Mai Shiraishi

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Mai Shiraishi (白石 麻衣 Shiraishi Mai, born August 20, 1992 in Gunma) is a Japanese singer, model and actress who is a member of the Japanese idol girl group Nogizaka46.

Career

After graduating from high school, Shiraishi attended music college as she desired to be a singer. Later on, one of her teachers persuaded her to audition for Nogizaka46.

Shiraishi’s singing career started when she was accepted as one of the first generation members of AKB48’s official rival group, Nogizaka46, on 21 August 2011. She was chosen as one of the members performing on the group’s debut single “Guruguru Curtain” on 22 February 2012. When Nogizaka46 released their second single “Oide Shampoo”, she was once again chosen to perform. Her career as a model started when she participated in Girls Award 2012 Autumn/Winter alongside former Nogizaka46 bandmate Nanase Nishino.

Shiraishi achieved further popularity when she appeared on the 1 January 2013 episode of Count Down TVand the 16 March 2013 episode of Uma Zuki! Shiraishi has been a permanent presenter on the latter since the 5 January 2013 episodeand Bachi Bachi Elekiteru since the 16 April 2013 episode.

She became the youngest model for women’s fashion magazine Ray, issued by Shufonotomo, since 23 March 2013.

Shiraishi was chosen as the center position in Nogizaka46 for their sixth single “Girl’s Rule”, released on 3 July 2013. She took over the center position from Rina Ikoma.

On 17 December 2014, Shiraishi held an event for her first photo book, Seijun na Otona Shiraishi Mai. Shiraishi is the first Nogizaka46 member to publish a solo photo book. “I’m happy to be the first one,” she said.Her second photobook, Mai Style, was published on January 23rd, 2015.It ranked fourth on the Oricon general book ranking and first in the photobook category selling 19,000 copies in the first week.

In September 2016, Shiraishi played a supporting role in the film Ushijima the Loan Shark 3.

On February 7th, 2017, her third solo photo book, Passport, was published. It was reprinted twenty times, and the total printing volume exceeded 310,000 copies until June 2018. Moreover, in the first half of the year 2018, she made the highest number of appearances in television commercials among any other tarento in Japan.

Shiraishi was in charge of the center position for Nogizaka46’s twentieth single “Synchronicity” which was released on 25 April 2018. It sold 1,116,852 copies in the first week.

Filmography
Television
Films
Commercials
Discography
Nogizaka46 Singles
  • “Guruguru Curtain” (22 February 2012)
    • “Aitakatta Kamoshirenai”
    • “Ushinaitakunai kara”
    • “Shiroi Kumo ni Notte”
    • “Nogizaka no Uta”
  • “Oide Shampoo” (2 May 2012)
    • “Kokoro no Kusuri”
    • “Gūzen o Iiwake ni Shite”
    • “House!”
  • “Hashire! Bicycle” (22 August 2012)
    • “Sekkachi na Katatsumuri”
    • “Hito wa Naze Hashiru no ka”
    • “Oto ga Denai Guitar”
  • “Seifuku no Mannequin” (19 December 2012)
    • “Yubi Bōenkyō”
    • “Yubi Bōenkyō: Anime version”
    • “Shibuya Blues”
  • “Kimi no Na wa Kibō” (13 March 2013)
    • “Shakiism”
    • “Romantic Ikayaki”
    • “Dekopin”
  • “Girl’s Rule” (3 July 2013)
    • “Sekai de Ichiban Kodoku na Lover”
    • “Kōmori yo”
    • “Ningen to Iu Gakki”
  • “Barette” (27 November 2013)
    • “Tsuki no Ōkisa”
    • “Watashi no Tame ni, Dareka no Tame ni”
    • “Sonna Baka na…”
  • “Kizuitara Kataomoi” (2 April 2014)
    • “Romance no Start”
    • “Toiki no Method”
    • “Kodoku Kyōdai”
  • “Natsu no Free & Easy” (9 July 2014)
    • “Nani mo Dekizu ni Soba ni Iru”
    • “Sono Saki no Deguchi”
  • “Nandome no Aozora ka?” (8 October 2014)
    • “Korogatta Kane o Narase!”
    • “Tender days”
  • “Inochi wa Utsukushii” (18 March 2015)
    • “Tachinaorichū”
  • “Taiyō Nokku” (22 July 2015)
    • “Sakanatachi no LOVE SONG”
    • “Hane no Kioku”
  • “Ima, Hanashitai Dareka ga Iru” (28 October 2015)
    • “Popipappapā”
    • “Kanashimi no Wasurekata”
  • “Harujion ga Sakukoro” (23 March 2016)
    • “Kyūshamen”
  • “Hadashi de Summer” (27 July 2016)
    • “Boku Dake no Hikari”
  • “Sayonara no Imi” (9 November 2016)
    • “Kodoku na Aozora”
Bibliography
Magazines
  • Larme, Tokuma Shoten 2012-, as an exclusive model since 2012
  • Ray, Shufunotomo 1988-, as an exclusive model since 2013
Photobooks
  • Kikan Nogizaka vol.2 Shoka (Tokyo News Service, 12 June 2014), ISBN 9784863364097
  • Seijun na Otona Shiraishi Mai (Gentosha, 10 December 2014), ISBN 9784344026711
  • Mai Style (Shufunotomo, 23 January 2015), ISBN 9784074020980
  • Passport (Kodansha, 7 February 2017), ISBN 9784063528572

