10. Yui Aragaki
Yui Aragaki was born on June 6, 1988. She is a Japanese idol,model, actress, singer, voice actress and occasional radio show host. She is particularly recognized for her beauty and her movie projects.
She won the Film prize at the 45th Golden Arrow Awards in 2008. Her tremendous number of movie shoots as well as the preparation for her debut album resulted in her suffering from work-related stress in 2007.
Outside acting she also released her first album, Sora, and the single “Heavenly Days”, a song from Koizora. “Memories”, the theme song for Tokyo Serendipity, was included in her debut album. She also performed at Budokan.
She was also the co-hosts for popular radio program Girls Locks from 2010-2012.
9. Aya Ueto
Aya Ueto was born on September 14, 1985. She is a Japanese actress, singer, model, tarento, and occasional radio personality. Aya was discovered when she participated in the 7th Japan Bishōjo Contest, where she won the special jury prize.At the age of thirteen, she made her acting debut, in the film Satsujinsha: Killer of Paraiso (1999).
Aya’s breakthrough came when she was cast as a high school student suffering from gender identity disorder (GID), in the sixth season of the long-running TBS drama 3-nen B-gumi Kinpachi-sensei. Her critically acclaimed performance led to several leading roles and endorsements, eventually establishing herself as one of Japan’s most recognizable faces.
As one of Japan’s most ubiquitous celebrities, Aya constantly appears on billboards, shop windows and train adverts, and has held the annual title of CM Queen five times since 2004.
8. Yuriko Yoshitaka
Yuriko Yoshitaka was born on July 22, 1988. She is a Japanese actress who is represented by the Japanese agency Amuse.
Yuriko made her acting debut in 2006. She was given the lead role in the live-action adaptation of Hitomi Kanehara’s award-winning novel Snakes and Earrings in 2007. Portraying Lui, a teenager whose life goes into a downward spiral after meeting the forked-tongued and tattooed Ama, the role was her breakthrough role.
The Japanese public began to take notice of her, and in a poll conducted by Oricon, Yoshitaka was the fifth promising young actress of 2009 and 2009’s freshest female celebrity. In 2010, Oricon again conducted a poll on the most promising actress and she managed climb up to top the poll.
She played Tae Kojima in the two-part 2011 live-action adaptation of the sci-fi and action manga Gantz. She also took the lead role in Kōji Maeda’s movie Konzen Tokkyū, portraying a young woman dating multiple men in hopes of finding the right one to marry. It premiered in Spring 2011.
7. Erika Toda
Erika Toda was born on August 17, 1988. She is a Japanese actress. She has starred in many Japanese television dramas, including Liar Game,Code Blue,Ryusei no Kizuna, and Keizoku 2: SPEC. She has also had supporting roles in many other popular TV dramas, such as Boss, Nobuta wo Produce, Engine, and Gal Circle. In the manga adaptation movie, Death Note, she played the role of Misa Amane.
6. Maki Horikita
Maki Horikita was born on October 6, 1988. She is a Japanese actress. She debuted in 2003 and has starred in numerous Japanese television dramas, television and magazine advertisements, and movies. Horikita’s popular roles include the introverted high school student Nobuko Kotani in Nobuta wo Produce, the righteous law student Tsurara Yoshikawa in Kurosagi, and the cross-dressing sports fan Mizuki Ashiya in Hanazakari no Kimitachi e.
Her first NHK asadora project came in 2012 through Umechan Sensei in which she led the cast as a teenager who blossomed into a town doctor during the Showa era.