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HKT48 (short for Hakata48) is a Japanese all-female idol group based in Hakata, Fukuoka, where they have their own theater in Hawks Town Mall. The group, established in 2011, is the fourth Japan-based sister group of AKB48. HKT48 is produced by Akimoto Yasushi and signed under Universal Music Japan. Currently the group consists of three teams: Team H, Team KIV and Team TII. In addition, the group also has trainees called kenkyuusei.
Plans for a group entitled HKT48 were first revealed by AKB48 producer Yasushi Akimoto on 19 November 2008. The group takes its name from its proposed base location of Hakata-ku, Fukuoka. HKT48 was officially announced on 1 May 2011 at an AKB48 handshake event. Instead of the previously targeted Hakata, the HKT48's theater will instead be based in the Hawks Town Mall based in neighboring Chūō-ku, Fukuoka. The group is the third AKB48 sister group to be launched, after the groups SKE48 and NMB48. This location is next to the Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome. In addition, it was announced that the group will be accepting applications from girls whose age is between 11 and 22. The first-round of the first-ever HKT48 audition will take place from 31 May 2011, and successful applicants took part in the second round of auditions, consisting of a singing and dancing test, in the first half of July 2011.
HKT48's 21 first generation members were first revealed at an AKB48 handshake event on 23 October 2011. Of these 21 members, 17 of them are junior high school students or below, and two of the members are elementary school students. The youngest member of the group, Natsumi Tanaka, was 11 years old at the time of the announcement. She said that "joining AKB48 is my ambition since I was 5 years old, so it feels like a dream to be in this group.". The oldest member is Yoko Sugamoto, who is 17 years old at the time of the announcement. Altogether, the average age of the group is 13.8 years old, the youngest average age amongst all of the AKB48-related groups. The group will have their debut performance in the HKT48 theater at the end of 2011.
Names in Bold denote team captains
- Akiyoshi Yuka
- Anai Chihiro (Captain)
- Inoue Yuriya
- Ui Mashiro
- Umemoto Izumi
- Okamoto Naoko
- Kojina Yui
- Kodama Haruka
- Komada Hiroka
- Sakaguchi Riko
- Sashihara Rino
- Tashima Meru
- Tanaka Natsumi
- Tanaka Miku
- Matsuoka Natsumi (Co-Captain)
- Yabuki Nako
- Yamada Marina
- Yamamoto Mao
- Wakatabe Haruka
- Imada Mina
- Ueki Nao
- Ota Aika (Captain)
- Okada Kanna
- Kimoto Kanon (SKE48)
- Kusaba Manami
- Kumazawa Serina
- Goto Izumi
- Shimono Yuki
- Tanaka Yuka
- Tomiyoshi Asuka
- Tomonaga Mio
- Fukagawa Maiko
- Fuchigami Mai
- Miyawaki Sakura
- Murashige Anna
- Motomura Aoi
- Moriyasu Madoka
AKB48 Senbatsu Events
- [2012.06.06] AKB48 27th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo "Fan ga Erabu 64 Giseki"
- [2013.06.08] AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo "Yume wa Hitori ja Mirarenai"
Senbatsu Janken Taikai
- [2012.09.18] AKB48 29th Single Senbatsu Janken Taikai
- [2013.07.06] HKT48 Team H 1st stage "Te wo Tsunaginagara" ~studio recording~ (HKT48 Team H 1st stage 「手をつなぎながら」)
- [2013.03.20] Suki! Suki! Skip!
- [2013.09.04] Melon Juice
- [2014.03.12] Sakura, Minna de Tabeta
- [2014.09.24] Hikaeme I love you!
- [2015.04.22] 12 Byou
- [2015.11.25] Shekarashika! ft Kishidan
- [2013.07.06] HKT48 TeamH 1st stage "Te wo Tsunaginagara" (HKT48 TeamH 1st stage 「手をつなぎながら」)
- [2014.01.09] Team H 2nd Stage "Hakata Legend" (チームH 2nd Stage「博多レジェンド」)
- [2013.09.25] AKB48 Group Rinji Sokai ~Shirokuro Tsukeyojyanaika!~ (HKT48 Tandoku Koen)
- [2014.01.11] HKT48 Kyushu 7 Prefecture Tour ~Kawaii Ko ni wa Tabi wo Saseyo~
- [2014.04.05] HKT48 in Saitama Super Arena
- [2015.11.??] DOCUMENTARY of HKT48
- [2012.11.25] HKT48 1st Anniversary
- 1st Stage 「手をつなぎながら」 (HKT48 Team H 1st Stage "Te wo Tsunaginagara") [2011.11.26~2013.02.17]
- Waiting Stage 「博多レジェンド」 (HKT48 Team H 2nd Stage "Hakata Legend") [2013.03.01 - ]
- 1st Stage 「手をつなぎながら」 (HKT48 Kenkyuusei 1st Stage "Te wo Tsunaginagara") [2011.11.26~2012.??.??]
- 2nd Stage 「PARTYが始まるよ」 (HKT48 Kenkyuusei 2nd Stage "Party ga Hajimaru yo") [2012.09.30~]
- Aru Aru YY Terebi (with NMB48) (2012/03/23~)
- HKT Variety 48
- HaKaTa Hyakkaten
- HKT48 no Odekake
- HKT48 Tonkotsu Magical Girls' Academy (HKT48トンコツ魔法少女学院 HKT48 Tonkotsu Mahou Shoujo Gakuin?)