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

List features Akira Takasaki, Ayumi Hamasaki and more.

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

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Akira Takasaki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 57 Akira Takasaki is the lead guitarist and founding member of the Japanese heavy metal band, Loudness.

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Aura Qualic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan

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Ayumi Hamasaki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 39 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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Daisuke Asakura is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 50 Daisuke Asakura is a Japanese pop artist, songwriter and producer who is known for his compositional work and mastery of the keyboards.

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Die is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 43 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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DJ Heavygrinder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 34 Bobbie Merveille better known by her stage name DJ Heavygrinder, is an American model, actress, record producer and DJ.

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Haruomi Hosono is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 70 Haruomi Hosono, also known as Harry Hosono, is a renowned Japanese musician. He is best known internationally as a key member of the rock band Happy End and the pioneering electronic music band ...more

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Hikaru Utada is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 35 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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Hiroshi Takano is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 53 Hiroshi Takano is a Japanese singer, composer, lyricist, music arranger, guitarist and producer. In the end of 1980s and early 1990s, he succeeded by some records which produced by Todd ...more

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Johnny Kitagawa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
Johnny Kitagawa age 86 Johnny Hiromu Kitagawa, is the founder and president of Johnny & Associates, a production agency for numerous popular boy bands in Japan. Kitagawa assembled, produced and managed more than a ...more

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Kanon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
Kanon age 38 Kanon is a member of the musical group Antic Cafe.

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Kaoru is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 44 Kaoru is a Japanese musician, best known as the leader and one of the guitarists of the visual kei metal band Dir En Grey. He has been with the group since its inception in 1997 and was ...more

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Kazutoshi Sakurai is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 48 Kazutoshi Sakurai is a Japanese musician and entrepreneur. He composes and writes almost all of the songs for his band Mr. Children, in addition to writing lyrics and singing for his solo ...more

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Keisuke Kuwata is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 62 Keisuke Kuwata has gained fame as a Japanese multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and frontman for the Southern All-Stars, as well as his own solo band, the Kuwata band. He has also done ...more

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Ken Hirai is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 46 Ken Hirai is a Japanese R&B and pop singer. Since his debut, Hirai has worked as a model, actor, composer, lyricist, singer, and spokesperson. During his career, Hirai has released 32 ...more

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Kisaki is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 42 Kisaki is a Japanese musician who has worked with several visual kei bands, including La:Sadie's, Syndrome, Kisaki Project and Phantasmagoria. Besides playing bass and keyboards and composing ...more

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Kitaro is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 65 Kitaro is a Japanese musician, composer and record producer.

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KOKIA is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 41 Akiko Yoshida is a Japanese singer-songwriter, who performs under the stage name Kokia. She is best known for her pure and clear voice as critic Shunta Tanizaki praised Kokia's clear voice, he ...more

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Kunihiko Murai is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
Kunihiko Murai age 73 Kunihiko Murai is a composer and record producer.

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Kyo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 42 Kyo is a Japanese musician, poet and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the vocalist of the metal band Dir en grey. He has been with the band since its inception in 1997 and was formerly in ...more

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m.c.A.T is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
m.c.A.T age 56 Akio Togashi better known as m.c.A·T is a Japanese musician, rapper, and record producer with Avex Trax. He graduated from Hokkaido Sapporo Tsukisamu High School and the Hokkaido ...more

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Mai Kuraki is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 35 Mai Kuraki, born October 28, 1982 as Mai Aono, is a Japanese pop and R&B singer-songwriter and producer from Funabashi, Chiba. Kuraki debuted in 1999 with the single, "Love, Day After ...more

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Mana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
Mana is a Japanese musician and fashion designer, best known for a role as leader and guitarist of the visual kei rock band Malice Mizer. His clothing label, Moi-même-Moitié, helped ...more

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Manny Guevara is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 31 Manny Streetz is a Filipino-American radio & TV personality, actor, songwriter, film producer, television producer, and record producer.

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Mao Denda is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
Mao Denda age 38 Mao Denda, also known as MAO/d, is a Japanese singer-songwriter.

