Yōsuke Matsuoka

by Manila on April 21, 2017

Date of Birth: March 3, 1880

Place of Birth: Hikari, Yamaguchi, Japan

Date of Death: June 26, 1946

Placeo of Death: Tokyo, Japan

Ethnicity: Japanese

Yōsuke Matsuoka was a Japanese diplomat. He served as Minister for Foreign Affairs, from July 1940 to July 1941, and as Minister of Colonial Affairs, from September 1940 to July 1941. He also represented Yamaguchi’s 2nd district in the National Diet, from 1930 to 1936.

He was the son of Yū (Ogawa) and shipping magnate Sanjuro Matsuoka. While in the United States, he was put into the foster care of Isabelle (Dunbar) Beveridge, widow of John Beveridge, who were both Scottish immigrants. He was married to Ryō Shin.

Yōsuke’s paternal grandparents were Matsuoka Gorōzaemon and Lady Katsuyama (the daughter of Shinzō Katsuyama).

Yōsuke’s maternal grandfather was Ogawa Michihei.

Sources: Matsuoka Yosuke and the Rise and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1880-1946 by David John Lu

Genealogy of Yōsuke Matsuoka – https://www.geni.com


Tao Okamoto

by wanderer on April 11, 2017

Place of Birth: Chiba, Japan

Date of Birth: May 22, 1985

Ethnicity: Japanese

Tao Okamoto is a Japanese actress and model. Tao made her debut on the European runways, breaking barriers as one of the very few prominent East Asian models of her era.

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Takeshi Kitano

by follers on April 6, 2017

Place of Birth: Adachi, Tokyo, Japan

Date of Birth: 18 January, 1947

Ethnicity: Japanese

Takeshi Kitano, also known as Beat Takeshi, is a Japanese director, actor, comedian, television personality, author, and screenwriter.

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Machiko Soga

by follers on March 27, 2017

Date of Birth: March 18, 1938

Place of Birth: Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan

Date of Death: May 7, 2006

Place of Death: Kunitachi, Tokyo, Japan

Ethnicity: Japanese

Machiko Soga was a Japanese actress and voice-over artist. She is known for playing the original Rita Repulsa on the series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, from 1993 to 1994, and again in 2006. Her character was known as Bandora on the Japanese show Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, from where the footage was taken.


Irina Khakamada

by wanderer on March 21, 2017

Birth Name: Irina Mutsuovna Khakamada

Place of Birth: Moscow, USSR

Date of Birth: April 13, 1955

*Japanese (father)
*Russian, Armenian, Lezgin (mother)

Irina Khakamada is a Russian politician.

Her father, Mutsuo Hakamada, was Japanese. He was a communist who defected to the Soviet Union in 1939. Her paternal uncle is Satomi Hakamada, a longtime member of the Japanese Communist Party leadership.

Her mother, Nina Sinelnikova, is of Russian and Armenian heritage. She is partly of Lezgic heritage, which is an ethnic group native predominantly to southern Dagestan.

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