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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 ...more

Age: 53

Birthplace: Osaka Prefecture, Japan

Profession: Bassist, Backing vocalist, Drummer

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#45 on History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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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 ...more

Age: 43

Birthplace: Okinawa Prefecture, Japan

Profession: Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Model, Author, + more

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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 ...more

Age: 47

Birthplace: Amagasaki, Japan

Profession: Bassist, Songwriter, Singer

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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 ...more

Age: Died at 30 (1979-2009)

Birthplace: Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Profession: Bassist, Musician