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The Biggest Billionaires in Japan 2013

When you think about Japan, you probably think of a bustling, eclectic city full of lights, people, entertainment, and sometimes unusual fashion and food choices (like one of the latest restaurant cra

When you think about Japan, you probably think of a bustling, eclectic city full of lights, people, entertainment, and sometimes unusual fashion and food choices (like one of the latest restaurant crazes: eating food out of bowls shaped like toilets...). Regardless of whether you're intrigued by rural Japan's unrivalled scenery or Tokyo's wild night life, whether you're looking for something modern and out of the ordinary or you want to immerse yourself in a rich, complex history, one thing's for certain: In your research on the country, you'll discover Japan is home to some of the wealthiest individuals in the world. In 2013, Japan welcomed the new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe into power, and it was a profitable year for this island nation. Although the Yen - the Japanese currency - has lost some of its value, Japanese stocks have never looked more attractive. Since Shinzo Abe has come into power, sales and stocks have increased, boosting the net worth of some of the lucky business people on Japan's rich list. The Nikkei is up by 22.9% (in terms of the Yen), a rate that hasn't been seen for almost 6 years. Many billionaires in Japan are thriving along with the economy, with the combined collective wealth of the fifty richest individuals in Japan topping a stunning $112 billion. We're looking back at 2013 in Japan, through an investigation of the ten richest individuals in the country.

10 Masatoshi Ito - $2.8 billion net worth

Masatoshi Ito comes in at the bottom of our list, but given his net worth it's clear he's anything but a loser - especially given the fact that he is a self-made billionaire. No inheritance for this billionaire, Ito is the honorary chair of Japan's largest retail company, Seven and I. Seven and I owns tens of thousands of department stores and convenience stores including a line of 7-Eleven shops. In 2013, Masatoshi Ito announced his plans to extend his stores' reach to China and the U.S. too, so it's likely he'll be expanding on that cosy $2.8 billion.

9 Keiichiro Takahara- $3.3 billion net worth

8 Han Chang-Woo- $3.4 billion net worth

7 Takemitsu Takizaki- $4.7 billion net worth

Takemitsu Takizaki, like many of his fellow enterprising Japanese billionaires, is an entrepreneur. He is the current chair of Keyence -an electronics company which supplies sensors and automated electronic components. Takizaki founded the company in 1974 and the direct sales company now takes in a reported $2 billion yearly. In fact, Keyence's stock price jumped by 50% between 2012 and 2013, due in part to an increase in sales in the auto industry - resulting in a nice $1 billion boost in Takizaki's personal net worth.

6 Akira Mori- $5 billion net worth

5 Kunio Busujima- $5.2 billion net worth

4 Hiroshi Mikitani- $6.4 billion net worth

3 Masayoshi Son- $9.1 billion net worth

2 Nobutada Saji- $10.7 billion net worth

1 Tadashi Yanai- $15.5 billion net worth

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