Entertainment & Music Overview

Japanese Entertainers Performing Around the World

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There are many Japanese entertainers, celebrities and musicians who are active abroad and are famous worldwide.
On top of that, there are many different types of entertainment in Japan, including comedians, actors and actresses, idols, voice actors, musicians, models, dancers, narrators, and more.

The current ranking of Japan's most popular entertainers are "Beat Takeshi" (Takeshi Kitano), Matsuko Deluxe, Hiroyuki Ariyoshi, Downtown (Masatoshi Hamada and Hitoshi Matsumoto), Sanma Akashiya, and Shinobu Sakagami, and it's hard to go a day without seeing any one of them on TV.

Other popular entertainers in Japan include Hiroshi Abe, Hakata Kagamaru Daikichi, Teruyoshi Uchimura, Ichiro, George Tokoro, SANDWICHMAN, Sadao Abe for men, and Yui Aragaki, Mao Asada, Yuki Amami, Haruka Ayase, Kyoko Fukada, Satomi Ishihara, Naomi Watanabe, Ayako Imoto, and Keiko Kitagawa for women, and a number of other great actors, actresses, comedians, athletes, and entertainers.

Japanese Actors and Actresses in Hollywood

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There are also many actors and actresses who are active overseas, including Hiroyuki Sanada, Ken Watanabe, Shinichi Chiba, Sho Kosugi, Tetsuro Tamba, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ken Takakura, Toshiro Mifune, Kyu Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano, Masi Oka, Rinko Kikuchi, Ryoko Yonekura, Youki Kudoh, Tadanobu Asano, Koji Yakusho, Rila Fukushima, Keiko Kitagawa, Koyuki and more.
Among them, Ken Watanabe, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rinko Kikuchi, Shinichi Chiba, Koji Yakusho, Yuki Kudo, and Ryoko Yonekura are not only popular in Japan, but are also known by many overseas.
Ken Watanabe, in particular, has appeared in many famous Hollywood films such as The Last Samurai, Iwo Jima and Inception.

Japan's Popular Music Industry!

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In recent years, Japanese music has been introduced to the world through video sites such as YouTube, making it easier for people outside of Japan to listen to Japanese music.

Japanese idols and J-POP music videos in particular are now attracting a lot of attention as "kawaii" (cute). Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Perfume, which have become synonymous with "kawaii" culture, as well as the idol group AKB48, have formed sister groups in various Asian countries.
BABYMETAL, a "fusion of idols and metal," has exploded in popularity overseas, more so than in Japan, attracting the attention of both idol and heavy metal lovers, and their overseas performances are always packed.
The Japanese virtual idol "Hatsune Miku" is also very popular overseas.

Japanese Entertainment Spreading to the World via the Internet

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Until recently, people became famous as celebrities and entertainers by appearing on TV and in movies, but now more and more people are becoming famous worldwide through the Internet.
Japanese comedian Naomi Watanabe became famous through Instagram and became an influencer, while another comedian, Pikotaro, caused a huge boom in the world after Justin Bieber, one of the most famous musicians in the world, recommended him on SNS.
This has become a new way for Japanese entertainers and music to become known around the world.

Japanese Musicians Popular Around the World

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Many Japanese musicians are also popular overseas.
There's famous rock musician "samuraiguitarist," "MIYAVI," the popular Japanese band "MAN WITH A MISSION," "ONE OK ROCK" and more.
In 1988, Ryuichi Sakamoto became the first Japanese person to win an Academy Award for his work on the soundtrack to the movie "The Last Emperor," and Tomayasu Hotei, who sang the theme song for a Hollywood movie, are among those who created highly acclaimed music for movies.

Other musicians include Wagakki Band, Mika Nakashima, Hello! Project, Morning Musume, Hikaru Utada, Ayumi Hamasaki, BOA, YUI, Namie Amuro, EXILE, Kumi Koda, Capsule, B'z, Mr. Children, Ikimono-gakari, X JAPAN, L'Arc-en-Ciel, BACK-ON and DIR EN GREY. These bands/artists have fans not only in Japan, but all over the world as well.

Nowadays, many people in the entertainment industry in Japan have their sights set on the global stage.

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