Historical Persons in Japan

Popular historical figures among Japanese are often Samurais like Nobunaga Oda and Yukimura Sanada. Ryoma Sakamoto was one of the most successful and prominent people during the Meiji restoration who is also widely respected and admired. In the modern period, that respect has shifted to magnates like Konosuke Matsushita, the founder of Panasonic, and other business people whose popularity is based on their ingenuity and role in reinventing post-war Japan.