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The 1st to 3rd Generation are known as the Original Teams (1st Gen: Team A, 2nd Gen: Team K, 3rd Gen: Team B).

Later on, when more auditions were held, all the future successful candidates would take part of a in-training team of members that would work as sub and under for the official members in various activities (mostly the Theater Performances). And finally, when any of the official members would graduate, a girl would be promoted to fill the space.

This group of girls was called AKB48 SEED. The term was dropped later on and changed to Kenkyuusei Members (Research Students). After more auditions were held and eventually more generations were created, the Kenkyuusei started to perform by themselves in the theater on their own stage.

In 2009 the Team Kenkyuusei was created and the Kenkyuusei Selection was held for the first time. Since then, the Kenkyuusei had more presence in the group, even being part of Senbatsu and appearing on TV shows. After the 2012 Tokyo Dome Team Shuffle, the Kenkyuusei rarely subbed for members of Team A, Team K, and Team B at theater shows any longer. This was because those teams had over 16 members, and since only 16 could perform at once, there was usually a surplus of members to perform. However, until the AKB48 Group Daisokaku Matsuri Team 4 only had 16 members, so whenever a Team 4 member could not perform a Kenkyuusei would fill her place.

Currently five generations (2nd, 6th, 7th, 8th and 11th) don't have remaining active members. Besides the regular auditions, AKB48 also participates in the AKB48 Group Draft Kaigi to recruit new members. They also had a special audition to recruit Team 8 and two auditions to recruit temporary members (Otona AKB48 and Baito AKB). Team 8, having one member from each prefecture, holds separated auditions everytime a member graduates. AKB48 also has Concurrent Members, members from sister groups who have a concurrent position in AKB48. However, after the AKB48 Team Shuffle 2017, no sister group members hold Concurrent positions on AKB48. Instead, all members of Team 8 are Concurrent members, being members of two teams on the same group.

AKB48 has had 209 original members over 16 generations (not including Draft, Team 8 members, Kennin, transferred and temporary members) and a total of 395 members (Plus Draft, Team 8 members, Kennin, transferred and temporary members). As of September 2020, AKB48 has 91 members, plus 8 Kenkyuusei and 1 member in IZONE.

AKB48 Original Teams

  • Bolded names indicate members, which are still active in AKB48 or one of the sister groups
  • Italicized names indicate members with pending graduations

1st Generation (Original Team A)


  • Announced October 30, 2005.
  • 20 members formed Team A on October, 2005.

Members (21): Itano Tomomi, Usami Yuki, Urano Kazumi, Oe Tomomi, Oshima Mai, Orii Ayumi, Kawasaki Nozomi, Komatani Hitomi, Kojima Haruna, Sato Yukari, Takahashi Minami, Tojima Hana, Nakanishi Rina, Narita Risa, Hirajima Natsumi, Hoshino Michiru, Maeda Atsuko, Masuyama Kayano, Minegishi Minami, Watanabe Shiho | Shinoda Mariko (joined the group on 2006/1/22)

2nd Generation (Original Team K)

  • Announced February 2006.
  • 17 members formed Team K on February 26, 2006.

Members (17): Akimoto Sayaka, Imai Yu, Uemura Ayako, Umeda Ayaka, Oshima Yuko, Ohori Megumi, Oku Manami, Ono Erena, Kasai Tomomi, Kobayashi Kana, Sato Natsuki, Takada Ayana, Noro Kayo, Hayano Kaoru, Masuda Yuka, Matsubara Natsumi, Miyazawa Sae

3rd Generation (Original Team B)


  • Announced December 9, 2006.
  • 13 members formed Team B on December, 2006.

Members (13): Inoue Naru, Ota Aika, Kashiwagi Yuki, Katayama Haruka, Kikuchi Ayaka, Saotome Miki, Tanabe Miku, Nakagawa Haruka, Nakaya Sayaka, Noguchi Reina, Matsuoka Yuki, Yonezawa Rumi, Watanabe Mayu

AKB48 SEEDs / Kenkyuusei (4th Gen - 16th Gen)

4th Generation


  • Announced May 26, 2007.

Members (18): Iinuma Yurina, Uriya Akane, Oya Shizuka, Kaneko Satomi, Kuramochi Asuka, Kozuka Rina, Saeki Mika, Sato Amina, Suzuki Nae, Deguchi Aki, Nakata Chisato, Nakanishi Yuka, Naruse Risa, Fujie Reina, Fujimoto Sara, Muranaka Satomi, Yoshioka Saki, Watanabe Marie

5th Generation


  • Announced October 6, 2007

Members (13): Arima Yuka, Ishida Haruka, Uchida Mayumi, Kitahara Rie, Kohara Haruka, Sashihara Rino, Chikano Rina, Tomita Mayu, Nakatsuka Tomomi, Nito Moeno, Hatayama Arisa, Miyazaki Miho, Yamada Mizuki

6th Generation

  • Announced April 2008.

