|Minako Hirano - 平野美奈子|
|D.O.B.||16th April 1966|
|Family||Father: Suguru Hirano|
Brother: Yuji Hirano
|Appears in||Shenmue I|
Minako Hirano (Japanese: 平野美奈子) is a college student who dreams of travelling the world and buying expensive name brand goods. She takes a relaxed attitude to her studies and misses a lot of classes in order to work at her part-time job at the Tomato Convenience. Even though her grades may suffer from this, she doesn't worry as she thinks because of her good looks she can win her professor's favour by pouring him drinks at parties. She also gets several of her male classmates to do her homework for her or take her tests. She seems interested in Ryo too because of his strength and good looks despite being a little younger. Currently she lives with her father and brother in Sakuragaoka.