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Sayaka Akimoto at Japan Expo 2009 in Paris, France
|Native name||秋元 才加|
|Born||July 26, 1988|
|Origin||Chiba Prefecture, Japan|
|Occupations||Japanese idol, singer, actress|
|Years active||2006 - present|
|Labels||King (AKB48), Avex Trax (Diva), UMG Japan (with Chocolove from AKB48)|
|Associated acts||AKB48, Diva, Chocolove from AKB48|
Sayaka Akimoto (秋元 才加 Akimoto Sayaka , born July 26, 1988 in Chiba Prefecture), is a Japanese idol singer, dancer, actress, television host, and model. She is best known as being a member of the Japanese idol girl group AKB48, where she had served as the captain of Team K and has also been involved in the AKB48 sub-unit Diva.
|This section requires expansion with: detail on how she joined the group, when was she made a captain of Team K, any major headlining singles, and brief mention of the controversy (or move controversy section here). (August 2013)|
On the last day of the Budoukan concert on August 23, 2009, during the team shuffle, Akimoto was officially made captain of Team K. Akimoto has been featured on every single by the group as she is the Captain of Team K making her a regular featured member for most of their A-side tracks until she was suddenly hit with a scandal in 2010. Since then she has only appeared on A-side tracks from a general election or a rock-paper-scissors tournament. On August 24, 2012, Yuko Oshima replaced her as the captain of Team K.
She is sometimes seen performing with the group during their live appearances on TV when the other featured members are on busy schedules.[vague] She has since been involved with sub-unit group DiVA under Avex. Akimoto is also one of the most well-known members among the public,[peacock term] as she was a regular on the popular noon TV show Waratte Iitomo, and as well as appearing in many variety TV shows.
On April 7, 2013 Akimoto announced on her official blog that she would not be participating in AKB48's 2013 general election, and would be graduating from AKB48 to focus on her acting. She plans to continue in the DiVA group. Her graduation ceremony was held on August 22 at the Tokyo Dome, and her final stage performance was held on August 28 at the AKB48 Theater, and has been streamed live by Nico Nico Namahousou.
Singles with AKB48
|2006||1||"Aitakatta"||A-side||Debut with Team K. Also sang on "Dakedo..."|
|2007||2||"Seifuku ga Jama o Suru"||A-side||Also sang on "Virgin Love"|
|3||"Keibetsu Shiteita Aijō"||A-side|
|4||"Bingo!"||A-side||Also sang on "Only Today"|
|5||"Boku no Taiyō"||A-side||Also sang on "Mirai no Kajitsu".|
|2008||7||"Romance, Irane"||A-side||Also sang on "Ai no moufu".|
|8||"Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008"||A-side|
|9||"Baby! Baby! Baby!"||A-side|
|10||"Ōgoe Diamond"||A-side||Also sang on "109".|
|13||"Iiwake Maybe"||A-side||Ranked 12th in 2009 General Election.|
|2010||15||"Sakura no Shiori"||A-side||Also sang on "Majisuka Rock 'n' Roll".|
|16||"Ponytail to Shushu"||Under Girls||Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Nusumareta Kuchibiru" as Under Girls; and "Majijo Teppen Blues"|
|17||"Heavy Rotation"||A-side, Yasai Sisters||Ranked 17th in 2010 General Election. Also sang on "Yasai Sisters".|
|18||"Beginner"||Diva||Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Nakeru Basho" as Diva.|
|19||"Chance no Junban"||B-side||Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Alive" with Team K.|
|2011||20||"Sakura no Ki ni Narō"||Diva||Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Area K" as Diva.|
|--||"Dareka no Tame ni - What can I do for someone?"||--||Charity single|
|21||"Everyday, Katyusha"||B-side||Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Yankee Soul".|
|22||"Flying Get"||A-side||Ranked 17th in 2011 General Election. Also sang on "Seishun to Kizukanai mama"; and "Yasai Uranai" as Yasai Sisters 2011.|
|23||"Kaze wa Fuiteiru"||Under Girls Yurigumi||Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Gondola Lift" as Under Girls Yurigumi.|
|24||"Ue kara Mariko"||A-side||Lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament; She sang on "Zero-sum Taiyō" as Team K.|
|2012||25||"Give Me Five!"||Special Girls B||Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Hitsujikai no Tabi" as Special Girls B.|
|26||"Manatsu no Sounds Good!"||Special Girls||Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Mitsu no Namida" as Special Girls.|
