Takahashi Minami

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Takahashi Minami
Takahashi Minami Ogi Pro Profile (2018)
Kanji 高橋みなみ
Kana たかはし みなみ
Romaji Takahashi Minami
Nickname Takamina (たかみな), Sou-chan (そうちゃん)
Birth Info
Birthdate April 8, 1991  
Birthplace Flag of Japan.png Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan
Blood type AB
Current Age 31 Years Old
Height 148.5cm
Professional Info
Agency Mama & Son Inc.
Social Networks Official Fanclub / Instagram / Instagram / Line Blog / Twitter
Idol Career Info
Former Group AKB48
Former Team Team A
Debuted October 2005 / 1st Generation
Graduated April 2016

Takahashi Minami was a member of AKB48's Team A and the first Soukantoku (General Manager) of AKB48 and its sister groups. She is now pursuing a solo career, affiliated with Mama & Son Inc.



Mikake wa choppiri YANKII kokoro wa GARASU no HAATO Takamina koto Takahashi Minami desu!
(My appearance is slightly yankee, but my heart is a glass. Called Takamina, Takahashi Minami!)


  • Audition Song: Will (Hamasaki Ayumi)
  • Hobbies: Reading manga
  • Favorite animal: All animals, but likes cats the most
    • Runs an Instagram account only with pictures of her cat (@neco_mina)
  • Favorite anime movie: Crayon Shin-chan: Calling the Storm; Battle of the Warring States
  • Favorite artist: Flumpool, Aqua Timez, w-inds, Nakamori Akina
  • Favorite color: Pink
  • Favorite food: Katsudon, hamburger steak, white rice, junk food
  • Disliked food: Many, including sushi, broccoli, and tomato. In general she dislikes raw food.
  • Favorite manga: "One Piece", but likes shounen manga in general
  • Favorite seasons: Spring & Autumn
  • Ideal female: A person that looks perfect, but isn't
  • Good friends with: Maeda Atsuko (AtsuMina), Minegishi Minami, Kojima Haruna
  • Future ambition: Solo singer. She has also expressed interest in voice acting
  • Former member of Light Music Club
  • She has a younger brother.
  • She has owned a munchkin cat named "Nya-chan" since August 2011. She also has Pomeranian dogs named "Kuma" and "Pu".
  • She has liked anime and manga since she was young, particularly shounen series.
  • She was inspired to join the entertainment world to fulfill her mother's dream. Her mother had participated in many auditions in the past, but never had success.
  • Her childhood best friend since 4th grade is a girl known as "Macchan". Macchan appeared in a special episode of AKBINGO! where it was told that she and Minami had drifted apart after Minami joined AKB48. The two reunited during the episode at their former high school.
    • Macchan was tomboyish and used the pronoun "ore" (masculine "I"). This inspired Minami to be tomboyish as well.
    • They formed a rock band in middle school with two other friends, though none of them could play instruments.
  • As a child she suffered from bronchial asthma, and in kindergarten she went to the hospital for IV drips almost 60 times. Her condition improved by 3rd grade of elementary school, but she remained quite small and thin.
  • Before joining AKB48, she competed in the 30th HoriPro Talent Contest (第30回ホリプロタレントスカウトキャラバン) and ranked in the Top 15 out of 52,547 contestants.
    • She received the loudest applause after her singing performance during this contest, and was the only girl who didn't cry when the winner was announced.
    • Coincidentally, Akimoto Yasushi was one of the judges at this competition. He brought along an AKB48 scout who passed out audition flyers to all girls who didn't pass the HoriPro audition, including Minami.
  • She was the original center of AKB48.
  • The first 1st Generation member she spoke with was Masuyama Kayano. She asked Kayano to help her with the choreography at the final audition round.
  • Aikmoto Yasushi described her as someone who is extremely reliable, like an older sister or student council president. She was a mental pillar for the group, no staff member ever disliked her, and she was "the soul of AKB48".
    • Ironically, Togasaki Tomonobu shared that the only reason Minami passed the audition was because 48 appeared on her application. Her birthday is April 8th (4/8) and she is 148.5cm tall.
  • She describes herself as stubborn, nervous, and scary when she is angry. She thinks others probably view her as a serious person.
  • She had no dance experience prior to joining AKB48. She and Maeda Atsuko often stayed late to practice for the Team A 1st Stage debut performance.
  • She and Oshima Mai were the first two AKB48 members to receive fan letters, both in January 2006.
  • She joined Ogi Production in 2007.
  • She was officially announced as Team A captain during the 2009 Team Shuffle. She had taken on a leader role long before this. She could often be seen giving speeches and leading the group huddles at concerts and stage performances.
