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Tanaka (surname)

is the fourth most common Japanese surname. The surname "Tanaka" refers to several different surnames written with different kanji: , , , , , , . Tanaka is also a common "first name" in the Zimbabwean Shona language, which means "State of gratitude". In Shona, the name is used as an expression to symbolize the beauty, or state of gratitude (the child) that has entered the lives of the parents and family brings.


Tanaka is a Japanese word meaning "dweller in a rice paddy". It may refer to:

  • Tanaka (surname), one of the most common Japanese surnames
  • Tanaka, a district of Nagano Prefecture, Japan
    • Tanaka Station, a railway station in Tanaka district, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
  • Tanaka Business School, part of Imperial College, London
  • Uonuma-Tanaka Station, a railway station in Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
  • Echigo-Tanaka Station, a railway station in Tsunan, Nakauonuma District, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
  • Kashiwa-Tanaka Station, a train station in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Tanaka Power Equipment, makers of small internal combustion engines and associated machinery
  • Tanaka Seisakusho (Tanaka Engineering Works), which became Toshiba, a Japanese conglomerate
  • Tanaka Memorial, an alleged Japanese war planning document
  • Tanaka, a Japanese village merged with Kashiwa, Chiba
  • Tanaka Memorial Biological Station on the island of Miyake, Japan
  • Tanaka formula (disambiguation)