Haruna Kojima

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Haruna Kojima
Haruna Kojima (小嶋陽菜) at Anime Expo 2010.jpg
Native name 小嶋 陽菜
Born (1988-04-19) April 19, 1988 (age 29)
Urawa-ku, Saitama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Years active 1998–2001, 2005–present
Height 164 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Musical career
Genres J-pop
Instruments Vocals
Associated acts

Haruna Kojima (小嶋 陽菜, Kojima Haruna, born April 19, 1988 in Urawa-ku, Saitama, Saitama Prefecture) is a Japanese actress, singer, and was a member of idol group AKB48 under Team A. She graduated from the group on April 19th, 2017.


Kojima started her career as a member of Angel Eyes, an idol group under Stardust Promotion.[1][2] After Angel Eyes disbanded in 2001, she remained in contract with Stardust, but later switched to Ogi Production.

Kojima participated in the first AKB48 audition in July 2005, which she passed along with 23 other participants, because the application was just taking a self-image by a mobile phone and e-mail it, and assuming that she "could take 10-time prettier one, and just sent".[citation needed] Although she voluntarily applied for the audition and passed, she was still looking at then-AKB48 project in a suspicious way, and tried to skip the very first dancing lesson because of her then-part-time job, but eventually participated it in response to the persuasion by Tomonobu Togasaki, Manager of AKB48 Theater.[citation needed]

The group made their debut in December of the same year, and Kojima was assigned as one of the 20 members of Team A; the number later dropped down to 16 but Kojima remained as a member.

In the past few years, she had made several appearances on television with the group, and is the only member to participate on all A-sides of the group's singles (except Eien Pressure) since the beginning of AKB48, making her one of the most visible figures in the group.

Kojima made her first appearance on Kohaku Uta Gassen, an annual music show where the most successful artists of the year are invited, with AKB48 on December 31, 2007.[3]

Since 2007, Kojima has been actively exploring a possible acting career, and has made several appearances in a number of dramas and movies. Her first lead role came in the drama Coin Locker Monogatari (コインロッカー物語, literally Coin Locker Story), which was filmed and aired in early 2008. Additionally, Kojima made her first appearance on the silver screen in the horror movie Densen Uta (伝染歌), along with several fellow AKB48 members. The group has also made brief appearance at the beginning of the movie in a live performance.

She was transferred from Team A to become a member of Team B during reshuffling of teams at the Tokyo Dome Concert held on August 24, 2012.

On September 18, 2013, AKB48 announced Kojima to be the center of the group's 33rd single, "Heart Electric".[4]

In 2015, she and Yuki Kashiwagi were the center performers for the AKB48 single "Green Flash".[5]

In AKB48's general election for 2016, under the name Nyan Nyan Kamen (にゃんにゃん仮面, literally Meow Meow Masked), Kojima finished 16th with 40,071 votes.[6] During the results event on June 18, 2016, she announced that she would be leaving from the group. [7] She said that she had thought about doing it two years ago, but the timing wasn't right especially given the handshake incident in 2014. She said that she was 28 and wanted to take the next step to become an adult woman.[8][9] In 2017, she was announced as the center performer for AKB48's 47th single "Shoot Sign", released in March 2017. It marked her first center performance since "Green Flash" two years ago, and her third center performance on an AKB48 single overall.[10] After her graduation concert "Kojimatsuri ~ Kojima Haruna Kanshasai ~" (こじまつり~小嶋陽菜感謝祭~, literally Kojima Festival ~ Kojima Haruna Thanksgiving ~) on February 21-22, 2017, she performed at the AKB48 theatre for the last time, on her birthday, on April 19, 2017.

Personal life[edit]

She dropped out of high school at the age of 16 due to school regulation which does not allow students to work in the entertainment industry, but managed to re-enroll to another school and graduate later.[citation needed]



Year English Title Japanese Title Role
2007 Densen Uta 伝染歌 Kiriko (キリコ)[11]


Year English Title Japanese Title Role
2006 Densha Otoko Deluxe 電車男デラックス Herself
2007 Joshi Deka! ジョシデカ! Arcade girl
Yamada Tarō Monogatari 山田太郎ものがたり Kotone Usui (臼井琴音)
Mou Hitotsu no Zou no Senaka もうひとつの象の背中 Nami (奈美)[12]
2008 Coin Locker Monogatari コインロッカー物語 Miki Hayama (葉山未来)[13]
Muri na Renai 無理な恋愛 Asako Ogawa (小川朝子)[14]
Gokusen 3 ごくせん3 Saki Fujimura (藤村早希)
Yasuko to Kenji ヤスコとケンジ Shingyoji Hiyoko
Mendol メン☆ドル Wakamatsu Asahi
2009 Mei-chan no Shitsuji メイちゃんの執事 Takenomiya Nao
2010 Majisuka Gakuen マジすか学園 Torigoya (トリゴヤ)
2011 Ikemen desu ne 美男ですね Nana
Majisuka Gakuen 2 マジすか学園2 Torigoya (トリゴヤ)
2012 Megutan tte Mahou Tsukaeru no? メグたんって魔法つかえるの? Megutan (メグたん)
PRICELE$S PRICELE$S〜あるわけねぇだろ、んなもん!〜 Moe Tomizawa (富沢 萌)
2015 Majisuka Gakuen 4 マジすか学園4 Kojiharu (こじはる)
Majisuka Gakuen 5 マジすか学園5 Torigoya (トリゴヤ)
AKB Horror Night: Adrenaline's Night AKBホラーナイト アドレナリンの夜 Ms. Kaede (楓先生) Ep.22 - Teacher, Hate
2016 Cabasuka Gakuen キャバすか学園 Kojiharu (Konbu) (こじはる (こんぶ)) Ep.4
2017 Tofu Pro-Wrestling 豆腐プロレス Haruna Kojima (Legend Kojima) (小嶋 陽菜 (レジェンド小嶋)) Ep.8