    • This, among other things, has led to many fans to refer to her as the captain of AKB48 (until she was promoted to be official General Director of AKB48 in AKB48 in TOKYO DOME ~1830m no Yume~).
    • Her later nickname Sou-chan derived from Soukantoku, the Japanese word for General Director.
  • She was known for her "failing" (suberi) character on variety shows. For example, she was bad at comedy gags, and would tell stories that she thought were funny but were actually not.
  • Her trademark hairstyle was long hair in a half-ponytail with a ribbon. She collected ribbons since the upper grades of elementary school.
    • In May 2012 her hair caught on fire as a result of a stage pyrotechnic accident. Many inches were burned off, and she wore her hair in a bob without a ribbon for the remainder of her time in AKB48.
  • She was known to have poor fashion sense. She was infamous for a banana-print white jacket, which she later gifted to Murashige Anna.
  • She is very empathetic for others and cries easily.
  • She is bad at academics, and according to Minegishi Minami she cannot name two Japanese prefectures quickly when asked, and is bad at kanji.
  • She was rarely seen without makeup.
  • She only believes in fortune-telling when it's a good one.
  • She suffers from hay fever (seasonal allergies) and wears masks year-round.
  • She is allergic to eggs.
  • She wants to visit Egypt someday.
  • She does not watch TV, instead she closes her eyes and daydreams until she wants to go to bed.
  • She likes indoors better than outdoors and is sensitive to heat and coldness.
  • Her favorite food is katsudon. Her favorite katsudon restaurant is Bairin in Ginza, Tokyo. She frequented it so often that she was given a lifetime free katsudon certificate, and said she would even eat it for her last meal.
  • Her childhood hero is Kakuranger.
  • She thinks that she is good at decisive dance choreography, but not as good at graceful dance steps.
  • She disliked wearing swimsuits for gravure or music videos and would ask for her costumes to be modified into skirts instead.
  • She is good at waking up early and was often the member who would wake up everyone else when they stayed in hotels together. However, she is also good at falling asleep and often napped during breaks or travel time.
  • As seen on AKB 1ji 59fun!, she can't skip properly.
  • She likes guys who wear suits, particularly when they're fixing their collars.
  • On December 23, 2008 she became the first AKB48 member to reach 500 performances at the AKB48 theater.
  • She has been a Correctional Support Officer for the Japanese Ministry of Justice since 2015.
  • In 2016, the time passing between her graduation announcement and the actual graduation was the longest announcement period in 48 Group history (1 year and 4 months). She announced her graduation on December 8th, 2014, to be scheduled for December 8th, 2015. It was eventually delayed to April 8th, 2016 due to venue scheduling. This record was later broken by Minegishi Minami, whose graduation was delayed due to COVID-19.
  • From April 4, 2016 to September 30, 2020 she had her own radio show, "What will Takahashi Minami Do From Now On?". She did a wide range of activities such as DJing, answering questions from listeners, discussing daily news, hosting an afternoon band program, etc.
    • She said that she actively avoided mentioning AKB48 on the show in order to distance herself and develop her own career.
  • In October 2016 she released her first solo album, Aishi Te mo Ii Desu ka?.
  • In April 2017, April 2018, and April 2019 she held solo live concerts titled "MINAMI TAKAKASHI Birthday Live".
  • She got married on May 1st, 2019 to a non-celebrity. Her husband is 11 years older than her and works at an IT-related company.
  • On May 23rd, 2021 she appeared at Minegishi Minami Graduation Concert ~Sakura no Sakanai Haru wa Nai~. She was part of three songs with No Sleeves (see Concert Unit section below) and centered RIVER together with Okada Nana.
  • In 2022 she published a recipe book.



  • October 30th, joined AKB48 as a member of the first Generation, also known as the Original Team A. She was the original center of AKB48.
  • On December 8th, was part of the Grand Theatre Opening in Akihabara, Tokyo during AKB48's first stage performance; this marks the day of the AKB48 Anniversary now.



  • On January 25th, after the graduation of Orii Ayumi, assumed the role as unofficial "captain" of Team A. Ayumi had previously been considered captain by Team A members.
  • On February 25th, led the huddle call before the debut performance of the Team A 4th Stage.
  • In July, joined Ogi Production.
  • On December 31st, made her first appearance at the 58th NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen with AKB48.


