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Teams (Japanese: チーム, Chinese: 队) are what are used to separate members of all 48 Group. By using 'Teams', members can be categorized more easily. Also, instead of the entire group performing a theater show, only one team is assigned to perform. This allows fans to focus on a certain group of members and give the girls days off.

Teams are named after the letters used in their group's name, except for AKB48 Team 4, Team 8 and SNH48 Team X. In the case when a Team's name has already been taken up, roman numerals are used to signify which number of letter that team is. For example, both AKB48 and SKE48 have the letter "K" in their names, so instead of forming a Team K in both AKB and SKE, the AKB team is called Team K and the SKE team is called Team KII. On rare cases, there can be a team with double letter (may be usual for AKB48 Team as Sister Group), for the example for Team SH and Team TP.

AKB48 Team TP implemented a unit system instead teams. GNZ48 also implemented the new Class 4 and Class 8 "teams" while retaining the 3 existing teams.

The Teams of SNH48's sister groups didn't follow this order, because they aren't AKB48 sister groups, but they follow the order of SNH48 actual teams. For example, SNH48 Team NII and GNZ48 Team NIII (Don't confuse with NGT48 Team NIII). Although AKB48 and SNH48 had been separated, AKB48 still continuing the order without caring the teams that were created and taken by SNH48 (SII, NII, and HII).

Each Team has their own captain, who may or may not be the Center of the Team. Traditionally, teams had 16 members, but since the Tokyo Dome Team Shuffle, there is no limit to the amount of members that can be on a team.

Also each team has their representative color. Usually, the first team represents its sister's group color for an example like JKT48 Team J, that team use "Red" color (as same as the color of JKT48 logo). But for few case, some first teams use another color for an example like HKT48 Team H, that team use "Green" color (which is not same as HKT48 logo color which use "Black" as its color).

The only groups that do not use teams are SDN48, Nogizaka46, Keyakizaka46, Sakurazaka46, Hinatazaka46 and Yoshimotozaka46, where members were separated by using generations instead. Even without Teams, these three groups have their own captains. SDN48 was disbanded in 2012, however. TPE48 didn't formed a team, instead they transferred all of their members to AKB48 Team TP.

NMB48, STU48, AKB48 Team SH and CKG48 doesn't have split into teams, simply they promoted as a full group. Due to the various effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, JKT48, and BEJ48 disbanded their teams.

A team has its own activity, such as has recording for Single/Album/Setlist Studio Recording for its team, doing a event/concert for its team, doing a setlist by a team, and etc. But, usually they still can interact with another member in another team (Senbatsu, concert, Himawarigumi, and etc). Himawarigumi (AKB48, HKT48, and JKT48) and Cattleyagumi (NMB48) are terms for a group which is formed by some members in a team that usually doing a stage rather than for another activity.

Sometimes, there are special groups made within the 48g, such as single coupling song groups. An example of this is Team PB or Team YJ. These teams were only temporary and for marketing purposes, the members within them stayed part of their original teams as well. Other temporary teams, such as Team Undecided and Team Unknown, are used when a member is transferred or promoted, but there either is no team spot available, or they haven't been assigned to a team yet. Kenkyuusei, Trainee, or Academy (they are the unders for promoted members) are sometimes referred to as Team Kenkyuusei, but is not official.

Currently, a special Team, Team Kaigai is being used for AKB48 members who have been transferred to sister groups abroad.

A list with the current captains of the teams can be found here.

