Best Female Singers of Japan

Solo artist or leader vocal of a band, if she has a career in Japan and you think is the better, put her here.

The Top Ten


OH yeah! go go go YUI.. I alwayas play your song Rolling star hehehe... love it.!

YAAY! Yui's the best ever! I love you, we all love you! Your fans will be waiting for you anytime everywhere forever!

Yui is the best... you always in my heart... go.. go.. yui... I will always love you... you forever...


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2 Utada Hikaru

I love her I think she should be number one :)
I relay loved her songs with Kingdome heart, witch is a awesome game by the way

When she sings in english, she sounds better than some famous singers who are fluent in english! She's really gifted

Her voice is heavenly, shes incredible!

Utada Hikaru Is The Best In The World!
I Think No One Japanese Singer Can be Compared
You Rock!

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3 Nana Mizuki

Unlike SOME (not all! ) of the people listed in the Top 10, Nana can actually SING her butt off, and I don't mean lip-syncing concerts, I mean 3-4 hours long live and even through fatigue she can still sing in pitch! She can sing MULTIPLE genres, unlike some people who can sing 1, or maybe 2(Gasp! ) She's known as a seiyuu singer, which is kind of like Disney singers in the USA, people look down them as never being as good as mainstream, but she has what it takes to break that barrier! And so far she is on her way!

Her voice is truly incredible and her songs are very well-composed

Nana Mizuki, a seiyuu (voice actress) and as well as singer; I'm glad to say that she's a great example for people who aim to be a singing artist. Throughout her entire career, she has never lip-sync, again I repeat, NEVER. This can be proven because you can hear her breathing in her live performances and even in her CD recordings. She shows true talent, despite her growing age and and experiences as a child. The dance choreography along with her vocal singing range and multiple genres, shows her fans, that again, she's got true talent. She deserves more and therefore should be in the top 10! (If you haven't seen her live performances, heck, go to youtube this instance! )

Her vocal is truly amazing. She has real talent

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4 Lia

Why is Lia ranked so low?! She has a goddess-like, incredible range, and conveys so much emotion in her songs. Most of all, she sings BEAUTIFULLY live! Please support this amazing singer, and raise her rank!

Lia is a like legend in J-pop. Even though I don't understand her lyrics at all, she just makes the song sound amazingly impressive. Her voice is strong and graceful, I don't understand why her rank is is so low. I LOVE LIA.

I love Lia..Her lyrics had a deep meaning of life...

I am not a hard fan, but the voice is just a angel... in live performance, she can you make cry or thrill at to levels of absolute star... no more words

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5 Origa
6 Atsuko Maeda

Because I love akb48’s song!

Will always support maeda, although graduated of akb48

Kawaii achan! She is nature and have a aura of idol in herself

No mather what happen with atsuko maeda I will always give my support to her. I'm your big fans from Indonesia.

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7 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Why the hell is she in a low position she deserves to be #1

She’s so cute, and popular! why such a low rank?

Great live Performances

Pamyu Pamyu is great! She's not only incredibly popular (along with Nishino Kana and AKB48 as the top females in Japan) but worldwide she is a sensation! Kyary is different, cute and you just can't help but fall in love with her!

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8 Ayumi Hamasaki

She is amazing!

Listen to her song, her voice is more than amazing...

Ayumi sounds amazing. Her voice can carry such high notes and her voice has a special ring to it. Another thing is that her songs always has amazing music videos to go with them and she always looks beautiful in those as well. Ayumi is the best singer ever. Her songs send the best messages, especially the song Dearest.

Ayumi is my star!
I love you so much
You are so cute

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9 Elisa

She has natural singing voice like no other.

Singer of Realism and Soba ni Iru yo from Kakumeiki Valvrave... I also love The Invisible Message in Hayate no Gotoku Heaven is a place on Earth... I also Love Hikari^^...

10 Kana Nishino

Love her so much. Her english pronunciation in songs is so good and has a wide range of emotions in her songs. Angelic voice/

She's totally the best japanese popstar I know, though I listen a lot to japanese metalcore or deathcore (mostly from USA) but Kana is the new star is born, she's so young and talented, and she has a voice of an angel

Her voice is so nice! And I really love the song best friend if you listen to it you'll fall in love with kana she's just amazingly talented

Have a nice day is such a nice song. Though I am an indian, I love japanese songs and I love your voice

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The Contenders

11 Kashiwagi Yuki

She's the best! I always play her song before going to sleep and after I wake up! Her voice is like an angel

She have beautiful voice :) I always fallin' love when she start to sing. She's really beautifull

Yuki is a Queen! Beautiful and Talented

Yukirin voice is awesome!

