Japanese People

Favorite Japanese Actresses  

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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Yui Aragaki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1988-06-11
Hanamizuki,Code Blue, Legal High 
2
Yukie Nakama is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1979-10-30
Gokusen, Trick, Shinobi
3
Ryoko Hirosue is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1980-07-18
Wasabi, Departures, Yasuko to Kenji, Legal High
4
Haruka Ayase is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1985-03-24
Hotaru no Hikari, Jin, Rookies, Yae no Sakura, Ichi, Oppai Volleyball, REAL
5
Erika Toda is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1988-08-17
SPEC, Liar Game, Code Blue, Death Note
6
Keiko Kitagawa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1986-08-22
Paradise Kiss, Akumu-chan, Hero
7
Satomi Ishihara is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1986-12-24
Rich Man Poor Girl, Dear Sister, Shitsuren Chocolatier, Water Boys 2, Sadako 3D, The Incite Mill
8
Rena Nōnen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1993-07-13
Amachan, Hot Road, Princess Jellyfish
9
Suzu Hirose is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
10
Mayu Watanabe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
VidyaDifaAmandaHakim added 1994-03-26
Majisuka Gakuen, Three Day Boys
11
Rena Matsui is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added 1991-07-27
12
Yuriko Yoshitaka is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1988-07-22
Snakes and Earrings, Tokyo Dogs, GANTZ
13
Aya Ueto is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1985-09-14
Azumi, 3-nen B-gumi Kinpachi-sensei, Ace o Nerae, Thermae Romae, Nagareboshi
14
Maki Horikita is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1988-10-06
Densha Otoko, Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, Miss Pilot, Shibuya Kaiden, Nobuto wo Produce, Always: Sunset on Third Street, Umechan Sensei
15
Yû Aoi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1985-08-17
Hana and Alice, Otoko-tachi no Yamato, Honey and Clover, Hula Girls, Rainbow Song, Ruroni Kenshin
16
Atsuko Maeda is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1991-07-10
Moshidora, Kuroyuri Danchi, Sayonara Kabukicho, Q10, Kasuka na Kanojo
17
Yūko Ōshima is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1988-10-17
Teketeke, Pale Moon, Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu
18
Mariko Shinoda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1986-03-11
Japanese Salaryman NEO, Majisuka Gakuen
19
Juri Ueno is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
uenojurivn added 1986-05-25
Swing Girls, Nodame Cantabile, Last Friends
20
Nozomi Sasaki is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1983-02-19
Jewelpet, Kimi ni Todoke, Lucky Star
21
Kiko Mizuhara is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1990-10-15
Norwegian Wood, Helter Skelter, Shitsuren Chocolatier, Nobunaga Conerto, Attack on Titan: The Movie
22
Mizuki Yamamoto is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1991-07-18
Jigoku Sensei Nube, Doctor X, Summer Nude, Piece
23
Minami Takahashi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
BaDuyNguyễn added 1991-04-08
Majisuka Gakuen, Sakura Kara no Tegami
24
Jurina Matsui is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added 1997-03-08
25
Kasumi Arimura is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1993-02-13
JUDGE, SPEC, Amachan, Shitsuren Chocolatier