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is one of several Japanese surnames (安倍, 安部, 阿部) and can refer to:
- The Abe clan
The was one of the oldest of the major Japanese clans ; and the clan retained its prominence during the Sengoku period and the Edo period. The clan's origin is said to be one of the original clans of the Yamato people; they truly gained prominence during the Heian period , and experienced a...
, one of the oldest Japanese clans, which was particularly prominent in the Heian period
- Asami Abe
is a Japanese singer and actress, also known as the younger sister of pop idol Natsumi Abe. She started her career doing commercials for Nintendo Puzzle Collection, and she has also appeared in a few TV dramas....
(born 1985), Japanese J-pop singer
- Hiroshi Abe (actor)
is a Japanese model and actor.He began his career as a model, but he successfully made the transition to acting, becoming one of the most regularly visible presences in Japanese media. He is a 1988 graduate of Chuo University.-Career:...
(born 1964), Japanese model and actor
- Hiroshi Abe (astronomer)
is a Japanese amateur astronomer affiliated with the Yatsuka Observatory. He is noted for numerous discoveries, including his 2007 discovery of the Nova Vulpeculae. The minor planet Abehiroshi is named in his honor.-See also:*List of asteroids...
, Japanese astronomer
- Juran Hisao
was the pen-name of a Japanese author of popular fiction in Shōwa period Japan. His real name was .-Early life:Jūran was a native of Hakodate on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaidō...
(born Masao Abe; 1902–1957), Japanese author
- Kan Abe
was a Japanese politician. Born into a family of brewers of soy sauce and sake who were landlords in the area of Ōtsu District in Yamaguchi Prefecture, he graduated from Tokyo Imperial University, the predecessor of the University of Tokyo...
(1894–1946), Japanese politician, father of Shintaro Abe
- Kazushige Abe (born 1968), Japanese author
- Keigo Abe
is a prominent Japanese master of Shotokan karate who founded the Japan Shotokan Karate Association in 1999 and is its Chief Instructor. He holds the rank of 9th dan in karate, is a direct student of Masatoshi Nakayama , and was a senior instructor in the Japan Karate Association.-Early life:Abe...
(born 1938), Senior Shotokan karate instructor
- Keiko Abe
is a Japanese composer and marimba player. She has been a primary figure in the development of the marimba, in terms of expanding both technique and repertoire, and through her collaboration with the Yamaha musical instrument company, developed the modern five-octave concert marimba.- Biography...
(born 1937), Japanese composer and virtuoso marimba player
- Kenshiro Abbe
was a prominent Japanese master of judo, aikido, and kendo. He introduced aikido to the United Kingdom in 1955, and founded the Kyushindo system. Abbe was a graduate of the famous Budo Senmon Gakko, having studied judo and kendo there. Following an illustrious early career in the martial arts, he...
(born Kenshirō Abe; 1915–1985), a Japanese martial artist in the United Kingdom
- Kōbō Abe
, pseudonym of was a Japanese writer, playwright, photographer and inventor. Abe has been often compared to Franz Kafka and Alberto Moravia for his surreal, often nightmarish explorations of individuals in contemporary society and his modernist sensibilities....
(born Kimifusa Abe; 1924–1993), Japanese author
- Mao Abe
is a Japanese singer-songwriter. She debuted in 2009 with the album Free.- Biography :Abe started learning the piano from age three, and from junior high school she had begun to want to be a singer. She stopped learning the piano in favour of the guitar, wanting to be an acoustic pop...
(born 1990), Japanese singer
- Masao Abe (1915-2006), Japanese academic in Buddhist philosophy and comparative religion
- Masashi Abe
is a Japanese nordic combined skier who competed during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He won the 3 x 10 km team event at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer...
(born 1965), Japanese Nordic combined skier
- Abe no Nakamaro, a scholar, administrator, and waka poet in the Nara period
- Natsumi Abe
is a Japanese singer and actress, a former member of Morning Musume, and currently a member of Dream Morning Musume.-Career:On August 13, 2003, she released her first single, "22 Sai no Watashi," which means "Me, 22 years old," just a few days after her 22nd birthday...