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12 Haruna Ono


Just check-out for yourself how amazing this vocalist/guitarist is plus she definitely got the looks and could dance well too.

With her unique vocal and with a strong hint of rock in it.. Rare indeed.. And on top of that she's a good guitarist too.. Being a lead vocal with guitar isn't easy and plus at Pop Rock genre..

Haruna is perfect! and we must remember that she had a problem with her voice, and now she sings like nothing was happen, I love her

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13 Aimer

Nothing came close to aimer if you talk about uniqueness. Maybe except Yuki Isoya. She sang through her heart and her live performance is so beautiful in every aspect.

She is very humble and shy person. In beginning of her career, she doesn't show her face because she want people to pay attention about her voice not her face.

Due to her parents' influence, she was surrounded by music from a very young age. She began composing songs with the piano and guitar and began writing lyrics in English. At the age of 15, she lost her voice from an unfortunate accident; however, as she recovered, she acquired her distinctive husky voice.

The best singer that I ever met.

She breaks stereotypes. Not your regular, cutesy, high-pitched Japanese singer, but sings melancholic and heart-rendering songs with her husky, rough voice. I love how she doesn't sing your regular love songs, but all her songs have a special meaning behind it.

I think Aimer's voice really captivated me the first time I listen to her. There is just something special about the way she sings, and how it totally captures you. When you listen to her sing, it feels like you are in your own world.

Her voice is full of contradictions. Gentle and strong, sweet and harsh, cool and warm, light and heavy. I think it is difficult to find other singers with such uniqueness.

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14 Aoi Teshima

Why she is not in 1#? Have any singer greater than this legend?! - peyman_eun

Must be in 1#

15 Ayumi Hamazaki
16 Tsukiko Amano

She has solid voice. And it sounds so good!

Tsuki-sama is not just a singer, but an artist.
Her lyrics are able to touch a heart deeply and softly.
Her melodies can make you float and find yourself in the clouds.

I love all her songs! Is a very complete artist

This voice is very good~

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17 Minami Takahashi

Do the best for me!

Brilliant! Not only having work as AKB48 member and having a solo debut, but also as the 48group manager!

I love her so much... Especially in Anime (Conan in Detective Conan)

Takamina... You great singer and leader!

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18 Lisa

Love you


Lets just say,Lisa-san has sung quite a lot of anime openings and not to mention the famous ones like Sword Art Online and Angel Beats! And she deserves to be ranked in the top 5

Love you Lisa san

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19 Watanabe Mayu

She's is cute and lovely. She's the best actress and dancer. They call her Mayuyu Queen. She's have a cute voice and she's is the best Japanese idol in my opinion. She must had to be 1St top cause she is Cute Japanese idol of all.

Shes the best and cute

My number 1 idol

˜� I love her voice

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20 Kokia

She have a Heavenly Voice...

I was working my way through this list liking some whilst others were not really my taste.I then reached no 32 and even though her style isn't what I am into her voice enchanted me and trapped me under its spell.Its so beautiful with so many levels and the emotion just oozes out of it.I would love her to sing an old Scottish folk song.Her music is not something I would listen to every day but whenever I do (its already on my music player) it will lift my day to a higher level and spread beauty into the darkest corners of my life.

I'm not critiquing her songs or popularity, but vocal abilities. She's one of the best female singers ever. Find songs with her singing with no music and you'll be convinced.

For me, she's the world's best singer. Yes, I'm obsessed with her. When I see live music video, it feels like she's singing only to me, I sense her amazing presence. She's the Goddess of music! :D

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21 Namie Amuro

Namie is the Queen of J-Pop! She has awesome dance moves and her vocals are amazing. She is one of favorite singers!

She's amazing and her voice is sexy

She is the best in the world! I know what I'm talking of. Just lovee her! She should be #1 here! She is my favourite star for ever. Her performances are so energetic and you just can't believe that she can do this all alone.

She can dance and sing live two hours non stop plus she had reach the top 5 album chart with every album she release and got a top 10 single every year since her debut

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22 Suzuka Nakamoto (Su-metal) Suzuka Nakamoto (Su-metal) Suzuka Nakamoto, known by her stage names Suzuka and Su-Metal, is a Japanese idol, singer and model. She is represented by the talent agency Amuse, Inc. and has been a member of three musical groups formed by the company: Karen Girl's, Sakura Gakuin, and Babymetal.

