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The Hottest Six Up-and-coming Actresses to Anticipate on Screen

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The Hottest Six Up-and-coming Actresses to Anticipate on Screen

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Actors and actresses are among the most significant figures of entertainment in Japan. Once they’ve made their break in the industry, they have the world at their fingertips and a seemingly endless repertoire of film and TV appearances. It’s easy to pick out familiar faces in recent and upcoming movies; when an actress has successfully picked up attention, you can be sure you’ll see her in multiple hits a year.

Here’s a guide to six of the hottest up-and-coming actresses under 25 years old!


Tao Tsuchiya, 22

Tsuchiya Tao Official Website

Tsuchiya Tao Official Website

One of the most prolific film stars of her generation, Tao Tsuchiya has been regularly snagging the lead in many hit movies. In 2015 she gained much attention with her role in ‘Orange’, in which she starred alongside popular actor Kento Yamazaki. In 2017 alone she has four movies that she stars in as the main character, all of which are adaptations of famous manga series or novels. Tao Tsuchiya is known for her pure and youthful image—she frequently plays high school girls in love on screen, which she manages to pull off with her gentle smile and soft-spoken voice. Her next movie, “8-nengoshi no Hanayome, Kimi no me ga Sameta Nara” is slated to release on December 16 in Japan, until which fans will eagerly anticipate her collaboration with renowned actor Takeru Sato.

Mitsuki Takahata, 25

Mitsuki Takahata Official Website

Mitsuki Takahata Official Website

The 25-year-old has a long history with the entertainment industry, but it did not always mean success. As a young aspiring actor, she repeatedly failed auditions until she was eventually chosen to act in a stage play. Recently though, Mitsuki Takahata has been becoming increasingly popular on television with her appearances in several drama series. In 2016, she was also part of a stellar cast in the getsuku drama “Love That Makes You Cry” alongside young stars Kasumi Arimura and AAA member Takahiro Nishijima. This year she finally landed a lead role in the popular “Kahogo no Kahoko” where she played an overprotected young woman trying to become independent. Catch her next in “DESTINY Kamakura Monogatari”, an exciting fantasy film in which you can watch her play the wife of a famous author who has connections to a mystical realm.

Mei Nagano, 18

Nagano Mei Official Website

Nagano Mei Official Website

This young actress has been scoring her own leading roles as of late, with performances in the hit movies “My Love Story!!” and “Daytime Shooting Stars” where she melted hearts with her cute yet precocious expressions. Her expressive eyebrows and bright smile have attracted many fans—she has a refreshingly candid charm that appeals to many fans. It’s these qualities coupled with her impressive acting skills that have earned her popularity among directors.

Although she’s been acting mostly in supporting roles, Mei Nagano is revving up to achieve greater things in the coming years as she grows older. Catch her in “Mix” with Yui Aragaki this month!

Ayami Nakajo, 20

Ayami Nakajo Official Website

Ayami Nakajo Official Website

Her acting resume may be shorter than the other girls’, but there is no doubt that Ayami Nakajo is breaking out on the media. For one, she appears in magazines regularly and has been gracing the covers frequently recently. Originally a model for Seventeen magazine, she began to gain attention with her unique beauty—she is half-Japanese and half-English. Ayami Nakajo made her film debut in 2014 as the lead role in “Gekijoban Zero.”

Following that, she won Best New Actress for her role in the 2016 film “Setoutsumi”. Ultimately quality trumps quantity, and she’s gradually proving her acting talent with more and more projects including commercials for famous brands from Nintendo to Haagen Dazs. Next year, she’ll be playing the main role in the feature film “Three D Kanojo”.

Hana Sugisaki, 20

Hana Sugisaki Official Website

Hana Sugisaki Official Website

This award-winning actress is one to watch out for on the silver screen. In 2017 alone, the budding starlet bagged eight awards at multiple film award ceremonies—including the Japan Academy Awards—for her role in the drama film “Her Love Boils Bathwater”.

Hana Sugisaki has even been raking in attention from all over the continent, lauded as the next star to anticipate in Asia. Many Japanese fans admire her baby face which gives her a youthful innocence that shines on screen. Recently, she provided the voice of the titular character Mary in the animated feature film “Mary and the Witch’s Flower”.

Riho Yoshioka, 24

Riho Yoshioka Official Website

Riho Yoshioka Official Website

Last but not least, we have the rising star of commercials. There is a power to appearing regularly in commercials—hundreds and thousands of viewers see Riho Yoshioka on their television every day. You might have seen her in this year’s highly popular Nissin Donbei instant noodle CM, where she dressed up as an adorable wolf and featured alongside acclaimed actor-musician Gen Hoshino. The commercial hit more than 1 million views on YouTube, a testament to Riho Yoshioka’s cuteness.

She is currently one of the most anticipated young actresses in film and television, with an upcoming main role in the drama “You Always Inhabit My Heart”. With her clean and fresh-faced charm, Riho Yoshioka appeals to her fans with her simple good looks that allows her to effortlessly take on any kind of character.


The entertainment industry is always moving at incredible speed, but these five young actresses are riding the waves and sweeping the audience of their feet. Their promising talents and individual charms make them unstoppable, and a force to be reckoned with as they rise up to dominate the screen. A new generation is upon the world of film and television, and these are the faces to watch!

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