Chiaki Featured

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Chiaki Photographs courtesy of Japan Music Entertainment


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.


The complete article can be found in Issue #277 of the Tokyo Journal. Click here to order from Amazon.

Written By:

Anthony Al-Jamie

Dr. Anthony Al-Jamie lived and worked as an educational administrator and journalist in Tokyo for over 20 years. His in-depth understanding of Japanese language and culture has allowed him to carry out interviews with many of the most renowned individuals in Japan. He first began writing for the Tokyo Journal in the 1990s as Education Editor, later he was promoted to Senior Editor, and eventually International Editor. He currently works in higher education publishing and serves the Tokyo Journal as Executive Editor.

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