# Mathematician:Mathematicians/Sorted By Nation/Japan

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*The army of those who have made at least one definite contribution to mathematics as we know it soon becomes a mob as we look back over history; 6,000 or 8,000 names press forward for some word from us to preserve them from oblivion, and once the bolder leaders have been recognised it becomes largely a matter of arbitrary, illogical legislation to judge who of the clamouring multitude shall be permitted to survive and who be condemned to be forgotten.*- -- Eric Temple Bell:
*Men of Mathematics*, 1937, Victor Gollancz, London

- -- Eric Temple Bell:

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## Japan

##### Soichi Kakeya (1886 – 1947)

Japanese mathematician who worked mainly in mathematical analysis

Posed the Kakeya Problem.

Solved a version of the Transportation Problem.
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##### Jun-iti Nagata (1925 – 2007)

Japanese mathematician specializing in topology.
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##### Gaisi Takeuti (1926 – 2017)

Japanese mathematician specialising in logic and set theory.
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##### Michio Suzuki (1926 – 1998)

Japanese mathematician who studied group theory.
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##### Masayoshi Nagata (1927 – 2008)

Japanese mathematician who worked mainly in the field of commutative algebra.
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##### Nobuo Yoneda (1930 – 1996)

Japanese mathematician and computer scientist who worked in category theory and homological algebra.
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##### Nobuyuki Yoshigahara (1936 – 2004)

Japanese inventor, collector, solver, and communicator of puzzles.
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##### Yasumasa Kanada (b. 1949 )

Japanese mathematician most known for his numerous world records over the past three decades for calculating digits of $\pi$.

He has set the record $11$ of the past $21$ times.
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