Famous Japanese Singers

Find out more about the greatest Japanese Singers, including Yoko Ono, Hikaru Utada, Ayumi Hamasaki, Origa and Crystal Kay.

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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

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 Haruma Miura

Haruma Miura
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Voice actor, Child actor
Birthdate: April 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tsuchiura

Once a popular child actor, Haruma Miura stormed the Japanese film scene after an impactful performance as Hiro in Koizora. He had also tried his luck in singing and had starred in series such as Last Cinderella. He shocked his fans by committing suicide by hanging at age 30.

 3 Yoko Ono

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Yoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, peace activist, and singer-songwriter. She came into prominence after marrying John Lennon of the Beatles. She is widely criticized for her unquestionable influence over John Lennon and his music. She is also often blamed for the disbandment of The Beatles. Despite all these criticisms, Yoko Ono continues to go on her merry way.

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 4 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

Japanese actor Tadanobu Satō, better known as Tadanobu Asano, had begun his acting career at 16, with the show Kimpachi Sensei, at his father’s insistence. He later gained critical acclaim with roles in films such as Maborosi and Fried Dragon Fish. He has also sung for the band Mach 1.67.

 5 Rina Sawayama

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Famous As: Singer
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. 

 6 Hirai Momo

Hirai Momo
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Famous As: Singer, Dancer
Birthdate: November 9, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kyotanabe, Kyoto Prefecture

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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 7 Hikaru Utada

Hikaru Utada
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, 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.

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 8 Sola Aoi

Sola Aoi
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Famous As: Adult Film Star, Actor, Singer, AV idol, Tarento
Birthdate: November 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tokyo
Scouted by an agent when she was still in high school, Sola Aoi initially became a successful gravure model and later deviated to pornography. Originally named Suzuki Miho, she chose Sola Aoi as her pseudonym, meaning Blue Sky, indicating her favorite color. She later also tried her luck in singing.

 9 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.   

 10 Mamoru Miyano

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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Seiyū, Child actor
Birthdate: June 8, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saitama Prefecture

Best known for his award-winning voice role of Light Yagami in the manga series Death Note, Mamoru Miyano is an anime artist who has also released singles such as Kuon and Discovery. The artist, who is also known as Mamo, or Mamo-chan, is also a skilled harmonica/harp player.

 11 Nobuhiko Okamoto

Nobuhiko Okamoto
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Famous As: Seiyū, Singer
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.

 12 Takuya Kimura

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tokyo

Takuya Kimura is a Japanese actor, radio personality, and singer. He is best known for his association with SMAP, one of East Asia's best-selling boy bands. After starting his career as a singer, Kimura found considerable success as an actor, which catapulted him to stardom and turned him into a Japanese icon. His acting skills have earned him several awards.

 13 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.

 14 Hiroshi Kamiya

Hiroshi Kamiya
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Famous As: Voice actor
Birthdate: January 28, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chiba, Japan

Initially a karate enthusiast, Hiroshi Kamiya later deviated to theater and eventually became one of the most successful anime artists in Japan. He is best known as Trafalgar Law from One Piece and has also co-hosted the radio show Dear Girl: Stories. He often collaborates with director Akiyuki Shinbo.

 15 Merle Dandridge

Merle Dandridge
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 31, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Okinawa, Japan

Born in Japan, to a Korean-Japanese mother and an African-American father, Merle Dandridge grew up in Nebraska and later gained a scholarship to study theater. She is known for Broadway musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar and series such as Greenleaf. She has also appeared in the video-game series Half-Life 2.

 16 Kana Hanazawa

Kana Hanazawa
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Famous As: Voice Actress
Birthdate: February 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Best known as an anime voice actor, Kana Hanazawa began her career at 14, voicing Holly Mad-thane in Last Exile. She was also seen as a child actor in programs such as Yappari Sanma Daisensei. Known by many nicknames such as KanaHana and Zaa-san, she has also released several albums.

 17 Chiaki Kuriyama

Chiaki Kuriyama
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Model, Seiyū, Fashion model
Birthdate: October 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tsuchiura

Though Chiaki Kuriyama gained immense fame as a child model, especially for her photos in the bestselling book Shinwa-Shojo, the book was banned for child pornography later. Now an actor-singer, too, she is known for her roles in films such as Battle Royale and Kill Bill: Volume 1.

