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.