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|Born||11 July 1962|
|Origin||Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan|
|Labels||Sony Music Associated Records|
|Associated acts|| The Checkers |
Fumiya Fujii(藤井 フミヤFujii Fumiya) (born July 11, 1962) is a male Japanese popular music artist. He is a part of Sony Music Japan.
After leaving his job in Japanese National Railways, he started his music career in the 1980s as the vocalist of the immensely popular group The Checkers and started on his solo project after they split up.
Japanese National Railways, abbreviated Kokutetsu (国鉄) or "JNR", was the business entity that operated Japan's national railway network from 1949 to 1987.
The Checkers was a very popular Japanese band in the 1980s. They were a pop icon of their time as kids copied hair styles and fashion of the band members. The band was formed in Kurume-city, Fukuoka Pref. by Toru Takeuchi, the leader and the guitarist, who asked Fumiya Fujii to start a band with him in 1980. They won the Yamaha Light Music Contest in Junior category soon after forming the band. Due to some of the members being high school students at the time they were approached with a record deal they waited until those members finished high school. They made a debut on 21 September 1983 and split up on 31 December 1992. All of their single releases entered top 10 in Japanese charts, many of them making it to No 1. Fumiya Fujii, who was the lead singer and the main lyricist, went on to pursue a successful solo career.
Naoyuki Fujii, his brother, was also a part of The Checkers and is pursuing a solo career as well. Together they did the project F-Blood in the late 1990s.
His 1993 single "True Love", which was a message song to his fans, sold over 2 million copies.
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