NGT48

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NGT48
OriginNiigata, Japan
GenresJ-pop, Pop, Teen pop, Bubblegum pop
Years active2015–present
LabelsAriola Japan
Associated actsAKB48 Group
Websitengt48.jp
MembersTeam NIII
Team G

NGT48 (read "N.G.T. Forty-eight") is a Japanese idol girl group produced by Yasushi Akimoto.[1] NGT48 is named after Niigata City of Niigata Prefecture, where the group is based. The group performs at the NGT48 Theater which is located in the fourth floor of the LoveLa2 shopping mall in Niigata City.[2][3]

History[edit]

2015–2018: Debut[edit]

The creation of the group was announced on January 25, 2015 on the final, fifth day of a traditional series of AKB48 concerts entitled AKB48 Request Hour Setlist Best 1035 2015.[4] In October 2015, the Niigata-based company Kuriyama Beika Co., Ltd. (栗山米菓) appointed NGT48 a "bakauke PR ambassador", a PR ambassador for its product named bakauke.[5] As of December 2015, NGT48 is collaborating with McDonald's on a 48-piece bucket of Chicken McNuggets sold in Japan. Each bucket features photos of NGT48[6][7][8] and comes with a collectable card with a photo of a random member of the group.[9] NGT48's own theater opened in Niigata on January 10, 2016.[3][10][11]

The group's members are part of the cast of a television series adaptation of Higurashi When They Cry,[12] which was premiered from May 20 on BS Sky PerfecTV!.[13][14] The group also recorded the theme song for the series. It is titled "Kimi wa Doko ni Iru?" and is included on the Theater Edition of the 44th single by AKB48, "Tsubasa wa Iranai", which was released on June 1, 2016.[13][14][15][16][17][18]

Their debut single, "Seishun Dokei", was released on April 12, 2017 under Ariola Japan. In 2018, Noe Yamada and Rena Hasegawa participated in the South Korean competition show Produce 48, representing NGT48. Hasegawa placed 71st and was eliminated during the first round; Yamada placed 41st and was eliminated during the second round.

2018–2019: Maho Yamaguchi assault and group restructure[edit]

On January 8, 2019, Team G co-captain Maho Yamaguchi alleged in her Showroom live stream that on December 8, 2018, two 25-year-old men had grabbed her face while she was entering her apartment, which was on a floor wholly leased by the NGT48 management and supposedly inaccessible to people unrelated to the group.[19][20][21] A third male accomplice had been present.[22][23] The men were arrested by the police and were released 20 days later without charges.[19] They denied Yamaguchi's report, claiming that they "just wanted to talk."[19] Yamaguchi had brought up the incident to NGT48's management, but after a month of silence, she decided to bring the issue to the public.[24][20] After her live stream was cut abruptly, Yamaguchi posted several since-deleted tweets detailing her account and claiming that an NGT48 member leaked her personal information to her assailants.[19]

During the group's third year anniversary concert on January 10, Yamaguchi publicly apologized for "causing trouble" by speaking out, sparking criticism over victim blaming and the management's negligence from domestic and international communities,[24][20] including other 48 Group members[25][26][27][28] and celebrities.[29] Shortly after, Yamaguchi and Team NIII member Ayaka Tano were absent from NGT48's performance on January 12; Team G member Riko Sugahara was also missing from illness.[30] A petition on Change.org calling for the resignation of NGT48 director Etsuro Imamura gained over 53,000 signatures before closing on January 13.[20] Several companies withdrew sponsorships afterwards.[31]

NGT48's management initially denied that an NGT48 member had disclosed Yamaguchi's personal information.[32] On January 14, AKS issued an apology and later confirmed that a member shared information after being accosted by the men, but they also stated that "nothing illegal" had happened and that she was uninvolved in their attack.[24] On the same day, Imamura was transferred to AKS' Tokyo headquarters and was replaced by Maiko Hayakawa.[24][33] Alarms and counseling services were provided to NGT48 members.[22][34][35] Several news reports stated that there was animosity between Team NIII and Team G members,[23] especially after Yamaguchi had allegedly reported a member for not upholding the group's no-dating rule.[36][37] Team NIII members Tano and Marina Nishigata were questioned by the police; both denied assisting Yamaguchi's attackers.[38]

