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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.

  • After making her debut in 2010, in a supporting role on the supernatural crime drama SPEC, Arimura quickly began to land more prominent roles. She starred in the 2013 adaptation of the manga JUDGE and had supporting roles on popular TV shows Amachan and, in 2014, Shitsuren Chocolatier. She also voiced the lead character in what may be the final Studio Ghibli movie (for a while), When Marnie Was There.

    • Born: 1993-02-13
    • Age: 27
    • Birthplace: Itami, Japan
    The next big thing?
  • After starting out as a gravure idol and singer, Sakuraba moved on to acting, starring in a number of TV dramas and films. In addition to her ongoing endorsement deal with Mitsubishi and her radio show, Sakuraba is set to star in the highly-anticipated movie adaptation of the hit manga Attack on Titan. Sakuraba belongs to the same talent agency that represents popular actresses like Maki Horikita, Meisa Kuroki, and Mirei Kiritani, and there's no question that she is being positioned as one of their next big stars.

    • Born: 1992-10-17
    • Age: 27
    • Birthplace: Izumi, Japan
    The next big thing?
  • Originally an aspiring model, the sudden rise of Emi Takei has been an impressive one to watch. She's won numerous awards including best supporting actress in 2011 at the Television Academy Awards, Best Newcomer awards in 2012 from the Yamaji Fumiko Film Awards, and the Nikkan Sports Film Grand Prix, and Best New Actor in 2013 from the Japan Academy Awards for her performance in Ruroni Kenshin. In addition to numerous endorsement deals and a radio show, she continues to star in big budget Japanese movies, including the two-part Ruroni Kenshin sequel and the manga based film Clover.

    • Born: 1993-12-25
    • Age: 26
    • Birthplace: Nagoya, Japan
    The next big thing?
  • Yoshitaka broke through in 2006 when she won the Best Newcomer Award for Noriko no Shokutaku, and followed that with a best supporting actress win at the 77th Television Drama Academy Awards for Galileo 2. Yoshitaka has appeared in a number of films including GANTZ and Snakes and Earrings, as well as on popular TV dramas like Tokyo DOGS, Love Shuffle, and Shiroi Haru.

    • Born: 1988-07-22
    • Age: 32
    • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
    The next big thing?