Sonoko Kawai (born June 20, 1965) is Japanese singer. Sonoko had great promise when she won the "Idol Dancepop" contest in 1983. In 1985 she joined the now legendary Onyanko Club. She soon released her debut solo single Namida no Jasmine Love that same year. Her popularity within Onyanko was great enough that she overshadowed most of the other girls and soon "graduated" into solo status.
There are 3 bands with the name AKINA: 1) Akina was a member of the now defunct Folder and Folder5 groups on the avex trax label. She is currently the only member to continue as a solo artist with three singles to date.