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Minami Takahashi

Minami Takahashi

Japanese idol
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Japanese idol
Countries Japan
Occupations Actor Singer Seiyū
Gender female
Birth April 8, 1991 (Tokyo, Japan)
The details

Minami Takahashi (高橋 みなみ, Takahashi Minami, born April 8, 1991 in Tokyo) is a former member of the Japanese idol girl group AKB48 under Team A. She is the former General Director (総監督, sōkantoku) of AKB48 and its sister groups. In an interview with Nippon Television in June 2010, AKB48 producer Yasushi Akimoto described her as the "eldest daughter of the 48 sisters". She is commonly part of the main lineup for the AKB48 singles. She is a member of the AKB48 sub-group no3b, along with AKB48 member Minami Minegishi and ex-member Haruna Kojima.


In August 2005, Takahashi become one of the 30th HoriPro Talent Contest's 15 final candidates, but she did not win the competition's Grand-Prix prize. In October 2005, she participated in the first AKB48 audition and beat 7,924 other applicants to be chosen as one of the 24 founding members of the group. According to Tomonobu Togasaki, the manager of the AKB48 Theater, she had two unofficial advantages going for her: her birthday (April 8; 1991-04-08) and her height (148 cm) contain the number "48". She debuted with Team A on December 8, 2005.

In 2008, no3b members, including Takahashi, appeared in the TV Tokyo drama Men Dol. She starred as Nami/Kai in this television series.

On August 23, 2009, Takahashi was officially announced as the captain of AKB48's Team A. On August 24, 2012, Mariko Shinoda replaced her as the captain of Team A and Minami Takahashi was made the General Director of the whole AKB48 including all sister groups.

Takahashi appears regularly in the AKB48 singles as one of the group's key singers. In addition, Minami frequently represents AKB48 on TV programs such as Music Station, and in other of the group's publicity events. She was also scheduled to take part in the AKB48's 3-day live concert event titled "Takamina ni tsuite ikimasu" (たかみなについて行きます, lit. "We will follow Takamina"), which was to be held on March 25–27, 2011 at the Yokohama Arena but was cancelled due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

Minami Takahashi at the opening ceremony for the 4th annual Tokyo Detention House Exhibition, October 2015.

On August 25, 2012, the second day of AKB48 Tokyo Dome Concert, it was announced by Max Hole that Takahashi would make her solo debut with the company, through its Nayutawave Records label. The single, titled "Jane Doe", was released on April 3, 2013. It is the opening theme song for the Fuji Television TV drama Saki, which stars Yukie Nakama.

On December 8, 2014, the 9th Anniversary of AKB48 Theater, it was confirmed by Takahashi herself that she would officially leave AKB48 exactly one year later, or December 8, 2015, the 10th Anniversary of the AKB48 Theater. Yui Yokoyama will then succeed her job as the General Director of AKB48.

On October 25, 2015, during the handshake and autograph event at Pacific Yokohama had announced the details of AKB48's 42nd Single and Request Hour 2016. The 42nd Single will be released on December 9, 2015. She will be the Center which will be her final appearance on an AKB48 single.

On March 26 to 27, 2016, her graduation concert titled "Congratulation Takahashi Minami Graduation "148.5cm Have Seen a Dream" in Yokohama Stadium" was held at Yokohama Stadium, with her last theater performance on April 8, 2016.

AKB48 general elections

  • Ranked 5th in the 2009 general election
  • Ranked 6th in the 2010 general election
  • Ranked 7th in the 2011 general election
  • Ranked 6th in the 2012 general election
  • Ranked 8th in the 2013 general election
  • Ranked 9th in the 2014 general election
  • Ranked 4th in the 2015 general election


Solo singles

Year Title Chart position Oricon sales
Oricon Weekly
Singles Chart
Billboard Japan
Hot 100
2013 "Jane Doe" 2 1 85,493 103,066
2017 "Kodoku wa Kizutsukanai"

* Unofficial figure obtained by adding together Oricon sales numbers for different periods of time when the single charted on Oricon.

