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48 Group, also known as 48G or ALL48

AKB48 Group

AKB48 and its national and international sister groups: SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, NGT48, STU48, JKT48, BNK48, MNL48, AKB48 Team SH, SGO48, AKB48 Team TP, CGM48, MUB48, DEL48.

SNH48 Group

SNH48 and its sister groups: BEJ48, GNZ48.

Sakamichi Series (坂道シリーズ)

Nogizaka46 and its sister groups Keyakizaka46, Hinatazaka46, and Yoshimotozaka46. Also known as 46G.


(Main article: Team)



Wotas are fans of idol groups.


The word Oshimen (推しメン) comes from "oshiteru member" ("The member you support"). It's the term used to describe a fan's favorite member. Even though oshimen generally refers to only one member, many fans have more than one oshimen per group (The favorite member among the oshimen is usually referred as Kami-oshi). Sometimes fans change their oshimen (Oshihen).


The term Oshi (推し) applies to fans. For example, if a fan's oshimen is Yokoyama Yui, he is a Yui-oshi. Another example is the song "Team B Oshi" (Team B Fan).

DD and MD

DD is short for "Daredemo Daisuki" ("I love anyone"). It's a term used for fans that like many members in a group.

MD is short for "Minna Daisuki" ("I love everyone"). It's a term used for fans that like all the members in a group.


Hako-oshi (箱推し) refers to a fan who supports an entire group rather than a single oshimen from that group.

Light Stick

Light Sticks (サイリウム Psyllium), also called Penlights are used by wota at concerts. They are short plastic rods that glow in the dark. Fans wave them during performances, sometimes in unison, in order to show support for the members.
Usually, a Team or Group's official color is also their light stick color. For example, supporters of Team A wave pink light sticks, since Team A's official color is pink.
In SKE48, each member has her own light stick color combination. For example, Matsui Jurina has asked her fans to wave one orange and one green light stick for her. Some members of other 48 groups also have established light stick color combinations.



(Main article: Captain)
Captain or Leader describes a member that is the authority (and many times the representative) of a certain team or group

Kenkyuusei/Research Students/Trainee/Academy

Kenkyuusei it's also known as Research Students (研究生) or Trainee or Academy. When girls enter the group, they work as a kenkyuusei until they are promoted to a team. Kenkyuusei receive many of the same perks as promoted members do, but their appearances are usually limited. They usually only perform during the kenkyuusei-only theater shows and as understudies for promoted members when need be. The term may refer to:


(Main article: Center)
Center (センター) describes a member that is on the center position in the formation of the members

Kami 7/Top 7

(Main article: Kami 7)
Kami 7 (God 7) describes the 7 most popular members among ALL48 groups

Concurrent Position/Kennin

(Main article: Concurrent Positions)
A concurrent position (兼任, Kennin) is a position where a member of a group hold two member positions in two different groups and two different teams

Transferred Members

(Main article: Transferred Members)
Transference of members can occur when a member of a group is transferred to another sister group, ceasing to hold a position in their original group and team


(Main article: Graduation)
Graduation (卒業, Sotsugyou) refers to when a member that leaves their respective group


Hiatus (Mandarin: 暂休, Zàn Xiū) is a group of SNH48 Group members who temporarily ceased their activies from the group due to academic problems, physical problems, contractual problems or personal reasons. They are usually considered graduated members, even though they are still attached to the group because of their contract. This category was announced on July 30, 2016, after the SNH48 3rd Senbatsu Election.

In AKB48 Group this category also exists. Kodama Haruka from HKT48 is one of the first members in hiatus.


Seiyuu (声優, Seiyuu) is the Japanese word for 'voice actor/actress.' This is a very common aspiration among idols, especially as a seiyuu for anime. In contrast to this is haiyuu (俳優, haiyuu), the Japanese word for 'actor/actress.'


(Main article: Stage)

Support Member

(Main article: Support Member)
A Support Member is a full member of a group who perform in Kenkyuusei Stages, to fill in empty spots and to support the Kenkyuusei. Support Members also sometimes perform in sister groups whose teams are not yet complete.