 18 Takeru Satoh

Takeru Satoh
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: March 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Iwatsuki-ku

Scouted while still in high school, Takeru Satoh is best known as Ryotaro Nogami from the Kamen Rider Den-O franchise. He had earlier worked as a child actor and was also skilled in baseball and martial arts. He has also starred in the live-action movie Rurouni Kenshin, based on a popular manga.

 19 Takehito Koyasu

Takehito Koyasu
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Famous As: Seiyū, Singer
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

 20 Daisuke Ono

Daisuke Ono
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Famous As: Voice Actor
Birthdate: May 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sakawa, Takaoka District, Kōchi Prefecture, 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.

 21 Maaya Sakamoto

Maaya Sakamoto
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Itabashi City, Tokyo, Japan

One of the best-known Japanese voice actors, Maaya Sakamoto soared to fame with her performances as Kiyomi Takada in Death Note and Lunamaria Hawke in Gundam Seed Destiny. She is also a successful singer and a sociology major. She has also dubbed for films such as the Star Wars trilogy.

 22 Rie Kugimiya

Rie Kugimiya
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Famous As: Voice actress
Birthdate: May 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kumamoto, Japan

Seiyu Award-winning voice actor Rie Kugimiya is best known for her work in anime/manga productions such as Toradora! and Nabari no Ou. Known as the Queen of Tsundere, she is fond of reading in her leisure time. She has also appeared on stage and in video games.

 23 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.

 24 Sakura Miyawaki

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

Hideto Takarai, better known as Hyde, soared to fame as the lead singer of the Japanese rock band L'Arc-en-Ciel. He has also performed as part of the duo Vamps and released solo tracks such as Evergreen and Shallow Sleep. He has sold over 40 million records as part of L'Arc-en-Ciel.

 26 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 1, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 27 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

Sadao Maeda, better known as Sonny Chiba, was initially a talented gymnast, aspiring to be part of the Japanese Olympic team, though a back injury ended his sports career. Trained in martial arts, he later soared to fame with movies such as The Street Fighter. He died of COVID-19 at age 82.

 28 Namie Amuro

Namie Amuro
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Famous As: Record producer
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.

 29 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

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.

 30 Takahiro Moriuchi

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

Takahiro Moriuchi, better known to fans a Taka, soared to fame as the lead singer of the Japanese rock band One Ok Rock. He was previously part of the boy band News. The eldest son of popular singers Shinichi and Masako Mori, he now owns a lavish home in Hollywood Hills.

 31 Ayana Taketatsu

Ayana Taketatsu
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saitama, Japan

Japanese voice actor Ayana Taketatsu is known for her work in anime/manga series such as Sword Art Online and Guilty Crown. She has also dubbed for movies such as The Angry Birds Movie 2 and is part of the band Hokago Tea Time. She is married to fellow voice actor Yûki Kaji.

 32 Maaya Uchida

Maaya Uchida
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 27, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Seiyu Award-winning voice actor Maaya Uchida is the sister of fellow voice actor Yuma Uchida. Initially interested in gaming, she later aspired to be a voice actor for gaming characters and thus ventured into voice acting. She owns a fan club named LIFE IS LIKE A SUNNY DAY.

 33 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

One of Japan’s most well-known adult stars, Yuma Asami had begun her career at age 18. She mostly worked with studios that specialized in soft porn. The Grand Prix award-winning actor was later diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Post-recovery, she ditched the adult industry and began working as a singer.

 34 Tina Yuzuki

Tina Yuzuki
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Famous As: Film actor, Singer, Adult Film Star, Actor, AV idol
Birthdate: October 29, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tokyo

Born to a Portuguese mother and a Japanese father, adult star Tina Yuzuki rose to be an AV idol and later worked under the pseudonym Rio. She later stepped into the mainstream film industy and also tried her luck in singing. She is known for erotic movies such as Stop the Bitch Campaign.