Solo albums

Year Title Chart position
Oricon Weekly
Singles Chart
Billboard Japan
Hot 100
2016 "Aishi Te mo Ii Desu ka?" (愛してもいいですか?) 9  

Singles with AKB48

Year No. Title Role Notes
2006 Ind-1 "Sakura no Hanabiratachi" A-side, Center
Ind-2 "Skirt, Hirari" A-side, Center
1 "Aitakatta" A-side, Center
2007 2 "Seifuku ga Jama o Suru" A-side, Center
3 "Keibetsu Shiteita Aijō" A-side, Center
4 "Bingo!" A-side, Center
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, Center
9 "Baby! Baby! Baby!" A-side
10 "Ōgoe Diamond" A-side
2009 11 "10nen Sakura" A-side Also sang on "Sakurairo no Sora no Shita de".
12 "Namida Surprise!" A-side
13 "Iiwake Maybe" A-side Ranked 5th in 2009 General Election
14 "River" A-side, Center
2010 15 "Sakura no Shiori" A-side Also sang on "Majisuka Rock 'n' Roll".
16 "Ponytail to Shushu" A-side, Center Also sang on "Majijo Teppen Blues"
17 "Heavy Rotation" A-side Ranked 6th 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. Sang on "Yoyakushita Christmas"; and "Kurumi to Dialogue" as Team A.
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 7th in 2011 General Election. Also sang on "Ice no Kuchizuke".
23 "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" A-side
24 "Ue kara Mariko" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament; She sang on "Noël no Yoru"; and on "Rinjin wa Kizutsukanai" as Team A.
2012 25 "Give Me Five!" A-side (Baby Blossom), Selection 6 Played lead guitar in Baby Blossom; She also sang "Sweet & Bitter" as part of Selection 6.
26 "Manatsu no Sounds Good!" A-side Also sang on "Chōdai, Darling!".
27 "Gingham Check" A-side Ranked 6th in 2012 General Election. Also sang on "Yume no Kawa".
28 "Uza" A-side Also sang on "Kodoku na Hoshizora" as New Team A.
29 "Eien Pressure" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Totteoki Christmas".
2013 30 "So Long!" A-side Sang on "Ruby" as Team A.
-- "Tenohira ga Kataru Koto" -- charity single
31 "Sayonara Crawl" A-side
32 "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie" A-side Ranked 8th in 2013 General Election.
33 "Heart Electric" A-side Nicknamed Linda. She also sang "Kiss made Countdown" as Team A.
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 Nan-nichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Yō na Mono" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Mosh & Dive" and "Party is over".
2014 35 "Mae Shika Mukanee" A-side
36 "Labrador Retriever" A-side
37 Kokoro no Placard A-side Ranked 9th in 2014 General Election.
38 "Kibouteki Refrain" A-side
2015 39 "Green Flash" A-side Raps in this song with Sayaka Yamamoto. Also sang "Majisuka Fight", "Haru no Hikari Chikadzuita Natsu" and "Hakimono to Kasa no Monogatari".
40 "Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai" A-side Also sang "Deai no Hi, Wakare no Hi" & "Kimi no Dai Ni Shō" & "Barebare Bushi"
41 "Halloween Night" A-side Ranked 4th in 2015 General Election. Also sang "Ippome Ondo" "Yankee Machine Gun" & "Gunzou"
42 "Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby" A-side, Center Also sang "365 Nichi no Kamihikōki", "Yasashii Place" and "Senaka Kotoba" which is her graduation song.
2016 43 "Kimi wa Melody" A-side Marked as a 10th Anniversary single.

Albums with AKB48

  • Set List: Greatest Songs 2006–2007
  • Kamikyokutachi
  • Set List: Greatest Songs Kanzenban
  • Koko ni Ita Koto
  • 1830m
  • Tsugi no Ashiato
  • Koko ga Rhodes da, Koko de Tobe!
  • 0 to 1 no Aida


Stage units



Year Title Role
2007 Densen Uta Ai-chan (愛ちゃん)
2011 Documentary of AKB48: To Be Continued Herself
2012 Documentary of AKB48: Show Must Go On
2013 Documentary of AKB48: No Flower Without Rain
2014 Documentary of AKB48: The Time Has Come
2015 Attack on Titan Scout Soldier


Year Title Role
2006 Densha Otoko Deluxe Herself
2008 Saito-san (斉藤さん) Kei Niimi
Men☆Dol: Ikemen Idol (メン☆ドル 〜イケメンアイドル〜) Nami/Kai
2010 Majisuka Gakuen Minami
Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi (ほんとにあった怖い話 夏の特別編2010 AKB48まるごと浄霊スペシャル2) Herself
Sakura Kara no Tegami (桜からの手紙 〜AKB48 それぞれの卒業物語〜) Minami Takahashi
2011 Majisuka Gakuen 2 Female Investigator
2015 Majisuka Gakuen 4 Minami
Majisuka Gakuen 5
2016 AKB Horror Night: Adrenaline's Night (AKBホラーナイト アドレナリンの夜) Hitomi (Ep.25 - 8)