An Akushukai (握手会 - Handshake Event), are events held for every AKB48 group single release, where fans get to meet the members and shake hands with them.

The event started in December 16, 2005, after a problem with a equipment and later became a tradition from the group. After the Iwate Incident in 2014 the event suffered several changes to improve security.

There are two types of Akushukai, Zenkoku and Kobetsu


Zenkoku Akushukai are when a group of around 20 AKB48 group members participate in a handshake event in a large city somewhere in Japan. You shake hands with all of the members in that certain row you choose, instead of an individual member. There is also a mini-live event at these events.

The tickets to the Zenkoku Akushukai come with the Limited-Edition copies of singles.


Kobetsu Akushukai (also known as Dai-Akushukai), are events in which all members of AKB48 and it's sister groups are present. In this setting, fans get approximately 10 seconds per ticket to spend with a specific member. Fans are allowed to combine tickets to spend multiple minutes talking to the girl.

The tickets to the Kobetsu Akushukai come with the Theater-Edition copies of singles. However, you have to apply online and pre-order these copies via Chara-Ani when the handshake applications open. This is usually about 1 month before the release date.


Shamekai (Also known as 2-Shot events) have the participation of all members of AKB48 and it's sister groups. On this events, fans are able to take a picture with their favorite members. Tickets are included on albums, that are usually more expensive than singles. For security reasons, fans are not able to touch the member and, after the Iwate Incident a table was added between the two persons.

Senbatsu Election

(Main article: Senbatsu Election)

Janken Tournament

(Main article: Janken Tournament)

Request Hour

(Main article: Request Hour)

Draft Kaigi

(Main article: Draft Kaigi)

Team Shuffle

Team Shuffles occur when teams exchange several of its members. Currently five major Team Shuffles occurred:

Team Shuffles in sister groups include:

Small exchanges, such as Yamada Nana being transferred to Team M and Urano Kazumi, Watanabe Shiho and Hirajima Natsumi being transferred to Team B, are also team shuffles.


Akimoto Yasushi

(Main article: Akimoto Yasushi)
Akimoto Yasushi (秋元康) is the producer and lyricist from the AKB48 Group and Sakamichi Series

Wang ZiJie

(Main article: Wang ZiJie)
Wang ZiJie (王子杰) is the producer and CEO from the SNH48 Group

Theater Manager

Each 48 Group has it's own theater manager:


(Main article: AKS)
AKS (株式会社AKS) is the main agency group and management of AKB48, SKE48, HKT48 and NGT48.


Showtitle is the main agency group and management of NMB48.


STU is the main agency group and management of STU48.


dentsuXentertainment is the main agency group and management of JKT48.

BNK48 Office

BNK48 Office is the main agency group and management of BNK48. This agency is part of the Yoshimoto Entertainment Thailand.

Hallohallo Entertainment Inc.

Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. (HHE) is the main agency group and management of MNL48.

Shanghai Shangyue Culture Development Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Shangyue Culture Development Co., Ltd. (上海尚越文化發展有限公司) is the main agency group and management of AKB48 Team SH.

Muses & Nymph Entertainment

Muses & Nymph Entertainment (阿克斯娛樂有限公司) is the main agency group and management of AKB48 Team TP.

YAG Entertainment

YAG Entertainment is the main agency group and management of SGO48.

YKBK 48 Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.

YKBK 48 Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. is the main agency group and management of DEL48 and MUB48.


(Main article: STAR48)
STAR48 (絲芭文化傳媒有限公司) is the main agency group and management of SNH48, BEJ48, GNZ48, SHY48, CKG48, and CGT48.

Nogizaka46 Ltd.

Nogizaka46 Ltd. (乃木坂46合同会社) is the main agency group and management of Nogizaka46.

Keyakizaka46 Management Office

Keyakizaka46 Management Office (欅坂46運営事務局) is the main agency group and management of Keyakizaka46.


Dentsu is the company in charge of AKB48's advertising.