Members (4): Katano Yurie, Takajo Aki, Nishizawa Sara, Nonaka Misato

7th Generation

  • Announced December 2008.

Members (11): Ishiguro Remi, Iwasa Misaki, Katono Mizuho, Kikuchi Ayaka, Komori Mika, Sato Sumire, Suzuki Shihori, Suzuki Mariya, Hayashi Ayano, Maeda Ami, Matsui Sakiko

8th Generation

  • Announced April 2009.
  • No one got promoted to any team.

Members (15): Asai Madoka, Ishii Ayaka, Ishibe Aya, Imai Yurie, Ueki Asaka, Kaku Grace, Komatsu Mizuki, Komizu Nanami, Sakamoto Rio, Sano Yuriko, Sugiyama Miku, Tomite Ami, Nishikawa Nanami, Miki Nikoru, Muranaka Satomi

9th Generation


  • Announced September 20, 2009.
  • The ninth generation formed parts of the first incarnation of Team 4.

Members (14): Ishiguro Atsuki, Ito Ayaka, Oba Mina, Kinumoto Momoko, Shimazaki Haruka, Shimada Haruka, Takamatsu Eri, Takeuchi Miyu, Nakamura Mariko, Nagao Mariya, Fujimoto Sara, Mori Anna, Yamauchi Suzuran, Yokoyama Yui

10th Generation


  • Announced March 31, 2010.

Members (10): Abe Maria, Iriyama Anna, Ichikawa Miori, Izuta Rina, Iwasaki Hitomi, Kato Rena, Kanazawa Yuuki, Kobayashi Marina, Nakamata Shiori, Fujita Nana

11th Generation

  • Announced July 24, 2010

Members (10): Ushikubo Sara, Okazaki Chinami, Kawaei Rina, Kawakami Marina, Kojima Natsuki, Suzuki Shihori, Toyoda Saki, Natori Wakana, Morikawa Ayaka, Yamaguchi Nau

12th Generation


  • Announced April 2011

Members (10): Iwata Karen, Omori Miyuu, Saeed Yokota Erena, Sasaki Yukari, Suzuki Rika, Takahashi Juri, Tano Yuka, Hirata Rina, Muto Tomu | Eguchi Aimi (joined the group on 2011/06/11)

13th Generation


  • Announced September 24, 2011.
  • 9 members formed the new Team 4 on August 24, 2013.

Members (16): Aigasa Moe, Amemiya Maika, Iwatate Saho, Umeta Ayano, Okada Ayaka, Oshima Ryoka, Kita Shiori, Kitazawa Saki, Shinozaki Ayana, Takashima Yurina, Hasegawa Haruna, Mitsumune Kaoru, Murayama Yuiri, Mogi Shinobu, Moriyama Sakura, Watanabe Nene

14th Generation


  • Announced July 2012.

Members (6): Uchiyama Natsuki, Okada Nana, Kojima Mako, Nishino Miki, Hashimoto Hikari, Maeda Mitsuki

15th Generation


  • Announced May, 2013

Members (12): Ichikawa Manami, Owada Nana, Komiyama Haruka, Sato Kiara, Tsuchiyasu Mizuki, Fukuoka Seina, Mukaichi Mion, Yumoto Ami | Okawa Rio, Tatsuya Makiho (joined the group on 2013/10/28) | Iino Miyabi, Taniguchi Megu (joined the group on 2014/04/14)

16th Generation


  • Announced December 8, 2016

Members (19): Asai Nanami, Inagaki Kaori, Umemoto Izumi, Kurosu Haruka, Sato Minami, Shoji Nagisa, Suzuki Kurumi, Taguchi Manaka, Taya Misaki, Nagatomo Ayami, Noguchi Nanami, Harima Nanami, Homma Mai, Maeda Ayaka, Michieda Saki, Muto Orin, Yasuda Kana, Yamauchi Mizuki, Yamane Suzuha

Transferred Members

1st Generation


  • Announced February 24, 2014

Members (4): Ogasawara Mayu, Kizaki Yuria, Nakanishi Chiyori, Nozawa Rena

Concurrent Members

1st Generation

  • Announced March 24, 2012

Members (2): Matsui Jurina, Watanabe Miyuki

2nd Generation

  • Announced August 24, 2012

Members (2): Ishida Anna, Kotani Riho

  • Kotani Riho returned as a Kennin member for the 5th Generation

3rd Generation

  • Announced April 28, 2013

Members (3): Kodama Haruka, Yagura Fuuko, Furuhata Nao

4th Generation

  • Announced June 18, 2013

Members (1): Nozawa Rena

5th Generation

  • Announced February 24, 2014

Members (6): Ikoma Rina, Kotani Riho, Shibuya Nagisa, Tomonaga Mio, Miyawaki Sakura, Yamamoto Sayaka

6th Generation


  • Announced March 26, 2015

Members (7): Kitagawa Ryoha, Sakaguchi Nagisa, Shiroma Miru, Nakano Ikumi, Yabuki Nako, Yamada Nanami, Watanabe Miyuki

