Masafumi Gotoh

Masafumi Gotoh (後藤 正文, Gotō Masafumi) (December 2, 1976) is the lead vocalist, main songwriter and rhythm guitarist of the Japanese rock band Asian Kung-Fu Generation. Masafumi met fellow band members Kensuke Kita and Takahiro Yamada while attending a music club of Kanto Gakuin University. The three formed Asian Kung-Fu Generation in 1996, with drummer Kiyoshi Ijichi joining the band shortly after.[1] As the main songwriter of the band, Gotō is accredited for engendering a majority of their lyrics, but has a strong tendency to share songwriting duties equally among his bandmates. His vocal style most often alternates between soft, melodic singing, and harder, harsher, yelling.[2] Masafumi has a degree in economics and his favourite artists include Weezer, Number Girl, Oasis, Teenage Fanclub, and Beck.[3] He produces records for other artists such as Chatmonchy, Dr. Downer and The Chef Cooks Me.[4] He was also one of the founding members of the band Skeletons (スケルトンズ).[5]

Masafumi Gotoh
Masafumi Gotō in 2011.
Background information
Native name
Also known asGotch
Born (1976-12-02) December 2, 1976
Shimada, Shizuoka, Japan
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
  • producer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active1996present
Associated actsAsian Kung-Fu Generation, Skeletons
WebsiteSony OID

In 2010, Gotoh launched his own music label, only in dreams[6] In 2012, he started solo project with released a single, "Lost", under the name Gotch.[7] In 2014, he released his debut solo album, Can't Be Forever Young and released live album called, Live in Tokyo.[8] In 2016, he released his second solo album, Good New Times, with most songs using English lyrics.[9]


Asian Kung-Fu Generation


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions

Can't Be Forever Young 14
Good New Times 2547

Live albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions

Live in Tokyo 85


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Lost" 2012 Can't Be Forever Young
"The Long Goodbye" 2013
"Wonderland" 2014 48
"Route 6"
"Taxi Driver" 2017 Gifted


  • New OrderWaiting for the Sirens' Call (2005) lyrics on "Krafty (Japanese Version)"
  • Dr. Downer – Rising (2011) music director
  • Special OthersSpecial Others (2011) collaboration on "Dance in Tsurumi"
  • FeederGeneration Freakshow Japanese edition (2012) vocals on "Idaho"
  • Chatmonchy – "Kirakira Hikare" (2012) producer; vocals on "Karisomethod"
  • Chatmonchy – Henshin (2012) producer on "Yes or No or Love" and "Kirakira Hikare"
  • Dr. Downer – Gensō no Maboroshi (2013) producer
  • The Chef Cooks Me – Kaitentai (2013) producer, vocals on "Kanjōsen wa Bokura o Nosete"
  • ART-SCHOOL – YOU (2014) producer
  • Ovall - "Nadaraka Yoru" (2018) vocals
  • Dance stage - MeMe (2019) music producer
  • Nahavand – Vandalism (2019) producer, vocals on "Hold On"


  1. "ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION: Biography". ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION Official Website. Ki/oon Records Inc. Retrieved 2008-10-09.
  2. Kao, Larry (2005-11-03). "Talkin Bout My (Asian Kung-Fu) Generation". Asian Pacific Arts. UCLA Asia Institute. Archived from the original on 2007-02-18. Retrieved 2008-11-06.
  3. Asian Kung-Fu Generation Fansite Flash Back! - Profile Archived 2008-10-14 at the Wayback Machine
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-17. Retrieved 2013-09-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. "Gotch Profile". only in dreams. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  8. "Gotch of ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION to Embark on Solo Tour This May". jpopasia. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  9. "6月8日に新しいアルバム「Good New Times」が発売になりました。" (in Japanese). Gotch. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  10. "後藤正文 オリコン". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  11. "「Can't Be Forever Young」Gotch". only in dreams. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  12. "「Good New Times」Gotch". only in dreams. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  13. "「Live in Tokyo」Gotch". only in dreams. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
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