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JKT48 Jak-Japan Matsuri Aitakatta.jpg
JKT48 performs at Jakarta–Japan Matsuri 2012.
Background information
Origin Jakarta, Indonesia
Genres Teen pop, bubblegum pop, dance-pop
Years active 2011 (2011)–present
Labels Hits (Global Mediacom Group)
Associated acts AKB48
Website www.jkt48.com
Members JKT48 members

JKT48 (read as "J. K. T. Forty-eight") is an Indonesian idol group whose name is derived from its base city of Jakarta and the Japanese idol group AKB48. Formed in 2011, it is the first AKB48 sister group outside of Japan and adopts the concept of "idols you can meet".[1] Fans can attend daily performances at the group's theater, which was built as a close replica to the AKB48 Theater in Akihabara.

Producer Yasushi Akimoto decided to bring the AKB48 concept to Indonesia because the group had begun to develop a fan base in the country. Indonesia's growing economy was seen as a potential market by many Japanese companies, and Akimoto established a franchising partnership with Dentsu Media Group Indonesia to replicate the AKB48 business model. Dentsu Media Group Indonesia then cooperate with the country's largest media conglomerate Global Mediacom (MNC Media), the southeast Asia's largest and most integrated media group as JKT48 official media partner.

While JKT48 does not restrict membership by nationality, applicants must be residents of Indonesia. The group has 72 (as of June 2014) members and released its first studio album Heavy Rotation on 16 February 2013 via Hits Records, a division of MNC subsidiary PT Star Media Nusantara. It performs songs by AKB48 and other sister groups that are translated into Indonesian.


Much like AKB48, the female Japanese idol group formed in 2005 in the Akihabara neighborhood of Tokyo, JKT48 is based on the concept of idols with whom fans can "'meet', or at least develop a similar feeling of intimacy". JKT48 takes its name from the group's base city of Jakarta, Indonesia.[a][2] The country was seen as a potential market for the idol business because of its relatively young population—As of 2012 about half are under the age of 30—and the popularity of Japanese manga series, such as Slam Dunk and One Piece. In order to bring the concept of AKB48 to Indonesia, producer Yasushi Akimoto and Dentsu Media Group Indonesia partnered with the country's largest media conglomerate, Global Mediacom (MNC Media), the southeast Asia's largest and most integrated media group and Japanese electronic commerce company, Rakuten.[3]

In an interview on CNN's TalkAsia program, Akimoto responded to the question of why he selected Indonesia as the first target of AKB48's overseas expansion. He said, "People in Indonesia were interested in AKB48. That is why we decided to try it in Jakarta. Kids watched AKB on the internet and they want to do the same, but they don't know whether they have talent. Also it's difficult [for them] to go to Japan to audition."[4] Then Rakuten–MNC Chief Marketing Officer Reino Barack recounted of his visit to Japan, "When I watched AKB48's theater performance in Akihabara, I sensed the potential for a new business in Indonesia."[b][3]


2011–2012: Formation[edit]

External video
First live performance of JKT48. Note the use of costumes in the style of school uniforms, often used by AKB48 in its performances.[5]

The formation of JKT48 was announced on 11 September 2011 at an AKB48 event held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan.[6] Applicant interviews took place in late September, and the first auditions were held 8–9 October.[1] AKB48 member Minami Takahashi also visited Jakarta during the auditions to promote JKT48 among fans of AKB48.[7] Applicants did not have to be Indonesian citizens, but they must reside in the country.[8] Approximately 1,200 girls auditioned for the group, and 51 were selected to proceed to the second round. Finalists were judged based on their dance performance of "Heavy Rotation", from AKB48's single of the same name, and their performance of a song of their choice.[9] JKT48's 28 first generation members, ages 12–21, were selected on 2 November.[10] JKT48 made its first public appearance on 17 December on the live music program 100% Ampuh on Global TV and performed "Heavy Rotation", with lyrics translated into Indonesian.[5]

JKT48 Theater in fX Sudirman

As part of the concept of "idols you can meet every day", AKB48 performs daily at its theater in Akihabara.[11] The JKT48 management team aimed to accomplish this same principle and began scouting locations in Jakarta for the group's own theater in early 2012. An unoccupied site in the fX Sudirman shopping mall was selected as the theater's eventual location, and planning for its renovation began in April.[12] In the meantime, the first theater performances were held 17–20 May at a temporary stage in the Nyi Ageng Serang Building in Kuningan, Jakarta.[13] The official theater opened on 8 September for daily performances with a set list of 16 songs that have been translated into Indonesian. The theater has a seating capacity of 180 and standing room for 30, and its design is a close replica of the AKB48 Theater.[14]