7th Generation


  • Announced December 8, 2017

Members (42): Utada Hatsuka, Ota Nao, Onishi Momoka, Okabe Rin, Okuhara Hinako, Okumoto Hinano, Oguri Yui, Oda Erina, Kawahara Misaki, Kuranoo Narumi, Gyoten Yurina, Sato Akari, Sato Shiori, Sato Nanami, Shitao Miu, Shimizu Maria, Shimoaoki Karin, Takaoka Kaoru, Takahashi Ayane, Takahashi Sayaka, Tanikawa Hijiri, Cho Kurena, Terada Misaki, Nagano Serika, Noda Hinano, Hashimoto Haruna, Hattori Yuna, Hama Sayuna, Hayasaka Tsumugi, Harumoto Yuki, Hitomi Kotone, Hidaritomo Ayaka, Hirano Hikaru, Honda Hitomi, Miyazato Rira, Yaguchi Moka, Yamada Kyoka, Yamamoto Ruka, Yokomichi Yuri, Yokoyama Yui, Yoshikawa Nanase, Yoshida Karen

Draft Members

1st Generation


  • Announced November 10, 2013

Members (6): Kawamoto Saya, Goto Moe, Shimoguchi Hinana, Takita Kayoko, Nishiyama Rena, Yokoshima Aeri

2nd Generation


  • Announced May 10, 2015

Members (7): Kubo Satone, Takahashi Kira, Chiba Eri, Nishikawa Rei, Nomura Nao, Hiwatashi Yui, Yamabe Ayu

3rd Generation


  • Announced January 21, 2018

Members (19): Ishiwata Sena, Otake Hitomi, Omori Maho, Okada Rina, Katsumata Saori, Kamiyama Riho, Kitagawa Yuri, Kuramoto Miyuu, Kobayashi Ran, Saito Haruna, Sato Shiori, Suenaga Yuzuki, Tada Kyoka, Nagano Megumi, Harasawa Otohi, Furukawa Nazuna, Honda Sora, Yahagi Moeka, Yoshihashi Yuzuka

Team 8 Toyota Members


  • Announced April 2014.
  • Usually, this team contain 47 members from every prefectures. There'll be (a) new member(s) every there are graduating member(s) on it.

Members (74): Abe Mei, Iwasaki Moeka, Ota Nao, Onishi Momoka, Okabe Rin, Okubora Chinatsu, Oguri Yui, Oda Erina, Kita Reina, Gyoten Yurina, Kuranoo Narumi, Kondo Moeri, Sakaguchi Nagisa, Sato Akari, Sato Shiori, Sato Nanami, Shitao Miu, Shimizu Maria, Shimoaoki Karin, Takaoka Kaoru, Takahashi Ayane, Tani Yuri, Tanikawa Hijiri, Cho Kurena, Nakano Ikumi, Nagano Serika, Hashimoto Haruna, Hama Sayuna, Hamamatsu Riona, Hayasaka Tsumugi, Hitomi Kotone, Hidaritomo Ayaka, Hirose Natsuki, Fukuchi Rena, Fujimura Natsuki, Honda Hitomi, Miyazato Rira, Mogi Kasumi, Moriwaki Yui, Yaguchi Moka, Yamada Nanami, Yamamoto Ai, Yamamoto Ruka, Yokomichi Yuri, Yokoyama Yui, Yoshikawa Nanase, Yoshino Miyu | Hattori Yuna (joined the group on 2014/7/26) | Yoshida Karen (joined the group on 2015/4/3) | Terada Misaki, Noda Hinano, Utada Hatsuka (joined the group on 2016/6/25) | Takahashi Sayaka, Hirano Hikaru (joined the group on 2016/12/9) | Yamada Kyoka (joined the group on 2017/3/20) | Kawahara Misaki (joined the group on 2017/8/8) | Okumoto Hinano (joined the group on 2017/9/2) | Harumoto Yuki (joined the group on 2017/9/10) | Okuhara Hinako (joined the group on 2017/11/19) | Rissen Airi, Ito Kirara (joined the group on 2018/04/29) | Mitomo Mashiro (joined the group on 2018/08/08) | Fujizono Rei (joined the group on 2018/10/20) | Fukutome Mitsuho, Tokunaga Remi, Kamachi Yukina (joined the group on 2019/10/06) | Nunoya Riru, Inoue Miyuu, Hasegawa Momoka (joined the group on 2019/10/13) | Shiobara Karin, Suzuki Yuka, Matsumura Miku, Uemi Sorano (joined the group on 2019/10/14) | Onoue Mizuki (joined the group on 2019/11/09) | Sakagawa Hiyuka (joined the group on 2019/12/28)

Special Audition

AKB48 Taiwan Audition


  • Announced October 2015

AKB48 China Audition


  • Announced March 2018

Temporary Members

Otona AKB48

  • Duration: April - September 2014

Baito AKB

  • Announced September 24, 2014

Baito AKB Paruru Selection

  • Announced February 9, 2016

Exchange Students

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