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Suzuka Nakamoto
(Metal Singer Best Known as a Member of the Kawaii Metal Band 'Babymetal')
Suzuka Nakamoto
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Birthdate: December 20, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hiroshima, Japan

Japanese kawaii metal sensation Suzuka Nakamoto is best known for being part of the band Babymetal. Also known as Su-metal, she entered the world of showbiz with Jewel Drop commercials and later won a kids’ audition. She has also been part of the idol girl group Sakura Gakuin.

 2 
Rina Sawayama
(Singer)
Rina Sawayama
33
Birthdate: August 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Niigata, Japan
Rina Sawayama is known for her unusual blends of pop with R&B, club music, nu-metal, and other genres. Born in Japan, the singer/model moved with her family to the UK at age 5. She is also a Cambridge graduate and a queer icon who identifies as pansexual and bisexual. 
 3 
Hirai Momo
(Japanese Singer, Rapper and Member of South Korean Girl Group ‘Twice’)
Hirai Momo
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Birthdate: November 9, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kyotanabe, Kyoto, Japan

Hirai Momo is a Japanese dancer and singer based in South Korea. She is best known for being one of three Japanese members of the popular South Korean girl group, Twice. One of the most famous K-pop stars from outside Korea, Momo's popularity has been credited with boosting international relations between Japan and South Korea.

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Takehito Koyasu
(Seiyū, Singer)
Takehito Koyasu
3
Birthdate: May 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Yokohama
One of Japan’s most diverse voice actors, Takehito Koyasu has voiced over 230 different roles. He has also been part of the voice-acting group Weiss and has dubbed for many foreign actors such as Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jared Leto in live-action films. His son Kōki Koyasu, too, is a voice actor
 5 
Sakura Miyawaki
(Pop Singer Best Known as the Former Member of the Japanese Girl Groups 'HKT48' and 'AKB48')
Sakura Miyawaki
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Birthdate: March 19, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kagoshima, Japan

Japanese singer-actor Sakura Miyawaki initially gained fame as part of groups such as HKT48 and Iz*One. The J-pop and K-pop icon apparently signed a deal with BTS’s agency HYBE in 2021. She was also the runner-up on the reality show Produce 48 and has a popular YouTube video gaming channel, too.

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Nobuhiko Okamoto
(Seiyū, Singer)
Nobuhiko Okamoto
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Birthdate: October 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tokyo

Japanese voice actor Nobuhiko Okamoto is best known for his award-winning performances in anime series such as A Certain Magical Index and Persona: Trinity Soul. He is also a certified shogi player and has participated in several shogi events. He has also tried his luck in singing.

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Daisuke Ono
(Voice Actor, Singer)
Daisuke Ono
5
Birthdate: May 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sakawa, Kochi, Japan

Though Daisuke Ono initially wished to build a career in TV broadcasting, criticism from one of his art institute professors made him move toward acting. The Seiyu Award-winning voice actor is now known for his performances in manga series such as Black Butler and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

 8 
Ayumi Hamasaki
(Singer, Seiyū, Songwriter, Model, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Lyricist, Poet, Record producer)
Ayumi Hamasaki
7
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.

 9 
Hikaru Utada
(Singer-Songwriter and One of the Best-Selling Musical Artists in Japan)
Hikaru Utada
3
Birthdate: January 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

Hikaru Utada is a Japanese-American singer, producer, and songwriter. She achieved popularity after releasing her first Japanese-language studio album First Love, which became Japan's best-selling album of all time. Utada was regarded as the most influential artist of the 2000s in Japan. She is also one of the most decorated Japanese artists of her generation.

 10 
Namie Amuro
(Japanese Pop's Most Resilient Idol Known for Breaking the Youthful Idol Stereotype of J-Pop)
Namie Amuro
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Birthdate: September 20, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Naha, Japan

J-pop icon Namie Amuro has started her career as an adolescent, with the group Super Monkey’s. Her singing and dancing talent soon made her go solo, with hit tracks such as Body Feels EXIT. She later experimented by mingling pop and hip-hop, and also collaborated with many American artists.

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Tomohisa Yamashita
(Singer, Actor)
Tomohisa Yamashita
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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.

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
(Japanese Tarento, Singer, and Model)
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
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Birthdate: January 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Japanese cultural icon and J-pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu soared to fame with singles such as PonPonPon and Candy Candy. She now promotes everything from soft drinks to fashion and make-up. Also dubbed as the Harajuku Girl, she is also known for her love for blonde wigs.

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Kyu Sakamoto
(Singer)
Kyu Sakamoto
4
Birthdate: December 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kawasaki Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
Died: August 12, 1985

With his Billboard number one track Sukiyaki, Kyu Sakamoto became the first to score a pop number one with a song entirely sung in Japanese. Born to a restaurateur, he had started his career singing in jazz clubs. He died in a 1985 plane crash that killed over 500 people.

 14 
Kazunari Ninomiya
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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.

