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List of notable or famous voice actors from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top voice actors born in Japan and even some popular voice actors who immigrated to Japan. You will also enjoy these pictures of voice actors who look like their characters and the best anime series of 2016. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese voice actors then this list is the perfect resource for you. These voice actors are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known voice actor from Japan is included when available.

This list of Japanese voice actors and actresses (known as seiyu or seiyuu) include Maaya Sakamoto, Kana Hanazawa, Mamoru Miyano, and more. You might not recognize their faces, but they voice your favorite anime characters! 

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

Use this list of renowned Japanese voice actors to discover some new voice actors 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. 

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Koharu Kusumi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 25 Koharu Kusumi, is a J-pop singer, actor, television personality, essayist, and model. From 2005 to 2009, she was a member of the Hello! Project group Morning Musume from 2005 to 2009, the only ...more

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Masako Nozawa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 79 Masako Nozawa is a Japanese actress and voice actress from Tokyo. Throughout her life, she has been affiliated with Production Baobab, 81 Produce and Office Nozawa; she is currently affiliated ...more

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Kana Hanazawa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 26 Kana Hanazawa is a Japanese voice actress, and singer represented by the Office Osawa talent agency. She is known for voice acting leading roles for a number of anime television shows and other ...more

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Eimei Esumi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
Died at 69 (1935-2004) Hideaki Esumi was an actor.

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Megumi Hayashibara is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Voice Actors 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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Mamoru Miyano is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 32 Mamoru Miyano is a Japanese voice actor, actor, and singer from Saitama Prefecture. He is best known for his roles on Ouran High School Host Club, Vampire Knight, Death Note, Soul Eater, Tokyo ...more

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Hiroshi Kamiya is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 40 Hiroshi Kamiya is a Japanese voice actor who works for Aoni Production. He is best known for being the voice of Takashi Natsume from Natsume Yūjin Chō, Akashi Seijuro from Kuroko no Basket, ...more

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Ayane Sakura is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
Ayane Sakura age 24 Ayane Sakura is a Japanese voice actress from Tokyo, Japan. She is affiliated with I'm Enterprise.

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Toshiyuki Morikawa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 51 Tomoyuki Morikawa is a voice actor.

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Mayumi Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 60 Mayumi Tanaka is a Japanese voice actress from Tokyo currently affiliated with Aoni Production. She is best known for the roles of Ryuunosuke Fujinami in Urusei Yatsura; Koenma in Yu Yu Hakusho; ...more

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Ikue Ōtani is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 52 Ikue Ōtani is a Japanese actress and voice actress from Kashiwazaki, Niigata, affiliated with Mausu Promotion. She is best known for her roles in the Pokémon series, One Piece, Detective ...more

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Jun Fukuyama is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 39 Jun Fukuyama is a Japanese voice actor and singer. He was previously represented by Aoni Production and Production Baobab, and is now represented by Axl-One. He is from Fukuyama, Hiroshima but ...more

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Rie Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 39 Rie Tanaka is a Japanese singer and voice actress. Notable among her numerous roles are Lacus Clyne in Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny, Chi and Freya in Chobits, ...more

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Minako Kotobuki is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 26 Minako Kotobuki is a voice actress and singer.

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Eriko Nakamura is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 36 Eriko Nakamura is a Japanese voice actress from Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture affiliated with Arts Vision.

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Taro Ishida is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
Died at 69 (1944-2013) Taro Ishida is an actor.

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Maaya Sakamoto is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 37 Maaya Sakamoto is a Japanese singer-songwriter, actress, and voice actress who made her debut as a voice actress in 1992 as the voice of Chifuru in Little Twins, but is better known as voice of ...more

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Yūko Gotō is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 42 Yūko Gotō is a Japanese voice actress who was contracted to Production BAOBAB and is now signed to Axl-One. In direct contrast to her cute-and-vulnerable moé typecasting, Yūko in real ...more

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Goro Inagaki is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 44 Goro Inagaki is a Japanese musician and actor from Itabashi, Tokyo. Inagaki is a member of the Japanese pop group SMAP. His international film debut was in the romantic comedy Private Lessons ...more

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Akira Ishida is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 50 Akira Ishida is a Japanese voice actor. He was a part of Mausu Promotion from 1988 until March 2009. He is a member of Gerbera Peerless Ltd. For his portrayal of "Athrun Zala" in ...more

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Kanako Kondō is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
Kanako Kondō age 36 Kanako Kondou is a voice actress.

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Takehito Koyasu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 50 Takehito Koyasu is a Japanese voice actor.

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Kazuhiko Inoue is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 64 Kazuhiko Inoue is a Japanese voice actor best known for his role as Kakashi Hatake in the Japanese anime series, Naruto and Naruto Shippuden.

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Kikuko Inoue is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 53 Kikuko Inoue is a Japanese voice actress and singer. She has been part of the singing groups DoCo and Goddess Family Club, among others, and is the manager of her voice-acting company, Office ...more

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Houko Kuwashima is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 42 Houko Kuwashima is a Japanese voice actress and singer. She is capable of playing a variety of roles, ranging from young boys to feminine women. Kuwashima is currently affiliated with Aoni

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Daisuke Gōri is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
Died at 58 (1952-2010) Daisuke Gōri was a Japanese voice actor, narrator and actor from Kōtō, Tokyo. Throughout his life, he was attached to TV Talent Center Tokyo, Yoshizawa Theatre School and then Mausu Promotion; ...more

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Aya Hisakawa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 49 Aya Hisakawa is a Japanese voice actress and J-pop singer born in Kaizuka, Osaka. In addition to releasing various solo CDs, she is well known for her anime voice roles, and has also done some ...more

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Fumiko Orikasa is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 43 Fumiko Orikasa is a Japanese voice actress and singer who works for Atomic Monkey. Her record label is Geneon Entertainment and she also performed anime insert and character image songs.