From January 17 to 19, Tokyo Sports published allegations that a female manager with the surname Kitagawa had vouched for Yamaguchi's safety after the December 8 incident, but was also harassed by Yamaguchi's attackers and fired by the NGT48 management on December 31, 2018.[39] Tokyo Sports later withdrew the articles on January 20 after NGT48's lawyer denied the statement.[39][40] On January 31, the NGT48 management announced a third party investigation by lawyers from Iwasaki Law, Akasaka Mori no Ki Law, and Shinwa Law.[41][42] On March 11, 2019, Etsuro Imamura was dismissed from the AKS Management after AKB48 theater manager Takahiro Hosoi's resignation for inappropriate conduct, in which they were photographed enjoying a night out on former AKB48 manager Tomonobu Togasaki's Twitter account in midst of the investigation.[43]

On March 22, 2019, the third party investigation concluded and determined that, while some members did have romantic relationships with fans, there were no NGT48 members involved in the assault and that it was caused by "excessive behavior from some fans."[44] While watching the press conference live, Yamaguchi criticized the outcome on Twitter and categorically denied her managers' claims,[45] alleging that some members admitted to having connections to the attackers and claiming 12 members were romantically involved with fans.[44][46] In addition, she revealed that manager Takumi Matsumura had pressured her to apologize in January 2019 and had done so to ensure that the other members would not have to in her place.[47] On April 11, 2019, after apologizing to the Niigata government for mishandling the situation, the official NGT48 website announced that the management will be dissolving the team structure and reintroducing the current members as a unified "first generation" after their final performances on April 21.[48][49]

Members[edit]

As of June 2018, according to the official website.[50]

Team NIII[edit]

Minami Kato and Yuka Ogino are the captain and the co-captain of Team NIII respectively.

Name Birth date (age) Election rank
8 9 10
Yuka Ogino (荻野由佳) (1999-02-16) February 16, 1999 (age 20) 95 5 4
Yuki Kashiwagi (柏木由紀) (1991-07-15) July 15, 1991 (age 27) 5
Minami Kato (加藤美南) (1999-01-15) January 15, 1999 (age 20) 76 71 30
Anju Satō (佐藤杏樹) (2001-11-05) November 5, 2001 (age 17) N/A N/A N/A
Reina Seiji (清司麗菜) (2001-04-19) April 19, 2001 (age 17) N/A N/A N/A
Moeka Takakura (高倉萌香) (2001-04-23) April 23, 2001 (age 17) N/A 25 67
Ayaka Tano (太野彩香) (1997-07-20) July 20, 1997 (age 21) N/A N/A 53
Marina Nishigata (西潟茉莉奈) (1995-10-16) October 16, 1995 (age 23) N/A 41 24
Nanako Nishimura (西村菜那子) (1997-08-11) August 11, 1997 (age 21) N/A N/A 43
Noe Yamada (山田野絵) (1999-10-07) October 7, 1999 (age 19) N/A N/A 91

Team G[edit]

Hinata Honma and Maho Yamaguchi are the captain and the co-captain of Team G respectively.

Name Birth date (age) Election rank
8 9 10
Tsugumi Oguma (小熊倫実) (2002-12-15) December 15, 2002 (age 16) N/A N/A 69
Yuria Kado (角ゆりあ) (2000-05-22) May 22, 2000 (age 18) N/A 77 N/A
Aina Kusakabe (日下部愛菜) (2002-02-06) February 6, 2002 (age 17) N/A N/A N/A
Riko Sugahara (菅原りこ) (2000-11-23) November 23, 2000 (age 18) N/A N/A N/A
Rika Nakai (中井りか) (1997-08-23) August 23, 1997 (age 21) 96 23 37
Ayuka Nakamura (中村歩加) (1998-07-28) July 28, 1998 (age 20) N/A N/A 64
Miharu Nara (奈良未遥) (1998-03-20) March 20, 1998 (age 21) N/A N/A 21
Rena Hasegawa (長谷川玲奈) (2001-03-15) March 15, 2001 (age 18) N/A N/A 77
Hinata Honma (本間日陽) (1999-11-10) November 10, 1999 (age 19) N/A 13 16
Fūka Murakumo (村雲颯香) (1997-07-05) July 5, 1997 (age 21) N/A N/A N/A
Maho Yamaguchi (山口真帆) (1995-09-17) September 17, 1995 (age 23) N/A 53 70

