Dr. Abo Toru: The Renowned Immunologist

Dr.Toru Abo (安保 ) is a prominent Japanese immunologist. He is renowned for his discovery of extrathymic T cell. He also discovers that the autonomic nervous system is responsible for the equilibrium of leukocytes (white blood cells). Read More »

The longest tree-lined road in the world: Nikko Highway lined with Japanese cedars

These trees were planted along the highway running through Nikko, Aizunishi and Reiheishi for more than 20 years, beginning in 1625 (the 2nd year of Kan’ei age) by Masatsuna Matsudaira, vassal of Ieyasu Tokugawa’s, and his son. They were contributed to the Nikko Toshogu Shrine on the 33rd anniversary of  Ieyasu’s death in 1648 (the 1st year of  the Keian age). In the Edo era, the cedar trees were under the protection of the magistrate’s office and the residents the highway were obliged to defend the line of cedars cordially. Read More »

Kiyoshi Shiga: Discoverer of Bacillus Dysenteriae

Kiyoshi Shiga (志賀) was a Japanese physician and bacteriologist. He discovered the bacillus dysenteriae during a severe epidemic of dysentery in Japan. Read More »

Kukai (空海): Versatile Genius in Japan

Kukai (空海) is one of the intellectual giants in the history of Japan, best known for being the founder of Shingon esoteric Buddhism in Japan. In 804, he went to China and met Master Huiguo (恵果), from whom he received initiation into the lineage of Shingon (真言宗) esoteric Buddhism, and he succeeded his master to become the eighth patriarch. Read More »

Cardiac catheterization specialist whom the home United States also accepts Kazuo Misumi

Director Chiba west general hopital / Kazuo Misumi.  It is 2006-2007 in “Best doctors in Japan” that the doctor ranking agency in the United States elected It was elected for two consecutive terms.
With “Rotor brator” attached drill at the tip of the catheter which smashes the thrombus and so on which became lime inside the blood vessel, it is proud of the actual results beyond the years 600 cases, by 3-year continuance, in the world, the number of cases of No.1. Read More »

Yoshida Brothers Fascinate in the World Music Scene

In the early 80’s, Japanese traditional music made a contribution to the world music scene with the sensational drum ensemble, Kodo. At the end of 90’s, two talented young men known as Yoshida Kyoudai (the Yoshida Bothers) showed the world an innovative style of playing a traditional folk instrument. Read More »

Ataturk Mustafa Kemal, the founder of Turkey who followed and respected the model of Japan

Ataturk Mustafa Kemal (1881~1938) – The First President of Turkey Read More »

The Odate Sea of Trees Dome, one of the world’s largest wooden domes

The Odate Sea of Trees Dome is one of the world’s largest wooden domes. It is located in Odate City, Akita Prefecture. This is the hometown of the faithful dog Hachiko. Its size is as long as 178m along the major axis, 157m along the minor axis, and it is 52m high. It surpasses the greatest local dome, the Izumo Dome (diameter of 140.7m, height of 48.9m), the Tacoma Dome in Washington state (160m along the major axis), and a dome-shaped gym of Michigan State University (162m in diameter). It can therefore compete with the other largest domes of the world. Read More »

The world’s first model mice for bipolar disorder by RIKEN and Nagoya University

In April 2006, RIKEN (理研) (The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research) and Nagoya University (名古屋大学) successfully produced the world’s first model mice for bipolar disorder by genetic engineering. Read More »

Toshiro Mifune 三船敏郎

Toshiro Mifune (三船敏郎) is considered the most prominent Japanese actor in the world. He teamed with the charismatic Japanese director Akira Kurosawa (黒澤) for sixteen films during his career. He starred Kurosawa’s Rashomon (羅生門) , which made him world famous when it won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1951. He won two Best Actor awards at the Venice Film Festivals, for Yojimbo (1961) and Red Beard (1965). Read More »

Hitoshi Kihara, a proponent of the genome concept

When Hitoshi Kihara observed chromosomes of the wheat genus at cell division, he noticed that in wheat, seven chromosomes become a pair that performs the lowest gene function. He named it the “genome.” The concept of the genome extended all over the world and formed the basis for today’s development of biology and genetic engineering. (H.Winkler defined the genome as a pair of a gamete’s chromosome in 1920.) Read More »

The world’s first two double-deck bridges (the shape of four eyes) – Wasyuzan Tunnel

Wasyuzan Tunnel was bored through Mt. Wasyu at Kurashiki City in Okayama Prefecture in 1988. There are two tunnels for cars in the upper part and two tunnels for trains in the lower part. This structure of two double-deck bridges (the shape of four eyes) was used for the first time in the world. Read More »

Welcome to “The World’s Greatest Japanese” japanese-greatest.com!

We would like to introduce the wonderful things in which Japan is number one in the world. Read More »

Benkichi Ohno, a Karakuri Master, invented the negative exposure camera

In 1849 (Kaei 2), Benkichi Ohno, a Karakuri Master (an expert in mechanical devices,) invented a practical photographic method that allowed printing without reversing right and left. This technique was unknown in Europe at that time. Two years later in 1851, Frederic Scott Archer, one of the fathers of practical photography, invented glass negative photography. Read More »

Shinkansen: The safest and most economical railway in world

The Shinkansen first operated at the time of the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964, and quickly smashed the world’s fastest recorded train speed of 160km/hr (held by France) at 210km/hr. This marked the beginning of the Superexpress Age. Read More »

Discovery of photocatalytic reaction by Kenichi Honda and Akira Fujishima

In 1967, Kenichi Honda, an associate professor of Tokyo University, and Akira Fujishima, a postgraduate student, discovered photocatalytic reaction, the result when UV light is irradiated to titanium dioxide, causing water to split into hydrogen and oxygen. Read More »

Success in the culture of intraintestinal lactic acid bacteria for the first time in the world by Minoru Shirota

In 1930 (Showa 5), Shirota discovered lactobacillus casei strain shirota (Yakult bacteria). At the time, he thought about bacteria as an epidemic, and that prevention was important as to not suffer, and a person can become healthy if the bowels are healthy. Read More »

Uchida Hideo, the man who invented the transistor a year before William Bradford Sockly

In 1947, Hideo Uchida of the NHK Science & Technical Research Laboratories completed an amplifier circuit (tripolar crystal) that would be the base of the transistor.  Read More »

Eiji Sawamura

Eiji Sawamura was a pitcher for the Tokyo Giants. In 1934, a Major League selection team visited Japan, and Sawamura took the mound in the 8th game.
Although he left the mound at the 8th inning and became the losing pitcher, he pitched well with 5 hits, 1 point lost and 9 strikeouts, and became famous by the name of “schoolboy Sawamura”. Read More »

Seikan Tunnel, the longest tunnel in the world

In March 13, 1988, the Seikan Tunnel, which connects Hakodate-shi in Hokkaido with Aomori Prefecture in Honshu, was opened to traffic. The length of the tunnel is 53.85 km making it the longest undersea tunnel in the world. The length of the submarine portion is 23.3km. Read More »