Japanese Female Film & Theater Personalities

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Maria Ozawa
(Adult Film Star, AV idol, Stripper, Actor, Glamour model, Model)
Maria Ozawa
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Birthdate: January 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hokkaidō

Born to a Japanese mother and a French-Canadian father, Maria Ozawa was raised in Japan and began her career in adult films at age 19. Also known as Miyabi, she has worked on Japanese TV shows and has also worked as a model. She is also known as an AV Idol.

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Rinko Kikuchi
(Actress)
Rinko Kikuchi
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Birthdate: January 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hadano, Kanagawa, Japan

Rinko Kikuchi is a Japanese actress who received an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of Chieko Wataya in the 2006 psychological drama film Babel. Rinko is the first Japanese actress to receive an Oscar nomination in five decades. Her work in Babel also earned her several awards, such as Gotham Awards and a Chicago Film Critics Association Award.

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Ayako Fujitani
(Japanese Writer and Actress)
Ayako Fujitani
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Birthdate: December 7, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Osaka, Osaka, Japan

Daughter of Hollywood actor Steven Seagal and Japanese aikido specialist Miyako Fujitani, Ayako Fujitani appeared as a lead actor in Man from Reno. A skilled writer, she has also released several books, both fiction and non-fiction. She has also directed a short play and performed as part of a band.

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Samaire Armstrong
(Actress)
Samaire Armstrong
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Birthdate: October 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Kiko Mizuhara
(Actress, Model)
Kiko Mizuhara
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Birthdate: October 15, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

Born to a Korean-Japanese mother and an American father, Kiko Mizuhara plunged into modeling after winning a Seventeen Japan contest. After winning hearts in the Japanese modeling circuit, she became a Chanel ambassador. Her designs, made in collaboration with Opening Ceremony, have been worn by artists such as Beyoncé.

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Miyuki Sawashiro
(Voice Actor)
Miyuki Sawashiro
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Birthdate: June 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tokyo
Her voice role as Puchiko in the English version of Leave it to Piyoko made Japanese voice actor Miyuki Sawashiro the first from her country to reprise a Japanese voice role in its English dubbed version. She had started learning English during her time in Pennsylvania in high school.
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Rie Takahashi
(Japanese Voice Actress and Singer)
Rie Takahashi
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Birthdate: February 27, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saitama, Japan
Japanese voice actor and singer Rie Takahashi is best known for her work in the anime series Seiyu's Life! She has voiced major characters in video games and anime films and series, such as Megumin in KonoSuba, Takagi in Teasing Master Takagi-san, and Hu Tao in Genshin Impact
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Sola Aoi
(Adult Film Star, Actor, Singer, AV idol, Tarento)
Sola Aoi
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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.
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Kana Hanazawa
( Japanese Actress and a Prolific Voice Performer in Anime)
Kana Hanazawa
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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.

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Koyuki
(Actress, Model)
Koyuki
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Birthdate: December 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture

Koyuki is a Japanese actress and model best known for her portrayal of Hiromi Ishizaki in the 2005 film Always: Sunset on Third Street, for which she received a nomination for Best Actress at the 29th Japan Academy Film Prize in 2006. Over the course of her career, Koyuki has also won awards, such as the Nikkan Sports Film Award.

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Tao Okamoto
(Actress)
Tao Okamoto
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Birthdate: May 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chiba, Japan
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Ayane Sakura
(Japanese Voice Actress Known for Her Manga Series: ‘Non Non Biyori’, ‘Boarding School Juliet’ and ‘My Hero Academia’)
Ayane Sakura
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Birthdate: January 29, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan
Japanese voice actor Ayane Sakura soared to fame with her voice work in manga and anime projects such as Is the Order a Rabbit? and My Hero Academia. The Seiyu Award-winning artist has earned the nickname Ayaneru because of her love for sleeping in her spare time.
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Maaya Sakamoto
(Actress)
Maaya Sakamoto
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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.

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Rie Kugimiya
(Japanese Voice Actress Best Known for Her Voice Performances in Anime 'Fullmetal Alchemist’ Series)
Rie Kugimiya
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Birthdate: May 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Osaka, 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.

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Maaya Uchida
(Japanese Voice Actress, Actress and Singer)
Maaya Uchida
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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.

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Satomi Ishihara
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Birthdate: December 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokyo

Following her debut with the film My Grandpa, Japanese actor Satomi Ishihara became a star both in films and on TV. She has been involved in charitable activities in Africa and was also chosen as a torchbearer for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, before the event was postponed due to COVID-19.

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Shiori Kutsuna
(Actress, Model best known for her role as Ran Mori in Shinichi Kudo's Written Challenge)
Shiori Kutsuna
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Birthdate: December 22, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Masako Nozawa
(Actress)
Masako Nozawa
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Birthdate: October 25, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nippori, Arakawa, Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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Ayana Taketatsu
(Actress)
Ayana Taketatsu
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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.

