Mayuko Takata

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Mayuko Takata (高田万由子 Takata Mayuko, born January 5, 1971) is a Japanese actress, best known in the western world for her appearances on the Japanese TV show Iron Chef.

Personal life

She was born in Tokyo, Japan. Her husband is Japanese violinist Taro Hakase and they live together in London, England, United Kingdom.

Iron Chef

Takata was a commentator and judge on the show. She has no culinary training.


  • April 1977 to 1990: Shirayuri Gakuen, a Catholic school for girls in Japan, with an emphasis on English language;
  • April 1987 (likely a component of study abroad program, at Gakuen): Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland (The Swiss Confederation), a very expensive boarding house in Switzerland in which Takata would have been in the company of princesses, heiresses, and the children of very powerful individuals;
  • April 1990 to March 1994: University of Tokyo - BA, focusing on Western History.

Language abilities

She is fluent in Japanese and English, and conversant in French.

Selected filmography


TV dramas

Other television

Media career


Written Works

Commercial Work

Stage Work


  • Takata has been involved with the Pink Ribbon Smile Walk (for breast cancer awareness month)

Political Appointment

Takata was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador to the Nation of France in 2000.

External links

  • profile at Ken-on (her talent agency, in Japanese)
  • Mayuko Takata on IMDb
  • JMDb profile (in Japanese)
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