Her voice actually distinctive because she can sing any gender type of song which her voice is 100% fit, Its unique no japanese singer like her

I love her voice. She should be recording all kinds of music.

The girl is 18 and kicking ass left, right and centre. She was good at 15 as it is but her growth as vocalist since then has been phenomenal and a pleasure to watch. Can't imagine how she'll turn out when her voice matures even more. Might as well just hand her the title of Queen of Japan. She's already regarded as Metal Queen by 'the One'

With 10 years of professional singing experience when she just turned 20, Suzuka Nakamoto has a tremendous career ahead of her. She can easily outsing 90 percent of people named in this entire list. With a incredible amount of body of work already under her belt at 20, she will keep growing bettering herself, honing her craft.. soon turning all detractors into believers as she is without a doubt one of the great emerging names in Japan's music industry. Already a huge star, she will only get bigger and brighter.

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23 Bonnie Pink

Bonnie pink I LOVE YOU!

So beautiful in her soft, folk-like rhythms. She is like the Japanese version of Suzanne Vega or Frente!

24 Mika Nakashima

I love her voice

Her beautiful, deep and strong sort of voice is extremely pleasant to hear. Just by hearing her songs, you could easily know that she sings with her heart. Her vocal should be considered as fresh and rare since cute and sweet vocal is being too mainstream in this industry. In other words, her vocal could resembles the rarity of voice in this industry. Apart from that, she is very gorgeous, stylish and cool in appearance. She has a very good sense of fashion. Her English is also good which gave her the potential of being a Japanese artist that shines in the west. For me, she's being a perfect Japanese female artist. She should, would, could and will be on the top.

She is the first Japanese vocalist which I completely fell in love with. Her voice is so vulnerable and even though I can't understand her word for word, her voice really has no language barriers. Definitely the best out of all the rest!

Beautiful, sassy, cool, intriguing quality in her appearance. Very versatile music style. I love Mika Nakashima.

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25 Misia

For me, Misia is the best singer in Japan.

Personally I think she is definitely one of the top 10 Japanese female vocalists.

She's definitely one of the best Japanese singers.

She's great. With a high- powered voice.

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26 Yuko Oshima

Fantastic charisma/persona on stage

Yuko is great idol and best singer for me

She so cute, beautiful voice

Yuko is so beautiful and has an amazing voice!

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27 Akiko Shikata

Absolutely beautiful music, but an underrated composer as well -make sure you listen to her instrumentals too!

I don't think a lot of people have ever heard of her unless you've played games developed by Gust. Her singing style is very unique, but not all know how to appreciate it.

Extremely talented and versatile artist. Raka and Navigatoria are her best albums

28 Yuka Masuda
29 Sowelu
30 BoA BoA BoA Kwon is a singer born in Korea that became popular in Asia. She is known for singing in many languages, including Korean, English, and Japanese. She also is a professional dancer, as well as performer.

She's Queen of Pop! She's an awesome singer and judge, why, at that young age, she's already a mentor for aspiring singers like in Kpop Star! She has that scary charisma which just makes her image more fit for a celebrity her level...

I first fell in love with her japanese song "brand new beat" and she really has a beautiful voice and also good at dancing. I still like her until now, and I still enjoyed her songs either it's japanese or korean, upbeat or ballad.

She is the most beautiful girl in the world, prettier than the girl they say is the most beautiful girl in the world.

To be honest, I fell in love with BOA with the first song I heard from her. It was amazing and I've never stopped listening to her songs since.

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31 Izumi Sakai

Best quality over, guess she deserved top ten list. Technically had different melody with other female singer. She's indispensable.

Very different and so unique, believe me, she is the best talented singer and song writer along with her band ZARD

Very warm voice. Just like her name suggests, spring water. My most favorite female singer.

Great singer and the best singer and composer of the 90's Japan music mainstream. RIP.

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32 Chihiro Onitsuka

Her voice is something incredible, it mix all feelings in me while listening but always make me feel free at the end.

This human being is a special one. I am not japanese. Dont't know the language a bit, though watched a lot of anime. So not sure if my words count or not. To me if a singer can give birth to songs like "Gekkou" "Infection" "Innocence" then She should be recognized as a great artist not only in japan but through all over the world.

She has one of the strongest and most beautiful voices I have ever heard. Her songs move me so that I almost get teary eyed. She can sing so many different genres too. She is truly a wonderful singer.

