Masafumi Gotoh

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Masafumi Gotō
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Masafumi Gotō in 2011.
Background information
Birth name Masafumi Gotō
Born (1976-12-02) December 2, 1976 (age 41)
Shimada, Shizuoka, Japan
Genres Indie rock, Alternative rock
Occupation(s) Lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, songwriter, music producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1996–present
Labels Ki/oon, Tofu
Associated acts Asian Kung-Fu Generation, Skeletons
Website Sony OID

Masafumi Gotō (後藤 正文, Gotō Masafumi) (December 2, 1976) is the lead vocalist, main songwriter and rhythm guitarist of the Japanese rock band Asian Kung-Fu Generation. Masafumi met fellow band members Kensuke Kita and Takahiro Yamada while attending a music club of Kanto Gakuin University. The three formed Asian Kung-Fu Generation in 1996, with drummer Kiyoshi Ijichi joining the band shortly after.[1] As the main songwriter of the band, Gotō is accredited for engendering a majority of their lyrics, but has a strong tendency to share songwriting duties equally among his bandmates.[2] His vocal style most often alternates between soft, melodic singing, and harder, harsher, yelling.[3] Masafumi has a degree in economics and his favourite artists include Weezer, Number Girl, Oasis, Teenage Fanclub, and Beck.[4] He launched his own music label, Only in Dreams[5] and produces records for other artists such as Chatmonchy, Dr. Downer and The Chef Cooks Me.[6] He was also one of the founding members of the band Skeletons (スケルトンズ).[7]


Asian Kung-Fu Generation[edit]


  • "Lost" (2011) digital download
  • "Lost" / "Lost (80kidz Remix)" (2012) 7" vinyl
  • "The Long Goodbye" (2013) 7" vinyl as Gotch
  • "Wonderland" (2014) 7" vinyl as Gotch
  • "Route 6" (2014) 7" vinyl as Gotch
  • "Taxi Driver" (2017) as Gotch


  • New OrderWaiting for the Sirens' Call (2005) lyrics on "Krafty (Japanese Version)"
  • Dr. Downer – Rising (2011) music director
  • Special OthersSpecial Others (2011) collaboration on "Dance in Tsurumi"
  • FeederGeneration Freakshow (2012) vocals on "Idaho"
  • Chatmonchy – "Kirakira Hikare" (2012) producer; vocals on "Karisomethod"
  • Chatmonchy – Henshin (2012) producer on "Yes or No or Love" and "Kirakira Hikare"
  • Dr. Downer – Gensō no Maboroshi (2013) producer
  • The Chef Cooks Me – Kaitentai (2013) producer, vocals on "Kanjōsen wa Bokura o Nosete"
  • ART-SCHOOL – YOU (2014) producer


  1. ^ "ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION: Biography". ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION Official Website. Ki/oon Records Inc. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  2. ^ Caffrey, Rori (2004-11-11). "Asian Kung-Fu Generation Finally Kicks In". The Daily Yomiuri. The Yomiuri Shimbun. Retrieved 2008-11-06. [dead link]
  3. ^ Kao, Larry (2005-11-03). "Talkin Bout My (Asian Kung-Fu) Generation". Asian Pacific Arts. UCLA Asia Institute. Archived from the original on 2007-02-18. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  4. ^ Asian Kung-Fu Generation Fansite Flash Back! - Profile Archived 2008-10-14 at the Wayback Machine.
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