Minami Takahashi performing at the Anime Expo AKB48 live in Los Angeles, 2010.
|Height||153 cm (5 ft 0 in)|
|AKB48 Group general manager|
24 August 2012 – 8 December 2015
|Succeeded by||Yui Yokoyama|
Minami Takahashi (高橋 みなみ, Takahashi Minami, born 8 April 1991) is a Japanese singer, tarento and a former member of the Japanese girl idol group AKB48. She is in Team A of AKB48. She became the first General Director (総監督, sōkantoku) of AKB48 and its sister groups. In an interview with Nippon Television in June 2010, AKB48 producer Yasushi Akimoto says she is the "eldest daughter of the 48 sisters". She is also regarded as "soul of AKB", and her motto "Making efforts will be paid" has inspired many members of AKB48. She is commonly part of the main lineup of AKB48 singles. She is a member of the AKB48 sub-group no3b, along with AKB48 member Minami Minegishi and ex-member Haruna Kojima.
Takahashi was born in Hachiōji, Tokyo. In August 2005, she became one of the 30th HoriPro Talent Contest's 15 final candidates, but she did not win the competition's Grand-Prix prize. In October 2005, she participated in the first AKB48 audition and beat 7,924 other applicants to be chosen as one of the 24 founding members of the group. According to Tomonobu Togasaki, the manager of the AKB48 Theater, she had two unofficial advantages going for her, in that both her birthday (8 April; 1991-04-08) and her height (148 cm) contain the number "48". She debuted with Team A on 8 December 2005.
On 23 August 2009, Takahashi was officially announced as the captain of AKB48's Team A.
Three years later, on 24 August 2012, with Mariko Shinoda replacing her as the captain of Team A, Minami Takahashi was promoted to be the General Director of the entire AKB48 enterprise, including all sister groups.
Takahashi appears regularly in the AKB48 singles as one of the group's key singers. In addition, Minami frequently represents AKB48 on TV programs such as Music Station, and in other of the group's publicity events. She was also scheduled to take part in the AKB48's 3-day live concert event titled "Takamina ni tsuite ikimasu" (たかみなについて行きます, lit. "We will follow Takamina"), which was to have been held on 25–27 March 2011 at the Yokohama Arena but was cancelled due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
On 25 August 2012, the second day of AKB48 Tokyo Dome Concert, it was announced by Max Hole that Takahashi would make her solo debut with the company, through its Nayutawave Records label. The single, titled "Jane Doe", was released on 3 April 2013. It is the opening theme song for the Fuji Television TV drama Saki, which stars Yukie Nakama.
On 8 December 2014, the 9th Anniversary of AKB48 Theater, it was confirmed by Takahashi herself that she would officially leave AKB48 exactly one year later, or 8 December 2015, the 10th Anniversary of the AKB48 Theater. Yui Yokoyama will then succeed her job as the General Director of AKB48.
On 25 October 2015, during the handshake and autograph event at Pacific Yokohama had announced the details of AKB48's 42nd Single and Request Hour 2016. The 42nd Single will be released on 9 December 2015. She will be the Center which will be her final appearance on an AKB48 single.
On 26 to 27 March 2016, her graduation concert titled "Congratulation Takahashi Minami Graduation "148.5 cm Have Seen a Dream" in Yokohama Stadium" was held at Yokohama Stadium, with her last theater performance on 8 April 2016.
Since her graduation, Takahashi has been hosting her own radio show "Takahashi Minami no [Korekara Nanisuru?]" (Takahashi Minami's "What are you going to do now?") on Tokyo FM airing every Monday-Thursday at 1:00 p.m. to 2:55 pm, as well as having a solo singer career.
On 1 May 2019, Takahashi announced her marriage to a non-celebrity man 15 years of her senior.
AKB48 general elections
- Ranked 5th in the 2009 general election
- Ranked 6th in the 2010 general election
- Ranked 7th in the 2011 general election
- Ranked 6th in the 2012 general election
- Ranked 8th in the 2013 general election
- Ranked 9th in the 2014 general election
- Ranked 4th in the 2015 general election
|Year||Title||Chart position||Oricon sales|
|2017||"Kodoku wa Kizutsukanai"|
* Unofficial figure obtained by adding together Oricon sales numbers for different periods of time when the single charted on Oricon.