Haruna Kojima

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Profiles

Haruna Kojima (小嶋 陽菜 Kojima Haruna, born April 19, 1988 in Urawa-ku, Saitama, Saitama Prefecture) is a Japanese actress, singer, and was a member of idol group AKB48 under Team A. She graduated from the group on April 19th, 2017.

  • Instruments: Vocals
  • Genres: J-pop
  • Role: Singer
  • Name: Haruna Kojima
  • Associated acts: AKB48 No3b
  • Born April 19, 1988 (age 27) Urawa-ku, Saitama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan (1988-04-19)
  • Occupation(s) Japanese Idol singer actress model
  • Years active 1998–2001, 2005–present
  • Labels King (AKB4) Epic (no3b)
  • Website http://www.ogipro.com/talent/kojima/index.html
  • Music groups AKB48 (Since 2005), No Sleeves (Since 2012)
  • Albums Kamikyokutachi, Koko ga Rhodes da, Koko de Tobe!
  • TV shows Ariyoshi AKB Kyowakoku, Pon!, AKBINGO!, Majisuka Gakuen, Priceless, Coin Locker Monogatari
  • Movies Densen Uta, Gekijoban Shiritsu Bakaleya, Barairo no Buko
  • Similar People Minami Takahashi, Yuko Oshima, Yuki Kashiwagi, Mayu Watanabe, Mariko Shinoda
Career

Kojima started her career as a member of Angel Eyes, an idol group under Stardust Promotion. After Angel Eyes disbanded in 2001, she remained in contract with Stardust, but later switched to Ogi Production.

Kojima participated in the first AKB48 audition in July 2005, which she passed along with 23 other participants, because the application was just taking a self-image by a mobile phone and e-mail it, and assuming that she “could take 10-time prettier one, and just sent”. Although she voluntarily applied for the audition and passed, she was still looking at then-AKB48 project in a suspicious way, and tried to skip the very first dancing lesson because of her then-part-time job, but eventually participated it in response to the persuasion by Tomonobu Togasaki, Manager of AKB48 Theater.

The group made their debut in December of the same year, and Kojima was assigned as one of the 20 members of Team A; the number later dropped down to 16 but Kojima remained as a member.

In the past few years, she had made several appearances on television with the group, and is the only member to participate on all A-sides of the group’s singles (except Eien Pressure) since the beginning of AKB48, making her one of the most visible figures in the group.

Kojima made her first appearance on Kohaku Uta Gassen, an annual music show where the most successful artists of the year are invited, with AKB48 on December 31, 2007.

Since 2007, Kojima has been actively exploring a possible acting career, and has made several appearances in a number of dramas and movies. Her first lead role came in the drama Coin Locker Monogatari (コインロッカー物語, literally Coin Locker Story), which was filmed and aired in early 2008. Additionally, Kojima made her first appearance on the silver screen in the horror movie Densen Uta (伝染歌), along with several fellow AKB48 members. The group has also made brief appearance at the beginning of the movie in a live performance.

She was transferred from Team A to become a member of Team B during reshuffling of teams at the Tokyo Dome Concert held on August 24, 2012.

On September 18, 2013, AKB48 announced Kojima to be the center of the group’s 33rd single, “Heart Electric”.

In 2015, she and Yuki Kashiwagi were the center performers for the AKB48 single “Green Flash”.

