Akiko Wada Explained

, birth name: Kim Bok-Ja (Korean: 김복자, Hanja: 金福子) Kim is family name. Born April 10, 1950, is a female Japanese singer and television performer of Korean ancestry, originally hailing from Higashinari-ku, Osaka. Like many Zainichi Koreans, she had a legal Korean name and a name for everyday use, which was Japanicized . Due to her above-average height (174 cm or 5'8.5"), she is nicknamed "jotei" (女帝), meaning "empress".

She is signed to the Horipuro entertainment agency.

She voice acted as Koopa in, the first time he had been voiced.

She also performed with the music group m-flo on the song "HEY!" on their Beat Space Nine album which was released in 2005.

Along with fellow Japanese entertainers Takeshi Kitano, Ken Shimura, and Nobuyoshi Kuwano, she severely criticized TV star Masashi Tashiro after his arrest for voyeurism.

She has also voiced Marge Simpson in the Japanese version of The Simpsons.

Wada became the first Asian to perform at the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, when she performed there in September 2008 as part of her 40th debut anniversary tour[1] .

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Notes and References

  1. "Akiko Wada performs at Apollo Theater in New York." Japan Today. 01 October 2008. Accessed 30 October 2008.