Active Member Separation

Team, Unit or Class

Group Team Activity Period
AKB48 Team A 2005.12.08 -
Team K 2006.04.01 -
Team B 2007.04.08 -
Team 4 2011.06.06 - 2012.10.31
2013.08.24 -
Team 8 2014.04.03 -
SKE48 Team S 2008.10.05 -
Team KII 2009.05.25 -
Team E 2010.12.06 -
HKT48 Team H 2012.03.04 -
Team KIV 2014.04.23 -
Team TII 2016.03.30 -
BNK48 Team BIII 2017.12.24 -
Team NV 2019.11.16 -
MNL48 Team MII 2018.05.02 -
Team NIV 2018.05.02 -
Team L 2018.05.02 -
AKB48 Team TP Daisy 2020.03.07 -
Bellflower 2020.03.07 -
Sakura 2020.03.07 -
CGM48 Team C 2020.02.09 -
SNH48 Team SII 2013.11.11 -
Team NII 2013.11.11 -
Team HII 2014.09.05 -
Team X 2015.04.17 -
GNZ48 Team G 2016.04.20 -
Team NIII 2016.04.20 -
Team Z 2016.10.23 -
Class 4 2020.06.13 -
Class 8 2020.06.13 -

By Generation

Group Separation
NGT48 Promoted 1st Generation
Nogizaka46 Promoted 1st Generation
Promoted 2nd Generation
Promoted 3rd Generation
Promoted 4th Generation
Sakurazaka46 Promoted 1st Generation
Promoted 2nd Generation
Hinatazaka46 Promoted 1st Generation
Promoted 2nd Generation
Promoted 3rd Generation
Yoshimotozaka46 Promoted 1st Generation
Promoted 2nd Generation

As Group

Group Separation
AKB48 Team SH AKB48 Team SH

Inactive or Disbanded


Group Team Activity Period
NMB48 Team N 2011.03.10 - 2021.01.20
Team M 2012.01.26 - 2021.01.22
Team BII 2012.10.10 - 2021.01.21
NGT48 Team NIII 2016.01.10 - 2019.04.21
Team G 2018.07.01 - 2019.04.21
JKT48 Team J 2012.12.23 - 2021.03.14
Team KIII 2013.06.25 - 2021.03.13
Team T 2015.01.26 - 2019.12.31
2020.08.22 - 2021.03.12
SNH48 Team XII 2015.12.04 - 2018.02.03
Team FT 2018.02.03 - 2019.01.19
BEJ48 Team B 2016.04.20 - 2020.09.04
Team E 2016.04.20 - 2020.09.04
Team J 2016.10.01 - 2020.09.04
SHY48 Team SIII 2017.01.12 - 2019.01.19
Team HIII 2017.02.19 - 2019.01.19
CKG48 Team C 2017.10.27 - 2019.01.19
Team K 2017.10.27 - 2019.01.19

Other Separation

Group Separation
SDN48 1st Generation
2nd Generation
3rd Generation
Keyakizaka46 Kanji Keyakizaka46
Hiragana Keyakizaka46
Promoted 1st Generation
Promoted 2nd Generation

Kenkyuusei, Trainee, Kenshusei, Academy and Understudy


Group Team
AKB48 AKB48 Kenkyuusei
SKE48 SKE48 Kenkyuusei
NMB48 NMB48 Kenkyuusei
HKT48 HKT48 Kenkyuusei
NGT48 NGT48 Kenkyuusei
STU48 STU48 Kenkyuusei
BNK48 BNK48 Trainee
MNL48 MNL48 Trainee
AKB48 Team SH AKB48 Team SH Trainee
SGO48 SGO48 Trainee
AKB48 Team TP AKB48 Team TP Trainee
CGM48 CGM48 Trainee
SNH48 SNH48 Trainee
GNZ48 GNZ48 Trainee


Group Team
SDN48 SDN48 Understudy
JKT48 JKT48 Academy
TPE48 TPE48 Trainee
DEL48 DEL48 Trainee
Nogizaka46 Nogizaka46 Kenkyuusei
Sakamichi Kenshusei Sakamichi Kenshusei
BEJ48 BEJ48 Trainee
SHY48 SHY48 Trainee
CKG48 CKG48 Trainee

See Also

  • Team Unknown and Team Undecided (used when a member is transferred or promoted)
  • Team Kaigai (used for AKB48 members who have been transferred to sister groups abroad)
  • Concurrent Positions (a position where a member becomes a member of two different groups and teams at the same time)