In AKB48’s general election for 2016, under the name Nyan Nyan Kamen (にゃんにゃん仮面, literally Meow Meow Masked), Kojima finished 16th with 40,071 votes. During the results event on June 18, 2016, she announced that she would be leaving from the group. She said that she had thought about doing it two years ago, but the timing wasn’t right especially given the handshake incident in 2014. She said that she was 28 and wanted to take the next step to become an adult woman. In 2017, she was announced as the center performer for AKB48’s 47th single “Shoot Sign”, released in March 2017. It marked her first center performance since “Green Flash” two years ago, and her third center performance on an AKB48 single overall. After her graduation concert “Kojimatsuri ~ Kojima Haruna Kanshasai ~” (こじまつり~小嶋陽菜感謝祭~, literally Kojima Festival ~ Kojima Haruna Thanksgiving ~) on February 21-22, 2017, she performed at the AKB48 theatre for the last time, on her birthday, on April 19, 2017.

Personal Life

She dropped out of high school at the age of 16 due to school regulation which does not allow students to work in the entertainment industry, but managed to re-enroll to another school and graduate later.

Filmography

Kojima started her career as a member of Angel Eyes, an idol group under Stardust Promotion. After Angel Eyes disbanded in 2001, she remained in contract with Stardust, but later switched to Ogi Production.

Kojima participated in the first AKB48 audition in July 2005, which she passed along with 23 other participants, because the application was just taking a self-image by a mobile phone and e-mail it, and assuming that she “could take 10-time prettier one, and just sent”. Although she voluntarily applied for the audition and passed, she was still looking at then-AKB48 project in a suspicious way, and tried to skip the very first dancing lesson because of her then-part-time job, but eventually participated it in response to the persuasion by Tomonobu Togasaki, Manager of AKB48 Theater.

The group made their debut in December of the same year, and Kojima was assigned as one of the 20 members of Team A; the number later dropped down to 16 but Kojima remained as a member.

In the past few years, she had made several appearances on television with the group, and is the only member to participate on all A-sides of the group’s singles (except Eien Pressure) since the beginning of AKB48, making her one of the most visible figures in the group.

Kojima made her first appearance on Kohaku Uta Gassen, an annual music show where the most successful artists of the year are invited, with AKB48 on December 31, 2007.

Since 2007, Kojima has been actively exploring a possible acting career, and has made several appearances in a number of dramas and movies. Her first lead role came in the drama Coin Locker Monogatari (コインロッカー物語, literally Coin Locker Story), which was filmed and aired in early 2008. Additionally, Kojima made her first appearance on the silver screen in the horror movie Densen Uta (伝染歌), along with several fellow AKB48 members. The group has also made brief appearance at the beginning of the movie in a live performance.

She was transferred from Team A to become a member of Team B during reshuffling of teams at the Tokyo Dome Concert held on August 24, 2012.

On September 18, 2013, AKB48 announced Kojima to be the center of the group’s 33rd single, “Heart Electric”.

In 2015, she and Yuki Kashiwagi were the center performers for the AKB48 single “Green Flash”.

In AKB48’s general election for 2016, under the name Nyan Nyan Kamen (にゃんにゃん仮面, literally Meow Meow Masked), Kojima finished 16th with 40,071 votes. During the results event on June 18, 2016, she announced that she would be leaving from the group. She said that she had thought about doing it two years ago, but the timing wasn’t right especially given the handshake incident in 2014. She said that she was 28 and wanted to take the next step to become an adult woman. In 2017, she was announced as the center performer for AKB48’s 47th single “Shoot Sign”, released in March 2017. It marked her first center performance since “Green Flash” two years ago, and her third center performance on an AKB48 single overall. After her graduation concert “Kojimatsuri ~ Kojima Haruna Kanshasai ~” (こじまつり~小嶋陽菜感謝祭~, literally Kojima Festival ~ Kojima Haruna Thanksgiving ~) on February 21-22, 2017, she performed at the AKB48 theatre for the last time, on her birthday, on April 19, 2017.

