1916)
  34. Japan Takasugi Shinsaku (1839-1867)
  35. Japan Murasaki Shikibu
  36. Austria Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  37. Japan Yamamoto Isoroku (1884-1943)
  38. Japan Miyazawa Kenji (1896-1933)
  39. United States John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
  40. Japan Ninomiya Sontoku (1787-1856)
  41. Japan Kondo Isami (1834-1868)
  42. Japan Okubo Toshimichi (1830-1878)
  43. Japan Takeda Shingen (1521-1573)
  44. Japan Himiko(?-248)
  45. Japan Ino Tadataka (1745-1818)
  46. Japan Ishihara Yujiro (1934-1987)
  47. Japan Sen no Rikyu (1522-1591)
  48. United Kingdom Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)
  49. Japan Sugihara Chiune (1900-1986)
  50. Japan Date Masamune (1567-1836)
  51. Japan Tanaka Giichi (1864-1929)
  52. Hong Kong Bruce Lee (1940-1973)
  53. Japan Okita Souji (1842-1868)
  54. Japan Matsuda Yusaku (1949-1989)
  55. Austria Marie-Antoinette (1755-1793)
  56. Japan Oishi Kuranosuke (1659-1703)
  57. Japan Ikariya Chosuke (1931-2004)
  58. United States Wright Brothers
  59. Japan Katsu Kaishu (1823-1899)
  60. United States Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)
  61. Japan Yoshida Shoin (1830-1859)
  62. Japan Kurosawa Akira (1910-1998)
  63. Japan Uesugi Kenshin (1530-1578)
  64. Poland Marie Curie (1867-1934)
  65. Japan Sato Eisaku (1901-1975)
  66. Japan Sanada Yukimura (1567-1615)
  67. China Cao Cao (155-220)
  68. Japan Kato Daijiro (1976-2003)
  69. Egypt Cleopatra (69BC-30BC)
  70. Japan Tokugawa Mitsukuni (1628-1701)
  71. United States Elvis Presley (1935-1977)
  72. Japan Ogi Akira (1935-2005)
  73. Japan Togo Heihachiro (1848-1934)
  74. Italy Christopher Columbus (1451-1506)
  75. Japan Ito Hirobumi (1841-1909)
  76. Spain Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
  77. Italy Marco Polo (1254-1324)
  78. Germany Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
  79. Japan Yosano Akiko (1878-1942)
  80. Switzerland Andy Hug (1964-2000)
  81. Japan Tsuburaya Eiji (1901-1970)
  82. France Joan of Arc (1412-1431)
  83. Japan Honda Minako (1967-2005)
  84. Japan Uemura Naomi (1733-1817)
  85. Japan Sugita Genpaku (1733-1817)
  86. China Confucius (551BC-479BC)
  87. France Jean Henri Casimir Fabre (1823-1915)
  88. Japan Natsume Masako (1957-1985)
  89. Portugal Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521)
  90. Japan Honda Soichiro (1906-1991)
  91. United States Anne Sullivan (1866-1937)
  92. Japan Shohei "Giant" Baba
  93. United States Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
  94. Japan Dazai Osamu (1909-1948)
  95. Poland Frédéric Chopin (1810-1949)
  96. Japan Ikkyu (1391-1481)
  97. Japan Akechi Mitsuhide (1528-1582)
  98. United Kingdom Isaac Newton (1642-1727)
  99. Japan Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)
  100. United Kingdom Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

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