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Ryuichi Sakamoto
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Sakamoto in 2010
Born (1952-01-17) January 17, 1952 (age 70)
Tokyo, Japan
Education Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
  • Musician
  • record producer
  • activist
  • actor
Years active 1975–present
  • Akiko Yano (m. 1982–2006)
  • Norika Sora
Children Miu Sakamoto
Musical career
  • Keyboard
  • synthesizer
  • vocals
Associated acts
  • Yellow Magic Orchestra
  • Akiko Yano
  • Chris Mosdell
  • Japan
  • David Sylvian
  • Sketch Show
Japanese name
Kanji 坂本 龍一
Hiragana さかもと りゅういち
Katakana サカモト リュウイチ

Ryuichi Sakamoto (坂本 龍一 , Sakamoto Ryūichi, born January 17, 1952) is a Japanese musician, a composer, music producer, pianist, and keyboardist. His nickname is Kyoju, which means Professor in Japanese.

Early life

He is from Tokyo. He was born in January 17, 1952. He learned music in Tokyo University of the Arts and Tokyo University of Arts graduate school.


Music group Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO). YMO is an English acronym. YMO stands for "Yellow Magic Orchestra". which he formed with Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi in the late 1970s gained success and became famous at home and abroad. In addition, he pushed forward the solo activity parallel to activity of YMO .

Other than the activity of his own, Sakamoto offered musical pieces to other artists and composed soundtracks. Soundtrack of "The Last Emperor" shown in 1987 was evaluated and won Academy Award for Original Music Score as a Japanese for the first time.

On July 10, 2014, Sakamoto released a statement and said that he had been diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer in late June. He announced that he was taking a break from his work while he went through treatment and recovery.


In late years he often speak about the issue of environmental problem and peace in each media.

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