- Keiko Fuji
Infobox musical artist
Name = Keiko Fuji
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Junko Abe
(now Junko Utada
Alias = Keiko Fuji
Born = birth date and age|1951|7|5
nihongo|Keiko Fuji|藤 圭子|Fuji Keiko, real name nihongo|Junko Utada|宇多田 純子|Utada Junko (born nihongo|Junko Abe|阿部 純子|Abe Junko on July 5, 1951 in
Iwate Prefecture, Japan), is a Japanese enkasinger and actress. She had success in Japan in the 1960s and 1970s with her ballad-type songs.
Both her parents were itinerant musical performers. Her mother was a blind
shamisenplayer or "goze." As a child, Fuji sometimes accompanied her parents and sang with them when they were on tour.
Her debut album, "新宿の女/「演歌の星」藤圭子のすべて", released on
March 5, 1970, topped Oriconalbum chart for 20 consecutive weeks, and next album "女のブルース" released on July 5, 1970, continued topping that chart for 17 consecutive weeks. She topped Oricon album chart for a 37 consecutive weeks, a incredible record in Japan's music history.
She is also the mother of one of the currently most popular female singers in
Japan, Hikaru Utada, and was the wife of Teruzane Utada, a record producer.
2006 confiscation of cash by the DEA
On March 3, 2006, U.S. DEA officials confiscated more than $400,000 in U.S., Canadian, and Australian currencies from Junko Utada's carry-on luggage at JFK Airport, New York, as she waited to board a flight to Las Vegas. Utada denied any wrongdoing, and was not charged with any crime. However, the government initiated forfeiture proceedings, seeking to seize the money, which it alleged represented proceeds of drug sales or was intended to be used to buy drugs.Utada disputed the government's claim. As of August, 2008, the matter remains pending in Federal District Court in New York. [cite web | url = http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0927062hikaru1.html | title = Japanese Pop Queen's Mom In Fight With DEA | work = Hikaru Utada's parent seeks return of $421k in seized "drug money" | accessdate = September 28 | accessyear = 2006]
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