Awards

  • 15th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Jul-Sept 2011): Best Supporting Actress for Ikemen desu ne
Filmography

Movies
Dramas
Discography

Singles with AKB48

Mai Oshima

Profile

  • Native name: 大島 麻衣
  • Labels” Defstar, Avex Trax
  • Origin: Noda, Chiba, Japan
  • Name: Mai Oshima
  • Genres: Pop
  • Role: Singer
  • Years active: 2005-present
  • Born: September 11, 1987 (age 28) (1987-09-11)
  • Occupation(s): Japanese idol, singer, actress
  • Siblings: Yuya Oshima, Takumi Oshima
  • Music groups: AKB48 (2005 – 2009), AKB Idoling!!! (2009)
  • Albums: Team A 1st Stage “Party ga, Team A 3rd Stage “Dareka n, Team K 3rd Stage “Nounai, Team K 2nd Stage «Seishun, Set List: Greatest Songs 20

Mai Oshima (大島 麻衣, Ōshima Mai, born September 11, 1987 in Noda, Chiba, Japan) is a singer and a former member of the Japanese all-girl pop group AKB48.

Biography

In December 2005, Oshima became one of the 24 inaugural members of AKB48’s Team A. Over the course of her career, she participated in most of AKB48’s A-side singles. On April 26, 2007, it was announced that her contract would be transferred to Horipro.

Upon joining the new talent agency, she was put on the roster of Xanadu loves NHC, a futsal team consisting of idols from Horipro; her jersey number was 18. Oshima made her first appearance on Kouhaku Uta Gassen, an annual music show where the most successful artists compete, with AKB48 on December 31, 2007.

On March 24, 2008, she participated in the opening party of Channel Café, a channel broadcasting simulator event, at Roppongi Hills, Tokyo. From April 2008, Oshima appeared regularly on the Movie Plus navigating show, Plus Style.

On February 21, 2009, she announced that she would be leaving AKB48, and, on April 26, she gave her final performance at NHK Hall.

Oshima made her solo debut in 2010 with the single “Mendokusai Aijō”. It reached number seven and charted for 5 weeks. In 2012, she debut as an actress in the NHK drama Honjitsu wa Taian Nari.

Singles

  • “Mendokusai Aijō” (メンドクサイ愛情, “Troublesome Love”) (May 5, 2010) – Oricon Peak: 7, sales: 16,447
  • “Ai tte Nandahō” (愛ってナンダホー, “What The Hell Is Love?”) (August 11, 2010) – Oricon Peak: 25, sales: 6,501
  • “Second Lady” (July 27, 2011) – Oricon peak: 44, sales: 2,804
Films
  • Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Singing Buttocks Bomb (2007), Sarara
  • Torihada: Gekijōban 2 (2014)
Dubbing
  • The Three Musketeers (2011)
The Three Musketeers (2011)

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Biography

In December 2005, Oshima became one of the 24 inaugural members of AKB48’s Team A. Over the course of her career, she participated in most of AKB48’s A-side singles. On April 26, 2007, it was announced that her contract would be transferred to Horipro. Upon joining the new talent agency, she was put on the roster of Xanadu loves NHC, a futsal team consisting of idols from Horipro; her jersey number was 18. Oshima made her first appearance on Kouhaku Uta Gassen, an annual music show where the most successful artists compete, with AKB48 on December 31, 2007.

On March 24, 2008, she participated in the opening party of Channel Café, a channel broadcasting simulator event, at Roppongi Hills, Tokyo. From April 2008, Oshima appeared regularly on the Movie Plus navigating show, Plus Style.

On February 21, 2009, she announced that she would be leaving AKB48, and, on April 26, she gave her final performance at NHK Hall.

Oshima made her solo debut in 2010 with the single “Mendokusai Aijō”.It reached number seven and charted for 5 weeks. In 2012, she debut as an actress in the NHK drama Honjitsu wa Taian Nari.

Discography

Singles
  • “Mendokusai Aijō” (メンドクサイ愛情, “Troublesome Love”) (May 5, 2010) – Oricon Peak: 7, sales: 16,447
  • “Ai tte Nandahō” (愛ってナンダホー, “What The Hell Is Love?”) (August 11, 2010) – Oricon Peak: 25, sales: 6,501
  • “Second Lady” (July 27, 2011) – Oricon peak: 44, sales: 2,804
Filmography

Films
  • Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Singing Buttocks Bomb (2007), Sarara
  • Torihada: Gekijōban 2 (2014)
Dubbing
  • The Three Musketeers (2011)
TV Dramas
Bibliography

Photobooks
  • B.L.T. vivid 2 (Tokyo News Service, March 21, 2008) ISBN 9784863360006
  • Benkyō Sasete Itadakimashita (Wani Books, September 10, 2008) ISBN 9784847041235
  • Fairy Tale (Wani Books, January 25, 2010) ISBN 9784847042454