Japanese Female Film & Theater Personalities

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Throughout history, there have been many Japanese women film & theater personalities who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Japanese female film & theater personalities such as Rinko Kikuchi, Ayako Fujitani, Kiko Mizuhara, Sola Aoi, Maria Ozawa.
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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
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Birthdate: October 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
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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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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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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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Tao Okamoto
(Actress)
Tao Okamoto
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Birthdate: May 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chiba, Japan
 9 
Ayumi Hamasaki
(Singer, Seiyū, Songwriter, Model, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Lyricist, Poet, Record producer)
Ayumi Hamasaki
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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.

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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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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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Rila Fukushima
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Birthdate: January 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokyo

Tokyo-born Rila Fukushima initially wished to be a model agent but ended up being one of Japan’s most popular models, walking the ramp for Louis Vuitton and gracing magazines such as Vogue Japan. She later appeared in The Wolverine and the series Arrow and Gunshi Kanbei.

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Sada Abe
(Geisha, Criminal)
Sada Abe
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Birthdate: May 28, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kanda
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Naoko Takeuchi
(One of the Most Popular Manga Series of All Time)
Naoko Takeuchi
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Birthdate: March 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan

Japanese manga artist Naoko Takeuchi is best known as the author of Sailor Moon, a multiple-award-winning manga series. She was interested in becoming a manga artist from a young age. However, she studied chemistry in college to please her father. Shortly after graduation, she entered the manga industry and found success in her chosen field within a few years.

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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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Yui Hatano
(Actress)
Yui Hatano
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Birthdate: May 24, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan
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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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Chiaki Kuriyama
(Actor, Singer, Model, Seiyū, Fashion model)
Chiaki Kuriyama
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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.

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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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Reina Triendl
(Model and Actress)
Reina Triendl
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Birthdate: January 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Born to an Austrian father and a Japanese mother, Reina Triendl traveled to many places as a child due to her father’s work. She was scouted while in high school and thus began to model. She later gained fame with the reality series Terrace House and the film Tag.
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Marica Hase
(Adult Film Stars)
Marica Hase
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Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
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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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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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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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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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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
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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
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Junko Takeuchi
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Birthdate: April 5, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saitama, Japan
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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
(Actor, Model, Fashion model, Film actor)
Keiko Kitagawa
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Birthdate: August 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kōbe
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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
(Actress)
Riyo Mori
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Birthdate: December 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shizuoka
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Miyoshi Umeki
(Actor, Singer, Television actor)
Miyoshi Umeki
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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.

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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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Aino Kishi
(AV idol, Glamor model)
Aino Kishi
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Birthdate: February 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hokkaidō
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Mao Ichimichi
(Actress)
Mao Ichimichi
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Birthdate: February 1, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ōsaka, Japan
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Mie Hama
(Actor)
Mie Hama
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Birthdate: November 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tokyo
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Mao Inoue
(Actress)
Mao Inoue
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Birthdate: January 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
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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
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Yuma Asami
(Actor, Adult Film Star, Model, Singer, AV idol, Musician, Tarento)
Yuma Asami
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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.

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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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Rola
(Actress, Model)
Rola
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Birthdate: March 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
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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
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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
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Saeko
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Birthdate: November 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Miyazaki
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Kyoko Fukada
(Actress, 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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Kaho Minami
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Birthdate: January 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amagasaki