SKE48, May 2019

SKE48 (short for Sakae48) is a Japanese Idol Group produced by Akimoto Yasushi. They are the 1st sister group of AKB48. The group has their own theater in Sunshine Sakae, in Nagoya (Aichi Prefecture). The 1st generation members were announced on July 30, 2008, debuting on October 5, 2008. The debut single of the group, Tsuyokimono yo, was released on August 5, 2009. They are currently signed under avex trax, originally from Nippon Crown Records.

SKE48 Logo


In the summer of 2008, Akimoto Yasushi started his plan to expand AKB48 to the entire country of Japan by starting in Nagoya. 22 members were chosen and 15 of these girls debuted with former AKB48 Kenkyuusei Nakanishi Yuuka as Team S. 11 year old Matsui Jurina was chosen as Senbatsu Center for AKB48's 10th major single, Oogoe Diamond. SKE48 started performing regularly in the SUNSHINE SAKAE Theater. Even before they could release a single, Suzuki Kirara of Team S graduated in November, 2008 having only performed their first stage.

In April 2009, 23 new girls were chosen as the candidates for the new SKE48 team, KII. 1st Generation Kenkyuusei Sato Seira and Team S member Sato Mieko were chosen to join Team KII and Mori Sayuki was added to Team S.
In August 2009, SKE48 released their first single, Tsuyokimono yo on Lantis. The single did not have selected Senbatsu, and instead featured Team S on the A-side and Team KII as the B-side. Shortly after the release, Team S lost another member, Takai Tsukina, who graduated citing to focus on her studies.
In November 2009, a 3rd generation was announced and 13 members were added to Kenkyuusei.
In December 2009, Maeda Eiko from Team KII transferred to the newly debuted sister group, SDN48 for idols who are above 18 years old. Also in this time, Yamashita Moe graduated from the group to become a graphic artist.

In February 2010, SKE48 Kenkyuusei began performing regularly in the theater.
In March 2010, SKE48 released its first single on CROWN GOLD. The single featured a 7 person Senbatsu. Also in March, 1st generation members Mori Sayuki and Shinkai Rina were demoted to Kenkyuusei, amd eventually to graduated in May 2010.
SKE48's 4th generation debuted in September, 2010. 16 new Kenkyuusei were added to the group, bringing the total number of Kenkyuusei to 26.
On December 6, 2010, SKE48 announced the creation of Team E, using 16 kenkyuusei. 4 members of Team KII, Iguchi Shiori, Kito Momona, Saito Makiko and Uchiyama Mikoto were transferred to Kenkyuusei. 4 remaining members of Kenkyuusei, Abiru Riho, Goto Risako, Hata Sawako, and Yakata Miki were promoted to Team KII. This was also the first time that SKE48 reached its goal of 48 official members.

On May 28, 2011, SKE48 announced that they were changing record labels to avex trax and their first single under their new label, Pareo wa Emerald, would be released on July 27, 2011.

SKE48 allmembers

SKE48, January 2012

On January 15, 2012, SKE48 members Akaeda Ririna, Hara Minami, Hiramatsu Kanako, Kuwabara MizukiKobayashi Emiri, Ogiso Shiori, Takada Shiori, and Ueno Kasumi announced they will be graduating from the group.


SKE48, September 2013

On April 12, 2013, SKE48 had their 1st Team Shuffle (Sokaku) during 1st day of their solo live concert series.
On August 19, 2013, it was announced that SKE48 to hold their first independent concert at Nagoya Dome. During the encore, SKE48 Theater manager Shiba Tomoya appeared on stage and announced via VTR that the group would be holding lives on October 26th at Kobe World Memorial Hall and on December 6th at Yokohama Arena. After a short pause, the screen projected 'SKE48 Independent Concert Nagoya Dome 2014.2.2 (Sun)'.

On February 24, 2014 it was announced that Matsui Rena would hold a Kennin position with Nogizaka46 after teams were reorganized and kenkyuusei members were promoted to full members. Oba Mina (A Kennin member with SKE48 and AKB48) was fully transferred to SKE48 Team KII and other members from AKB48, NMB48, and HKT48 were permanently transferred or given Kennin positions within SKE48. Former Team K member, Miyazawa Sae, was transferred from SNH48 and appointed the new leader of Team S.


