Japan Mthembu is a South African actor best known for his role in the 90s drama series Ifa Lakwa Mthethwa. He has also appeared in a number of films and TV movies including A Far Off Place, Snake Island, King Solomon's Mines, Coup! and Cryptid.
In 2009 he joined the cast of the SABC2 parliamentary drama series 90 Plein Street as a regular for its second season, playing the role of Max Mogale.
In 2014 he had a starring role in the SABC1 police drama Task Force.