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

People on this list include Ayumi Hamasaki and Ai Otsuka.

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

Use this list of renowned Japanese composers to discover some new composers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (195 items)
Ayumi Hamasaki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
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Ayumi Hamasaki is a Japanese recording artist, lyricist, model, and actress. Hamasaki has achieved popularity in Japan and Asia by enforcing her position as an artist and not trying to be forced as a "product", which was a common factor within the Japanese music culture and Avex Trax. Through her entire career, she has written all her lyrical content, produced her own music and has sometimes co-composed her music, which is evident in her albums Duty, I Am... and Rainbow. Born and raised in Fukuoka, she moved to Tokyo at fourteen to pursue a career in entertainment. In 1998, under the tutelage of Avex CEO Max Matsuura, Hamasaki released her debut single "Poker Face" and released her ...more

Age: 39

Birthplace: Fukuoka, Japan

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Megumi Hayashibara is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
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Megumi Hayashibara is a Japanese voice actress, singer, radio personality, and lyricist from Tokyo. She is affiliated with Woodpark Office. She is best known for her roles in Love Hina, Saber Marionette J, Ranma ½, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop, Slayers, Detective Conan, Pokémon, All Purpose Cultural Catgirl Nuku Nuku and Shaman King. ...more

Age: 51

Birthplace: Kita, Tokyo, Japan

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Ken is a musician and singer-songwriter, best known as guitarist of the Japanese rock band L'Arc-en-Ciel. He is also the leader, vocalist and guitarist of Sons of All Pussys and has released a solo album entitled In Physical. While in L'Arc-en-Ciel his name is stylized as ken. ...more

Age: 49

Birthplace: Maibara, Japan

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Ryuichi Sakamoto is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
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Ryuichi Sakamoto is a Japanese musician, activist, composer, record producer, writer, singer, pianist, and actor based in Tokyo and New York. Gaining major success in 1978 as a member of the electronic music group Yellow Magic Orchestra, Sakamoto served on keyboards and sometimes vocals. The band had worldwide hits such as "Computer Game / Firecracker", "Behind the Mask" and "Rydeen", later playing a pioneering role in the techno and acid house movements of the 1990s. He concurrently pursued a solo career, releasing the experimental electronic fusion album Thousand Knives, and later released the pioneering album B-2 Unit, which included the electro classic "Riot in Lagos". From thereon, he ...more

Age: 66

Birthplace: Japan, Nakano, Tokyo

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