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Ryuichi Sakamoto

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Ryuichi Sakamoto is a Japanese musician, singer, composer, record producer, activist, writer, actor, and dancer based in Tokyo and New York. Sakamoto began his career while at university in the 1970s as a session musician, producer, and arranger. His first major success came in 1978 as co-founder of the electronic-music trio Yellow Magic Orchestra. With his bandmates Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi, Sakamoto helped pioneer the genres of synth-pop, techno, and house music.