Biography Details: 松本梨香 (Rica Matsumoto)
松本梨香 (Rica Matsumoto)
First Name: 梨香 Rica
Last Name: 松本 Matsumoto
Main Country: Japan Japan
Main Language: Japanese
Birthdate: 1968-11-30
Age : 53
Biography:
Rika Matsumoto is a Japanese actress, voice actress and singer who was born in Yokohama, Japan and is known for her iconic role as the beloved Satoshi in the Pocket Monsters anime series.

Cool Japan Ambassador

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Rica Matsumoto, the voice actor known for the role of Satoshi in the Pocket Monsters anime, was appointed as a Cool Japan Ambassador and received a letter of appointment from Naokazu Takemoto, the Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy in Tokyo on October 21st, 2019.

The Cool Japan Ambassador is an effort to help people with international communication skills, such as foreigners who like Japan and Japanese who are active overseas, to cooperate in disseminating information on Japan's appeal and culture. 47 people, including Matsumoto, have been appointed, many of whom are international experts in the fields of food and tourism, which helps to further expansion of Japan's fans.

Regarding the reason for Matsumoto's appointment, Minister Takemoto explained the role of the main character Satoshi in the popular anime Pocket Monsters is important and that, "Since she's world famous and has many fans who are children, we want to increase the number of people who are fans of Japan." Matsumoto was enthusiastic about getting the job and said, “I hope everyone will understand the Japanese culture and it connects the world with a smile!”

Matsumoto, after receiving the letter of appointment, said, “When I received the certificate, I felt like I was "doing my best!” and I felt touched and started to cry a bit."

In recent years, Matsumoto has been an active singer and has performed overseas. Since the anime Pocket Monsters has many theme songs, it is highly recognized both in Japan and abroad. "It's amazing that people from overseas can sing in Japanese. I try to remember and speak the language of the country I'm in, but everyone says "Speak in Japanese." Everyone wants to learn Japanese and speak in Japanese even at autograph sessions."

Sources: https://article.auone.jp/detail/1/5/9/20_9_r_20191021_1571643291781612 and https://www.cao.go.jp/cool_japan/ambassador/ambassador.html
Characters:
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  • United States Ash Ketchum
  • Japan サトシ
  • Japan Satoshi
Episodes Details:
Role Series Title
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
SL 1 Pokémon - I Choose You!ポケモン!きみにきめた!Pokémon! I Choose You!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
SL 2 Pokémon Emergencyたいけつ!ポケモンセンター!Confrontation! Pokemon Center!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
SL 3 ポケモン ゲットだぜ!/Get Pokémon!/Ash Catches a Pokémon
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
XY 1 Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!カロス地方にやってきた! 夢と冒険のはじまり!!We've Come to the Kalos Region! The Beginning of the Dream and the Adventure!!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
XY 14 Seeking Shelter from the Storm!ぶきみな雨宿り!ニャスパーは見ていた!!The Eerie Rain Shelter! Nyasper Saw Everything!!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
XY 16 A Jolting Switcheroo!デデンネがピチューでピチューがデデンネで…!?Dedenne is Pichu and Pichu is Dedenne...!?
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
XY 26 A Battle by Any Other Name!ペロッパフとペロリーム!!甘い戦いはあまくない!?Peroppuff and Peroream!! A Sweet Fight Gets Anything But Sweet!?
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
XY 27 To Find a Fairy Flower!フラべべと妖精の花!Flabebe and the Fairy Flower!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
SM 1 Alola to New Adventure!アローラ!はじめての島、はじめてのポケモンたち!!Alola! New Islands, New Pokémon!!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 1 Enter Pikachu!ピカチュウ誕生!Pikachu is Born!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 2 Legend? Go! Friends? Go!サトシとゴウ、ルギアでゴー!On Lugia They Go, Satoshi and Go!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 3 Ivysaur's Mysterious Tower!フシギソウってフシギだね?Fushigisou is Quite Mysterious, Don't You Think Sou?
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 4 Settling the Scorbunny!行くぜガラル地方!ヒバニーとの出会い!!Let's Go to the Galar Region! An Encounter with Hibanny!!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 5 Mind-Boggling Dynamax!カビゴン巨大化!?ダイマックスの謎!!Kabigon Grows Gigantic?! The Mystery of Daimax!!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
Movie 23 Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle/ココ/Coco
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 68 ゴウにライバル!? ミュウへの道!!Rivals for Go?! The Road to Mew!!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 69 はじめてのおつかい見守りたいっ!I'd Like To Keep An Eye On Their First Errand!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 70 Take My Thief! Please!/おねがい!モルペコゲットして!!/Please Get Morpeko!!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 71 Leaping Towards the Dream!/レッツゴー!プロジェクト・ミュウ!!/Let's Go! Project Mew!!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 72 地下迷宮シャッフルパニック!?/Shuffle Panic in the Underground Labyrinth?!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 73 Grabbing the Brass Ring!/ピカチュウ隊長!進めタイレーツ!!/Commander Pikachu! Head Forth, Tairetsu!!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 74 Nightfall? Nightmares!/ダークライ真夏の夜の夢/Darkrai's Midsummer Night's Dream
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 75 A Midsummer Night's Light!/クレセリア真夏の夜の光/Cresselia's Midsummer Night's Light
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 76 All Out, All of the Time!/ゼンリョク!アローア無人島レース!!/Fully Powered! The Alola Desert Island Race!!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 77 Ultra Exciting from the Shocking Start!/超電磁ハイパークラスバトル!/A Super-Electromagnetic Hyper Class Battle!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 78 Detective Drizzile!/狙われたサクラギ研究所!/The Sakuragi Laboratories Become a Target!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 79 Night and Day, You are the Ones/月と太陽、コハルとハルヒ/The Moon and the Sun; Koharu and Haruhi
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 80 Trial on a Golden Scale!/トライアルミッション!ウルガモス黄金の鱗粉!!/Trial Mission! Ulgamoth's Golden Scales!!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 81 Mad About Blue!/激突!?青ポケマニア!/A Clash?! BluePoké Maniacs!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 82 The Sweet Taste of Battle!/マホイップの甘〜いバトル!?/Mawhip's Super Sweet Battle?!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 84 An Adventure of Mega Proportions!/ルカリオナイト!メガ島大冒険!!/The Lucarionite! Adventure on Mega Island!!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 83 Star Bright, Star Flight!/お星さまになったピィ/The Py That Became A Star
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 85 ライバル対決!サトシVSサイトウ!!/Rival Showdown! Satoshi VS Saito!!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 86 メガシンカVSキョダイマックス/Mega Evolution VS Kyodaimax
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 87 氷の女王とグレイシア/The Ice Queen and Glacia
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 88 トライアルミッション!深海潜水調査団!!/Trial Mission! The Deep Sea Diver Research Team!!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 89 冬SP第1話!ディアルガ&パルキア!時空大異変!!/Winter Special #1! Dialga & Palkia! The Space-time Cataclysm!!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 90 冬SP第2話!ディアルガ&パルキア!時空大決戦!!/Winter Special #2! Dialga & Palkia! The Decisive Space-time Battle!!
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 91 ゴースト列車、出発だよ…/The Ghost Train Departs...
Voice Actor
Ash Ketchum
PM2019 92 ゲンガー頑張る!キョダイマックスへの道!!/Gangar Does Its Best! The Road to Kyodaimax!!