|2016||"Aishi Te mo Ii Desu ka?" (愛してもいいですか?)||9|
Singles with AKB48
|2006||Ind-1||"Sakura no Hanabiratachi"||A-side, Center|
|Ind-2||"Skirt, Hirari"||A-side, Center|
|2007||2||"Seifuku ga Jama o Suru"||A-side, Center|
|3||"Keibetsu Shiteita Aijō"||A-side, Center|
|5||"Boku no Taiyō"||A-side|
|6||"Yūhi o Miteiru ka?"||A-side|
|8||"Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008"||A-side, Center|
|9||"Baby! Baby! Baby!"||A-side|
|2009||11||"10nen Sakura"||A-side||Also sang on "Sakurairo no Sora no Shita de".|
|13||"Iiwake Maybe"||A-side||Ranked 5th in 2009 General Election|
|2010||15||"Sakura no Shiori"||A-side||Also sang on "Majisuka Rock 'n' Roll".|
|16||"Ponytail to Shushu"||A-side, Center||Also sang on "Majijo Teppen Blues"|
|17||"Heavy Rotation"||A-side||Ranked 6th in 2010 General Election. Also sang on "Yasai Sisters" and "Lucky Seven".|
|19||"Chance no Junban"||B-side||Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. 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||Ranked 7th in 2011 General Election. Also sang on "Ice no Kuchizuke".|
|23||"Kaze wa Fuiteiru"||A-side|
|24||"Ue kara Mariko"||B-side||Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament; She sang on "Noël no Yoru"; and on "Rinjin wa Kizutsukanai" as Team A.|
|2012||25||"Give Me Five!"||A-side (Baby Blossom), Selection 6||Played lead guitar in Baby Blossom; She also sang "Sweet & Bitter" as part of Selection 6.|
|26||"Manatsu no Sounds Good!"||A-side||Also sang on "Chōdai, Darling!".|
|27||"Gingham Check"||A-side||Ranked 6th in 2012 General Election. Also sang on "Yume no Kawa".|
|28||"Uza"||A-side||Also sang on "Kodoku na Hoshizora" as New Team A.|
|29||"Eien Pressure"||B-side||Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Totteoki Christmas".|
|2013||30||"So Long!"||A-side||Sang on "Ruby" as Team A.|
|–||"Tenohira ga Kataru Koto"||–||charity single|
|32||"Koi Suru Fortune Cookie"||A-side||Ranked 8th in 2013 General Election.|
|33||"Heart Electric"||A-side||Nicknamed Linda. She also sang "Kiss made Countdown" as Team A.|
|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. Sang on "Mosh & Dive" and "Party is over".|
|2014||35||"Mae Shika Mukanee"||A-side|
|37||Kokoro no Placard||A-side||Ranked 9th in 2014 General Election.|
|2015||39||"Green Flash"||A-side||Raps in this song with Sayaka Yamamoto. Also sang "Majisuka Fight", "Haru no Hikari Chikadzuita Natsu" and "Hakimono to Kasa no Monogatari".|
|40||"Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai"||A-side||Also sang "Deai no Hi, Wakare no Hi" & "Kimi no Dai Ni Shō" & "Barebare Bushi"|
|41||"Halloween Night"||A-side||Ranked 4th in 2015 General Election. Also sang "Ippome Ondo" "Yankee Machine Gun" & "Gunzou"|
|42||"Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby"||A-side, Center||Also sang "365 Nichi no Kamihikōki", "Yasashii Place" and "Senaka Kotoba" which is her graduation song.|
|2016||43||"Kimi wa Melody"||A-side||Marked as a 10th Anniversary single.|
Albums with AKB48
- Set List: Greatest Songs 2006–2007
- Set List: Greatest Songs Kanzenban
- Koko ni Ita Koto
- Tsugi no Ashiato
- Koko ga Rhodes da, Koko de Tobe!
