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The Most Promising Up-And-Coming Japanese Actresses

Updated April 12, 2021 3.2k votes 701 voters 47.0k views31 items

List RulesVote up the young Japanese actresses you think will become the next big stars.

Each year, new actresses break through in the competitive entertainment industry of Hollywood and the same holds true for the Japanese entertainment industry. In recent years, stars like Maki Horikita, Satomi Ishihara, and Yui Aragaki have gained significant prominence among fans of Japanese dramas and movies. Lately, new faces have begun to emerge thanks to award-winning performances and roles in popular TV shows and movies. But which make the list of the top up-and-coming Japanese actresses?

We've gathered information some of the most promising Japanese actresses within the Japanese entertainment industry. Some of the stars included in this list like Naka Riisa, Yoshitaka Yuriko, and Fumi Nikaido have been acting for a while, while others like Mirei Kiritani, Ai Hashimoto, and Hana Sugisaki made their debuts more recently.

Other names like Atsuko Maeda and Eiko Koike have achieved fame in other areas of the entertainment industry and are on the verge of breaking through in the acting world. Child actors are also a popular segment of the Japanese entertainment industry and famous Japanese actresses like Pacific Rim star Mana Ashida and newcomer Konomi Watanabe are on the verge of exciting new opportunities. 

Take a look through this list and vote up the most promising actresses in Japanese TV and film. There's a wealth of young talent on the horizon in Japan, so help us determine who will break through to the big time.

  • Following in her sister Alice Hirose's footsteps, Suzu has burst onto the film and TV scene in the past couple of years. She currently stars in the NTV drama Gakkou no Kaidan and will star in the upcoming Umimachi Diary. Other previous credits include the TV series Bitter Blood and the movies The Apology King and Crows Explode. If you need a young actress who can deliver heartbreakingly emotional scenes, Suzu should certainly be at the top of the list.

    • Born: 1998-06-19
    • Age: 22
    • Birthplace: Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka, Japan
    The next big thing?
  • Nonen began her career as a model in 2006, but her big break came in 2012, when she was chosen out of an audition of 1,953 women to play the lead in the 2013 NHK drama Amachan. The series went on to become the second-highest overall rated morning drama in the past decade. Nonen parlayed that success into a couple of films in 2014, including the movie adaptations of the mangas Hot Road and Princess Jellyfish.

    • Born: 1993-07-13
    • Age: 27
    • Birthplace: Kamikawa, Japan
    The next big thing?
  • Though she has only been acting since 2007, Kiritani's career has taken off in recent years. In addition to high-profile films like Kimi ni Todoke, Usagi Drop, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, she has also starred in popular TV dramas Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, Galileo, and Great Teacher Onizuka

    • Born: 1989-12-16
    • Age: 30
    • Birthplace: Chiba Prefecture
    The next big thing?
  • Hashimoto made her debut after winning the grand prize at the HUAHUA Audition in 2008. In 2010, she appeared in Confessions and starred in and won the Newcomer Award from the Japan Academy for The Kirishima Thing in 2012. Hashimoto went on to appear as Sadako in Sadako 3D, and starred in the manga adaptation Blood-C: The Last Dark. She stars in two two-part films which conclude in 2015: Little Forest and Parasyte.

    • Born: 1996-01-12
    • Age: 24
    • Birthplace: Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
    The next big thing?