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Masaharu Fukuyama is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 49 Masaharu Fukuyama is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor from Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture. He is a member of entertainment company Amuse, Inc.. He debuted ...more

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Masataka Matsutoya is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 66 Masataka Matsutoya is a Japanese arranger, composer, music producer, and motor journalist. He currently resides in Setagaya, Tokyo. He is a graduate of Keio Senior High School and Keio ...more

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Masato Nakamura is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 59 Masato Nakamura is a Japanese musician, bass guitarist, and record producer. He is most famous outside of Japan for his original soundtracks for the video games Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the ...more

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Max Matsuura is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 53 Masato Matsuura, better known as Max Matsuura, is a Japanese record producer and president of one of the largest music labels Avex Group. He is known mainly for discovering and developing new ...more

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Michael A. Levine is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 54 Michael A. Levine born 20 February 1964 in Tokyo, Japan is an American composer and music producer currently based in Los Angeles. He is best known for his work in film and television.

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Miho Hatori is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 47 Miho Hatori is a singer, songwriter, and musician. She is primarily known as the vocalist of the New York City group Cibo Matto. She is also known for her work with virtual band Gorillaz, as she ...more

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Mitsuru Igarashi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 48 Mitsuru Igarashi is the former keyboarder and songwriter of Japanese pop group Every Little Thing. He founded the band in early 1996 with his old friend Ichirō Itō and then 18-year-old singer ...more

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Miyavi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 36 Takamasa Ishihara, better known by his stage name Miyavi, is a Japanese singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer. He has been active since 1999, first as guitarist for the now defunct ...more

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Munetaka Higuchi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
Died at 50 (1958-2008) Munetaka Higuchi was a Japanese musician and record producer, best known for being the original drummer of the heavy metal band, Loudness.

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Namie Amuro is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 40 Namie Amuro is a Japanese pop/R&B singer, dancer, fashion model and actress. She was, at the height of her popularity, referred to as "Teen Queen", "Queen of J-Pop" or ...more

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Naoki Sato is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 47 Naoki Satō is a Japanese composer and producer who has provided the music for several popular anime series. He was born on May 2, 1970 and graduated in Chiba Prefecture and Tokyo College of ...more

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Nujabes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
Died at 36 (1974-2010) Jun Seba, born in the Nishi-Azabu district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan, was a Japanese hip hop producer and DJ who recorded under the name Nujabes. Nujabes /ˈnudʒɑːbɛs/ was an anagram of his name, ...more

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Ringo Sheena is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 39 Yumiko Shiina, known by her stage name Ringo Sheena, is a Japanese singer-songwriter, music composer and music producer. She is also the founder and lead vocalist of the band Tokyo Jihen. She ...more

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Ryuichi Kawamura is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 47 Ryuichi Kawamura is a Japanese singer-songwriter, actor and record producer. He is best known as lead singer of the rock band Luna Sea. After the group disbanded in 2000, Kawamura continued his ...more

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Ryuichi Sakamoto is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 66 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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Seiji Kameda is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
Seiji Kameda age 53 Seiji Kameda is a Japanese music producer, arranger and bass guitarist. He has worked extensively with Ringo Shiina, serving as her producer and touring bassist for many years, including his ...more

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Shinya is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Record Producers 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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Susumu Hirasawa is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 64 Susumu Hirasawa is a Japanese music artist and composer. In 1965, he started playing guitar, inspired by The Ventures, and joined a band with "older people" the following year. In ...more

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Takanori Nishikawa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 47 Takanori Nishikawa is a renowned Japanese singer and actor. He performs as T.M.Revolution, which stands for "Takanori Makes Revolution" although the name stems from the famous 80s pop ...more

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Tamio Okuda is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 52 Tamio Okuda is a Japanese singer, songwriter, and producer. He started his career in 1986 as a member of the band Unicorn. After Unicorn broke up, Okuda moved on to a solo career in 1994 with ...more

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Tatsuro Yamashita is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 65 Tatsurō Yamashita is a Japanese singer-songwriter and record producer. Yamashita is best known for the song "Christmas Eve", which initially appeared on his album Melodies in 1983 and ...more

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Tetsuo Sakurai is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 60 Tetsuo Sakurai is a Japanese bassist. To date, he has released a total of 37 albums as a member of Casiopea and Jimsaku and solo artist, and has also made 3 bass instructional videos.

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Tetsurō Oda is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
Tetsurō Oda age 60 Tetsurō Oda is a Japanese composer, record producer, and singer-songwriter. In the late 1980s, Oda gained prominence as a songwriter. He composed over 50 top-ten hit singles on the Japanese ...more

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Tetsuya Komuro is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 59 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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Tomoe Shinohara is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Record Producers from Japan
age 39 Tomoe Shinohara is a Japanese singer, actress, fashion designer, producer and artist. She is notable for her flamboyant fashion sense and bubbly personality, as well her distinctive squealing ...more