Sana Minatozaki (湊﨑紗夏 Minatozaki Sana, born December 29, 1996), commonly known by the mononym Sana (Korean: 사나), is a Japanese singer currently based in South Korea. She debuted in 2015 as a member of South Korean girl group Twice under JYP Entertainment. In Gallup Korea's annual music poll for 2018, Sana was voted the 17th most popular idol in South Korea, making the highest-ranked Japanese individual in that poll.
In 2015, Sana participated in the girl group television survival show Sixteen. Out of 16 contestants, Sana was selected as one of the nine members of the girl group Twice. She debuted with Twice in October 2015 with the title song "Like Ooh-Ahh" from their debut extended play The Story Begins.
On the eve of Japan's transition from the Heisei era to Reiwa on 1 May 2019, Sana posted a message on Twice's Instagram account bidding goodbye to the era in which she was born, and welcoming the next:
As a person born in the era, I feel somewhat sad that the Heisei Era is ending, but I want to say ‘otsukare-sama’ (Good work) to the era!!!
Because Japanese eras are named for the reigning emperor, Sana's comments drew some online criticism from those who saw them as lacking in sensitivity toward her adopted home, as the idea of Japanese emperors, called "kings" by Koreans, remains inseparable in some minds from imperial Japan and the history of the Japanese colonial rule of Korea. On the other hand, most fans defended her as someone commenting on current events, making no reference to the contentious past.
[ Alos known as : Sana Minatozaki, 湊﨑紗夏 ]