Japanese singer and actress. She was born in Fukuoka, Japan. She debuted in 1986 as an idol singer identity, and her short hair style, smile, and youthful image became a talking point in entertainment media. Sakai released her first single, "Otoko no Ko ni Naritai" on February 5, 1987, nine days short of her sixteenth birthday. Over 40,000 copies of the single were sold. In the early years of her career, she used the nickname Nori-P, although in the mid-1990s she started to distance herself from it. She ventured overseas in the 1990s to Taiwan to shoot VITALON P beverage commercials, as well as holding concerts which received praise.