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Teams (Japanese: チーム, Mandarin: 队) are what are used to separate members of AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, NGT48, STU48, JKT48, BNK48, TPE48, MNL48, SNH48, BEJ48, GNZ48, SHY48 and CKG48 up. 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, Team TP, and Team FT.

The Teams of SNH48's sister groups didn't follow this order, because they aren't AKB48 sister groups. For example, BEJ48 Team B and AKB48 Team B, 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).

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 and Keyakizaka46, where members were separated by using generations instead. Even without Teams, these three groups have their own captains, with Noro Kayo being the SDN48 captain, Sakurai Reika the Nogizaka46 captain, and Sugai Yuuka being the Keyakizaka46 captain. SDN48 was disbanded in 2012, however. TPE48 didn't formed a team, instead they transferred all of their members to AKB48 Team TP

A team has its own activity, such as has recording for Single/Album/Setlist Studio Recording for its team, doing a event/concer 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 AKB48 Group, 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, Research Student, 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.

Current Teams

AKB48 Group

AKB48 Group with 3 Letters Format


Team A

Team K

Team B

Team 4

Team 8


Team S

Team KII

Team E


Team N

Team M

Team BII


Team H

Team KIV

Team TII



Team G


Team J


Team T




Team MII

Team NIV

Team L

AKB48 Team as Sister Group

AKB48 Team SH

Team SH

AKB48 Team TP

Team TP

SNH48 Group


Team SII

Team NII

Team HII

Team X


Team B

Team E

Team J


Team G


Team Z

Inactive and/or Disbanded Teams

SNH48 Group


Team XII

Team FT





Team C

Team K

Kenkyuusei, Research Student, SEED, Understudy, Trainee, and/or Academy

They are the unders for promoted members.

AKB48 Groups

AKB48 Kenkyuusei (Previous name: AKB48 SEED)

SKE48 Kenkyuusei

NMB48 Kenkyuusei

HKT48 Kenkyuusei

NGT48 Kenkyuusei

STU48 Kenkyuusei

JKT48 Academy (Previous name: JKT48 Trainee)

BNK48 Trainee

MNL48 Trainee

Team SH Trainee

Team TP Trainee

SNH48 Group

SNH48 Trainee

BEJ48 Trainee

GNZ48 Trainee

Inactive and/or Disbanded

SDN48 Understudy

Nogizaka46 Kenkyuusei

SHY48 Trainee

CKG48 Trainee

Other Terms and Members Lists

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)

Transferred Members

Graduation (a term used to refer to (a) member(s) that leave(s) their/her respective group)

Captain and/or Leaders (Used to describe a member that is the authority (and many times the represent) of a certain team or group)

SHY48 Members

CKG48 Members

SDN48 Members

OJS48 Members

TPE48 Members

IZONE Members

Nogizaka46 Members

Keyakizaka46 Members

Yoshimotozaka46 Members