Famous Japanese Musicians

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 1 Suzuka Nakamoto

Suzuka Nakamoto.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 20, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan

 2 Tadanobu Asano

Tadanobu Asano.
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Famous As: Actor, Guitarist, Musician, Singer, Film director, Model
Birthdate: November 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yokohama
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 3 James Iha

James Iha.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 26, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

 4 Rina Sawayama

Rina Sawayama.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Niigata, Japan
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 5 Ayumi Hamasaki

Ayumi Hamasaki.
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Famous As: Singer, Seiyū, Songwriter, Model, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Lyricist, Poet, Record producer
Birthdate: October 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fukuoka

Japanese pop icon Ayumi Hamasaki had started a TV career after moving to Tokyo at 14. She later gained fame with her dance hits and ballads. Also known for her dramatic costumes and videos, The Empress of J-pop has been rendered totally deaf in one ear, owing to a ear infection.

 6 Miyavi

Miyavi.
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: September 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Konohana-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

Miyavi is a Japanese singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and record producer. Apart from being an entertainer, Miyavi is also a volunteer at UNHCR; since 2013, he has been visiting several refugee camps across the world. He was made an official UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in November 2017.   

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 7 Hiroyuki Sawano

Hiroyuki Sawano.
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: September 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

A multi-talented personality, Hiroyuki Sawano is a Japanese composer, arranger, musician, and lyricist. He is best known for his work on anime TV series, films, and TV dramas. He has composed music for films and series like Attack on Titan and Blue Exorcist. He started a new vocal project under the name ''SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] in 2014 and has released many albums.

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 8 Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

 9 Sonny Chiba

Sonny Chiba
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Famous As: Actor, Judoka, Seiyū, Singer, Composer, Film producer, Film director, Lyricist, Karateka, Stunt performer
Birthdate: January 23, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fukuoka

 10 Yoko Kanno

Yoko Kanno
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Famous As: Composer, Singer
Birthdate: March 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sendai, Miyagi, Japan

 11 Tomohisa Yamashita

Tomohisa Yamashita.
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Famous As: Singer, Actor
Birthdate: April 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Funabashi, Chiba

Tomohisa Yamashita is a Japanese singer, TV host, and actor. After joining talent agency Johnny & Associates at the age of 11, Yamashita has been active on TV ever since. He is best known for his portrayal of Kusano Akira in the 2005 TV drama Nobuta Wo Produce. Over the years, he has won several Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix awards.

 12 Koji Kondo

Koji Kondo
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: August 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

 13 Takahiro Moriuchi

Takahiro Moriuchi
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

 14 Gackt

Gackt
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Famous As: Japanese musician
Birthdate: July 4, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Okinawa Prefecture

 15 Hide

Hide
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Famous As: Musician, singer, songwriter, record producer
Birthdate: December 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yokosuka

 16 Yui

Yui
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Famous As: Singer- Songwriter
Birthdate: March 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Koga, Japan

 17 Kyu Sakamoto

Kyu Sakamoto
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kawasaki Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
Died: August 12, 1985

 18 Namie Amuro

Namie Amuro
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Famous As: Record producer
Birthdate: September 20, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Naha, Japan

 19 Naoki Urasawa

Naoki Urasawa
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: January 2, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan

Award-winning Japanese manga artist Naoki Urasawa is best known for his thriller Monster and the sci-fi 20th Century Boys. Fans love his intricate and psychologically complicated plots. He also teaches at the Nagoya Zokei University and is a skilled rock musician who once performed as Bob Lennon.

 20 Yuki Kajiura

Yuki Kajiura
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 6, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

 21 Yuma Asami

Yuma Asami
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Famous As: Actor, Adult Film Star, Model, Singer, AV idol, Musician, Tarento
Birthdate: March 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Takasaki

 22 Yoshiki

Yoshiki
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Famous As: Japanese musician
Birthdate: November 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tateyama, Chiba Prefecture

 23 Kitaro

Kitaro
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Famous As: Musician, composer, record producer, arranger
Birthdate: February 4, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toyohashi

 24 Kazunari Ninomiya

Kazunari Ninomiya.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Katsushika, Tokyo

Kazunari Ninomiya is a Japanese singer, radio host, songwriter, voice actor, and actor. He is best known for his association with the popular boy band, Arashi. Over the course of his successful career, Kazunari Ninomiya has won several prestigious awards, such as Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix, Japan Broadcast Film Arts Award, Hochi Film Award, Hashida Award, and Galaxy Award.

 25 Isao Tomita

Isao Tomita
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Famous As: Musical composer
Birthdate: April 22, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toyotama District, Tokyo
Died: May 5, 2016

 26 Kyoko Fukada

Kyoko Fukada
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Famous As: Actor, Model, Singer, Seiyū, Musician
Birthdate: November 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kita-ku

 27 Damo Suzuki

Damo Suzuki
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Japan

 28 Meiko Kaji

Meiko Kaji
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Musician
Birthdate: March 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chiyoda-ku

 29 Misia

Misia
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist, Composer, Record producer
Birthdate: July 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ōmura

 30 Shunji Iwai

Shunji Iwai
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Film director, Film editor, Film producer, Composer, Lyricist
Birthdate: January 24, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sendai

 31 Mai Kuraki

Mai Kuraki
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: October 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Funabashi

 32 Akira Ifukube

Akira Ifukube
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: May 31, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kushiro, Japan
Died: February 8, 2006

 33 Kanon Wakeshima

Kanon Wakeshima
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

 34 Akiko Shikata

Akiko Shikata
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 7, 0000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

 35 Toru Takemitsu

Toru Takemitsu
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: October 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: February 20, 1996

 36 Takuya Kuroda

Takuya Kuroda
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Famous As: Trumpeter
Birthdate: February 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ashiya, Hyogo, Japan

 37 Yoshiki Fukuyama

Yoshiki Fukuyama
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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Music arranger, Composer, Musician, Guitarist
Birthdate: September 14, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kamakura

 38 Toshiro Mayuzumi

Toshiro Mayuzumi
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 20, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Died: April 10, 1997

 39 Shinichi Suzuki

Shinichi Suzuki
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 17, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Died: January 26, 1998

 40 Kan'ami

Kan'ami
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 1333 AD
Birthplace: Iga, Japan
Died: June 8, 1384

 41 Gorō Yamaguchi

Gorō Yamaguchi
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Famous As: Shakuhachi Player
Birthdate: February 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: January 3, 1999

 42 Hiroyuki Iwaki

Hiroyuki Iwaki
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: September 6, 1932
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: June 13, 2006

 43 Uragami Gyokudō

Uragami Gyokudō
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: 1745 AD
Birthplace: Asakuchi, Okayama, Japan
Died: October 10, 1820

Japanese musician, painter, and calligrapher Uragami Gyokudō was an accomplished seven-stringed zither player. He later studied Confucianism and excelled in the Chinese Nan-ga, or Southern school style of painting. His best-known work is Snow Sifted Through Frozen Clouds, which is considered a National Treasure of Japan.

 44 Midori

Midori
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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: October 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hirakata, Osaka, Japan

 45 Takashi Asahina

Takashi Asahina
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: July 9, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: December 29, 2001

 46 Mayumi Kai

Mayumi Kai.
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Famous As: Disc Jockey
Birthdate: 0000 AD