 15 
Hyde
Hyde
1
Birthdate: January 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wakayama, Wakayama, Japan
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Kwon Ri-se
(Singer & Model)
Kwon Ri-se
0
Birthdate: August 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fukushima, Japan
Died: September 7, 2014
 17 
Kyoko Fukada
(Japanese Actress and Singer)
Kyoko Fukada
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Birthdate: November 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kita City, Tokyo, Japan

Kyoko Fukada, also known as Fukakyon, is best known for her award-winning lead role of Momoko Ryugasaki in Kamikaze Girls. She has also appeared in countless series and experimented with J-pop, too. In 2021, she went on an indefinite hiatus after being diagnosed with adjustment disorder.

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Kou Shibasaki
(Japanese Actress and Singer)
Kou Shibasaki
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Birthdate: August 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toshima, Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Kōji Wada
(Singer-songwriter, Singer)
Kōji Wada
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Birthdate: January 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kyoto
Died: April 3, 2016

Kōji Wada was a Japanese pop singer best remembered for performing several theme songs for the popular anime television series, Digimon. He had contributed songs to six Digimon anime series, including his most famous single Butter-Fly. Kōji Wada went on to perform internationally before succumbing to cancer in 2016 at the age of 42.

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Yukie Nakama
(Actor, Singer, Seiyū)
Yukie Nakama
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Birthdate: October 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Urasoe

Yukie Nakama is a Japanese singer, actress, and former idol. Nakama, who has contributed immensely to anime, video games, TV, and film industry, has been honored with several prestigious awards like the Japanese Drama Academy Awards and the Japan Academy Prize.

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Damo Suzuki
(Musician)
Damo Suzuki
3
Birthdate: January 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Japan

Damo Suzuki is a Japanese musician best known for his association with the German experimental rock band Can where he was the lead singer from 1970 to 1973. Suzuki, who has been living in Germany since the 1970s, is an exponent of a genre of experimental rock called Krautrock, which was developed in the 1960s and 1970s in West Germany.

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Crystal Kay
(Japanese Pop Singer Known for Her Prolific Singing Career)
Crystal Kay
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Birthdate: February 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Crystal Kay is a Japanese singer, actress, songwriter, and radio host. Crystal is best known for her album Almost Seventeen which has sold more than 400,000 copies, earning her platinum certificate from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). She is also known for her collaborations with popular recording artists like Chemistry and BoA.
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Kumi Koda
(Japanese singer)
Kumi Koda
3
Birthdate: November 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

Kumi Koda is a Japanese singer renowned for her R&B and urban pop songs. One of the top-selling artists of her generation, Koda has won some of the most prestigious awards like MTV Video Music Awards Japan and Mnet Asian Music Awards. Over the years, Koda has also established herself as a fashion icon, setting trends like the ero-kakkoii style.

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Momoe Yamaguchi
(Actor, Singer, Lyricist)
Momoe Yamaguchi
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Birthdate: January 17, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shibuya-ku

Momoe Yamaguchi is a Japanese former actress, singer, and idol. Considered one of the most successful Japanese singers ever, Yamaguchi released 21 studio albums in a career that spanned eight years. She also appeared in many television serial dramas and 15 feature films before retiring at the peak of her popularity, at the age of 21, to marry her costar, Tomokazu Miura.

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Akiyuki Nosaka
(Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter, Singer, Lyricist, Tarento, Broadcast writer)
Akiyuki Nosaka
2
Birthdate: October 10, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kamakura
Died: December 9, 2015

Akiyuki Nosaka was a Japanese novelist, lyricist, and singer. He is best remembered for his children's stories about wars. In 1967, two of his stories namely American Hijiki and Grave of the Fireflies won the prestigious Naoki Prize. Many of his works, including his novel, The Pornographers, and short story, Grave of the Fireflies, have been adapted into films.

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Masayuki Suzuki
(Singer)
Masayuki Suzuki
2
Birthdate: September 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ota City, Tokyo, Japan

Masayuki Suzuki is a Japanese singer renowned for his association with the popular blackface pop group Rats & Star where he was the lead vocalist. Suzuki is credited with forming the band, which was disbanded in 1996. Nicknamed Japan's King of Love Songs, Masayuki Suzuki is also known for his successful solo career.

 27 
Yōsuke Kubozuka
(Actor, Singer, Model)
Yōsuke Kubozuka
2
Birthdate: May 7, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Yokosuka

Yōsuke Kubozuka is a Japanese musician and actor who worked as a model for TV commercials and magazines before starting his career as an actor. He then went on to establish himself as a reggae musician. Over the years, Kubozuka has been honored with many prestigious awards like the Japan Academy Film Prize, Television Academy Award, and Kinema Junpo Award.

