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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.

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Ayumi Hamasaki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
age 37
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 ...more
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Megumi Hayashibara is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
age 48
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 ...more
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Ken is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
age 50
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 ...more
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Ryuichi Sakamoto is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
age 63
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 ...more
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Junichi Masuda is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
age 51
Junichi Masuda is a video game composer, director, designer, producer, and programmer best known for his work on the Pokémon franchise. He is a member of the Game Freak board of ...more
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Akihiro Miwa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
age 83
Akihiro Maruyama, better known by his stage name Akihiro Miwa, is a Japanese singer, actor, director, composer, and author. He writes most of his own music and has written over 20 books. Miwa is ...more
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Yūko Andō is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
Yūko Andō age 41
Yūko Andō is a Japanese singer-songwriter and former actress. Andō is part of the YS Corporation talent agency.
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Nozomi Aoki is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
Nozomi Aoki age 88
Nozomi Aoki is a composer and music arranger.
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Matsuko Mawatari is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
Matsuko Mawatari age 51
Matsuko Mawatari is a Japanese pop singer-songwriter.
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Shinya is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
age 40
Shinya is a Japanese musician, best known as the drummer of the metal band Dir En Grey. He has been with the band since its inception in 1997 and was previously a member of La:Sadie's. Shinya ...more
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Haruka Shimotsuki is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
Haruka Shimotsuki
Haruka Shimotsuki is a Japanese singer and dōjin music composer known for her vocal themes in the Atelier Iris and Ar tonelico series. She also wrote the lyrics and sang the ending themes to the ...more
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Kenji Kawai is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
age 58
Kenji Kawai, born April 23, 1957 in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Tokyo, is a Japanese music composer, for motion pictures, anime movies, video games and televised programs. He has contributed to the ...more
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Yoshihisa Hirano is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
Yoshihisa Hirano age 47
Yoshihisa Hirano is a Japanese composer.
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Hikaru Utada is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
age 36
Hikaru Utada, who also goes by the mononym Utada, is a Japanese American singer and songwriter. Since the release of her Japanese debut album First Love, which went on to become the best-selling ...more
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Sho Sakurai is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
age 37
Sho Sakurai is a Japanese idol, singer, songwriter, actor, newscaster, host and former radio host. He is a member of Japanese boy band Arashi. Sakurai began his career in the entertainment ...more
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Motoaki Takenouchi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
Motoaki Takenouchi age 51
Motoaki Takenouchi is a Japanese composer, most recognised for his video game soundtracks during the 1990s, particularly for the Shining series of games. He has worked for companies such as ...more
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Die is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
age 44
Die is a Japanese musician and guitarist. He is best known as one of the guitarists of visual kei metal band Dir En Grey. He has been with the band since its inception in 1997 and was previously ...more
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Odiakes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
Odiakes
OdiakeS is a Japanese composer from Tokyo, Japan who has worked for a variety of visual novel companies. His first work was on the game One: Kagayaku Kisetsu e under Tactics. When the staff of ...more
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Yoko Kanno is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
age 54
Yoko Kanno is a Japanese composer, arranger and musician best known for her work on the soundtracks for many anime films, television series, live-action films, video games, and advertisements. ...more
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Akira Yamaoka is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
age 51
Akira Yamaoka is a Japanese video game composer, sound designer, sound director, and video game producer who worked for Konami from 1993 until his resignation in 2009. He is best known for ...more
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Miyuki Nakajima is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
age 63
Miyuki Nakajima is a Japanese singer-songwriter and radio personality. She has released 37 studio albums, 40 singles, 2 live albums and multiple compilations as of May 2013. Her sales have been ...more
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Satoshi Ohno is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
age 38
Satoshi Ohno is a Japanese idol, singer, actor, artist, and radio host. He is the lead vocalist and leader of Japanese boy band Arashi, hence his nickname Leader. Ohno began his career in the ...more
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Tetsuya Komuro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
age 60
Tetsuya Komuro, born November 27, 1958 in Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan, also known as TK, is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter, composer and record producer. He is recognized as the most successful ...more
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Nana Mizuki is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
age 39
Nana Mizuki is a Japanese voice actress and singer represented by the agency Sigma Seven. She was born and raised in Niihama, Ehime, Japan. Mizuki was trained as an enka singer, and made her ...more
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Kazunari Ninomiya is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Composers from Japan
age 32
Kazunari Ninomiya, often called Nino, is a Japanese idol, singer, songwriter, actor, voice actor and radio host. He is a member of Japanese boy band Arashi and is best known to movie audiences ...more