  • On January 9th, appeared in the drama "Saito-san" on NHK.
  • Starting on January 24th, became a regular member on AKB48's first personal variety show AKB 1ji 59fun!. In April, the show's title was changed to AKB 0ji 59fun!. After having two successful seasons, the show was again retitled to AKBINGO! in October.
  • On October 10th, ogether with Kojima Haruna and Minegishi Minami, was cast in the comedic drama "Men★dol ~Ikemen Idol~". It was about three girls not making the cut as idols, so they pretended to be male and formed a boy group called "Persona." As Persona, the three of them released the songs 3seconds and Christmas Present. At the end of the drama, they presented themselves as the new female idol group No Sleeves and sang their first single Relax!. No Sleeves became an official sub-unit of AKB48 after this, and Relax! was their first single (released November 26th).
  • On December 23rd, became the first AKB48 member to reach 500 theater performances.



  • From January 8th to March 26th, she was a member of the first season of the AKB48 drama Majisuka Gakuen.
  • On July 5th, was again chosen to appear in a (mobile) drama together with Kojima Haruna and Minegishi Minami.
  • On July 8th, hosted the first program MC on "Mujack".
  • On July 29th, was hospitalized after a theater show due to overwork. She ended up missing a commemorative event for No Sleeves' latest release, where she was supposed to perform a rakugo reading. Minegishi Minami took her place.
  • On September 22nd, released her first solo book Takamina.



  • On December 13th, announced she would make her solo debut with the single Jane Doe.


  • On December 24th, became the first female idol to host Nippon Broadcasting Station's year-end 24 hour program, "The 39th Radio Charity Musicthon". She appeared on air for 24 hours straight, with various 48 Group members appearing on and off to assist her.


  • On February 24th at the AKB48 Group Daisokaku Matsuri was once again announced as the AKB48 Group General Director and reinstated as the Team A captain.
  • On December 8th, announced her graduation from AKB48 and appointed Yokoyama Yui as the next General Director. She set her graduation date for December 8th, 2015.


  • On April 8th, performed her first solo live, Takahashi Minami Mirai he Kekki Shuukai~ Subete no Koto no Zenya~.
  • On April 22nd, was appointed to the newly-established Ministry of Justice Correctional Support Officer position.
  • On November 7th, announced he would perform her own series of set lists for the AKB48 theater, Takahashi Minami Produced Stages. She herself performed at each of these stages.
  • On November 23rd, announced that her graduation concert would be held on March 26th and 27th, with her final theater performance afterword. She had decided to postpone her graduation from its original December 8th, 2015 date in order to hold a graduation concert.
  • On December 31st, appeared at the NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen with AKB48 for the final time. After this her only AKB48 activities would be her graduation events.



  • On April 8th, held a solo concert, "MINAMI TAKAHASHI 26th Birthday Live 2017❤︎199104080127❤︎26❤︎".


  • On April 8th, held a solo concert, "MINAMI TAKAHASHI Birthday Live 2018".


  • On April 8th, held a solo concert, "MINAMI TAKAHASHI Birthday Live 2019".
  • On May 2nd, announced her marriage to a non-celebrity man.


  • In late July, transferred from Ogi Production to Mama&Son.

AKB48 Senbatsu Elections

AKB48 Janken Tournaments

Solo Singles

# Cover Title Release date
01 JaneDoeA.jpg Jane Doe 2013.04.03
02 TakahashiMinami2Lim.jpg Kodoku wa Kizutsukanai

Solo Albums

# Cover Title Release date
01 TakahashiMinamiAishiTemoIiDesukaLim.jpg Aishi Te mo Ii Desu ka?

Solo Concert

# Title Date
1 Takahashi Minami Mirai he Kekki Shuukai~ Subete no Koto no Zenya~

Team History

Team A → Graduation
Joined AKB48 as a Team A member on October, 2005
Graduated from AKB48 Team A on April 8, 2016 (Announcement: December 8, 2014 at AKB48 9th Anniversary | Last activity: December 31, 2015 | Graduation Ceremony: March 27, 2016 at Yokohama Stadium)

Singles Participation

AKB48 A-Sides

AKB48 B-Sides

No Sleeves A-Sides

No Sleeves B-Sides

Other Singles

Albums Participation

AKB48 Albums


No Sleeves (no3b)



