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"Kazu" can mean peaceful/calm or "one" or "joyous (celebration)". See comments on "Katsuo" for meanings of "o".
-- abbasdaughter  12/26/2005
A famous British novelist who wrote 'The Remains of the Day' is Kazuo Ishiguro.
He was actually born in Japan, but went to Britain at very young age.
-- pocho-mole  4/14/2006
Kazuo Kiriyama is a major character in Koushun Takami's novel Battle Royale, as well as the manga and film of the same name. Another character, Sho Tsukioka, comments on how plain-sounding Kazuo's name is.
-- Miss Natla  8/9/2006
Other kanji combinations used for Kazuo:
一雄, 一夫, 一央, 一朗, 一生, 一穂, 一郎, 一勇, 一大
和男, 和雄, 和勇, 和大, 和央, 和朗, 和郎, 和生, 和穂
万夫, 万雄, 万男
千雄, 千男, 千夫
員男, 員生, 員夫, 員大, 員雄
寿夫, 寿男, 寿郎, 寿雄, 寿朗

For 一朗 & 一郎 - more often written as Ichirō and/or Kazurō
For 和朗, 和郎, 寿郎 & 寿朗 - can also be written as Kazurō
For 一生 - can also be written as Issei
For 一穂 - more often used as a girl's name and more often written as Kazuho, Itsuho, Ichiho etc.
For 和穂 - more often used as a girl's name and more often written as Kazuho
For 千雄, 千男 & 千夫 - all of these combos can also be written as Yukio
For 一勇 & 和勇 - can also be written as Kazushige
For 一大, 和大 & 員大 - can also be written as Kazuhiro
For 寿夫, 寿男 & 寿雄 - can also be written as Toshio, Nagao or Hisao
For 寿郎 & 寿朗 - can also be written Toshio, Hisao or Toshirō.
-- m4yb3_daijirou  2/16/2015
Other bearers of this name, aside from Kazuo Ishiguro and Kazuo Kiriyama, include:
Kazuo Hasegawa (長谷川 一夫) - film actor, born in 1908 & died in 1984
Kazuo Hirai (平井 一夫) - president/CEO of Sony Computer, born in 1964
Kazuo Koike (小池 一夫) - manga artist, born in 1936
Kazuo Matsui (松井 稼頭央) - baseball player, born in 1975
Kazuo Miyagawa (宮川 一夫) - cinematographer, born in 1908 & died in 1999
Kazuo Ōno (大野 一雄) - Butoh dancer, born in 1906 & died in 2010.
-- m4yb3_daijirou  2/16/2015
Kazuo Echigo is a former Japanese football player. He played for the Japanese national team.
-- lilolaf  1/12/2017
Kazuo "Kaz" Matsui is a Japanese second baseman for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball. Matsui is a switch-hitter. Matsui has no relation to former player Hideki Matsui.

Matsui signed with the New York Mets on December 17, 2003, becoming the first Japanese infielder to sign with a Major League Baseball team.
-- lilolaf  2/19/2017
Kazuo Ishiguro is a British novelist, screenwriter and short story writer. He was born in Nagasaki, Japan; his family moved to England in 1960 when he was five. Ishiguro obtained his bachelor's degree from the University of Kent in 1978 and his Master's from the University of East Anglia's creative-writing course in 1980.

Ishiguro is one of the most celebrated contemporary fiction authors in the English-speaking world, having received four Man Booker Prize nominations, and winning the 1989 award for his novel The Remains of the Day. In 2008, The Times ranked Ishiguro 32nd on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

His seventh novel, The Buried Giant, was published on 3 March 2015 in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
-- lilolaf  3/4/2017
Kazuo Tomita is a Japanese swimmer and Olympic medalist. He participated at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, winning a bronze medal in the 4 x 100 metre medley relay.
-- lilolaf  3/4/2017
Kazuo Kumakura was a Japanese actor, voice actor, and theatre director. He was the head of the Theatre Echo agency at the time of his death.
-- cutenose  6/2/2017

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