 28 
Becky
(Singer & Actress)
Becky
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Birthdate: March 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
 29 
Melody
(Former J-pop singer)
Melody
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Birthdate: February 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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Sayaka Akimoto
(Actress and singer who was a member of Japanese idol girl group AKB48)
Sayaka Akimoto
2
Birthdate: July 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Makati, Philippines
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Minami Takahashi
(Japanese Singer and Tarento)
Minami Takahashi
3
Birthdate: April 8, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hachiōji, Tokyo, Japan

Minami Takahashi is a Japanese idol, tarento, and singer. She is best known for her association with the popular idol girl group AKB48 from 2005 to 2016. Takahashi has also played an influential role in many of AKB48's sub-groups like No Sleeves. 

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Shoo
(Actress, Singer)
Shoo
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Birthdate: October 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yokohama, Japan
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Origa
(Singer)
Origa
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Birthdate: October 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Novosibirsk, Russia
Died: January 17, 2015
 34 
Akihiro Miwa
(Japanese Singer, Actor, Director and Drag Queen)
Akihiro Miwa
3
Birthdate: May 15, 1935
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nagasaki, Japan
 35 
Misia
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist, Composer, Record producer)
Misia
3
Birthdate: July 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ōmura

Misia is a Japanese record producer, singer, and songwriter. She is best known for her album Mother Father Brother Sister which went on to become the seventh best-selling debut album of all time in Japan. Widely regarded as Japan's first R&B superstar, Misia is also credited with releasing one of the best-selling Japanese singles of all time, Everything.

 36 
Mariko Shinoda
(Actress, Singer)
Mariko Shinoda
2
Birthdate: March 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Itoshima, Fukuoka, Japan
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Takako Matsu
(Actress and singer who starred in the 1994 NHK television series Hana no Ran.)
Takako Matsu
2
Birthdate: June 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 38 
Sumire Morohoshi
(Actress)
Sumire Morohoshi
2
Birthdate: April 23, 1999
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ōi, Ashigarakami District, Kanagawa, Japan

Though born with right-body paralysis, Sumire Morohoshi recovered within the first few months. Starting her career as a child voice actor, she gained fame with her performances in projects such as Red Garden and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. She has also dubbed for movies such as Spider-Man 3 and Interstellar.

 39 
Yuko Oshima
(Japanese Actress and Former Member of Japanese Idol Girl Group 'AKB48')
Yuko Oshima
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Birthdate: October 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mibu, Tochigi, Japan

Yuko Oshima is a Japanese actress and singer best known for her association with the popular idol girl group AKB48 where she captained Team K. Her contribution to the Japanese film and music industry since 1996 has earned her several prestigious awards like the Television Drama Academy Award, Japan Academy Prize, and Hochi Film Award.

 40 
Subaru Kimura
(German-Japanese Rapper and Actor)
Subaru Kimura
2
Birthdate: June 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 41 
Haruna Kojima
(Japanese idol, Singer, Actor, Model)
Haruna Kojima
2
Birthdate: April 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Urawa-ku
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 42 
Donna Burke
(Singer, Seiyū)
Donna Burke
5
Birthdate: December 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Perth

Donna Burke is an Australian singer, narrator, voice actress, and businesswoman. Apart from contributing to anime songs and TV commercials as a voice actress, Burke also contributes as a lyricist. In 2007, a documentary named Climate in Crisis which was narrated by her won the silver medal at the New York Television Festival. 

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Hiroshi Tamaki
(Actor, Seiyū, Singer, Model)
Hiroshi Tamaki
3
Birthdate: January 14, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nagoya

Hiroshi Tamaki is a Japanese actor, model, and singer. He is best known for his portrayal of Sato in the 2001 Japanese comedy film Waterboys. Tamaki is also known for his contribution to video games and TV shows.

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Rino Sashihara
(Singer, Seiyū, Actor, Tarento, Model)
Rino Sashihara
2
Birthdate: November 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ōita

Rino Sashihara is a Japanese actress, singer, and producer best known for her association with the popular idol group HKT48 where she was an important member. Sashihara was also part of AKB48's sub-group Not Yet. Over the years, Rino Sashihara has contributed immensely to several Japanese TV dramas and films. 

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Olivia Ong
(Singer)
Olivia Ong
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Birthdate: October 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Singapore

Olivia Ong is a Singaporean actress and singer best known for her work in Mandarin Chinese. Ong has also recorded songs in other languages like Japanese, Cantonese, and English. In 2009, she won the Star Award for Best Theme Song for her work in the 2008 drama serial The Little Nyonya.

 46 
Akiko Yano
(Singer-songwriter, Jazz musician)
Akiko Yano
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Birthdate: February 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
 47 
Anna Tsuchiya
(Actress, Singer)
Anna Tsuchiya
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Birthdate: March 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Rie Miyazawa
(Actress and former teen idol)
Rie Miyazawa
3
Birthdate: April 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nerima City, Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 49 
Jessica Kizaki
(Former AV idol, actress, singer and gravure model)
Jessica Kizaki
0
Birthdate: June 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Sōichirō Hoshi
(Singer, Seiyū)
Sōichirō Hoshi
1
Birthdate: May 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aizuwakamatsu
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)