Noting her great works in the many Anime series I have watched, I have grown to love listening to her. So bright yet her singing voice is at the perfect pitch. Very unique with lots of spirit

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33 Kaori Mochida

Every Little Thing has been my favorite band for about 7 years now. Their discography is so diverse and unique from Everlasting to Mainichi. Kaori's voice is fantastic throughout. More people owe it to themselves to check out Every Little Thing.

Her voice is incredibly healing, smooth and rich, it still can be stable even when she sings rock/upbeat songs and jumps all around the stage. Though the songs are quite simple, but her voice makes it great!

She can handle differrent kinds of music, but for herself, she is exploring what I call it "healing soul" which is not the mainstream of the music industry, but it shows what we always forget - the truest love, especially in this commercial-oriented society

The true natural voice, though her voice already changed since 2004/2005. She sings stably, her voice sounds healing and powerful besides her cute performance. If you're looking for a husky and natural voice, go to Mochi-san!

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34 Shiina Ringo

"Shiina Ringo", well there's something about her that's just AMAZING! Her mellow voice, great imagery, stunningly classy, fluent French... oh GOD, I can't seem to put an end to it.. love her, for me she represents the best of women.. sophisticated yet utterly impeccable, I love this woman, being one of the only particular type-Unique

Not only is she the best female singer in Japan, she is the most talented musician as well. Everyone in the top ten on this list is a complete embarrassment next to her. Number one, with everyone else in a very, very, VERY distant second.

Like the voice of a goddess. Behind her songs you can hear her feelings as if they were in broad daylight. Ms. Ringo is by far one of the best I am glad to have here. Please listen to Shiina Ringo songs!

Why is Shiina so low.. she's one of the best composer in the world!

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35 Eir Aoi

Very good voice

I love her songs. It's as simple as that. Especially the song Ignite. That song is the best

Love her voice, her energy, and passion she puts into her singing and live performances. Love her personality too espcially the tomboyish and rock side of her.

She got very powerful straight voice. Yet she has a good control over her voice that can sync to rock / upbeat music pefectly.

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36 Angela Aki

Her voice touches my heart and different from the other who like a cat meow.

Her voice is really alluring... And she plays the pianno very well. Her charm is also great.

The voice of a powerhouse

I love Angela Aki!

37 Koda Kumi

I love her voice. It sounds tough and sexy at the same time.

Especially her voice is very stable when she dances which is very very good!

Can sing and dance live. Her performances are always on point

Love her voice and her performance so much. Very perfect!

I like her voice so much very personal among the rest

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38 Nagi Yanagi

Really? Nico Nico Legend Yanagi Nagi on this positioh?!? Come on!

She's legend. Mature, Soft, Stanley High Pitch that makes you feel floating. Also most on her song ended slowly and misteriously just like the calm tides of the sea. Her voice also match with electronic keyboard sound.

Nagi deserves way more votes! The fact that she doesn't sing in a boring nasally voice like the majority of J-singers is already a plus. Her voice is sweet, mature, airy and high notes are hit with no strain and without resorting to a nasal tone.

She writes the lyrics for all her songs (with a few exceptions of when she collaborates with someone else) and composes a lot of her own unique songs.

Honestly, her style and voice are incredibly refreshing in an industry where female singers sound exactly the same as each other. The first time I heard her, I was amazed. I wish she'd get more appreciation... Looking at the top votes, I can't help but feel a little disappointed.

Wonderful voice! I started loving her from the first song I heard

My favorite for the moment

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39 Van Tomiko

Your Voice Deserves to be In the top 10, You Sing In a Japanese Version of Adele, Celine Dion With a Strong, Power Voice. That I Wish I Had.

check Do As Infinity to find out - ronluna

It doesn't matter what your singing about the emotion comes through the music. Love her and her beautiful voice.

Van tomiko is my first and number 1 idol in Japan now and forever she's number 1

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40 Kanon Wakeshima

She is my favorite singer. Her cello and voice are so beautiful! I like her first and second album

She is super! I love you Kanon Wakeshima! Arigatou!

Kanon Wakeshima never fails to give me chills as I listen to her sweet voice and the amazing talent she has on the cello brings a smile to my face. She makes my top ten list as #1!

She deserves to be in the first place ~

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41 Aya Ueto

The sweetest girl with the best vocal tone/timbre of any Japanese idol out there!

She is the best and cute

She so sweet and cute. I love her!

