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Akimoto Yasushi
秋元 康
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Akimoto Yasushi
Information
Nickname Aki-P (by AKB48 members and fans)
Birthdate May 2, 1958 (1958-05-02) (age 63)
Birthplace Meguro, Tokyo, Japan
Zodiac Sign ♉︎ Taurus
Height 153cm
Professional Information
Genres J-Pop
Occupation Lyricist, record producer, television writer
Years Active 1973–present
Group AKB48 Group/Sakamichi Series
Associated Acts AKB48 Group, Sakamichi Series, IZ*ONE, other groups

Akimoto Yasushi (秋元 康) is a Japanese television writer, lyricist, record producer, professor. He is also the vice president at the Kyoto University of Art and Design. Akimoto created some of Japan's most successful idol groups: Onyanko Club and the AKB48 franchise.

Career

Akimoto became a television writer in high school, and worked on many television programs. He was a producer for the popular, long-running music variety show Utaban, which featured numerous popular idol groups as guests. In 1981, Akimoto started to work as a lyricist, first writing lyrics for Japanese rock band The Alfee. He has written lyrics for various artists such as Kinki Kids, V6, EXILE, Tunnels, Nakashima Mika and his produced groups Onyanko Club, AKB48 Group, Sakamichi Series, and others. He also wrote Hibari Misora's last single during her lifetime, "Kawa no Nagare no Yō ni", and Jero's debut single "Umi Yuki".

Personal life

In 1988, Akimoto married Onyanko Club member Takai Mamiko.

Trivia

  • Akimoto writes all the lyrics from AKB48 Group and IZ*ONE's Japanese tracks. He has also written lyrics for some of the former AKB48 members.
  • He is good friends with Hello! Project Producer and songwriter, Tsunku.
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