JKT48 has also performed in Japan alongside other AKB48 sister groups. In its first performance in Japan, the group was a surprise guest at 2011 AKB48 Kōhaku Taikō Uta Gassen and performed the Indonesian version of "Aitakatta".[15] It also performed alongside AKB48 and other sister groups at the 62nd NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen with a total 210 members onstage.[16][17] It also participated in the 2012 AKB48 concerts at Saitama Super Arena and Tokyo Dome.[18][19]

Management began accepting applications for second generation members on 13 August 2012. Of the 4,500 applicants, approximately 200 were selected for interviews the following month. The pool was then narrowed down from 67 to 31 in a selection round held by RCTI television.[20] All 31 finalists were eventually chosen as second generation members at a final audition on 3 November in Japan.[21] Additionally, AKB48 members Aki Takajō and Haruka Nakagawa, whose transfers to JKT48 were announced at the Tokyo Dome concert, officially began their activities with the group on 1 November and made their theater debut on 26 December.[22] Nakagawa became interested in Jakarta during a visit with other members of AKB48 earlier in February.[23]

2013–present: Major debut[edit]

JKT48 was scheduled to release its debut album in January 2013, but production was hampered because of flooding in Jakarta.[24] To celebrate the release, the group's management team had distributed 100,000 free CD singles. Each single featured an Indonesian version of one of four songs: "Heavy Rotation", "Kimi no Koto ga Suki Dakara", "Baby! Baby! Baby!", and "Ponytail to Shushu".[25] Members, some of whom were directly affected by the flooding, later held a charity event in order to raise funds for the city's relief efforts.[26] The debut album, titled Heavy Rotation, had a limited release at the JKT48 Theater on 16 February and went on sale in music stores nationwide on 2 March.[27] All previously released singles were included in the album.[25]

On 4 February 2014, JKT48 announced the names of 63 finalists that are vying to become JKT48 trainees in the third generation.[28][29] On 15 February, the group announced and performed its fifth single "Flying Get".[28] On February 24th, 2014, Rina Chikano was transferred from AKB48 to JKT48, Aki Takajo and Rena Nozawa's concurrent positions were cancelled.

On April 26th, 2014 JKT48 held its first Senbatsu Election, with the 16 ranking members going to appear in JKT48's 6th Single, Gingham Check, released on 11th June, 2014. [30] On August 27th 2014 the group released Kokoro no Placard, with Shania Junianthia taking the centre position for the first time, and Rina Chikano and Thalia Ivanka Elizabeth appearing in senbatsu for the first time.

First Generation member Rica Leyona graduated from the group on December 7th, 2014 at the “Kokoro no Placard” handshake event, and the groups 8th Single, Kaze wa Fuiteiru was announced to be released on December 24th, 2014. [31]


Main article: Members of JKT48

There are 64 members in JKT48 split into two performing teams.[32] As members leave the group, their ranks are continuously replenished by trainees.[2] Team J contains 19 members; 16 of whom were selected in the first generation auditions, 2 of which were promoted from second generation trainees. Its remaining member was transferred from the sister group AKB48. Team KIII is formed from 16 second generation members, while the trainees' team contains the five remaining second generation members and 32 3rd generation members

Team J: Ayana Shahab, Beby Chaesara Anadila, Delima Rizky, Devi Kinal Putri (team captain), Dena Siti Rohyati, Frieska Anastasia Laksani, Gabriela Margareth Warouw, Ghaida Farisya, Jennifer Rachel Natasya, Jessica Vania Widjaja, Jessica Veranda Tanumihardja, Melody Nurramdhani Laksani (JKT48 captain), Nabilah Ratna Ayu Azalia, Rezky Wiranti Dhike, Rica Leyona, Sendy Ariani, Shania Junianatha, Sonia Natalia Winarto, Thalia Ivanka Elizabeth, Haruka Nakagawa

Team KIII: Alicia Chanzia Ayu Kumaseh, Cindy Yuvia, Della Delila, Dwi Putri Bonita, Fakhiryani Harrya Shafariyanti, Jennifer Hanna Sutiono, Lidya Maulida Djuhandar, Nadila Cindi Wantari, Natalia, Noella Sisterina, Novinta Dhini, Priscillia Sari Dewi, Ratu Vienny Fitrilya, Rina Chikano, Riskha Fairunissa, Rona Ariesta Anggreani, Saktia Oktapyani, Shinta Naomi (team captain), Sinka Juliani, Thalia, Viviyona Apriani

