Final Distance

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"Final Distance"
Single by Hikaru Utada
from the album Deep River
Released July 25, 2001 (2001-07-25)
Format CD, maxi single
Genre Pop
Length 5:40
Label EMI Music Japan
Writer(s) Hikaru Utada
Producer(s) Akira Miyake, Hikaru Utada and Teruzane Utada (1)
Russell McNamara (2)
Taku from M-Flo (3)
Akira Miyake, Teruzane Utada (4)
Hikaru Utada singles chronology
"Can You Keep a Secret?"
"Final Distance"

"Final Distance" is Hikaru Utada's 8th Japanese-language single (10th overall) and the 1st single on her Deep River album. "Final Distance" is the first song that Hikaru Utada's ex-husband Kazuaki Kiriya filmed the music video to. This is also the first time that Hikaru Utada has worked with M-Flo. The song debuted at #2 on the Oricon charts with 225,860 in its first week. It had a tie-in as the NTT docomo M-stage CM song.

Song history[edit]

"Distance" originally appeared in the Distance album, and was planned to be released as a single. However, Utada heard of a school stabbing rampage in which 6 year old schoolgirl Rena Yamashita (山下玲奈) had died. Rena had previously won an essay competition, writing about how she wanted to become an actress just like Utada. Utada decided to rearrange the song into ballad form, creating the song "Final Distance". The Japanese Ministry of Education decided to incorporate Hikaru Utada's ballad "Final Distance" in the high school music textbook starting spring semester 2001, which was announced on 10 April. In order to pass the proposal, they needed 313 points. The proposal was passed with 319 points. They will be targeting high school students in their second year to test the new curriculum. According to the publisher of arts in education, the song was chosen because it is closely familiar with high school students.

Critical and commercial response[edit]

The single sold 582,000 units in Japan, making it #2 in Oricon charts and was blocked from the No.1 position for four weeks, each week by a new strong release, but managed to stay at the No.2 position for a month. It charted for 13 weeks. The single was the #24 single of 2001 in Japan. This single, as well as "Hikari" and "Sakura Drops/Letters", did not chart in the world charts airplay charts or sales charts.


In 2014, musician Ai recorded "Final Distance" for Utada Hikaru no Uta, a tribute album celebrating 15 years since Utada's debut.[1] It was released as a preceding download from the album on December 3, 2014.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Hikaru Utada. 

No. Title Arranger Length
1. "Final Distance"   Kei Kawano, Hikaru Utada
Neko Saito (strings arrangement)
2. "Distance -PLANITb Remix-"   Russell McNamara 6:15
3. "Distance -M-Flo Remix-"   Shin Kono (strings arrangement) 5:56
4. "Distance"   Kei Kawano, Hikaru Utada 5:42
5. "Distance -Original Karaoke-"     5:41
6. "Final Distance -Instrumental-"     5:37


"Final Distance" - Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)

Release Chart Peak Position Sales Total Chart Run
July 25, 2001 Oricon Daily Singles Chart 2
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 2 582,120 13
Oricon Yearly Singles Chart 24


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