SKE48, 2015

On March 15, 2015, the members who passed the 7th Generation audition were revealed.


8th Generation

3rd Generation Draft Kaigi

Former Members

Sister Groups


Single Units



Team S

  • 1st Stage (PARTYが始まるよ / PARTY ga Hajimaru yo) [2008.10.05 ~ 2009.02.08]
  • 2nd Stage (手をつなぎなが / Te wo Tsunaginagara) [2009.02.14 ~ 2009.10.16]
  • 3rd Stage (制服の芽 / Seifuku no Me) [2009.10.25 ~ 2013.07.10]
  • 4th Stage (RESET / RESET) [2013.07.23 ~ 2014.04.21]
  • 5th Stage (重ねた足跡 / Kasaneta Ashiato) [2016.06.14 ~ Present]

Team KII

  • 1st Stage (会いたかった / Aitakatta) [2009.06.13 ~ 2009.11.29]
  • 2nd Stage (手をつなぎなが / Te wo Tsunaginagara) [2009.12.06 ~ 2010.11.30]
  • 3rd Stage (ラムネの飲み方 / Ramune no Nomikata) [2011.10.01 ~ 2013.07.12 and 2014.04.30 ~ 2016.04.24]
  • 4th Stage (シアターの女神 / Theater no Megami) [2013.07.25 ~ 2014.04.18]
  • 5th Stage (0 Start / 0 Start) [2016.06.03 - Present]

Team E

  • 1st Stage (パジャマドライブ / Pajama Drive) [2011.01.16 ~ 2012.03.28]
  • 2nd Stage (逆上が / Saka Agari) [2012.05.14 ~ 2013.07.11]
  • 3rd Stage (僕の太陽 / Boku no Taiyou) [2013.07.24 ~ 2014.04.22]
  • 4th Stage (手をつなぎながら / Te wo Tsunaginagara) [2014.05.02 ~ 2016.09.01]
  • 5th Stage (SKEフェスティバル/ SKE Festival) [2016.09.09 ~ Present]


  • PARTY ga Hajimaru yo (PARTYが始まるよ / PARTY ga Hajimaru yo) [2010.02.16 ~ 2012.08.12 and 2015.07.06 ~ 2017.04.08]
  • Aitakatta (会いたかった / Aitakatta) [2012.02.27 ~ 2013.12.23]
  • Seifuku no Me (制服の芽 / Seifuku no Me) [2014.01.05 ~ 2014.04.19]
  • Upcoming Stage (アップカミング公演 / Upcoming Stage) [2014.06.29 ~ 2015.04.28]
  • Seishun Girls (青春ガールズ / Seishun Girls) [2017.04.14 ~ Present]

AKB48 Events

SKE48 Events


  • SKE48 学園 (SKE48 Gakuen)
  • 知って解決!SKEっとネット (Shitte Kaiketsu! SKEtto Net)
  • でらSKE~夜明け前の国盗り48番勝負 (Dera SKE ~ Yoake Mae no Kuni Tori 48-ban Shoubu)
  • アナアナ商会 (Anna Anna Shoukai)
  • [2011.xx.xx] Itte Koi 48 (イッテ恋48)

Stage DVDs=


  • [2009.10.07] SKE48 Complete Book 〜2008→2009〜
  • [2009.??.??] SKE48 Team S 3rd Stage "Seifuku no Me" Official Performance Guidebook (SKE48 チームS 3rd「制服の芽」公演公式ガイドブック)
  • [2010.09.17] SKE48学院修学旅行 (1週間MOOK)
  • [2010.10.01] 神曲の時間 SKE48リクエストアワーセットリストベスト30 2010 ~神曲はどれだ~ LIVE PHOTO BOOK
  • [2010.12.10] SKE48 COMPLETE BOOK 2010-2011

  • [2010.03.xx] Yan Yan Vol.11 (Feature)
  • [2010.11.xx] Yan Yan Vol.17 (Feature)
  • [2010.12.xx] Artist File BIG ONE GIRLS No.4 (Feature)
  • [2011.09.xx] girls! Vol.33 (Feature)

Number of current members

(as of April 21, 2017)

Team Members Notes
S 14 Oya Masana (Announced Graduation)
KII 18
E 16
KKS 20
Total 70 -

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