The concept of AKB48 was imagined as “idols you can meet”. Through open auditions, 73 girls (as of November 1st, 2010) were chosen to make up the members of the group. While performing daily at the AKB48 Theater, the group has its sights set on taking all of Japan―and the world, by storm.
Yasushi Akimoto is a lyricist who started his broadcasting career in high school. Since then, he has been involved with numerous popular programs, such as “The Best Ten”. He started his career as a lyricist in 1983 with the mega-hit Hibari Misora’s “Kawa no Nagare no You ni”, and continued on with countless other hit songs, including “Will” by Mika Nakashima and Exile’s “Exit”. In November 2008, he won the 41st annual Japanese Lyricists Association Prize for his work on Jero’s “Umiyuki”, and received a special award at the 51st Japan Record Awards, jointly given to both Akimoto and AKB48.
In April 2005, he became a professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design, and was made president of the institution in April 2007. He is the chief producer of not only AKB48 but also related groups SKE48 and SDN48.
- Dec 6, 2011 8:03 AM AKB48 / Release of 24th Single "Uekara Mariko"
- Oct 25, 2011 10:27 AM AKB48 / Release of 23rd Single "Kaze wa fuiteiru,"
- Aug 24, 2011 3:49 PM AKB48 is releasing their 22nd (24th work in total) single "Flying Get" on 8/24
- Jul 22, 2011 8:35 AM July 22: Profile Updated!
- May 18, 2011 12:43 AM May 9: AKB48 21st maxi single, "Everyday, Katyusha"