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AKB48 Team A

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Team A (2017)
Team A (2006)
Team A (2009)
Team A (2010)
Team A (2011)
Team A (2012)
Team A (2013)
Team A (2014)
Team A (2015)
Team A (2016)

Team A (チームA) is one of three teams that form AKB48. Their team color is pink.


Current Members

Transferred Members

Former Members

Loan Members to Team A

Beginning in 2012, selected members would be chosen to serve concurrent (兼任; kennin) or dual positions within AKB48 and one of its sister groups. Although they participate regularly in both groups, these memberships are only temporary, and after a period of time, they will be released from their second post and returned to their original team.

The following members are outside of AKB48 and hold a dual position with Team A.

The following members are native to Team A and hold a dual position outside of AKB48.


On June 2005, Akimoto Yasushi had his first audition for his "Akihabara 48 Project", a project for a group that featured 48 girls who performed in their own theater. By October, he had picked 24 girls to be the first group of members for what came to be known as AKB48, and on December 8, 2005, 20 girls debuted in the Akihabara 48 Theater. At the end of Team A's first stage, Usami Yuki graduated to pursue a career in gravure.

On 2007, it was announced that Team A (who had just finished their fourth stage) and Team K (who had just finished their third would be performing together as Himawari-gumi, a team of mixed Team A and K members who performed two stages together. At the time, it was unclear whether they would revert back to their original teams after the run.

In August 2009, it was announced that the AKB48 teams would be shuffled in October 2009.

On April 2012, founding member Maeda Atsuko announced her graduation from the group, and graduated on August 27, 2012.

On June 2012, Sashihara Rino was transferred to HKT48 following a scandal.

On August 24, 2012, the teams were shuffled as part of the Tokyo Dome Team Shuffle.

On April 28, 2013, a minor team shuffle occured during the AKB48 Group Rinji Soukai "Shirokuro tsukeyou janai ka!" in which:

On June 8, 2013, during the AKB48 5th Annual General Election, founding member Shinoda Mariko announced her graduation from the group, and graduated on July 21, 2013.

On November 10, 2013, during the AKB48 Group Draft Kaigi 2013, Takita Kayoko and Nishiyama Rena were drafted to Team A.

On February 24, 2014, it was announced during the AKB48 Group Daisokaku Matsuri that the teams would be shuffled in April 2014.

On May 25, 2014, members Iriyama Anna and Kawaei Rina were injured along with a staff member and other fans during a handshake event in Iwate. Both members took a break to recover from their injuries. Kawaei returned to the theater on October 8, 2014, while Iriyama returned on February 13, 2015.

On December 8, 2014, during AKB48's ninth anniversary show, founding member Takahashi Minami announced her graduation from the group, which was set for December 8, 2015, the same day as the group's tenth anniversary. The date was then postponed so that her graduation ceremony would be held on March 26-27, 2016, and her last theater performance would be held on April 8, 2016.

On March 26, 2015, it was announced during the AKB48 Spring Concert 〜Jikiso Imada Shugyouchu!〜 concert that the teams would be shuffled in August 2015. On the same day, Kawaei Rina announced her graduation from the group, declaring that since she could not participate in handshake events anymore after the Iwate Incident, she now wants to focus on her acting career. She graduated on August 4, 2015.

On May 10, 2015, during the AKB48 Group Draft Kaigi 2015, Hiwatashi Yui was drafted to Team A, but instead of being promoted to the team, she started as a Kenkyuusei. She was promoted to Team A on February 10, 2016, during the team's 7th stage "M.T. ni Sasagu".

On June 18, 2016, during the AKB48 45th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo, founding member Kojima Haruna (who portrayed fictional idol Nyan Nyan Kamen) announced her graduation from the group. Her graduation concert was held on February 21-22, 2017 at Yoyogi National Stadium First Gymnasium, and she graduated from the group on April 19, 2017.

On October 3, 2016, Shimazaki Haruka announced her graduation from the group, and graduated on December 26, 2016.


Stage Albums


Note: Team A was the only team formed for AKB48 at the time these singles were released.


Video Releases