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Kyu Sakamoto
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Born (1941-12-10)10 December 1941
Died 12 August 1985(1985-08-12) (aged 43)

Kyu Sakamoto (10 December 1941 – 12 August 1985}} was a Japanese singer and actor, best known outside Japan for his international hit song "Ue o Muite Arukō" - known as "Sukiyaki" in English-speaking markets, which was sung in Japanese and sold over 13 million copies.

It reached number one in the United States Billboard Hot 100 in June 1963, making Sakamoto the first Asian recording artist to have a number one song on the chart.

In 1971, Sakamoto married Japanese actress Yukiko Kashiwagi, the couple had two daughters.


Kyu house
Kyu Sakamotos house in Ibaraki prefecture - Japan

On August 12, 1985, Sakamoto was aboard Japan Airlines Flight 123, on which he was heading to Osaka for an event.

The plane crashed into two ridges of Mount Takamagahara in Ueno, Gunma, it became the deadliest single-aircraft accident in history. A total of 520 people were killed in the crash, including Sakamoto.

His body is interred at Chōkoku-ji Temple in Minato, Tokyo.

Chokoku-ji (Taito)
Chokoku-ji Temple


  • Sukiyaki and Other Japanese Hits 1963
  • Very Best of Kyu Sakamoto 1994
  • Kyu Sakamoto Memorial Best 2005
  • Kyu Sakamoto CD & DVD The Best 2005

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