Maeda Atsuko
前田敦子(まえだ あつこ)
Acchan 2017
Maeda Atsuko, 2017
Nickname Acchan (あっちゃん?)
Birthdate July 10, 1991 (1991-07-10) (age 28)
Birthplace Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan
Bloodtype A
Zodiac Sign Cancer Cancer
Height 161cm
B-W-H 76 - 60 - 83cm
Shoe Size 22cm
Professional Information
Genres J-Pop
Occupation Singer, Idol, Actress
Years Active 2005-present
(14 years; 6 in AKB48)
Agency Ohta Pro
Label King Records
group AKB48
Team AKB48 Graduates
Generation 1st Generation AKB48
Associated Acts AKB48
SNS Atsuko Maeda Official Website
atsuko_potts (Instagram)
Twitter 12px-Twitter_bird_logo_2012.svg.jpg @Atsuko_100
Graduated August 27, 2012

Name Spelling
Birth Name
Kanji 前田敦子
Hiragana まえだ あつこ
Katakana マエダ アツコ
Romaji Maeda Atsuko
"If the concept of AKB48 had to be summed up into one girl, it would be Maeda Atsuko."

Maeda Atsuko was a member of AKB48's Team A. She had consistently been at the forefront of the group, which earned her the title "The Face of AKB48". In both the 2009 Senbatsu Election and 2011 Senbatsu Election, she was voted number one. She graduated in August 2012 to pursue a career as a solo singer and actress.



AKB48's 12th single, "Namida Surprise!", included voting tickets for the 2009 AKB48 Senbatsu Election. Maeda won with 4,630 votes, becoming the center for AKB48's 13th single "Iiwake Maybe". However, in the next election Maeda lost to Oshima Yuko, and the latter became the frontgirl for "Heavy Rotation". In 2011, the third AKB48 Senbatsu Election was held. During the early results, Oshima was in first place. However, in the final results Maeda won, with over 17,000 more votes than Oshima.

On March 25 2012 during an AKB48 Concert at the Saitama Super Arena, Maeda announced that she would graduate. She graduated from AKB48 on August 27, 2012 in the AKB48 Theater. In June 2013, it was announced that Maeda will be appearing in AKB48's 5 Dome Tour, on July 31st, at Sapporo Dome. She also performed at AKB48's 2015 Request Hour.

Solo Singer

On April 23 2011, it was announced by Maeda herself at AKB48's handshake event in Nagoya Dome that she would make her solo debut. Her debut single, "Flower", was released on June 22 2011. She has had three more singles, with the most recent released in early 2014.

Acting Career

In 2007, Maeda played the sub-leading role in the film Ashita no Watashi no Tsukurikata, which was her first performance as an actress. She starred in the 2011 film Moshidora and appeared in Nobuhiro Yamashita's 2012 film Kueki Ressha. She also starred in Hideo Nakata's 2013 horror film The Complex.

Senbatsu Events

Solo discography



DVDs / Bluray

Discography Participation


Stage Units

Team A 1st Stage
Skirt, Hirari
Hoshi no Ondo (2nd Unit)
Team A 2nd Stage
Nageki no Figure
Nagisa no CHERRY
Senaka Kara Dakishimete
Rio no Kakumei
Team A 3rd Stage
Nage Kiss de Uchi Otose!
Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru
Team A 4th Stage
7ji 12fun no Hatsukoi
Himawarigumi 1st Stage
Idol Nante Yobanaide
Himawarigumi 2nd Stage
Hajimete no Jelly Beans
Team A 5th Stage
Kuroi Tenshi
Team A 6th Stage
Ude wo Kunde
Team Surprise 1st Stage
Omoidasu Tabi ni Tsuraku Naru

Concert Shuffle Units

AKB48 First Concert "Aitakatta ~Hashira wa Naize!~"

AKB48 Haru no Chotto dake Zenkoku Tour ~Madamada Daze AKB48!~

AKB48 Masaka, Kono Concert no Ongen wa Ryuushutsushinai yo ne?

Nenwasure Kanshasai Shuffle Sumaze, AKB! SKE mo Yoroshiku ne

AKB104 Senbatsu Members Sokaku Matsuri

Yokohama Arena 2010 'AKB48 Manseki Matsuri Kibou Sanpi Ryouron'

Surprise wa Arimasen

AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2011

Maeda Atsuko Namida no Sotsugyo Sengen! in Saitama Super Arena ~Gyomu Renraku. Tanomuzo, Katayama Bucho!~

