Minami Minegishi

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Minami Minegishi
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Minami Minegishi at Japan Expo 2009 in Paris
Native name 峯岸 みなみ
Born (1992-11-15) November 15, 1992 (age 24)
Musical career
Genres J-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2005–present
Associated acts

Minami Minegishi (峯岸 みなみ, Minegishi Minami, born November 15, 1992 in Tokyo) is a Japanese idol singer and actress. She is a member of the girl group AKB48.[1]


Minegishi is one of the original members of AKB48; she debuted with Team A in 2005. She is a well known member, as she finished 14th in the AKB48 2012 general election with 25,638 votes.[2] She is one of the three members of AKB48 sub-group no3b,[3] with whom she played in the drama Mendol, Ikemen Idol[4] in 2008 and sang its theme song as the fictional band "Persona". She has also been a frequent guest on television variety shows.[5] Beyond appearing in commercials as a member of AKB48, she has also appeared in some by herself.[6]


On January 31, 2013, the weekly tabloid Shukan Bunshun reported that she had spent a night at the apartment of Alan Shirahama, a member of the boyband Generations. A few hours later, it was announced through the AKB48 official blog that she would be demoted from one of the official members of Umeda Team B to kenkyūsei (trainee) status as of February 1.[7] She thus became the first AKB48 member to be demoted to kenkyūsei in four years since Miki Saotome in late January 2009. On the same day, the AKB48 official channel published a video of Minegishi with her head shaved (or more accurately reduced to a crew cut[8]), apologizing to her fans for her "thoughtless behavior" and hoping that the management would let her stay in the group, with other members that she loved.[9] In the YouTube statement, Minegishi explained that she cut her hair in a state of shock induced by reading the Shukan Bunshun scoop, when she could not calm down.[7] However, in Japan, cutting one's hair is a way of showing contrition.[10]

In an article for The Japan Times, titled: "AKB48 member’s ‘penance’ shows flaws in idol culture", Ian Martin noted: "What is happening here is that the protection of fans’ fragile fantasies automatically trumps the basic human right to a life outside that fantasy framework. Though as lawyer Hifumi Okunuki pointed out in a Japan Times article on Jan. 22, such an arrangement is probably illegal under Japanese labor laws."[11][12]

Numerous international media reported this incident, including Agence France-Presse,[13] BBC,[10] CNN,[14] Daily News,[15] The Guardian,[16] ABC,[17] The Huffington Post,[18] Radio Programas del Perú,[19] Global Times,[20] Aftonbladet,[21] Spiegel Online,[22] Al Jazeera English[23] and the Manila Bulletin.[24]


On August 24, 2013, AKB48 announced the reinstatement of Team 4, with Minegishi reinstated as a full member as well as the captain; the rest of the members were promoted from the 13th and 14th generation trainees.[25]


Singles with AKB48[edit]

Year No. Title Role Notes
2006 Ind-1 "Sakura no Hanabiratachi" A-side Debut with Team A.
Ind-2 "Skirt, Hirari" Supporting Backup dancer role in title track.[26]
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
2008 7 "Romance, Irane" A-side
8 "Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008" A-side
9 "Baby! Baby! Baby!" A-side
10 "Ōgoe Diamond" A-side
2009 11 "10nen Sakura" A-side
12 "Namida Surprise!" A-side
13 "Iiwake Maybe" A-side Ranked 16th in 2009 General Election.
14 "River" A-side
2010 15 "Sakura no Shiori" A-side First single as Team K. Also sang on "Majisuka Rock 'n' Roll".
16 "Ponytail to Shushu" A-side
17 "Heavy Rotation" A-side Ranked 14th in 2010 General Election. Also sang on "Yasai Sisters" and "Lucky Seven".
18 "Beginner" A-side
19 "Chance no Junban" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament.[27] Sang on "Yoyakushita Christmas"; and "Alive" with Team K.
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 15th in 2011 General Election.
23 "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" A-side
24 "Ue kara Mariko" A-side Placed third in rock-paper-scissors tournament;[28][29] She also sang on "Noël no Yoru"; and on "Zero-sum Taiyō" as Team K.[citation needed]
2012 25 "Give Me Five!" A-side (Baby Blossom), Special Girls B Played trombone in Baby Blossom; She also sang "Hitsujikai no Tabi" as part of Special Girls B.
26 "Manatsu no Sounds Good!" A-side
27 "Gingham Check" A-side Ranked 14th 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.
29 "Eien Pressure" B-side, OKL48 Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament.