Trainees: Alycia Ferryana, Amanda Dwi Arista, Andela Yuwono, Anggie Putri Kurniasari, Anindhita Rahma Cahyadi, Ayu Safira Oktaviani, Chikita Ravenska Mamesah, Elaine Hartanto, Farina Yogi Devani, Feni Fitriyanti, Fransisca Saraswati Puspa Dewi, Indah Permata Sari, Maria Genenoveva Natalia Desy Purnamasari Gunawan, Martha Graciela, Michelle Christa Kusnadi, Nadhifa Salsabila, Ni Made Ayu Vania Aurellia, Nina Hamidah, Putri Farin Kartika, Rizka Khalila, Shani Indira Natio, Shania Gracia, Sofia Meifaliani, Stephanie Pricilla Indarto Putri, Syahfira Angela Nurhaliza, Triarona Kusuma, Yansen Indiani

Former Members[edit]


Studio albums


A JKT48 member greets fans at an autograph event.

JKT48 is billed as a "unique idol group with Indonesian culture". Harris Thayeb, President Director of the group's promotional agent Dentsu Media Group Indonesia, believed the group's concept "will make our idols more down to earth, being always nice and able to be greeted anytime".[10] The group was seen as part of the "Cool Japan" brand adopted by the Japanese government to promote the country's culture around the world.[33] JKT48 held a joint concert with AKB48 at the Japan Pop Culture Festival on 25 February 2012 at Balai Kartini in Jakarta. The event was sponsored by the Embassy of Japan, the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs, and the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. According to Junji Shimada, deputy to the Japanese ambassador, AKB48 was invited to perform because of its status as a Japanese pop icon, and the two sister groups represent the friendship between Japan and Indonesia.[34]

JKT48 appeared in television shows almost daily after its debut and in television advertisements by Japanese companies that intend to capture a share of the rapidly growing Indonesian market. Otsuka Pharmaceutical hired JKT48 to promote the company's Pocari Sweat beverages one month after the group's first members were announced. Sharp Corporation selected JKT48 to appear at the company's promotional events, and Yamaha Motor Company hired the group in order to promote its line of fuel efficient Mio J scooters to Indonesian teens.[33] Ezaki Glico also featured the group in its advertisements as part of an effort to grow sales in Indonesia to over Rp1 billion.[35]

Although JKT48 often appears in Indonesia's newspapers and electronic media, the group has yet to generate interest among adults.[not in citation given] This is in contrast to AKB48, whose popularity in Japan has made it a household name in its home country. Teenagers and single young men make up the largest portion of the JKT48 and AKB48 fan base. Furthermore, some believe JKT48's idol concept is not representative of Indonesian culture.[36]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Event Award Nominated Work Result
2012 Yahoo! Indonesia OMG! Awards Best Group[37] Won
HAI Readers Music Awards 2012 [38] Best Single Heavy Rotation Won
Best Costume Won
Best Stage Performance Won
Best Freshmeat Won
Best of The Best (non-nominate) Won
JPop Asia Music Awards 2012 Best Single Heavy Rotation Nominated
Best MV Heavy Rotation Nominated
2013 100% Ampuh Awards 100% Co Cuit (Best Girl Group)[39] Won
Dahsyatnya Awards Best Newcomer[40] Won
Best Stage Performance[41] Nominated
Selebrita Awards 2013 New Comer of The Year[42] Won
SCTV Music Awards 2013 Best Girlband Nominated
KLIK! Awards 2013 Favorite Newcomer Won
Indonesian Kids' Choice Awards 2013 Favorite Boyband/Girlband Won
AMI Awards 2013 Best Vocal Group Nominated
Best New Comer Nominated
Yahoo! OMG Awards Indonesia 2013 Best Group Won
Celeb with Most Die-Hard Fans Won
SCTV Awards 2013 Best Boy/Girl Band Nominated
HAI Readers Music Awards 2013 Best Stage Act Nominated
Best Concert Perkenalkan, Nama Kami JKT48 Won
Best Costume Won
Best Single Fortune Cookie Yang Mencinta Won
Best Fresh Meat Won
2014 Dahsyatnya Awards Best Duo/Collaboration Won
Best Song River Won
Best Stage Performance Won
SCTV Music Awards 2014 Best Boy/Girlband Nominated
Global Seru Awards 2014 Best Stage Performance Won
Best Song Fortune Cookie Won
World Music Awards 2014 World's Best Live Act Nominated
World's Best Group Nominated
World's Best Video Fortune Cookie Yang Mencinta Nominated
World's Best Indonesian Group (Voted) Won
World's Best Indonesian Live Act (Voted) Won
World's Best Indonesian Video (Voted) Fortune Cookie Yang Mencinta Won
Indonesian Kids' Choice Awards 2014 Group Favorite Won
AMI Awards 2014 Best Performance Artist Won
Best Producer Yasushi Akimoto Won
Showbiz Indonesia Awards 2014 Band/Group of the Year Won


