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Yumiko Aoyagi

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Name  Yumiko Aoyagi
Role  Film writer
Education  Sophia University

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Yumiko Aoyagi (青柳 祐美子, Aoyagi Yumiko, born 1970 in Yokohama, Kanagawa) is a Japanese television writer, whose work covers television, publishing and cinema. She worked briefly in 2007 on the United States Web show lonelygirl15 as a writer, director, and producer.



Born in Yokohama in 1970, Aoyagi graduated from Sophia University (Jōchi Daigaku). She debuted as a screenwriter in 1995, penning the fourth episode of the Fuji TV series Seiga wa tatsu. In 1996, her two-hour telefilm, Saigo no kazoku ryokō: Family Affair for Tokyo Broadcasting System earned a special recommendation Galaxy Award.


In 2003, she became the youngest writer to spearhead NHK’s ASANO TEREBI DORAMA SHOUSETSU (Morning Drama Series), the nation’s highest rated slot. Her show KOKORO, a 156 episode series, received NHK Chairman awards and had been novelized. Her first Hong Kong film ‘MOON LIGHT EXPRESS’ starring Lesile Chang was shown at 1,000 theaters across Asia. Her latest project is $5.2 million, the world biggest Internet show, "The Scary City" that launched on September 15, 2008. It expanded to Korea, France, U.K., Israel for the following three years.


She has written 300 essays and articles for popular magazines on subject matter as diverse as screenwriting, love, family, travel and education. She lectures at Tokyo’s top universities and film schools and is the trusted interviewer of many Hollywood film stars and producers during their promotional tours of Japan. She has appeared on many nationally syndicated talk shows and variety shows.

Filmography as writer

  • Tomoko no baai (1996)
  • Hitorigurashi (1996)
  • Moonlight Express (1999)
  • Okuman chôja to kekkon suru hôhô (2000)
  • Pretty Girls (2002)
  • Kokoro (156 episodes, 2003)
  • Manhattan Diaries (2007)
  • Lonelygirl15 (7 episodes, 2007)
  • The Scary City (20 episodes, 2007-2009)
  • References

    Yumiko Aoyagi Wikipedia