Known simply by her first name, Chiaki has not only been a Japanese television icon for over two decades, but she is also known as the lead vocalist of Pocket Biscuits; a voice actress in the beloved Doraemon anime series; a children’s clothing designer and the author of children’s, cookery and parenting books. Her most recent endeavor is the children’s app Mirno’s Adventures - The Precious Strawberry Ring. Tokyo Journal’s Executive Editor Anthony Al-Jamie spoke with Chiaki about her career and newest project.
TJ: When did you start your career as a TV celebrity and musician?
CHIAKI: Around 1991.
TJ: What is the secret to being funny?
CHIAKI: I don’t worry about how I appear, and I just say whatever I think is funny on the spot.
TJ: Which role do you like the best: fashion designer, singer, voice actor or writer?
CHIAKI: I first entered show business to become a singer, but now I enjoy doing them all.
TJ: Which is the most difficult one?
CHIAKI: None of them are difficult. They are all fun.
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