Yasushi Akimoto

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Yasushi Akimoto
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Yasushi Akimoto on March 14, 2012
Background information
Born (1958-05-02) May 2, 1958 (age 60)
Meguro, Tokyo, Japan
  • Record producer
  • lyricist
  • television writer
Years active 1973–present[citation needed]
Associated acts

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.[1][2] Total sales of the singles he has written exceed 100 million copies, making him the best-selling lyricist in Japan.[3]


Akimoto wrote horror novel Chakushin Ari (着信アリ), which brought to movie in 2003 before remade by Hollywood in 2008.

Akimoto became a television writer in high school, he has produced many television programs, such as Utaban.

Akimoto started as a lyricist with The Alfee in 1981; he has written lyrics for various artists such as Kinki Kids, Tunnels, Onyanko Club, AKB48, SKE48, SDN48, NMB48, HKT48, NGT48, STU48, Nogizaka46 and Keyakizaka46. He also wrote Hibari Misora's last single during her lifetime, "Kawa no Nagare no Yō ni", and Jero's debut single "Umi Yuki".

He debuted the 1st international sister group of AKB48 called JKT48.[4] Auditions were held on October 8 and 9, 2011 and the official members were announced early November.[5] And the 2nd international sister group of AKB48 called SNH48 was announced in October, 2012. On June, 2016 it was announced that SNH48 and its sister groups became fully independent from AKB48 having BEJ48, GNZ48, SHY48 and CKG48 as SNH48's Local Sister Groups which formed an alliance known as SNH48 Group or Star48. The 3rd international sister group of AKB48 called BNK48 was announced on February 12, 2017. The 4th international sister group of AKB48 called TPE48 was announced on February 4, 2018. And MNL48 the 5th international sister group of AKB48, the 1st generation members were officially announced on April 28, 2018. Also on the same year, MUM48, AKB48-China and SGO48 were formed too as 6th, 7th and 8th overseas sister groups respectively.

In 2007 he became a professor and vice president at Kyoto University of Art and Design.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Akimoto married Onyanko Club member Mamiko Takai in 1988.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ 秋元康 (in Japanese). Yahoo Japan Corporation. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  2. ^ 秋元康氏プロフィール (in Japanese). Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  3. ^ "【オリコン】秋元康氏、作詞シングル総売上が1億枚突破「34年間の積み重ね」". Oricon (in Japanese). 2015-12-09. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  4. ^ "AKB48 the new talent model from Japan and beyond". PopularTrash. 2012-02-24. 
  5. ^ "Yasushi Akimoto to expand the AKB48 franchise overseas to Indonesia and Taiwan". Asia Pacific Arts. 2011-10-06. 
  6. ^ "A Message from the Vice President". Archived from the original on June 15, 2008. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  7. ^ "AKB48 Akimito Yasushi to produce 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony". Anime News Network. 2014-03-23. 
  8. ^ "AKB48 Akimito Yasushi to produce 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony". Anime News Network. 2014-03-23. 
  9. ^ 第41回日本作詩大賞 [The 41st Japan Lyricist Awards] (in Japanese). Japan Lyricists Association. Retrieved 2015-05-07. 
  10. ^ 『第51回日本レコード大賞』候補11作品決定 最優秀アルバムはGReeeeN『塩、コショウ』に (in Japanese). oricon ME inc. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 

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