Born and raised in Japan
Originally Posted by nanafan
holy crap, finally a response! yay. i liked what she did for fma too. that was the first time i had heard of her. can't say that i know much about her other than that she is half japanese..i think.
, Crystal Kay's father is an African American and her mother is a Zainichi
in Korean), or a long term Korean resident of Japan.
Crystal Kay speaks English and Japanese fluently. She does not speak Korean - which is not surprising given that her mother is sansei
in Korean), or third generation, born and raised in Japan.
While most ethnic Koreans living in Japan are not Japanese citizens, a significant minority of them are. They constitute the largest group of naturalized citizens in Japan.
Softbank founder Son Masayoshi, singer and television personality Wada Akiko, jazz vocalist Lee Keiko (Keiko Lee), pop singer Sonim, and voice actress (seiyuu) Pak(u) Romi are ethnic Koreans born and raised in Japan.
Born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Hawaii, American singer Yuna Ito (Itou Yuuna), who played and sang as Serizawa Reira in the NANA live action movie, is half Japanese and half Korean. Japanese actress Matsuzaka Keiko is also half Japanese and half Korean. And so is Japanese rocker Miyavi.
Rikidouzan (Rikidozan; Yokdosan in Korean), the "father of Japanese professional wrestling (puroresu)" and mentor of Japanese pro wrestler-turned-politican "Antonio" Inoki Kanji, was born Kim Sin-Nak in what is now North Korea.
Kyokushin karate founder Ooyama Masutatsu (Mas Oyama) was born Choi Yeong-Eui (Choi Bae-Dal) in what is now South Korea. (Some accounts have him born in Japan.) Ooyama's most famous pupil is Japanese actor and martial artist Chiba Shin'ichi, better known as Sonny Chiba.
Japanese baseball homerun king Ou Sadaharu (Sadaharu Oh) is half Japanese and half Taiwanese. So is actor and model Kaneshiro Takeshi, born in Taiwan to Japanese and Taiwanese parents.
The late Andou Momofuku (Momofuku Ando), Nissin founder who invented instant ramen and Cup Noodle, was a naturalized Japanese citizen of Chinese heritage, born in Taiwan.
(I seem to recall that someone said that the character designer of the KimiKiss love simulation game, which is being turned into an television anime series called KimiKiss pure rouge, is also a naturalized Japanese citizen of Taiwanese background.)...
...and so on regarding people of Korean, Chinese, and other ethnic backgrounds who have made contributions to Japanese culture and society, in spite of discrimination and prejudice that they may have faced along the way.