Singles with AKB48[edit]

Year No. Title Role[15] Notes
2006 Ind-1 "Sakura no Hanabiratachi" A-Side Debut with Team A.
Ind-2 "Skirt, Hirari" A-Side One of seven main singers.[16]
1 "Aitakatta" A-Side
2007 2 "Seifuku ga Jama o Suru" A-Side
3 "Keibetsu Shiteita Aijō" A-Side
4 "Bingo!" A-Side
5 "Boku no Taiyō" A-Side
6 "Yūhi o Miteiru ka?" A-Side, Center
2008 7 "Romance, Irane" A-Side, Center
8 "Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008" A-Side Also sang on "Saigo no Seifuku"[citation needed]
9 "Baby! Baby! Baby!" A-Side
10 "Ōgoe Diamond" A-Side
2009 11 "10nen Sakura" A-Side Also sang on "Sakurairo no Sora no Shita de"[citation needed]
12 "Namida Surprise!" A-Side
13 "Iiwake Maybe" A-Side Placed 6th in 2009 General Election
14 "River" A-Side
2010 15 "Sakura no Shiori" A-Side Also sang on "Majisuka Rock 'n' Roll".
16 "Ponytail to Shushu" A-Side Also sang on "Majijo Teppen Blues"
17 "Heavy Rotation" A-Side Placed 7th in 2010 General Election. Also sang on "Yasai Sisters" and "Lucky Seven".
18 "Beginner" A-Side
19 "Chance no Junban" A-side Placed 3rd in rock-paper-scissors tournament.[17] Sang on "Yoyakushita Christmas"; and "Kurumi to Dialogue" as Team A.
2011 20 "Sakura no Ki ni Narō" A-Side
-- "Dareka no Tame ni - What can I do for someone?" -- charity single
21 "Everyday, Katyusha" A-Side Also sang on "Korekara Wonderland" and "Yankee Soul".
22 "Flying Get" A-Side Placed 6th in 2011 General Election. Also sang on "Seishun to Kizukanai Mama" and "Yasai Uranai"[citation needed]
23 "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" A-Side
24 "Ue kara Mariko" A-Side Finished in round of 16; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament;[18][19] She sang on "Noël no Yoru"; and on "Rinjin wa Kizutsukanai" as Team A.[citation needed]
2012 25 "Give Me Five!" A-Side (Baby Blossom), Special Girls B Played synthesizer in Baby Blossom; She also sang on "Hitsujikai no Tabi" as part of Special Girls B.
26 "Manatsu no Sounds Good!" A-Side
27 "Gingham Check" A-Side Placed 7th in 2012 General Election. Also sang on "Yume no Kawa".
28 "Uza" A-Side, New Team B Also sang on "Seigi no Mikata ja Nai Hero" as New Team B. She is now part of Team B.
29 "Eien Pressure" B-side, OKL48 Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Totteoki Christmas"; and sang on "Eien Yori Tsuzuku Yō ni" as part of OKL48.
2013 30 "So Long!" A-Side Sang on "Sokode inu no unchi fun jau ka ne?" as Team B.
31 "Sayonara Crawl" A-Side Also sang on "Romance Kenjuu" and "Haste to Waste"[citation needed]
32 "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie" A-Side Placed 9th in 2013 General Election.[20] Also sang on "Namida no Sei Janai" and "Saigo no Door".
33 "Heart Electric" A-Side, Center First solo center. Given nickname "Michelle".[4]
34 "Suzukake no Ki no Michi de "Kimi no Hohoemi o Yume ni Miru" to Itte Shimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dō Kawatte Shimau no ka, Bokunari ni Nan-nichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Yō na Mono" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament.[21] Sang on "Mosh & Dive".[22] Sang on "Party is Over".
2014 35 "Mae shika Mukanee" A-side
36 "Labrador Retriever" A-side Also sang on "Kyou Made no Melody" and "Kimi wa Kimagure".
37 "Kokoro no Placard" A-side Placed 8th in 2014 General Election.
38 "Kibouteki Refrain" A-side
2015 39 "Green Flash" A-side, center Center position with Yuki Kashiwagi. Also sang "Haru no Hikari Chikadzuita Natsu" and "Hakimono to Kasa no Monogatari".
40 "Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai" A-side Also sang "Kimi no Dai Ni Shō".
41 Halloween Night B-side Did not sing on title track and did not participate in 2015 General Election. Sang on "Ippome Ondo".
42 Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby A-side Also sang "365 Nichi no Kamihikōki", Senaka Kotoba", and "Yasashii place".
2016 43 "Kimi wa Melody" A-side Marked as the 10th Anniversary Single. Also sang "Mazariau Mono" as NogizakaAKB and "M.T ni Sasagu" as Team A.
44 "Tsubasa wa Iranai" A-side Also sang "Set me free" as Team A.
45 "Love Trip / Shiawase wo Wakenasai" A-side Placed 16th in 2016 General Election
46 "High Tension" A-side
2017 47 "Shoot Sign" A-side, Center Last Single to participate. Also sang on "Kizuka Renai you ni..." which is her graduation song.



  • 15th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Jul-Sept 2011): Best Supporting Actress for Ikemen desu ne


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