Article: Top 10 Japanese Celebrities Who Retired

Though mastering the craft of acting takes a lifetime, retired actors may select occupations that allow them to employ their creativity and other polished abilities from their time as working actors. Retired actors prefer choosing a profession that provides them with flexibility and freedom. Here are a few Japanese actors who have left the industry.

1. Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki, a Japanese animator, director, producer, screenwriter, playwright, and manga artist, was born on January 5, 1941. He is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished filmmakers in the history of animation and is a co-founder of Studio Ghibli. He has received international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and creator of animated feature films. Toshio Suzuki, the producer of Studio Ghibli, said in October 2017 that Hayao Miyazaki was breaking his four-year hiatus from filmmaking to leave a feature film project for his grandson. "Miyazaki is making the next film for his grandchild," Suzuki said in a televised interview.


2. Hiroki Narimiya

Hiroki Narimiya, a Japanese actor, has announced his retirement over charges of illegal drug usage. According to his agency, he announced his retirement from the entertainment profession.


3. Sessue Hayakawa

Kintar Hayakawa, better known by his stage as Sessue Hayakawa, was a matinée idol in Japan. During the silent cinema period of the 1910s and early 1920s, he was one of Hollywood's most popular stars. In 1966, he made his final appearance in an animated film and quit acting.


4. Sora Aoi

Sora Aoi left the AV circle, only to announce that she would no longer be shooting AV, which may be disappointing news for many admirers, who hoped that the teacher would continue shooting.


5. Hamao Kyousuke

On October 24, 2013, Tensou Sentai Goseiger's GoseiBlack/Agri actor Hamao Kyousuke unexpectedly announced his retirement from the entertainment business to pursue his studies, leaving the public with mixed emotions. While leading a regular life as a student in New York, he released an open statement detailing his recent experiences.


6. Maori Tezuka

At the age of 80, Japan's oldest actress retires. After a decade of peeling off for X-rated movies, she announced her retirement. Maori Tezuka, a 71-year-old former opera singer who debuted in Japan's thriving "silver poor" sector, attributed her decision to a scarcity of red-blooded Lotharios capable of keeping up with her.


7. Maki Horikita 

Maki Horikita announced her retirement from the entertainment profession through her agency. Horikita made her acting debut in 2003. She has appeared in commercials, including "Always Sanchome no Yuhi" and "Hanazakari no Kimitachi no Ikemen Paradise." In August 2015, she married actor Koji Yamamoto, and in December of the same year, she gave birth to her first child.


8. Hiroyuki Miyasako 

It was stated that the renowned Japanese comedian has decided to retire from the entertainment industry after his talent agency suspended him for operating an underground business.


9. Mao Asada

Mao Asada, a Japanese sports hero, and international figure skater, recently announced her retirement at 26. On April 12, Asada delivered her bombshell in front of 400 reporters in a Tokyo hotel.


10. Akiho Yoshizawa

Acky, whose real name is Akiho Yoshizawa, is a former adult video actress famous for pink and mainstream films on Japanese television. She quit her career in 2019.