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Keiko Kitagawa
(Japanese Actress and Former Model.)
Keiko Kitagawa
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Birthdate: August 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Junko Takeuchi
(Actress)
Junko Takeuchi
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Birthdate: April 5, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saitama, Japan
Height: 4'11" (150 cm)
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Miyoshi Umeki
(Japanese-American Singer and Actress)
Miyoshi Umeki
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Birthdate: May 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan
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.

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Naoko Mori
(Actress)
Naoko Mori
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Birthdate: November 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

Born in Japan, Naoko Mori moved to the U.S. with her parents at 4 and then returned to Japan later, only to move to the UK at 12. She is best known as Toshiko Sato from Torchwood. Fans also loved her as Yoko Ono in the TV film Lennon Naked.

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Haruka Ayase
(Actress)
Haruka Ayase
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Birthdate: March 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima

Haruka Ayase is a Japanese actress, singer, and model. After starting out as a gravure idol, Ayase went on to become a much sought-after model, appearing in commercials for brands like KFC, Coca-Cola, and SK-II. She then went on to become a prominent actress, winning several prestigious awards for her work in film as well as Japanese TV.

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Riyo Mori
(Japanese Actress, Dancer and Model)
Riyo Mori
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Birthdate: December 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aoi Ward, Shizuoka, Japan
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Tina Yuzuki
(Film actor, Singer, Adult Film Star, Actor, AV idol)
Tina Yuzuki
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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.

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Erika Sawajiri
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Birthdate: April 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nerima, Tokyo
Born to an Algerian mother and a Japanese father in Tokyo, Erika Sawajiri became a model in grade six and later gained fame with films such as Break Through! She experimented with singing, too. A 2020 drug scandal, followed by an 18-month prison sentence, cut her career short.
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Mao Inoue
(Actress)
Mao Inoue
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Birthdate: January 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Mie Hama
(Japanese Actress, Television and Radio Presenter and Author)
Mie Hama
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Birthdate: November 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Rola
(Actress, Model)
Rola
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Birthdate: March 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Mao Ichimichi
(Actress)
Mao Ichimichi
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Birthdate: February 1, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ōsaka, Japan
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Eiko Ishioka
(Art Director)
Eiko Ishioka
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Birthdate: July 12, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: January 21, 2012
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Akiho Yoshizawa
(Actor, Adult Film Star, AV idol, Glamor model)
Akiho Yoshizawa
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Birthdate: March 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tokyo
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Yū Aoi
(Actor, Fashion model, Model)
Yū Aoi
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Birthdate: August 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kasuga
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Mamiko Noto
(Actress)
Mamiko Noto
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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.

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Romi Park
(Actress, Voice actress)
Romi Park
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Birthdate: January 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Edogawa, Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Saeko
(Japanese Actress, Model and TV Personality)
Saeko
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Birthdate: November 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Miyazaki, Japan
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Hotaru Akane
(Japanese Actress and HIV/Aids Activist)
Hotaru Akane
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Birthdate: October 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Died: August 15, 2016
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Tura Satana
(Known for Her Role as Killer Go-Go Dancer 'Varla' in Russ Meyer’s Cult Film 'Faster, Pussycat!')
Tura Satana
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Birthdate: July 10, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hokkaido, Japan
Died: February 4, 2011

Tura Satana was a Japanese American vedette, exotic dancer, and actress. She achieved popularity after the release of her 1965 American exploitation film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! where she portrayed the role of Varla. Satana's career took a backseat in 1981 when she met with an accident. She then made a comeback in 2002 and remained active until her death.

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Aino Kishi
(AV idol, Glamor model)
Aino Kishi
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Birthdate: February 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hokkaidō
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Kaho Minami
(Actor)
Kaho Minami
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Birthdate: January 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amagasaki
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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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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Nozomi Sasaki
(actor, model, fashion model, tarento, singer)
Nozomi Sasaki
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Birthdate: February 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Akita
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Akiko Wakabayashi
(Actress)
Akiko Wakabayashi
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Birthdate: December 13, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ōta, Tokyo, Japan
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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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Megumi Han
(Actress and Voice actress employed by Atomic Monkey)
Megumi Han
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Birthdate: June 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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Nanako Matsushima
(Actress known worldwide for her role in the horror film Ring)
Nanako Matsushima
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Birthdate: October 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Meiko Kaji
(Japanese Actress and Singer)
Meiko Kaji
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Birthdate: March 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

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.

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Yua Aida
(AV idol, Adult Film Star, Glamor model)
Yua Aida
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Birthdate: August 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Aichi Prefecture
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Masako Natsume
(Actor, Model, Poet)
Masako Natsume
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Birthdate: December 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tokyo
Died: September 11, 1985

Masako Natsume was a Japanese actress who achieved worldwide fame after playing Tripitaka in the popular Japanese television series Monkey. Throughout her brief career, Natsume won several awards like the Elan d'or Awards. Masako Natsume remains a household name in Japan; calendars and picture books featuring pictures of Masako Natsume are still popular today.