AKB48 in TOKYO DOME ~1830m no Yume~

Media Appearances



  • Swan no Baka! (スワンの馬鹿!, 2007)
  • Shiori to Shimiko no Kaiki Jikenbo (栞と紙魚子の怪奇事件簿, 2008)
  • Taiyou to Umi no Kyoushitsu (太陽と海の教室, 2008)
  • Majisuka Gakuen (マジスカ学園, 2010)
  • Ryomaden (2010)
  • Q10 (2010)
  • Sakura Kara no Tegami~AKB48 Sorezore no Sotsugyou Monogatari~ (2011)
  • Hanazakari no Kimitachi e 2011 (2011)
  • Majisuka Gakuen 2 (マジスカ学園2, 2011)
  • Saiko no Jinsei (2012)
  • Kasuka na Kanojo (2013)
  • Asaki Yumemishi ~Yaoya Oshichi Ibun (2013)

Television shows

  • AKBINGO! (2008-2012)
  • Shukan AKB (2009-2012)
  • AKB48 Nemōsu TV (2008-2012)
  • Gachi Gase (2012)


  • 2011: Voce Beauty Awards 2011 Best Cosmetics Grand Prix - The Best Beauty of the Year
  • 2012: 35th Japan Academy Awards - Popularity Award - Actor/Actress for "Moshidora"
  • 2012: 21st Japan Movie Critics Circle - Best Newcomer for "Moshidora"
  • 2012: Japan's Foreign Film Importers and Distributers Association - Foreign Cinema’s Best Supporter
  • 2012: 4th Tama Film Awards - Best New and Upcoming Actress for "Kueki Ressha"
  • 2012: Vogue Japan Women of the Year
  • 2013: 22nd Japanese Film Professional Awards - Best Actress for "Kueki Ressha"
  • 2013: 22nd Japanese Professional Movie Award - Best Actress for "Kueki Ressha"



  • [2009.01.23] Hai. (はいっ。)
  • [2010.02.25] Acchan in Hawaii (あっちゃん in Hawaii)
  • [2010.04.26] Maeda Atsuko in Tokyo (前田敦子 in Tokyo)
  • [2010.06.07] Atsuko in NY
  • [2012.03.16] Bukiyō



Video Games


  • Her hobby is sleeping.
  • She was the second AKB48 member to debut as a soloist.
  • Since the beginning of AKB48 she, along with Team A captain Takahashi Minami, were in the forefront of the group.
  • She is close with Takahashi Minami, Minegishi Minami, and Shinoda Mariko.
  • Her oshimen is Takahashi Minami.
  • Her favorite kind of sushi is shellfish.
  • Describes herself as having no talents.
  • Greatly admires Shibasaki Kou.
    • Her audition song was Glitter by Shibasaki Kou.
  • The first CD she ever bought was LOVE Machine by Morning Musume.
  • Has a Guinea Pig named Shokora, and a dog named Cocoa.
  • Wears glasses only when she is at home.
  • Says she's bad at enunciation, so practices by just saying vowels (an example is shown in her Private Video).
  • As seen on AKB 1ji 59fun! (the AKB48 TV show) she, along with Takahashi Minami, can't skip properly.
  • Her first appearance in AKB 1ji 59fun! was in Episode 1, where she appeared as a life-sized cardboard cut-out of her with a sash which reads: "on leave, filming for a drama" (ドラマ収録のため欠席, Dorama shuuroku no tame kesseki). She was the first member to have a cardboard cut-out of herself up until AKBINGO!.
  • Is left-handed. But as revealed in one of AKBINGO!'s segments, she can write using her right hand.[1]
  • She is a fan of the Yomiuri Giants.
  • Donated 1.25 million yen for charity to Green Cross International as of 2009.
  • On May 18, 2010, she took a picture with Justin Bieber when they were filming for "Music Japan" and posted it on her blog.
  • She took a picture with Ke$ha, and with picture with Taylor Swift).
  • On March 2, 2011, she talked to Avril Lavigne and took a picture with her.
  • She makes a cameo appearance in the Aitakatta Kamoshirenai PV of Nogizaka46, briefly encountering Ikoma Rina who played the role that Acchan portrayed in their own Aitakatta PV. This made her the first AKB member to work with Nogizaka in a music video.
  • She was the only victim in AKBINGO!'s AKRangers segment to be covered in flour twice.
  • Said in an interview and in her blog that if she hasn't found her partner in the future, she'll want Takahashi Minami to live with her.
  • Her favorite Dragon Ball character is Son Gohan.
  • Her younger sister's name is Miyuki.
  • She has been the center in many of AKB48's A-side music videos (from Skirt, Hirari with Itano Tomomi and Takahashi Minami until Manatsu no Sounds Good! with Watanabe Mayu).
  • Her last appearance as a member of AKB48 was in Gingham Check's first PV and Yume no Kawa's PV. She later appeared in the music video of Kibouteki Refrain and Kimi wa Melody.
  • She can't stand spicy food. In the second episode of AKBINGO! Acchan had to retire from the episode after eating spicy chicken. It was too hot for her and she ended up crying in pain.
  • She is married to an actor Katsuji Ryo on July 30, 2018.
  • On March 4, 2019, she gave birth to a baby boy