- 0 to 1 no Aida
Team A 1st Stage: Party ga Hajimaru yo
Team A 2nd Stage: Aitakatta
Team A 3rd Stage: Dareka no Tame ni
Team A 4th Stage: Tadaima Renaichuu
Team A 5th Stage: Renai Kinshi Jōrei
Team A 6th Stage: Mokugekisha
Team A Waiting Stage
Himawari-gumi 1st Stage: Boku no Taiyō
Himawari-gumi 2nd Stage: Yume o Shinaseru Wake ni Ikanai
Team Surprise 1st Stage:
Team Surprise 2nd Stage:
|2007||Densen Uta||Ai-chan (愛ちゃん)|
|2011||Documentary of AKB48: To Be Continued||Herself|
|2012||Documentary of AKB48: Show Must Go On|
|2013||Documentary of AKB48: No Flower Without Rain|
|2014||Documentary of AKB48: The Time Has Come|
|2015||Attack on Titan||Scout Soldier|
|2006||Densha Otoko Deluxe||Herself|
|2008||Saito-san (斉藤さん)||Kei Niimi|
|Men☆Dol: Ikemen Idol (メン☆ドル 〜イケメンアイドル〜)||Nami/Kai|
|Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi (ほんとにあった怖い話 夏の特別編2010 AKB48まるごと浄霊スペシャル2)||Herself|
|Sakura Kara no Tegami (桜からの手紙 〜AKB48 それぞれの卒業物語〜)||Minami Takahashi|
|2011||Majisuka Gakuen 2||Female Investigator|
|2015||Majisuka Gakuen 4||Minami|
|Majisuka Gakuen 5|
|2016||AKB Horror Night: Adrenaline's Night (AKBホラーナイト アドレナリンの夜)||Hitomi (Ep.25 – 8)|
|2009||AKB48 Kagekidan "Infinity" (AKB歌劇団「∞・Infinity」)||MC|
|2015||Takahashi Minami Mirai he Kekki Shuukai~ Subete no Koto no Zenya~|
|2016||Takahashi Minami 独立宣言 (Dokuritsu Sengen/ Declaration of Independence)|
|2016||Takahashi Minami PREMIUM SHOWCASE LIVE＠COTTON CLUB|
|2016||Takahashi Minami "Aishi Te mo Ii Desu ka?" (愛してもいいですか?)|
|2016||Takahashi Minami 2016 New Year Eve Countdown Concert in Hachioji City, Tokyo|
|2017||Takahashi Minami 26th Birthday Live 2017 ❤ 199104080127❤ 26❤|
|2017||Takahashi Minami 2017 National Live House Tour – We will follow Takamina reborn|
|2016/04||Girls Award 2016 Spring/ Summer||MC|
|2016/04||NHK Kayo Charity Project||MC|
|2016/06||Huis Ten Bosch Music Fes||Artist|
|2016/06||Cheeky eyes Travel vol.1 in Okinawa|
|2015/06||Leader DIVE! ~Supporting the people meeting the challenges of a new career||Guest|
|2016/08||Ultra Teen Fes||MC – Kore nani|
|2016/09||Rock Corps supported by JT||Ambassador|
|2016/10||Girls Award 2016 Autumn/ Winter||MC|
|2016/12||Act Against AIDS (The Variety 24)||Artist|
|2017/01||Governor Koike's 1st Tokyo Future Vision Roundtable Meeting||Guest|
|2017/03||Laguana Music Fes. 2017||Artist|
|2017/04||Governor Koike's 2nd Tokyo Future Vision Roundtable Meeting||Guest|
|2017/05||Governor Koike's 3rd Tokyo Future Vision Roundtable Meeting||Guest|
|2017/06||Cheeky eyes Travel vol.2 in Kyoto Amanohashidate|
|2017/07||Shitte, Hepatitis Project (Save the Life 2017)||Special Supporter|
|2017/08||Governor Koike's 4th Tokyo Future Vision Roundtable Meeting||Guest|
|2017/09||Governor Koike's 5th Tokyo Future Vision Roundtable Meeting||Guest|
|2017/09||Rock Corps supported by JT||Ambassador & Artist|
|2017/10||Toyama College of University Festival LIVE||Artist|
|2017/11||2017 LIVE FOR LIFE「音楽彩||Artist|
|2017/11||11th Asian International Children's Film Festival|
|2017/12||Griffin's 4th Junon produce Girl Contest||MC|
|2009–2016||No Sleeves no Shukan No Sleeves (ノースリーブスの週刊ノースリー部)||MC|
|2016 –||Takahashi Minami no Kore Kara Nani Suru? (高橋みなみの『これから、何する？』)||MC|
|2017 –||Takahashi Minami and Asai Ryo Yobunnokoto (高橋みなみと朝井リョウ ヨブンのこと)||MC|
|2008||AKB 1ji 59fun! (AKB1じ59ふん!)||Herself|
|2008||AKB 0ji 59fun! (AKB0じ59ふん!)||Herself|
|2008–2010, 2014–2015||AKB48 Nemousu TV (AKB48ネ申テレビ)||Herself|
|2009||Omoikkiri Don! 1155 (おもいッきりDON! 1155)||Herself|
|2009–2010||Omoikkiri Pon! (おもいッきりPON!)||Herself|
|2009–2012||Shūkan AKB (週刊AKB)||Herself|
|2010–2016||AKB to ××! (AKBと××!)||Herself|
|2011||Documentary of AKB48 – The future 1mm ahead||Self (concurrently as a narrator)|
