AKS (company)

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Native name
Kabushiki gaisha
IndustryService industry
FoundedTokyo, 2006
Chiyoda, Tokyo
Key people
Natsuko Yoshinari (President)
ServicesArtist management
WebsiteOfficial website

AKS Co., Ltd. (株式会社AKS, Kabushiki-gaisha AKS) is a Japanese talent agency, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The company is involved in various entertainment-related activities, including music, film and merchandise production.

AKS is the company managing the Japanese idol groups AKB48, SKE48,[1] and HKT48.[2] It is also the company that will be managing the Japanese activities of South Korean and Japanese idol group, Iz*One.

AKB48 employs a so-called "transfer system". All the participants who pass the auditions are contracted by AKS for a while. Having started her career as a member, an artist within a predetermined time period should receive a contract offer from another artist management company.[3] It is done until the 10th generation. After that, all members in the next generation are managed directly by AKS.

In 2019, Yasushi Akimoto is no longer part of AKS' administration and is only involved as the creative producer.[4]

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  1. ^ "お知らせ" (in Japanese). AKB48 TOKYO DOME までの軌跡. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  2. ^ "会社情報" (in Japanese). HKT48. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  3. ^ "【前編】AKB48"非選抜組"仲谷明香が語る「光と影」 ~総選挙の日、前田敦子の隣にいた私". Eltha (in Japanese). 9 March 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  4. ^ "指原莉乃、NGT山口問題現状語る 秋元Pに相談も". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). 6 May 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2019.

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