Team Dragon from AKB48

Stage Units

A1 (PARTY ga Hajimaru yo)
Skirt, Hirari (1st Unit)
Hoshi no Ondo (2nd Unit)
A2 (Aitakatta)
Nageki no Figure
Glass no I LOVE YOU
Senaka Kara Dakishimete
Rio no Kakumei
A3 (Dareka no Tame ni)
Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru
A4 (Tadaima Renaichuu)
Junai no Crescendo
Himawarigumi 1 (Boku no Taiyou)
Higurashi no Koi
Himawarigumi 2 (Yume wo Shinaseru Wake ni Ikanai)
Bye Bye Bye
A5 (Renai Kinshi Jourei)
Renai Kinshi Jourei
A6 (Mokugekisha)
Itoshisa no Accel
Ame no Pianist
Kioku no Dilemma (New Units)
Team Surprise 1st Stage (Juuryoku Sympathy)
1994-nen no Raimei
Oteage Lullaby
A5 Revival (Renai Kinshi Jourei)
Team Surprise 2nd Stage (Bara no Gishiki)
Yume wo Miru nara
Hell or Heaven

Concert Units

AKB48 First Concert "Aitakatta ~Hashira wa Naize!~"

AKB48 Haru no Chotto dake Zenkoku Tour ~Madamada Daze AKB48!~

Live DVD wa Derudaroukedo, Yappari Iki ni Kagiruze! AKB48 Natsu Matsuri

AKB48 Masaka, Kono Concert no Ongen wa Ryuushutsushinai yo ne?

Nenwasure Kanshasai Shuffle Sumaze, AKB! SKE mo Yoroshiku ne

"Kami Kouen Yotei" AKB48 NHK Hall Concert 2009

AKB104 Senbatsu Members Sokaku Matsuri

Yokohama Arena 2010 'AKB48 Manseki Matsuri Kibou Sanpi Ryouron'

Surprise wa Arimasen

AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2011

Gyomu Renraku. Tanomuzo, Katayama Bucho! in Saitama Super Arena

Washington D.C. Concert

AKB48 in TOKYO DOME ~1830m no Yume~

AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2012

AKB48 Group Rinji Soukai "Shirokuro tsukeyou janai ka!"

AKB48 Group

AKB48 Super Festival at Nissan Stadium

AKB48 2013 Manatsu no Dome Tour ~Mada mada, Yaranakya Ikenai koto ga aru~

Fukuoka Dome
Sapporo Dome
Osaka Dome
Nagoya Dome
Tokyo Dome

AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2013

Unit Matsuri 2014

AKB48 National Olympic Stadium Concert

AKB48 Group at Ajinomoto Stadium

AKB48 Zenkoku Tour 2014


AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2014

AKB48 Manatsu no Tandoku Concert in SSA 〜Kawaei-san no Koto ga Suki Deshita〜

Kojimatsuri ~Kojima Haruna Kanshasai~

Minegishi Minami Graduation Concert ~Sakura no Sakanai Haru wa Nai~=

Solo Songs


Media Appearances

Stage Plays


  • Densen Uta (伝染歌) (2007)
  • Shingeki no Kyojin (進撃の巨人) (2015)


  • Densha Otoko Deluxe - The Last Holy War (フジテレビ系ドラマ「電車男デラックス~最後の聖戦~) (2006)
  • Joshi Deka! - Female Detective (ジョシデカ!-女子刑事-) (2007)
  • Saito-san (斉藤さん) (2008)
  • Mendol ~Ikemen Idol~(メン★ドル ~イケメンアイドル~) (2008) – Nami Kawachi / Kai
  • Kotodama no Onnatachi (言霊の女たち) (2010)
  • Majisuka Gakuen (マジスカ学園) (2010) – Minami
  • HUNTER ~Sono Onnatachi, Shoukin Kasegi~ (2011)
  • So long! (2013)
  • Majisuka Gakuen 4 (マジスカ学園4) (2015) – Minami

Variety Shows


Takahashi Minami (2015)
Takahashi Minami 6th Senbatsu Sousenkyo Poster (2014)
Takahashi Minami (2014)
Takahashi Minami (2013)
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Takahashi Minami (2012)
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Takahashi Minami (2011)
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Takahashi Minami (Late 2010)
Takahashi Minami (Early 2010)
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Takahashi Minami (2009)
Takahashi Minami (Late 2008)
Takahashi Minami (Early 2008)
Takahashi Minami (Late 2007)
Takahashi Minami (Early 2007)
Takahashi Minami (Late 2006)
Takahashi Minami (Early 2006)