Noriko Sakai (酒井法子
) is a J-pop
singer and actress. She was born on February 14, 1971, in Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. She is married and has one son. She is particularly popular in Hong Kong and Taiwan. She released her debut single, "Otoko no Ko ni Naritai" (男のコになりたい, I Want to Be a Boy) 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 around the mid-1990's she started to distance herself from it.