Kenkyūsei[edit]

Name Birth date (age) Election rank
10
Chikana Ando (安藤千伽奈) (2001-01-13) January 13, 2001 (age 18)
Kairi Satō (佐藤海里) (2000-08-05) August 5, 2000 (age 18)
Nanami Takahashi (高橋七実) (2001-07-07) July 7, 2001 (age 17)
Yunako Tsushima (對馬優菜子) (2001-08-20) August 20, 2001 (age 17)
Miyu Fujisaki (藤崎未夢) (2000-11-17) November 17, 2000 (age 18)
Nanami Ōtsuka (大塚七海) (2000-11-07) November 7, 2000 (age 18)
Haruka Ogoe (小越春花) (2004-06-26) June 26, 2004 (age 14)
Sayaka Kawagoe (川越紗彩) (2000-10-14) October 14, 2000 (age 18)
Sara Komiyama (小見山沙空) (2004-07-27) July 27, 2004 (age 14)
Yume Sogabe (曽我部優芽) (2002-03-16) March 16, 2002 (age 17)
Tomoka Takazawa (高沢朋花) (2003-06-01) June 1, 2003 (age 15)
Hina Terada (寺田陽菜) (2004-03-13) March 13, 2004 (age 15)
Yū Tominaga (富永夢有) (2002-07-16) July 16, 2002 (age 16)
Runa Hagiri (羽切瑠菜) (1999-11-29) November 29, 1999 (age 19)
Ai Furusawa (古澤愛) (2000-10-01) October 1, 2000 (age 18)
Aoi Furutate (古舘葵) (2004-08-10) August 10, 2004 (age 14)
Kaho Mashimo (真下華穂) (1999-11-08) November 8, 1999 (age 19)
Hino Mimura (三村妃乃) (2002-06-15) June 15, 2002 (age 16)
Hinata Morohashi (諸橋姫向) (2003-01-04) January 4, 2003 (age 16)
Mirii Yamazaki (山崎美里衣) (2000-11-21) November 21, 2000 (age 18)
Ayusa Watanabe (渡邉歩咲) (2001-03-09) March 9, 2001 (age 18)

Former members[edit]

Team NIII[edit]

Name (Birthdate) Election Notes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Rie Kitahara (北原里英) ((1991-06-24)June 24, 1991) 13 16 13 13 21 19 11 12 10 Graduated on April 18, 2018.
Aya Miyajima (宮島亜弥) ((1997-11-27)November 27, 1997)               N/A 70 Graduated on August 7, 2018.
Mau Takahashi (髙橋真生) ((2001-06-03)June 3, 2001)               N/A N/A N/A Graduated on October 6, 2018.

Kenkyūsei[edit]

Name (Birthdate) Election Notes
8 9
Ayaka Mizusawa (水澤彩佳) ((1994-11-05)November 5, 1994) N/A   Graduated on March 31, 2017.
Yuria Ōtaki (大滝友梨亜) ((1995-04-21)April 21, 1995) N/A N/A Graduated on October 31, 2017.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

No. Title Release date Chart positions Sales
(Oricon)
Billboard JAPAN Sales
JP
Oricon
[51]
JP
Billboard
First week Total
1 "Seishun Dokei" (青春時計) April 12, 2017 1 1 160,271 208,247 277,180
2 "Sekai wa Doko Made Aozora na no ka?" (世界はどこまで青空なのか?) December 6, 2017 2 2 148,442 201,800 266,946
3 "Haru wa Dokokara Kurunoka?" (春はどこから来るのか?) April 11, 2018 1 1 109,012 165,917 189,405
4 "Sekai no Hito e" (世界の人へ) October 3, 2018 2 2 143,303 175.607 207,269

Filmography[edit]

Television shows[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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