Japanese Female Singers

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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.

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Rina Sawayama
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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. 
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Hirai Momo
(Singer, Dancer)
Hirai Momo
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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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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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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
(Voice Actress)
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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Merle Dandridge
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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.

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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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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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Hikaru Utada
(Singer-Songwriter and One of the Best-Selling Musical Artists in Japan)
Hikaru Utada
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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.

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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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Rie Kugimiya
(Voice actress)
Rie Kugimiya
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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Meiko Kaji
(Actor, Singer, Musician)
Meiko Kaji
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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.

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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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Kumi Koda
(Japanese singer)
Kumi Koda
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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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Crystal Kay
(Singer, Actress)
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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Yuko Oshima
(Singer with the Japanese idol girl group AKB48, of which she was the captain of Team K)
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.

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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
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Sayaka Akimoto
(Actress and singer who was a member of Japanese idol girl group AKB48)
Sayaka Akimoto
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Birthdate: July 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Makati, Philippines
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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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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.

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Minami Takahashi
(Actor, Singer, Seiyū)
Minami Takahashi
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Birthdate: April 8, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tokyo

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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Mariko Shinoda
(Actress, Singer)
Mariko Shinoda
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Birthdate: March 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Itoshima, Fukuoka, Japan
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Misia
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist, Composer, Record producer)
Misia
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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.

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Takako Matsu
(Actress and singer who starred in the 1994 NHK television series Hana no Ran.)
Takako Matsu
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Birthdate: June 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
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Haruna Kojima
(Japanese idol, Singer, Actor, Model)
Haruna Kojima
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Birthdate: April 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Urawa-ku
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Sumire Morohoshi
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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.

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Rino Sashihara
(Singer, Seiyū, Actor, Tarento, Model)
Rino Sashihara
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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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Donna Burke
(Singer, Seiyū)
Donna Burke
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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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Rie Miyazawa
(Actress and former teen idol)
Rie Miyazawa
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Birthdate: April 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nerima City, Tokyo, Japan
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Kyōko Aizome
(Actress)
Kyōko Aizome
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Birthdate: February 9, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Noda, Chiba, Japan
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Mai Kuraki
(Singer, Composer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Record producer)
Mai Kuraki
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Birthdate: October 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Funabashi

Mai Kuraki is a Japanese R&B and pop singer-songwriter best known for her debut album Delicious Way, which is the ninth best-selling Japanese album of all-time. Kuraki is the only female singer to release singles that have been successively debuting in the Top 10 since 1999. 

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Haruka Nakagawa
(Singer, Actress)
Haruka Nakagawa
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Birthdate: February 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan
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Haruka Shimazaki
(Singer, Actor, Model)
Haruka Shimazaki
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Birthdate: March 30, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saitama Prefecture
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Beni Arashiro
(Singer best known for her 2004 single "Here Alone")
Beni Arashiro
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Birthdate: March 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Okinawa, Japan

Beni Arashiro is a Japanese R&B singer who achieved popularity in 2004 after the release of her third single Here Alone. Her popularity soared in 2008 when she started performing under the Universal Music Japan label. Many of her albums and singles have been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) and appear on charts like Oricon.

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Naomi Tani
(Actress)
Naomi Tani
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Birthdate: October 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Japan
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Hiromi Hayakawa
(Singer, Actress)
Hiromi Hayakawa
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Birthdate: October 19, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fukuoka, Japan
Died: September 27, 2017
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Aki Maeda
(Actor, Singer, Model, Child actor)
Aki Maeda
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Birthdate: July 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tokyo City
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Syuri
(Wrestler, Pop singer)
Syuri
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Birthdate: February 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ebina, Kanagawa, Japan

Syuri is a Japanese kickboxer, shoot boxer, professional wrestler, and mixed martial artist. Syuri, who has competed in popular promotions like the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), is currently working for a Japanese women's wrestling promotion called World Wonder Ring Stardom. Over the course of her career, Syuri has won many championships at various promotions.

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Akiko Shikata
(Singer-songwriter)
Akiko Shikata
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Birthdate: January 7, 0000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
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Kavka Shishido
(Drummer, Actress)
Kavka Shishido
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Birthdate: June 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Throughout history, there have been many Japanese women singers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Japanese female singers such as Yoko Ono, Hikaru Utada, Sola Aoi, Ayumi Hamasaki, Chiaki Kuriyama.