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|Nickname||Aki-P (by AKB48 members and fans)|
|Birthdate||May 2, 1958|
|Birthplace||Meguro, Tokyo, Japan|
|Occupation||Lyricist, record producer, television writer|
|Associated Acts||AKB48, SKE48, SDN48, NMB48, Nogizaka46, HKT48, JKT48, SNH48|
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. Japanese idol
Akimoto became a television writer in high school, and worked on many television programs. He was a producer for 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, Tunnels, Onyanko Club, AKB48, SKE48 and SDN48. He also wrote Hibari Misora's last single during her lifetime, "Kawa no Nagare no Yō ni", and Jero's debut single "Umi Yuki". Akimoto is planning to launch a Taiwan version of AKB48 in summer 2011. The group is temporarily named Taiwan48 or TPE48. In February, there were reports that TPE48 would debut summer of 2011, but there had been no further development since until this announcement. However there are plans to hold auditions for TPE48 in early 2012 and to debut as early as Summer 2012. He is also working on debuting an Indonesian version of AKB48 called JKT48. Auditions were held on October 8 and 9, 2011 and the official members were announced early November.
In 1988, Akimoto married Onyanko Club member Takai Mamiko.