(born 1981), Japanese J-pop singer
- Nobuyuki Abe (1875–1953), 36th Prime Minister of Japan
- Norick Abe (1975-2007), Japanese motorcycle road racer
- Sada Abe
is remembered in Japan for erotically asphyxiating her lover, , on May 18, 1936, and then cutting off his penis and testicles and carrying them around with her in her handbag...
(1905–after 1970), Japanese convicted murderess, prostitute, actress
- Sadao Abe
is a Japanese actor and musician from Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, and his real name is . His popularity started as the lead singer of the Japanese rock band Group Tamashii...
(born 1970), Japanese actor
- Satoru Abe
Satoru Abe is an American sculptor and painter. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1926. He attended President William McKinley High School, where he took art lessons from Shirley Ximena Hopper Russell...
(born 1926), American sculptor
- Abe no Seimei
was an onmyōji, a leading specialist of onmyōdō during the middle of the Heian Period in Japan. In addition to his prominence in history, he is a legendary figure in Japanese folklore and has been portrayed in a number of stories and films....
, an onmyōji, a leading specialist of onmyōdō
is a traditional Japanese esoteric cosmology, a mixture of natural science and occultism. It is based on the Chinese philosophies of Wu Xing and Yin and yang, introduced into Japan at the turn of the 6th century, and accepted as a practical system of divination...
during the middle of the Heian Period in Japan
- Shintaro Abe
was a Japanese politician from Yamaguchi Prefecture.He was the eldest son of member of Parliament Kan Abe and son-in-law of Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi. He was married to Yoko Kishi, daughter of Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi. His second son, Shinzō Abe, became Prime Minister of Japan on September...
(1924–1991), Japanese politician, father of Shinzo
- Shinzō Abe
was the 90th Prime Minister of Japan, elected by a special session of the National Diet on 26 September 2006. He was Japan's youngest post–World War II prime minister and the first born after the war. Abe served as prime minister for nearly twelve months, before resigning on 12 September 2007...
(born 1954), 90th Prime Minister of Japan
- Tokiharu Abe
was a Japanese ichthyologist. He worked for the University Museum of the University of Tokyo. Abe became notable for his taxonomic studies on the pufferfish from East Asia, in particalur the genus Takifugu which he first described in 1949. He described further species like Sagamichthys abei,...
(1911-1996), a Japanese ichthyologist.
- Tomoji Abe
was a Japanese novelist, social critic, humanist and translator of English and American literature. Although he began writing as a modernist, in his later works he represented the intellectual movement in Japanese literature...
(1903–1973), Japanese novelist
- Kae Araki
, better known by the stage name , is a Japanese voice actress. After standing in for Kotono Mitsuishi when Mitsuishi had appendicitis, Araki originated the role of Chibiusa in the same series soon after...
, (born Yoshie Abe, 1963), Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
- Yoshitoshi Abe
is a Japanese graphic artist who works predominantly in anime and manga. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. His works have an edgy style due to, among other things, his not using a ruler while drawing as is usual for most anime-style art....
(born 1971), Japanese graphic artist
- Yoshiyuki Abe
is a Japanese professional racing cyclist, currently riding for Team Matrix Powertag. He turned professional with Shimano Racing, the team operated by Shimano, after graduating from Osaka Institute of Technology, but soon transferred to Italian teams. He won the Japan Cup in 1997 and is still the...
(born 1969), Japanese professional cyclist
- Yuki Abe
is a Japanese footballer who plays for Leicester City and the Japanese national team as a midfielder.-JEF United Ichihara:Born in Ichikawa, Chiba, Abe, then a member of the JEF United Ichihara youth side, made his debut with the senior club at the age of 16 years and 333 days on 5 August 1998, at...
(born 1981), Japanese international football (association) player
- Yutaka Abe
was a Japanese film director and actor. He went to America to study theater and began acting in Hollywood, appearing in such films as The Cheat with Sessue Hayakawa. He was often billed as "Jack Abbe" or "Jack Yutake Abbe." He returned to Japan in 1925, finding work at the Nikkatsu studio, and soon...
(1895-1977), Japanese film director