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Derrick Deane
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As the fourth largest film industry in the world, Japan is one of the oldest and most prolific countries when it comes to cinema. In 2013, the Japanese box office took in $1.88 billion and continues to grow each year. Part of that on-going growth comes from star actresses that are cast in various Japanese movies.

We've gathered a collection of some of the most popular Japanese actresses as well as some rising stars within the Japanese film industry in this list to see which actresses you like the most. Popular favorites include Keiko Kitagawa, Maki Horikita, Mao Inoue and Satomi Ishihara. Japanese idols turned actresses are also included in this list including former AKB48 members Atsuko Maeda and Yuko Oshima as well as rising stars such as Kasumi Arimura, Mirai Shida and Kiko Mizuhara.

Japanese models such as Erika Sawajiri, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Mizuki Yamamoto also appear in films and TV shows as they look to expand their audience. We've also included veteran actresses such as Rinko Kikuchi, Erika Toda, Haruka Ayase, Miki Nakatani and Chiaki Kuriyama for you to consider for favorite Japanese actress.

Start voting below and if you see one of your favorite Japanese actresses missing from the list, feel free to add her so other can vote.
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341 190
Yui Aragaki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Yui Aragaki 1988-06-11 - Hanamizuki,Code Blue, Legal High 

2
229 123
Maki Horikita is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Maki Horikita 1988-10-06 - Densha Otoko, Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, Miss Pilot, Shibuya Kaiden, Nobuto wo Produce, Always: Sunset on Third Street, Umechan Sensei

3
270 152
Juri Ueno is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
uenojurivn added Juri Ueno 1986-05-25 - Swing Girls, Nodame Cantabile, Last Friends

4
396 263
Atsuko Maeda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Atsuko Maeda 1991-07-10 - Moshidora, Kuroyuri Danchi, Sayonara Kabukicho, Q10, Kasuka na Kanojo

5
347 231
Yūko Ōshima is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Yūko Ōshima 1988-10-17 - Teketeke, Pale Moon, Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu

6
194 136
Minami Takahashi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
BaDuyNguyễn added Minami Takahashi 1991-04-08 - Majisuka Gakuen, Sakura Kara no Tegami

7
146 102
Erika Toda is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Erika Toda 1988-08-17 - SPEC, Liar Game, Code Blue, Death Note

8
101 67
Emi Takei is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Emi Takei 1993-12-25 - Ruroni Kenshin, Otomen, Liar Game 2, Clover

9
96 66
Kasumi Arimura is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Kasumi Arimura 1993-02-13 - JUDGE, SPEC, Amachan, Shitsuren Chocolatier

10
107 77
Haruka Ayase is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Haruka Ayase 1985-03-24 - Hotaru no Hikari, Jin, Rookies, Yae no Sakura, Ichi, Oppai Volleyball, REAL

11
226 191
Mariko Shinoda is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Mariko Shinoda 1986-03-11 - Japanese Salaryman NEO, Majisuka Gakuen

12
92 70
Satomi Ishihara is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Satomi Ishihara 1986-12-24 - Rich Man Poor Girl, Dear Sister, Shitsuren Chocolatier, Water Boys 2, Sadako 3D, The Incite Mill

13
109 90
Mao Inoue is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Mao Inoue 1987-01-09 - Kids War, Hana Yori Dango, Anmitsu Hime

14
208 195
Yuki Kashiwagi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Yuki Kashiwagi 1991-07-15 - Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, Majisuka Gakuen, Tales of the Abyss

The Most Promising Up and Coming Japanese Actresses

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124 109
Keiko Kitagawa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Keiko Kitagawa 1986-08-22 - Paradise Kiss, Akumu-chan, Hero

16
87 78
Haruna Kawaguchi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Haruna Kawaguchi 1995-02-10 - Tokyo Dogs, Moshidora, GTO, Galileo 2

17
20 11
Suzu Hirose is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Suzu Hirose

18
24 17
Rena Matsui is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added Rena Matsui 1991-07-27

19
46 44
Yukie Nakama is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Yukie Nakama 1979-10-30 - Gokusen, Trick, Shinobi

20
76 82
Erika Sawajiri is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Erika Sawajiri 1986-04-08 - Helter Skelter, Ghost Train, 1 Litre of Tears, First Class