First single as member of Team B. She sang on "Totteoki Christmas"; and "Eien Yori Tsuzuku Yō ni" as part of OKL48.

2013 30 "So Long!" A-side She also sang on "Sokode inu no unchi fun jau ka ne?" as Team B.
31 "Sayonara Crawl" B-side First single after being demoted to Kenkyusei. Did not sing on title track. She sang on "Haste to Waste" and "Love Shugyou".
32 "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie" Under Girls Ranked 18th in 2013 General Election.[30]

Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Ai no Imi wo Kangaete Mita" as part of the Under Girls. Sang on "Namida no Sei Janai" and "Saigo no Door".

33 "Heart Electric" A-side In main lineup as "Barbara".[31] Also sang on "Seijun Philosophy" as Team 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 Nannichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Yō na Mono" B-side Lost in rock-scissors-paper tournament. Sang "Mosh&Dive" and "Party is over" as AKB48.
2014 35 "Mae Shika Mukanee" A-side
36 "Labrador Retriever" A-side Also sang on "Heart no Dasshutsu Game" as Team 4.
37 "Kokoro no Placard" Under Girls Ranked 22nd in 2014 General Election. Sang on "Dareka ga Nageta Ball"
38 "Kibōteki Refrain" A-Side Also sang "Me wo Akete Mama no First Kiss" as Team 4.
2015 39 "Green Flash" B-Side Sang on "Haru no Hikari Chikadzuita Natsu"[32] as AKB48.
40 "Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai" A-Side Sang on "Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai" without participating in the music video. Also sang on "Summer Side" as Selection 16.
41 "Halloween Night" Under Girls Ranked 19th in 2015 General Election. Sang on "Sayonara Surfboard"
42 "Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby" A-Side Sang on "Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby" but only appeared briefly in the music video due to work commitment. Also sang on "Senaka Kotoba" and "Oneesan no Hitorigoto" as Team K.
2016 43 "Kimi wa Melody" A-side Marked as the 10th Anniversary Single.
44 "Tsubasa wa Iranai" A-side Sang on "Aishū no Trumpeter" as Team K.
45 "Love Trip / Shiawase wo Wakenasai" B-side Sang on "Densetsu no Sakana" as Under Girls.
46 "High Tension" B-side

Albums with AKB48[edit]

  • "Baby! Baby! Baby! Baby!"
  • "Kimi to Niji to Taiyō to"
Koko ni Ita Koto
  • "Shōjotachi yo"
  • "Boku ni Dekiru Koto" (Team K)
  • "Kaze no Yukue"
  • "Koko ni Ita Koto"
  • "First Rabbit"
  • "Iede no Yoru" (Team K)
  • "Itterasshai"
  • "Aozora yo Sabishikunai Ka?" (AKB48 + SKE48 + NMB48 + HKT48)
Tsugi no Ashiato
  • "After Rain"
  • "Team Zaka" (Team 4)
  • "Ichi ni no San"
Koko ga Rhodes da, Koko de Tobe!
  • "Ai no Sonzai"
  • "Panama Unga"
  • "Namida wa Atomawashi"
0 to 1 no Aida
  • "Ai no Shisha" (Team K)

With no3b[edit]




  • Joshideka!: Joshi Keiji (TBS, 2007)[37]
  • Guren Onna (episode 5: guest appearance only) (TV Tokyo, 2008)[38]
  • Cat Street (NHK, 2008), Yukari[39]
  • Mendol: Ikemen Idol (TV Tokyo, 2008), Hinata Otowa/Kū[40]
  • Koi Shite Akuma: Vampire Boy (KTV, 2009), Saki Inaba[41]
  • Majisuka Gakuen (TV Tokyo, 2010), herself
  • Sakura Kara no Tegami: AKB48 Sorezore no Sotsugyō Monogatari (NTV, 2011), herself[42]
  • Majisuka Gakuen 2 (TV Tokyo, 2011), Shaku(ex-student president)
  • Soup Curry (HBC and TBS, 2012), Megumi Natsukawa[43]
  • So Long! (NTV, 2013), Mitsuki Watase[44]
  • Aoyama 1-seg Kaihatsu (NHK, 2014-2015), Nana Kawahara[45]
  • AKB Horror Night: Adrenaline's Night Ep.35 - Claim (2016), Kyōko
  • AKB Love Night: Love Factory Ep.9 - Way Back Home (2016), Aika




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