|Nickname||Aki-P (by AKB48 members and fans)|
|Birthdate||May 2, 1958|
|Birthplace||Meguro, Tokyo, Japan|
|Zodiac Sign||♉︎ Taurus|
|Occupation||Lyricist, record producer, television writer|
|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.
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".
In 1988, Akimoto married Onyanko Club member Takai Mamiko.