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

People include everything from Yoko Ono to James Iha.

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

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Akiko Yano is a Japanese pop and jazz musician and singer. She was born Akiko Suzuki in Tokyo and raised in Aomori, Aomori, and later began her singing career in the mid-1970s. Her vocals and singing style have been compared to British singer Kate Bush She has recorded with Yellow Magic Orchestra and its members Ryuichi Sakamoto, Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi, as well as with Swing Out Sister, Pat Metheny, The Chieftains, Lyle Mays, members of Little Feat, David Sylvian, Mick Karn, Kenji Omura, Gil Goldstein, Toninho Horta, Mino Cinelu, Jeff Bova, Charlie Haden, Peter Erskine, Anthony Jackson, David Rhodes, Bill Frisell, Thomas Dolby, the band Quruli, Rei Harakami as yanokami and her ...more

Age: 63

Birthplace: Japan, Tokyo

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Akira Ifukube was a Japanese composer of classical music and film scores, perhaps best known for his work on the soundtracks of the Godzilla movies by Toho. ...more

Age: Died at 92 (1914-2006)

Birthplace: Kushiro, Japan

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Akira Senju


Akira Senju is a Japanese composer, arranger and conductor. Born in Tokyo on October 21, 1960. Senju studied composition at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and received his master's degree with honors. Composition credits include Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Yomigaeri, Fūrin Kazan, Nada Sōsō, Rampo, Mobile Suit Victory Gundam, the 2012 revival of Iron Chef and the soundtrack of Red Garden. Arrangement credits include Hikari. Performance credits include Handsome Boy, The Snow Queen. ...more

Age: 57

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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 creating the music in the Silent Hill series; he also worked as a sound director and producer on the series as well as serving as a composer and producer of the Silent Hill feature-length film and its sequel. ...more

Age: 50

Birthplace: Niigata, Japan

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