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Tomokazu Seki is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 45 Tomokazu Seki is a Japanese voice actor, stage actor, vocalist. He formerly worked for Haikyou and is the co-founder of Atomic Monkey. He is credited as Mondoya Seki when appearing in eroge. ...more

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Koichi Yamadera is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 56 Kōichi Yamadera is a Japanese voice actor, actor, tarento, narrator, master of ceremonies and impressionist from Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture. He graduated from Tohoku Gakuin University's ...more

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Shigesato Itoi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 69 Shigesato Itoi is a Japanese copywriter, essayist, lyricist, game designer, and actor. Itoi is the editor-in-chief of his website “Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun”. He is best known outside of Japan ...more

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Yui Horie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 39 Yui Horie is a Japanese voice actress, stage actress and singer-songwriter, affiliated with VIMS and Starchild. She has been affectionately nicknamed "Hocchan" by her Japanese fans. ...more

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Fumika Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 43 Fumika Suzuki is a Japanese voice actress, gravure idol and a former race queen in the 1990s. Suzuki's race queen career started already in 1994 when she joined the sugo racing team. The ...more

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Akemi Okamura is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 49 Akemi Okamura is a Japanese voice actress and narrator from Tokyo who works for Mausu Promotion. She has had at least one song appear on the NHK program Minna no Uta. Okamura made her debut as ...more

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Atsuko Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 55 Atsuko Tanaka is a Japanese voice actress who works for Ezaki Productions. Her deep and sultry voice is often used to portray mature female characters.

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Junko Takeuchi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 43 Junko Takeuchi is a Japanese voice actress employed by OGIPRO THE NEXT Co. Inc.. Taking a well-trod path by many voice actresses, she often voices young male characters with generally very ...more

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Daisuke Namikawa is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 42 Daisuke Namikawa is a Japanese voice actor who started acting at age 8 and is sometimes mistaken for fellow voice actor Daisuke Hirakawa, as their names only differ by one character when written ...more

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Miyuki Sawashiro is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 30 Miyuki Sawashiro is a Japanese voice actress and singer who works for Mausu Promotion. She voiced Puchiko in the English dubbed releases of Di Gi Charat the Movie and Leave it to Piyoko, making ...more

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Hirotaka Suzuoki is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
Died at 56 (1950-2006) Hirotaka Suzuoki was a Japanese voice actor and actor from Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture who graduated from Tokyo Keizai University. His best known roles include Mobile Suit Gundam, Captain Tsubasa, ...more

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Ai Orikasa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 54 Ai Orikasa is a Japanese voice actress and singer from Tokyo. She formerly worked for Production Baobab but left for AXL-ONE, Toshiyuki Morikawa's agency. Orikasa also provided the Japanese dub ...more

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Keiko Han is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 62 Keiko Han is a Japanese voice actress, actress and western astrologer of Taiwanese descent. She sang the theme songs in productions such as Story of the Alps: My Annette and Kazoku Robinson ...more

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Chieko Baisho is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 76 Chieko Baisho is a Japanese actress and singer. In Japan, she is well known for her performance as Sakura in the Otoko wa Tsurai yo series from 1969 until 1995. In addition, she has acted in ...more

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Akiko Yajima is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 50 Akiko Yajima, born Akiko Ogasawara May 4, 1967, is a Japanese voice actress from Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture.

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Kappei Yamaguchi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 52 Mitsuo Yamaguchi, better known by his stage name Kappei Yamaguchi, is a Japanese voice actor and actor from Fukuoka, affiliated with Gokū and 21st Century Fox. He is best known for the roles of ...more

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Rie Kugimiya is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 36 Rie Kugimiya is a Japanese voice actress and singer affiliated with I'm Enterprise. Some of Kugimiya's prominent roles include Alphonse Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Happy in Fairy Tail, and ...more

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Hideyuki Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 67 Hideyuki Tanaka is a Japanese voice actor, actor and narrator from Tokyo who is attached to Aoni Production. He is a graduate of the Toho Gakuen School of Music. He is most known for his roles ...more

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Ichirō Nagai is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
Died at 83 (1931-2014) Ichirō Nagai was a Japanese voice actor from Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture. He was previously affiliated by Tokyo Actor's Consumer's Cooperative Society, and was affiliated with Aoni Production at the ...more

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Hiromi Tsuru is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 58 Hiromi Tsuru is a Japanese voice actress from Kanagawa Prefecture. She is currently affiliated with Aoni Production. She is most known for the roles of Bulma, Ukyo Kuonji, Dokin-chan, Madoka ...more

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Takako Honda is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 45 Takako Honda is a Japanese voice actress. She is the regular dubbing voice actress for Halle Berry, Hilary Swank and Milla Jovovich.

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Chō is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Voice Actors from Japan
age 60 Cho is a voice actor.