|27||"Gingham Check"||Under Girls||Did not sing on title track. Ranked 20th in 2012 General Election. Sang on "Nante Bohemian" as Under Girls.|
|28||"Uza"||New Team K||Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Scrap & Build" as New Team K.|
|29||"Eien Pressure"||B-side||Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Watashitachi no Reason".|
|2013||30||"So Long!"||B-side||Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Yuuhi Marie" as Team K.|
|31||"Sayonara Crawl"||B-side||Did not sing on title track. Sang on "How Come?" as Team K.|
- "Tsuki no Ura gawa"
- "Fade out"
- "Blue rose -Diva ver.-"
- "No way out"
- "Chika Suidō"
- "Maria -Diva ver.-"
- "Lost the Way"
- "Kanashimi no Mirage"
- "Kimi wa Pegasus -Diva ver.-"
- Team K 1st Stage "Party ga Hajimaru yo" (PARTYが始まるよ)
- Skirt, Hirari (スカート、ひらり)
- Hoshi no Ondo (星の温度)
- Team K 2nd Stage "Seishun Girls" (青春ガールズ)
- Blue Rose
- Fushidara na Natsu (ふしだらな夏)
- Team K 3rd Stage "Nōnai Paradise" (脳内パラダイス)
- Kimi wa Pegasus (君はペガサス)
- Himawari Gumi 1st Stage "Boku no Taiyō" (僕の太陽)
- Himawari (向日葵)
- Himawari Gumi 2nd Stage "Yume o Shinaseru Wakeni Ikanai" (夢を死なせるわけにいかない)
- Team K 4th Stage "Saishū Bell ga Naru" (最終ベルが鳴る)
- Return Match (リターンマッチ)
- Team K 5th Stage "Sakaagari" (逆上がり)
- Mushi no Ballad (虫のバラード) (Solo Unit)
- Team K 6th Stage "Reset"
- Ashita no Tame ni Kiss o (明日のためにキスを)
|2007||Densen Uta||Shuri Matsuda (松田朱里)|
|2009||High Kick Girl!||Rika|
|2009||Super Gore Girl||Yukie|
|2008||Tadashii Ouji no Tsukuri Kata||Kiryu Natsuki (桐生夏輝)|
|2010||Salary Man Kintaro 2||Torii Madoka (鳥居まどか)|
|2010||Arienai (episode 5)||Store Clerk|
|2011||Majisuka Gakuen 2||Chokoku|
|2011||Kudo Shinichi e no Chosenjo||Suzuki Sonoko|
|2012||Asadora Satsujin Jiken||Miho Niimi|
|2012||Taiga Drama Daisakusen||Miho Niimi|
|2013||Discover Dead (episode 1)|
|2008||AKB 0ji 59fun||Self|
|2008–2010||AKB48 Nemosu TV (AKB48ネ申テレビ)||Self|
|2009–2010||Shukan AKB48 (週刊AKB)||Self|
Alleged sex scandal
On October 13, 2010, Akimoto was caught up in an alleged scandal with director Oji Hiroi after Weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun reported that he visited her apartment on October 9, and stayed overnight. According to the magazine, Hiroi visited her place 30 minutes after she came back home. After Ayaka Umeda (another AKB48 member), who at the time was Akimoto's roommate, left the house the next day, Akimoto and Hiroi were seen coming out of the apartment, albeit separately. The magazine asserts that Hiroi visited Akimoto's apartment on the 7th as well. Hiroi was known as the creator of the hit games Tengai Makyo and Sakura Taisen, and also produced the musical AKB Kagekidan. The scandal lay in the fact that Sayaka starred in the AKB48 musical, leading many to speculate whether she landed the part in an honest manner.
Akimoto and Hiroi both denied anything happening between them during that night although Hiroi did admit that he stayed overnight and slept on a sofa and that they were only watching a movie together. Akimoto later on talked about this issue on the radio show AKB48 no all night Nippon which aired on October 16, in which she also apologized for creating a big issue and misunderstanding. She also announced that she would step down as the captain of Team K.
On February 27, 2011, it was announced that Akimoto was re-instated as the captain of Team K after she completed the Tokyo Marathon. Various members of AKB48 showed their support for her by watching the marathon in the studio and leaving kind messages to her.
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- "AKB48's Akimoto Sayaka holds her graduation ceremony". Tokyohive. August 23, 2013.
- "Graduation dates for Shinoda Mariko, Itano Tomomi and Akimoto Sayaka revealed". Tokyohive. June 24, 2013.
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- "AKB48 27thシングル 選抜総選挙を2012年6月6日(水)に日本武道館にて開催". AKB48 Official Site (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-08-09.
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- "[Update: Video/Blogs/Statement] AKB48’s Akimoto Sayaka finished marathon & returns as Team K’s captain". Tokyohive.com. 2011-02-27. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
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- Official Website
- Sayaka Akimoto at the Internet Movie Database
- Office48 Profile
- AKB48 Official Profile
- Official blog
- Sayaka Akimoto (English page) - Google+
- Interview: AKB48 à la Japan Expo 2009 (in French) (2009-08-25) Mata-Web. Retrieved 2009-09-17
- Super Gore Girl Official Site