List of Morning Musume members

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This page consists of all current and former members of the J-pop group Morning Musume.

Table of the members 1997-Present

The group is known for their ever-fluctuating line-up, with "graduations" and auditions held nearly every year. As of June 2017, there have been a total of 41 members altogether (1997–present), 26 graduated members, 2 members which have resigned and 14 generations. There are currently 13 members in Morning Musume'18, though one has announced their graduation.

Members[edit]

Current (as of June 2018)[edit]

Name Birth date Age Join date Generation Member colour*[1] Notes
Mizuki Fukumura (1996-10-30)October 30, 1996 21 January 2, 2011 (2011-01-02) 9      Deep Pink[2] Leader
Erina Ikuta (1997-07-07)July 7, 1997 20      Yellow Green[2] Sub Leader
Haruna Iikubo (1994-11-07)November 7, 1994 23 September 29, 2011 (2011-09-29) 10      Honey[2] Sub Leader, Eldest
Ayumi Ishida (1997-01-07)January 7, 1997 21      Royal Blue
Masaki Sato (1999-05-07)May 7, 1999 19      Emerald Green
Sakura Oda (1999-03-12)March 12, 1999 19 September 14, 2012 (2012-09-14) 11      Lavender
Haruna Ogata (1999-02-15)February 15, 1999 19 September 30, 2014 (2014-09-30) 12      Sea Blue Graduating June 20, 2018
Miki Nonaka (1999-10-07)October 7, 1999 18      Purple
Maria Makino (2001-02-02)February 2, 2001 17      Light Pink
Akane Haga (2002-03-07)March 7, 2002 16      Light Orange Youngest
Kaede Kaga (1999-11-30)November 30, 1999 18 December 12, 2016 (2016-12-12) 13      Italian Red
Reina Yokoyama (2001-02-22)February 22, 2001 17      Golden Yellow
Chisaki Morito (2000-02-19)February 19, 2000 18 June 26, 2017 (2017-06-26) 14      White Concurrent member from Country Girls

* All colour values are approximate.


Leadership[edit]

Member Colors[edit]

Each Morning Musume member has their own color for outfits and merchandise to distinguish between each member. Over time as each member leaves the group, current or new members have the opportunity to change their current color to a different one which is available. No member has exactly the same color, but some might have colors that look fairly similar to another members.

Tenures[edit]

Morning musume members have tenures which show how long they have been in the group until their graduation/resignation, And how many singles they have been present in before their graduation/resignation. Current Members in Bold.

Notable tenures[edit]

Members of Morning Musume rarely stay in the group for more than seven years, and to date only nine members have done this.

Member Tenure Time in group
Sayumi Michishige January 2003 – November 2014 11 years, 10 months, and 7 days
Risa Niigaki August 2001 – May 2012 10 years, 8 months, and 22 days
Reina Tanaka January 2003 – May 2013 10 years, 4 months, and 2 days
Ai Takahashi August 2001 – September 2011 10 years, 1 month, and 4 days
Eri Kamei January 2003 – December 2010 7 years, 10 months, and 26 days
Mizuki Fukumura January 2011 – Present 7 years, 5 months, and 17 days
Erina Ikuta January 2011 – Present 7 years, 5 months, and 17 days
Kaori Iida September 1997 – January 2005 7 years, 4 months, and 23 days
Hitomi Yoshizawa April 2000 – May 2007 7 years, and 20 days

Mentors[edit]

Often, when a new member joins the group, a senior member is assigned to be one of the newly added girls' mentor. The second, fifth, sixth, and eleventh generations, however, did not have assigned mentors.[4]

  • Third generation
  • Fourth generation
  • Seventh generation
  • Eighth generation
  • Ninth generation
  • Aika Mitsui → Mentor to all ninth generation members
  • Tenth generation
  • Twelfth generation
  • Thirteenth generation
  • Haruka Kudo → Mentor to all thirteenth generation members

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ai Takahashi (2011-04-25). "高橋愛ブログ記事". Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
    Hello! Project Official Site
  2. ^ a b c De View (2012-07-28). モーニング娘。13枚目ニューアルバム9月発売、そしてメンバー・飯窪春菜から重大(!?)発表 (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  3. ^ http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2009/03/13/culture/morning-musume-not-ready-to-graduate-yet/#.UsufSvRdU2Z
  4. ^ "Music Fighter". 2008-04-18.  Missing or empty |series= (help)