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Mika Nakashima
Person information
Name in Japanese 中島 美嘉
Romaji translation Nakashima Mika
Gender Female
Born February 19, 1983
Hioki, Kagoshima, Japan
Occupations Singer
Voice of
Portrayals Nana Osaki

Mika Nakashima (中島 美嘉 Nakashima Mika, born February 19, 1983 in Hioki, Kagoshima) is a Japanese actress and singer, who portrayed Nana Osaki in the Nana film and it's sequel.

Four of her studio albums and one of her compilation albums have reached number one in Japan's Oricon album chart. Her portrayal of Nana Osaki skyrocketed both her singing and acting career. Nakashima married Japanese volleyball player, Kunihiro Shimizu on December 25, 2014.


Early life

Born and raised in Kyushu, Mika was the youngest of three children. She grew up in the small town of Hioki, Kagoshima, where she has said there was "nothing there, only enka." She began listening to enka singer Eiko Segawa and studied classical Japanese dance, but as she loved dressing-up and make-up, she hoped to work in fashion magazines since she was too short to become a model.

Nakashima decided not to attend high school after completing junior high and began working. At the age of 15 she moved to the city of Fukuoka where she room-shared with two others.

At the age of 17, she attended an audition not knowing what it was for. She was chosen from 3,000 girls to be the actress of the fall 2001 Fuji TV drama Kizudarake no Love Song, in which she played the heroine Mirai Shimazaki, and also sang the theme song, "Stars."

In November 2001, "Stars" became her debut on Sony Music Associated Records, which would go on to become her best-selling single.

Film debut

In 2005, Nakashima co-starred alongside Aoi Miyazaki in the live-action movie Nana. She sang one of the theme songs for the movie, which was released as a single under the name "Nana starring Mika Nakashima." The single, titled "Glamorous Sky," was written by the manga's author, Ai Yazawa, and composed by L'Arc-en-Ciel vocalist Hyde. It was Nakashima's only number 1 single on the Oricon Singles Charts. It sold over 423,000 copies in 2005, making it the best-selling female single of the year. The single continued selling well into the next year and sold 444,067 copies, which was about 25,000 copies less than her Nana co-star, Yuna Ito's "Endless Story."


Year Studio albums Chart peak positions
Weekly Album Charts
2002 True
  • Released: August 28, 2002
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Sales: 1,174,000
2003 Love
  • Released: November 6, 2003
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Sales: 1,450,000
2005 Music
  • Released: March 9, 2005
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Sales: 550,000
2006 The End
  • Released: December 13, 2006
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Sales: 182,000
2007 Yes
  • Released: March 14, 2007
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Sales: 296,000
2008 Voice
  • Released: November 26, 2008
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Sales: 450,000
2010 Star
  • Released: October 27, 2010
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Sales: 180,000
2013 Real
  • Released: January 30, 2013
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Sales: 87,149
Extended plays
2002 Resistance
  • Released: November 7, 2002
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Sales: 199,965
2004 Oborozukiyo: Inori
  • Released: September 15, 2004
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Sales: 110,892
Compilation albums
2005 Best
  • Released: December 7, 2005
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Sales: 1,205,000
2009 No More Rules
  • Released: March 4, 2009
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Sales: 56,000
2014 Zutto Suki Datta -All My Covers-
  • Released: March 12, 2014
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Released: November 5, 2014
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Released: November 5, 2014
  • Label: Sony Music
2015 ~Healing Collection~ RELAXIN'
  • Released: March 4, 2015
  • Label: Sony Music



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Guuzen ni mo Saiaku na Shounen Yumi Sasaki Main role
2005 Nana Nana Osaki Main role
2006 Nana 2 Nana Osaki Main role
2010 Resident Evil: Afterlife J-Pop Girl First infected person in Tokyo
2012 Resident Evil: Retribution J-Pop Girl

Television dramas

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Kizudarake no Love Song Mirai Shimazaki Supporting role
2002 Shiritsu Tantei Hama Mike Akane Hama Supporting role
2003 Namahoso wa Tomaranai
2008 Ryusei no Kizuna Sagi Supporting role
2010 Unubore Deka Rie Higurashi Supporting role

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