21
25 20
Sayaka Yamamoto is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added Sayaka Yamamoto 1993-07-14

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81 92
Yuriko Yoshitaka is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Yuriko Yoshitaka 1988-07-22 - Snakes and Earrings, Tokyo Dogs, GANTZ

23
51 56
Meisa Kuroki is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Meisa Kuroki 1988-05-28 - Crows Zero, Space Battleship Yamato, Ninkyo Helper

24
65 74
Nozomi Sasaki is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Nozomi Sasaki 1983-02-19 - Jewelpet, Kimi ni Todoke, Lucky Star

25
50 58
Mirei Kiritani is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Mirei Kiritani 1989-12-16 - Kimi ni Todoke, Usagi Drop, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Otomen, Galileo, Hell Teacher Nube

26
16 14
Yuria Kizaki is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added Yuria Kazaki 1996-02-11

27
49 57
Mayu Watanabe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
VidyaDifaAmandaHakim added Mayu Watanabe 1994-03-26 - Majisuka Gakuen, Three Day Boys

28
16 15
Asuka Kuramochi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added Asuka Kuramochi 1989-09-11

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60 74
Aya Ueto is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Aya Ueto 1985-09-14 - Azumi, 3-nen B-gumi Kinpachi-sensei, Ace o Nerae, Thermae Romae, Nagareboshi

30
15 16
Sayaka Akimoto is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added Sayaka Akimoto 1988-07-26

31
32 40
Chiaki Kuriyama is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Chiaki Kuriyama 1984-10-10 - Kill Bill, Battle Royale, Ataru: The Movie

32
18 21
Mikako Tabe is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
pokeyoakey25 added Mikako Tabe 1989-01-25

33
31 39
Yōko Maki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Yōko Maki 1982-10-15 - The Grudge, Infection, Battle Royale II: Requiem, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Like Father Like Son, Ryomaden

34
39 51
Saki Aibu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Saki Aibu 1985-06-20 - Miss Pilot, Rich Man Poor Woman, Kaseifu no Mita, Rebound, Water Boys

35
16 20
Yui Yokoyama is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added Yui Yokoyama 1992-12-08

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10 12
Yumi Yagami is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added Yumi Yagami

37
31 42
Kou Shibasaki is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Kou Shibasaki 1981-08-05 - Nobunaga Concerto, Battle Royale, 47 Ronin, Shaolin Girl

38
28 38
Rinko Kikuchi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Rinko Kikuchi 1981-01-06 - Pacific Rim, The Brothers Bloom, Babel, Norwegian Wood, 47 Ronin

39
23 31
Rie Kitahara is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Gotarobin added Rie Kitahara 1991-06-24

40
47 65
Aoi Miyazaki is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Aoi Miyazaki 1985-11-30 - Harmful Insect, Eureka, Junjo Kirari, Atsuhime

41
49 68
Yû Aoi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Yû Aoi 1985-08-17 - Hana and Alice, Otoko-tachi no Yamato, Honey and Clover, Hula Girls, Rainbow Song, Ruroni Kenshin

42
29 40
Ai Hashimoto is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Ai Hashimoto 1996-01-12 - Confessions, The Kirishima Thing, Sadako 3D, Amachan

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12 16
Erena Ono is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added Erena Ono 1993-11-26

44
11 15
Mai Oshima is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added Mai Oshima 1987-09-11

45
12 18
Jurina Matsui is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added Jurina Matsui 1997-03-08

46
23 34
Takako Matsu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Takako Matsu 1977-06-10 - The Hidden Blade, Hero, Confessions, Tokyo Story

47
2 4
Mayuko Fukuda is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
GangStarr4Life added Mayuko Fukuda 1994-08-04

48
15 23
Tomomi Itano is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added Tomomi Itano 1991-07-03

49
38 58
Mirai Shida is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Mirai Shida 1993-05-10 - Jou no Kyoshitsu, Kamen Rider 555: Paradise Lost, The Wind Rises, Himitsu

50
25 39
Mizuki Yamamoto is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Mizuki Yamamoto 1991-07-18 - Jigoku Sensei Nube, Doctor X, Summer Nude, Piece