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Saori Minami (born Akemi Shinoyama, 篠山 明美) is a retired Japanese female popular singer. She was also called "Cynthia" as a nickname.

Early life and career

Minami was born on July 2, 1954 in Okinawa, Japan. She is bilingual in English and Japanese as her father-in-law was of the Philippine origin. In 1971, at age 17, her talent in music was discovered by a manager who worked for music company. She was recommended by him as a singer. Soon after that, she recorded a song "17才"(Seventeen years old), written by a songwriter Kyohei Tsutsumi. She then became popular all over Japan. She had been continuing to make hit songs in 1970s. She retired from a singer in 1978 and got married to a famous cameraman in 1979.


Her major hit songs were as follows.

  • 17才 (1971)
  • 潮風のメロディー (1971)
  • ともだち (1972)
  • 哀愁のページ (1972)
  • 早春の港 (1973)
  • 色づく街 (1973)
  • ひとかけらの純情 (1973)
  • バラのかげり (1974)
  • 想い出通り (1975)
  • 人恋しくて (1975)
  • 春の予感 (1978)
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