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.