Born in Tokyo in 1952, co-founded electronic band Yellow Magic Orchestra in 1978.

Ryuichi Sakamoto

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In the 1980s, Sakamoto released successful solo albums and won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for "The Last Emperor."

Sakamoto collaborated with other musicians like David Byrne and Iggy Pop and worked on film scores.

He was active in social and political causes like the anti-nuclear movement and environmentalism.

Despite being diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer in 2014, Sakamoto continued to work and perform.

Recently, Sakamoto explored new artistic avenues like sound installations and multimedia projects, cementing his influence on music and art.