 35 Tetsuya Kakihara

Tetsuya Kakihara
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Famous As: Voice Actor, Singer
Birthdate: December 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany

Born in Germany, Tetsuya Kakihara later established himself as a fine voice actor in Japan. He now also owns his own agency. Best known for his performances in manga/anime productions such as Fairy Tail, he later also released singles. He has also worked in adult media as Raku Kaiou.

 36 Miyoshi Umeki

Miyoshi Umeki
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Television actor
Birthdate: May 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Otaru
Died: August 28, 2007

With her film Sayonara, Miyoshi Umeki became the first Asian actress to win an Academy Award. Initially a night-club singer, she was later known for playing docile and submissive characters in most of her films. She also earned a Golden Globe nomination for playing Mei Li in Flower Drum Song.

 37 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.

 38 Yūki Ono

Yūki Ono
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Famous As: Voice actor
Birthdate: June 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shizuoka, Japan

Yūki Ono is a Japanese singer and voice actor best known for his work in video games and anime shows. After being inspired by Kishō Taniyama, Yūki Ono went on to establish himself as a popular voice actor, winning honors like the Seiyu Award.

 39 Ken Takakura

Ken Takakura
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: February 16, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kitakyūshū
Died: November 10, 2014

Popularly known as the Clint Eastwood of Japan for playing brooding characters, Ken Takakura has mostly been part of yakuza movies that dealt with organized crime. He soared to fame with Abashiri Prison and later delivered award-winning performances in films such as Station, The Yellow Handkerchief, and Poppoya.

 40 Tatsuya Nakadai

Tatsuya Nakadai
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Famous As: Actor, Seiyū, Singer
Birthdate: December 13, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tokyo

Tatsuya Nakadai is a Japanese actor best known for his versatility and collaborations with popular Japanese film directors. One of the most celebrated actors, Nakadai has been honored with prestigious awards like the Blue Ribbon Award. In 2013, Tatsuya Nakadai received the Asahi Prize for his outstanding contribution to the field of art.

 41 Mamiko Noto

Mamiko Noto
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kanazawa, Japan

Mamiko Noto is a Japanese film actress, singer, and voice actress. Noto is renowned for her contribution to anime and video games in Japan. She has also released many songs and albums that have been featured in music charts like Oricon.

 42 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

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.

 43 Damo Suzuki

Damo Suzuki
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Famous As: Musician
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.

 44 Toma Ikuta

Toma Ikuta
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Child actor, Tarento
Birthdate: October 7, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Noboribetsu

Toma Ikuta is a Japanese actor best known for playing important roles in TV series like Hanazakari no Kimitachi e: Ikemen Paradise. Over the course of his career, Ikuta has been honored with prestigious awards, such as Tokyo Drama Award, Television Drama Academy Award, and Blue Ribbon Award.

 45 Kōji Wada

Kōji Wada
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer
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.

 46 Meiko Kaji

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

Meiko Kaji is a Japanese singer and actress best known for playing outlaw characters in movies like Stray Cat Rock, Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion, and Wandering Ginza Butterfly. She has appeared in more than 100 television series and films so far. Meiko Kaji was honored with the prestigious Kinuyo Tanaka Award at the 75th Mainichi Film Awards.

 47 Akira Fuse

Akira Fuse
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mitaka, Tokyo

Akira Fuse is a Japanese actor and singer who has been contributing immensely to the Japanese TV and music industry for many years now. From hosting a late-night talk show to performing in tours, Fuse has tried his hand at many things throughout his career.

 48 Genki Sudo

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 8, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Koto City, Tokyo, Japan

Genki Sudo is a Japanese MMA fighter, singer, dancer, and politician. Known for his unorthodox fighting style and elaborate ring entrances, Sudo was a kickboxer before focusing on his career in the Japanese entertainment industry. He then became a member of a prominent political party in Japan in 2019. Sudo is currently serving as a Member of House of Councillors.

 49 Akiyuki Nosaka

Akiyuki Nosaka
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Famous As: Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter, Singer, Lyricist, Tarento, Broadcast writer
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.

 50 Crystal Kay

Crystal Kay
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Seiyū
Birthdate: February 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yokohama
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.