Year Title Role
2009 AKB48 Kagekidan "Infinity" (AKB歌劇団「∞・Infinity」) MC

Solo Concerts

Year Title !
2015 Takahashi Minami Mirai he Kekki Shuukai~ Subete no Koto no Zenya~
2016 Takahashi Minami 独立宣言 (Dokuritsu Sengen/ Declaration of Independence)
2016 Takahashi Minami "Aishi Te mo Ii Desu ka?" (愛してもいいですか?)
2016 Takahashi Minami 2016 New Year Eve Countdown Concert in Hachioji City, Tokyo
2017 Takahashi Minami 26th Birthday Live 2017 ❤ 199104080127❤ 26❤
2017 Takahashi Minami 2017 National Live House Tour - We will follow Takamina reborn

Solo Events

Year Title Role
2016/04 Girls Award 2016 Spring/ Summer MC
2016/04 NHK Kayo Charity Project MC
2015/06 Huis Ten Bosch Music Fes Artist
2016/06 Cheeky eyes Travel vol.1 in Okinawa
2015/06 Leader DIVE! ~Supporting the people meeting the challenges of a new career Guest
2016/08 Ultra Teen Fes MC - Kore nani
2016/09 Rock Corps supported by JT Ambassador
2016/10 Girls Award 2016 Autumn/ Winter MC
2016/10 OTONOKO Artist
2016/12 Act Against AIDS (The Variety 24) Artist
2017/01 Governor Koike's 1st Tokyo Future Vision Roundtable Meeting Guest
2017/03 Laguana Music Fes. 2017 Artist
2017/04 Governor Koike's 2nd Tokyo Future Vision Roundtable Meeting Guest
2017/05 Governor Koike's 3rd Tokyo Future Vision Roundtable Meeting Guest
2017/06 Cheeky eyes Travel vol.2 in Kyoto Amanohashidate
2017/07 Shitte, Hepatitis Project (Save the Life 2017) Special Supporter
2017/08 Governor Koike's 4th Tokyo Future Vision Roundtable Meeting Guest
2017/09 Governor Koike's 5th Tokyo Future Vision Roundtable Meeting Guest
2017/09 Rock Corps supported by JT Ambassador & Artist


Year Title Role
2009 - 2016 No Sleeves no Shukan No Sleeves (ノースリーブスの週刊ノースリー部) MC
2016 - Takahashi Minami no Kore Kara Nani Suru? (高橋みなみの『これから、何する?』) MC
2017 - Takahashi Minami and Asai Ryo Yobunnokoto (高橋みなみと朝井リョウ ヨブンのこと) MC

Television programs

Year Title Role
2008 AKB 1ji 59fun! (AKB1じ59ふん!) Herself
2008 AKB 0ji 59fun! (AKB0じ59ふん!) Herself
2008–2016 AKBingo! Herself
2008–2010, 2014-2015 AKB48 Nemousu TV (AKB48ネ申テレビ) Herself
2009 Omoikkiri Don! 1155 (おもいッきりDON! 1155) Herself
2009–2010 Omoikkiri Pon! (おもいッきりPON!) Herself
2009–2012 Shūkan AKB (週刊AKB) Herself
2010–2011 Pon! no3b
2010 AKB600sec. Herself
2010– Mujack! Herself (MC)
2010–2016 AKB to ××! (AKBと××!) Herself
2011 Documentary of AKB48 - The future 1mm ahead Self (concurrently as a narrator)
2011–2014 Shin Dōmoto Kyōdai (新堂本兄弟) Herself
2012–2014 AKB Kousagi Dojo (AKB子兎道場) Herself
2012–2013 Snack Kissa Eden (スナック喫茶エデン) Herself (MC)
2013– Ijime wo Knock Out (いじめをノックアウト) Herself (MC)
2014– Mirai Monster (ミライ☆モンスター) Herself (MC)
2016–2017 DAM Channel (DAMチャンネル) Herself (MC)
2016– Sekai no mura de hakken! Konna tokoro ni nihonjin (世界の村で発見!こんなところに日本人) Herself
2017– Ichikara (金曜イチから) Herself (MC)

Other media


  • リーダー論 (December 22, 2015, Kobunsha)


  • B.L.T. U-17 summer (August 7, 2008, Tokyo News Tsushinsha)
  • たかみな (September 22, 2010, Kodansha)
  • 写りな、写りな (February 24, 2016, Kobunsha)


  • たかみな日めくり 努力は必ず報われる (November 1, 2016, PHP)
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