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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 ...more

Age: 38

Birthplace: Japan, Fukuoka

Profession: Spokesperson, Gravure idol, Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, + more

Credits: InuYasha, Dragonball: Evolution, Shinobi: Heart Under Blade, Like Grains of Sand

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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 ...more

Age: 48

Birthplace: Kita, Tokyo, Japan

Profession: Lyricist, Radio personality, Actor, Voice acting, Singer, + more

Credits: Pokémon, Cowboy Bebop, Castle in the Sky, Neon Genesis Evangelion, The End of Evangelion, + more

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#80 on Favorite Japanese Actresses

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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: 48

Birthplace: Maibara, Japan

Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist, + more

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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 ...more

Age: 63

Birthplace: Japan, Nakano, Tokyo

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Actor, + more

Credits: The Last Emperor, The Adventures of Milo and Otis, Snake Eyes, Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, Little Buddha, + more

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