An idol group that started its activities in December 2005. The concept is "Idols you can meet", and a major specialty of the AKB48 project is that fans can share the process and joy of the growth of their Idols.
AKB48 have their own "AKB48 Theater" in Akihabara, Tokyo, and perform a daily routine of acts centered on singing and dancing, as well as media appearances, CD releases, concerts, handshake events, and other interactive events for the fans.
The lyricist Yasushi Akimoto is the main producer.
The members are selected from auditions, with entries from all over the country, and currently consist of 5 teams (Teams A, K, B, 4, 8) and underclass students. Currently, 100 members are enrolled in total.
When the single CD is released, the chosen "Senbatsu members" selected from the group members can sing the title song.
41 consecutive singles ranked No 1 and 35 singles reached million-seller hits consecutively. The total number of single CDs and album CDs sold has exceeded 50 million, growing consistently and rewrote the history of the Japanese music world one after another, becoming an idol group that represents Japan.
AKB48 has a track record of performing concerts and events not only in Japan but also in various countries and regions such as New York, Los Angeles, Cannes, Paris, Moscow, Macau, Seoul, Taipei, Bangkok, Manila, and is popular especially in Asia.
As a sister group of AKB48, SKE48 in Nagoya, NMB48 in Osaka, HKT48 in Fukuoka, NGT48 in Niigata, and STU48 in the Setouchi area all work under the umbrella of the AKB48 project in Japan.
For overseas, starting with the birth of JKT48 in Jakarta in 2011, BNK48 in Bangkok, MNL48 in Manila, AKB48 TeamSH in Shanghai, AKB48 TeamTP in Taipei, and SGO48 in Ho Chi Minh, CGM48 in Chiang Mai were born one after another.
On March 13, 2019, it was announced that DEL48 will be born in Delhi, India, and MUB48 will be born in Mumbai, both as a member of the AKB48 project.