  1. ^ Group members also use the bacronym "Joyful. Kawaii. Try to be the Best!" for JKT as their slogan.[43]
  2. ^ Original: "秋葉原でAKB48の劇場公演を見て、インドネシアでの新しいビジネスの可能性を感じた"



  1. ^ a b Oricon 2011.
  2. ^ a b Galbraith 2012, p. 202.
  3. ^ a b Nihon Keizai Shimbun 2012, p. 1.
  4. ^ TalkAsia 2012.
  5. ^ a b Natalie 2011, JKT48: First Performance of Japan's "Heavy Rotation" & First Handshake Event.
  6. ^ Anime News Network 2011.
  7. ^ Asahi Shimbun 2011.
  8. ^ Mainichi Shimbun 2011.
  9. ^ Nihon Keizai Shimbun 2012, p. 2.
  10. ^ a b The Japan Times 2011.
  11. ^ JKT48 Operation Team, Apa Itu AKB48.
  12. ^ Mr. Sunday 2012.
  13. ^ Ogino & Ohira 2012, p. 12.
  14. ^ Maruli 2012.
  15. ^ Natalie 2011, Yūko Ōshima Leads White Team to Victory in First AKB48 Kōhaku Taikō Uta Gassen.
  16. ^ Nihon Keizai Shimbun 2012.
  17. ^ Yomiuri Shimbun 2011.
  18. ^ Natalie 2012, Atsuko Maeda's Graduation and General Election Announced at AKB48's Final Day at Saitama Super Arena.
  19. ^ Natalie 2012, Atsuko Maeda Cries "My Entire Youth" at AKB48's Final Day at Tokyo Dome.
  20. ^ Tribun 2012.
  21. ^ Halo Jepang! 2012, Seluruh Finalis JKT48 Generasi 2 Lulus Seleksi.
  22. ^ Oricon 2012.
  23. ^ Mainichi Shimbun 2012.
  24. ^ JKT48 Operation Team 2013, Pengunduran Rilis CD Perdana JKT48.
  25. ^ a b Christian 2012.
  26. ^ Tobing 2013.
  27. ^ Hardian 2013, JKT48 Launches Heavy Rotation.
  28. ^ a b Afit. "JKT48 5th Single announced & will hold Sousenkyo for 6th single, 3rd Gen finalists revealed (and many more) • AKB48WrapUp". Akb48wrapup.com. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  29. ^ "3rd Generation". JKT48. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  30. ^ http://nihongogo.com/2014/04/jkt48s-1st-senbatsu-election-results/
  31. ^ http://www.jkt48stuff.com/2014/12/announcements-kokoplas-hs-festival/
  32. ^ JKT48 Operation Team, Profil Anggota.
  33. ^ a b International Business Times 2012.
  34. ^ Burhani 2012.
  35. ^ Susilo 2013.
  36. ^ Halo Jepang! 2012, JKT48 Belum Mampu Tarik Minat Kalangan Dewasa.
  37. ^ Farouk 2012.
  38. ^ "JKT48 is nominated in HAI Reader’s Poll Music Awards 2012", JKT48Stuff. 29 November 2012. Diakses pada 1 Januari 2013.
  39. ^ Hardian 2013, 100% Ampuh Awards Winners List.
  40. ^ Hadiyanti 2013, These Are the Winners of Dahsyatnya Awards 2013.
  41. ^ Hadiyanti 2013, Who Are the Candidates for Dahsyat Awards 2013?.
  42. ^ Okepop 2013, JKT48 menjadi pemenang penghargaan New Comer of The Year 2013 Selebrita Awards.
  43. ^ Ogino & Ohira 2012, pp. 6–11.


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