Yasushi Akimoto(Japanese: 秋元 康,Hepburn: Akimoto Yasushi?, born May 2, 1958) is a Japanese record producer, lyricist and television writer, best known for creating and producing some of Japan's top idol groups, Onyanko Club and the AKB48 franchise. Total sales of the singles he has written exceed 100 million copies, making him the best-selling lyricist in Japan.
This section requires expansion with: more details on how he started AKB48 and also all his activities prior to the 48 franchise, add when he expanded the franchise and where he learned how to write songs, also how he gets his inspirations. (January 2014)
Akimoto became a television writer in high school, he has produced many television programs, such as Utaban.
On March 17, 2014 it was announced that Akimoto was named a member of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Committee and was put in charge of producing the opening ceremony along with photographer Mika Ninagawa who has previously produced music videos for AKB48, including 2010's Heavy Rotation and 2013's Sayonara Crawl. A petition against his appointment has been created due his representing the "decline" of the Japanese entertainment industry, with 11,000 signatures as of March 23.