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Yojiro Noda
Japanese singer. Lead vocalist of Radwimps

Yojiro Noda

Yojiro Noda
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Intro Japanese singer. Lead vocalist of Radwimps
Is Singer Songwriter Actor Musician Guitarist
From Japan
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender male
Birth 5 July 1985, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Age 36 years
Star sign Cancer
Alternative rock
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Yojiro Noda (野田洋次郎, Noda Yōjirō, born July 5, 1985), is a Japanese singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and actor. Noda is the lead vocalist, songwriter and guitarist of the Japanese rock band Radwimps and also began a solo project, Illion, in 2012.

Life and career

Early life, Radwimps

Noda was born in Tokyo, Japan, to a businessman father and piano teacher mother. From the ages of six to nine, Noda lived overseas in the United States. He first became interested in the guitar in junior high school, after hearing Oasis. He tried to learn how to play the chords with a guitar his family owned.

While studying his first year of high school at Tōin Gakuen in Yokohama, he joined a band in 2001. He joined after being asked by a friend to be the band's vocalist. The band was named Radwimps, and Noda became the band's vocalist, guitarist, and sole songwriter. They released their debut independent album, Radwimps, in 2003, and the band made their major debut under Toshiba EMI in 2005. In 2006, the band became widely popular in Japan, with their fourth album Radwimps 4: Okazu no Gohan being certified platinum.

In 2008, Noda produced a song for another artist for the first time. He wrote and produced the song "Labrador" for Japanese singer Chara, which was used as the leading promotional track for her album Honey. In 2015, Noda wrote the song "Oaiko" (おあいこ, "Draw") for Hanaregumi's sixth studio album What Are You Looking For.

Solo career

Noda's solo project, Illion, was first announced in November 2012. He began the solo career in order to perform overseas, which is a goal his band, Radwimps, did not share. His debut album, Ubu, was released in Japan and Europe, first on February 25, 2013, in the United Kingdom. The album was promoted with two singles, "Brain Drain" in January 2013, which received a 24-hour exclusive live music video, and "Maharoba," which was released in February 2013. Noda first performed live as Illion at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London on March 17, 2013. He also performed at the Indra Musikclub in Hamburg, Germany on March 19. He planned to perform at the Tokyo Rocks rock festival in Tokyo on May 12, however the event was cancelled.

In 2015, Noda made his debut as an actor in the film Pieta in the Toilet, which he starred in as the lead character Hiroshi. Radwimps also performed the theme song for the film, entitled "Picnic" (ピクニック). In May, Noda debuted as an author with Rarirure-ron, a book of essays written while RADWIMPS were on their Grand Prix 2014 Jikkyō Namachūkei tour of Japan, as well as his decision to star in Pieta in the Toilet.

In 2016, Noda resumed his Illion solo project with a series of live concerts in July. This began with a performance at the Fuji Rock Festival, followed by two solo billed concerts in Tokyo and Osaka, billed as his Illion Japan Tour 2016.


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak positions

  • As Illion
  • Released: February 25, 2013
  • Label: Warner
  • Formats: CD, digital download, LP
  • As Illion
  • Released: October 12, 2016
  • Label: Warner
  • Formats: CD, CD/DVD, digital download, LP


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Billboard Japan Hot 100
"Brain Drain"
2013 30 Ubu
"By My Side" (バイ・マイ・サイ, Bai Mai Sai)
(Yojiro Noda (Radwimps) / Taka (One Ok Rock)
2016 46 Non-album single
"Water Lily"
(Illion featuring 5lack)
"Told U So"
"—" denotes items which did not chart.

Production discography

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Oricon Singles Charts
Billboard Japan Hot 100
"Labrador" (ラブラドール, Raburadōru)
2008 67 Honey
2010 81 Non-album single
"Oaiko" (おあいこ, "Draw")
2015 87 What Are You Looking For
"Chōchō Musubi" (蝶々結び, "Bow")
2016 10 8 Daydream
"Furaregai Girl" (フラレガイガール, "Girl Who Should Be Rejected")
17 22 Mikazuki no Koukai
"—" denotes items which were not released as physical singles, so did not qualify for the Oricon singles chart.
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