Brightest star of them all

42 Mami Kawada

Her vibrato is SUPERB
Her musical style is really addictive and her vocal range is indeed very versatile, ranging from the heartfelt ballads to the hard rock songs. The BEST artist in Japan for me!

Hi miss mami kawada I am one of your fan...
Your song are vary good!
I wish we will meet someday...
If you don't know my friends also idolized you...

Mamisama is THE GREATEST! Her voice reminds me of flowing water... And depending on the music, the flow of her voice ranges from softness to turbulence!

Her voice range is astounding. She can pull off different genres like pop, rock, trance with ease.

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43 Mai Kuraki

Her voice is s nice

I've heard her in DC, and she is fantastic!

I've hear all of the songs she's performed for the Detective Conan Anime series and they're fantastic, her voice is just lovely. And I love her energy!

I love her! She is beauty and has a wonderful voice.

She have sang many beautiful song, such as Love, Day After Tomorrow, chance for you, stay by my side, sakura sakura, zutto..., reach for the sky, winter bells.

For me is the best japanese singer!

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44 Maaya Sakamoto

Her voice is so touching, I think all should listen to her at least once in their life. She is truly amazing and everyone should like her

From voicing Escaflowne and to other anime characters, this woman is amazing! She's one of my favorite Jpop singers of all times! From a being a child voice actress and now with also being a singer. Her soft (piano) voice is so smoothing that's its unbelievable! She also can sing live and has never lip sync since the beginning of her career!

. Maaya Sakamoto is the best. My favorite song of her is Spica. I really love her voice

Her voice always drives me to sleep..

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45 Nami Tamaki

Good Luck Nami, You are the best in Japan... hope you improve in all way to become world singer in Japan

The most Beautiful Japanese singer

She is the Best!
She have the brilliant, powerful, energetic and potential voice. The only think that can make the Olympic better is let her perform her song at Opening Ceremonies

She is just the best, there is no otrher singer like her in Japan, I think she can compete with ayumi hamasaki and kumi chan, she can improve very quickly

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46 Crystal Kay

Crystal Kay's J-pop music is very elegant and definitely a catchy song.
The way she sings is something I have interest of along with other J-pop singers. Her voice is like a crystal. And, she's one of my top favorite J-pop singers.

Awesome and beautiful, made the purchase, not got a clue what most of the words mean but it's a pleasure listening to her...

One if the best singers ever!

47 HanaH

I love her beautiful face and voice! My favorite songs by her are: Aitai Kimochi, Aisaretakute aishitai dake, and alone in my room

She is a very good singer! She is beautiful and has a strong voice and touching lyrics, my favorite songs by her are My Girl and Aitai kimochi... I can see her getting big in Japan very soon. Just keep on trying Hanah you will get the fame you deserve soon!

She is just amazing! Her songs are so meaningful and she has a nice R&B sound my favorite song with her is Aitai Kimochi! She is gone be big in japan in no time! And when she gets established in Japan you have to come to the USA HanaH we really love and appreciate your work here!

I love her she is a star in the making! My favorite songs by her is Aitai Kimochi, My Girl, and alone in my room she deserves to be a top selling and chart topping artist in japan! And someday she will! She has a nice R&B sound and a beautiful voice and she is beautiful..
If yoi haven't heard her music you need to I strongly recommend her! She should be as big as Hikaru Utada or Namie Amuro if not bigger!

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48 Kiyoe Yoshioka

Why is she not up higher? Her voice is so beautiful. It makes me smile. She's great live, which not many singers are, and her voice is very powerful, high or low. I could give you so many reasons why she should be ranked higher up. She's 1 to me!

Her voice is super! It's always inspiring to hear her sing live because her voice is so strong and clear

No one is better...On record and definitely not live. Should definitely be top 5!

This girl... is amazing! You only have to hear her and enjoy, her sweet voice, but at the same time strong and powerful, an extreme tallented voice. Just incredible!

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49 Ayaka

She should be in the top 5.. If we are talking 'Real vocal ability, strength and stability' able to match her studio recordings in a live situation. (not just a fan, but A real singer will like Ayaka)

She has a very excellent vocal, why she's not in the top 10?

I love her song, beautiful voice.

Pure, powerful, expressive and charming voice.
She is young, but has already became a very sophisticated artist. She is real Japanese treasure. I'm very proud of her.

50 Ai Otsuka

So. beautiful a voice! Gives me goosbumps.

Her concerts are extremely fun and she always sounds like she's enjoying herself too. It's more lighthearted than anything you can ever hope for.

Ai Otsuka is the best

I really love her voice!

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