Miyuki Nakajima is a Japanese singer-songwriter and radio personality whose sales have been estimated at more than 21 million copies.
For Westerners,she can be described as the female Japanese equivalent of Bob Dylan -- she's a bit younger than Dylan, and her guitar-based, intelligent, and wordy folk songs are heavier on melancholy than social issues, but she's also enjoyed a long career and plays a similarly important role for Japanese popular musicand the country's modern culture in general: suffice to say, she's the only musician to be included in the National Language Council of Japan in the ‘90s. She's not just acclaimed, but commercially successful, too: most of her 30-plus albums charted in the Top Ten, her sales totaled over 21 million units, and that's not counting over 90 songs she wrote for other artists, and numerous covers of her works performed throughout East Asia. Moreover, she built her reputation while consciously abstaining from appearing on TV, which is almost unheard of in Japan. In 2009, Nakajima was awarded a Medal of Honor by the Japanese government.