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Famous Bassists from Japan

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List of notable or famous bassists from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top bassists born in Japan and even some popular bassists who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese bassists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These bassists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known bassist from Japan is included when available.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, including GACKT and Atsuko Yamano.

This historic bassists from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese bassists of note?" and "Who are the most famous bassists from Japan?" These prominent bassists of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese bassists.

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Atsuko Yamano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Bassists from Japan
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Atsuko Yamano is a founding member of the Japanese rock trio Shonen Knife. When the band was first started, Atsuko played drums and provided backup vocals. A former fashion designer, she was also responsible for designing the band's stage outfits. After the departure of Michie Nakatani, Atsuko switched from drummer to bassist. Atsuko eventually retired from the band to marry, and has moved to Los Angeles. However, she still plays with Shonen Knife whenever the band holds shows in LA on their North American tours. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 55

Birthplace: Osaka Prefecture, Japan

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Gackt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Bassists from Japan
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Gackt Camui, better known by his stage name Gackt, is a Japanese musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. He has been active since 1994, first as the frontman of the short-lived independent band Cains:Feel, then for the now defunct visual kei rock band Malice Mizer, before starting his solo career in 1999. He has released nine studio albums and, with forty-three singles released, holds the male soloist record for most top ten consecutive singles in Japan music history. His single "Returner", released on June 20, 2007, was his first single to reach the number one spot on the Oricon charts. He became the first Japanese artist to release his music catalog on iTunes in October ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 45

Birthplace: Okinawa Prefecture, Japan

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Heath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Bassists from Japan
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Hiroshi Morie, known exclusively by his stage name Heath, is a Japanese musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the bass player of the popular heavy metal band X Japan. He joined the group in 1992, replacing Taiji Sawada on bass, and stayed with them until their dissolution in 1997 and reunited with the band from 2007 onward. After the breakup he focused on his solo career, until 2000 when he founded Dope HEADz with fellow X Japan guitarist Pata and former Spread Beaver percussionist/programmer I.N.A.. The group ceased activity after its second album in 2002. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 51

Birthplace: Amagasaki, Japan

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Jasmine You is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Bassists from Japan
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Jasmine You

Jasmine You was a Japanese musician, best known as original bassist of the symphonic metal band Versailles. In 1998 Jasmine You entered the visual kei music scene after joining Jakura, who managed to become somewhat successful before disbanding in 2003. In 2006 he was invited by his long-time friend Hizaki to join his solo project. Soon after he also took part in the theatrical rock show Node of Scherzo, with Hizaki, Kamijo, Juka and Kaya. In 2007 he joined Versailles and stayed with them until his illness and death in 2009. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 30 (1979-2009)

Birthplace: Aichi Prefecture, Japan