  1. 2012.06.13 - AKBINGO! Episode 191



  • Maeda Atsuko, Nagisa no CHERRY Theater
  • Maeda Atsuko, Idol Nante Yobanaide in AKB48 Theater
  • Maeda Atsuko, Hajimete no Jelly Beans in AKB48 Theater
  • Maeda Atsuko, Kuroi Tenshi in AKB48 Theater
  • Maeda Atsuko, 1st Senbatsu Election Poster
  • Maeda Atsuko, 1st place in 1st Senbatsu Election
  • Maeda Atsuko, 2nd Senbatsu Election Poster
  • Maeda Atsuko, 2nd place in 2nd Senbatsu Election
  • Maeda Atsuko, 3rd Senbatsu Election Poster
  • Maeda Atsuko, 1st place in 3rd Senbatsu Election
  • Maeda Atsuko and Itano Tomomi, Kimi to Boku no Kankei, in Seibu Dome
  • Maeda Atsuko and Itano Tomomi, Kimi to Boku no Kankei, in Request Hour 2012
  • Maeda Atsuko announcing graduation from AKB
  • Maeda Atsuko, AKB48 in TOKYO DOME ~1830m no Yume~
  • Maeda Atsuko, Hajimete no Jelly Beans in Tokyo Dome
  • Maeda Atsuko and Takahashi Minami, Omoide no Hotondo, in Tokyo Dome
  • Maeda Atsuko, Nagisa no CHERRY in Tokyo Dome
  • Maeda Atsuko, Kuroi Tenshi in Tokyo Dome
  • Maeda Atsuko, Idol Nante Yobanaide in Tokyo Dome
  • Maeda Atsuko, Last concert with AKB48 in Tokyo Dome
  • Maeda Atsuko's Graduation from AKB on August 27, 2012
  • Maeda Atsuko removing her portrait from the AKB theater wall


  • Maeda Atsuko, Skirt, Hirari
  • Maeda Atsuko, Aitakatta
  • Maeda Atsuko, Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou
  • Maeda Atsuko, Romance, Irane
  • Maeda Atsuko, Baby! Baby! Baby!
  • Maeda Atsuko, Oogoe Diamond
  • Maeda Atsuko, Namida Surprise!
  • Maeda Atsuko, Iiwake Maybe
  • Maeda Atsuko, RIVER
  • Maeda Atsuko, Sakura no Shiori
  • Maeda Atsuko, Kamikyokutachi
  • Maeda Atsuko, Ponytail no Shushu
  • Maeda Atsuko, Heavy Rotation
  • Maeda Atsuko, Beginner
  • Maeda Atsuko, Chance no Junban
  • Maeda Atsuko, Kurumi to Dialogue
  • Maeda Atsuko, Yoyaku Shita Christmas
  • Maeda Atsuko, Sakura no Ki ni Narou
  • Maeda Atsuko, Kiss Made 100 Mile
  • Maeda Atsuko, Everyday, Katyusha
  • Maeda Atsuko, Korekara Wonderland
  • Maeda Atsuko, Koko ni Ita Koto
  • Maeda Atsuko, Flower
  • Maeda Atsuko, Flying Get
  • Maeda Atsuko, Ice no Kuchizuke
  • Maeda Atsuko, Kaze wa Fuiteiru
  • Maeda Atsuko, Rinjin wa Kizutsukanai
  • Maeda Atsuko, Noel no Yuro
  • Maeda Atsuko, GIVE ME FIVE!
  • Maeda Atsuko, Manatsu no Sounds Good!
  • Maeda Atsuko, Kimi wa Boku da
  • Maeda Atsuko, Juuryoku Sympathy
  • Maeda Atsuko, Kinmokusei
  • Maeda Atsuko, Omoidasu Tabi ni Tsuraku Naru
  • Maeda Atsuko, Tabidachi no Toki
  • Maeda Atsuko, AKB Festival
  • Maeda Atsuko, 1830m
  • Maeda Atsuko with Oshima Yuko, Gingham Check
  • Maeda Atsuko, Kimi ga Omotteru yori...
  • Maeda Atsuko, Heart no Vector
  • Maeda Atsuko, Time Machine Nante Iranai

Maeda Family Tree

Miyuki (Sister)

Honorary Titles

Honorary titles

Preceded by

Center of AKB48
2005 - August 27, 2012

Succeeded by

Preceded by

Center of Team A
(With Takahashi Minami)
2005 - August 27, 2012

Succeeded by
Takahashi Minami and Watanabe Mayu

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