|2011–2014||Shin Dōmoto Kyōdai (新堂本兄弟)||Herself|
|2012–2014||AKB Kousagi Dojo (AKB子兎道場)||Herself|
|2012–2013||Snack Kissa Eden (スナック喫茶エデン)||Herself (MC)|
|2013–||Ijime wo Knock Out (いじめをノックアウト)||Herself (MC)|
|2014–2018||Mirai Monster (ミライ☆モンスター)||Herself (MC)|
|2016–2017||DAM Channel (DAMチャンネル)||Herself (MC)|
|2016–||Sekai no mura de hakken! Konna tokoro ni nihonjin (世界の村で発見!こんなところに日本人)||Herself|
|2017–2018||Ichikara (金曜イチから)||Herself (MC)|
- リーダー論 (22 December 2015, Kobunsha)
- B.L.T. U-17 summer (7 August 2008, Tokyo News Tsushinsha)
- たかみな (22 September 2010, Kodansha)
- 写りな、写りな (24 February 2016, Kobunsha)
- たかみな日めくり 努力は必ず報われる (1 November 2016, PHP)
- 魅力ＰＲへ「八王子応援団」 来年、多摩地区初の市制１００周年 Archived 15 July 2016 at the Wayback Machine(in Japanese)
- "Reformation of AKB48 in Tokyo Dome Concert" (in Japanese). 24 August 2012.
- "AKB5400sec" by Nihon TV, July 2010
- "Amazon.co.jp： 【iPad Mini(3D)ケース】女子アイドルグループ AKB48 高橋南 AKBの魂 たかみなちゃん カバー ソフトジャケット: 家電・カメラ". Amazon.com. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
- "高橋みなみ「努力は必ず報われるとは限らない。そんなのわかってます。でもね...」（AKB総選挙スピーチ全文）". ハフポスト (in Japanese). 6 June 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
- "AKBINGO!" broadcast 7 July 2010 by Nihon TV
- "AKB48公式サイト｜team Aステージソング". AKB48 First Stage Songs and Members (in Japanese).
- "AKB48公式サイト｜ステージソング". AKB48 Stage Dates (in Japanese).
- ドラマ24「メン★ドル～イケメンアイドル～」：テレビ東京【ノースリーブス初主演ドラマ！メンドル】. Men☆Dol (in Japanese).
- "AKB48夢舞台初日に「再組閣」 宮澤＆高城が"海外移籍"へ…波乱の幕開け". ORICON NEWS. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
- "Ariyoshi AKB Kyōwakoku", broadcast 21 October 2010 by TBS Television
- Ticket refund information of AKB48 Concert "Takamina ni tsuite ikimasu" (AKB48 コンサート「たかみなについて行きます」チケット払い戻しのご案内) AKB48 Official blog 18 March 2011 (in Japanese)
- "Announcement of Takahashi Minami's Solo Debut" (in Japanese). 25 August 2012.
- "Announcement of Solo Debut in Tokyo Dome Concert" (in Japanese). 25 August 2012. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- Takahashi Minami to release her solo debut single + selected as opening theme song for upcoming drama ‘Saki’
- "Announcement of Minami Takahashi to be Center on her final AKB48 single". Tokyo Girls Update. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
- "AKB48 高橋みなみ卒業コンサート開幕 台北&バンコク&マニラ3つの海外姉妹グループ結成も発表". OkMusic. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
- "TOKYO FM hosts Takahashi Minami's radio show". Neotokyo2099. 22 August 2019.
- "Ex-AKB48 Leader Takahashi Minami announces Marriage – 48/46 J-POP & Showbiz News". jshowbiz.com. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
- "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
- "Hot 100｜JAPAN Charts｜Billboard JAPAN". Billboard (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 19 February 2014.
- 愛してもいいですか?(初回限定盤) (in Japanese). Oricon News. 24 October 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
- Center and A-side lineup information provided by "AKB48 歴代シングル選抜メンバー（2006年～2013年）" [(2006–2013) AKB48 successive single member selection]. entamedata.web.fc2.com. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
- "AKB48、じゃんけん選抜シングルは「チャンスの順番」". Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. 4 November 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
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- "AKB48's second "Rock, Paper, Scissors" Tournament confirmed". Tokyohive.com. 3 July 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- "[Completed] AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu General Election results!". 8 June 2013. Tokyohive. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
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