Akiko Yajima (矢島晶子) is a Japanese voice actress born in Kobe in May 1967. Since the 90s, she has dubbed dozens of characters in animes, films and videogames: for example, young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode I or Kohaku in InuYasha.
She is best known for being the voice of Shinnosuke Nohara in the anime series Crayon Shin-chan. Her particular voice is an icon of the series in Japan and compared to other dubs of Shin-chan in other countries, she has a deeper voice that is unexpected from a 5 year old kid.
She has been the voice of Shinnosuke in all the anime episodes, movies and songs that Shinnosuke sings, as well as in uncountable promotions of Crayon Shin-chan related merchandising.
On June 1st, 2018, it was announced that Yajima would withdraw from the series, with the last episode with her voice to air on June 29th. In the following episode she was replaced by Yumiko Kobayashi as the voice of Shinchan.