- Main article: Morning Musume
This page consists of all current and former members of the J-pop group Morning Musume.
The group is known for their ever-fluctuating line-up, with "graduations" and auditions held nearly every year. As of November 2014, there have been a total of 38 members altogether (1997 - present), 23 graduated members, 2 members which have resigned and 12 generations. There are currently 13 members in Morning Musume '15 which consists of the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th generations..
All the members have been in the current line up for 5 Years, 8 Months, 8 Days, and have participated in 2 Singles together. The Current group average is 16.4 (As of October 7, 2015) Years Old.
|October 30, 1996|
|Tokyo||O||January 2, 2011|
9 Years, 7 Months, 2 Days
|9th||Deep Pink||Leader (2014-Present)|
Former sub-leader (2013-2014)
Former 4th Gen Hello Pro Egg (2008-2011)
|July 7, 1997|
|May 28, 1998|
|Hiroshima||AB||Red||Graduating December 31, 2015|
|August 5, 1998|
|November 7, 1994|
|Tokyo||O||September 29, 2011|
8 Years, 10 Months, 6 Days
|January 7, 1997|
|Miyagi||Blue||Former B♭ member|
|May 7, 1999|
|October 27, 1999|
|Saitama||Orange||Former 10th Gen Hello Pro Egg (2010-2011)|
|March 12, 1999|
|Kanagawa||September 14, 2012|
7 Years, 10 Months, 21 Days
|11th||Lavender||Former 13th Gen Hello Pro Kenshuusei (2011-2012)|
|February 15, 1999|
|Osaka||September 30, 2014|
5 Years, 10 Months, 5 Days
|October 7, 1999|
|February 2, 2001|
|Aichi||Light Pink||Former 17th Gen Hello Pro Kenshuusei (2012-2014)|
|March 7, 2002|
|Nagano||O||Light Orange||Former 20th Gen Hello Pro Kenshuusei (2013-2014)|
|Name||Birthdate||Origin||Date Joined||Gen||Date left/|
|June 19, 1973|
|Kyoto||September 7, 1997||1st||April 15, 2001||N/A||Leader (1997–2001)|
Currently in Dream Morning Musume
|May 12, 1978|
|Hokkaido||January 7, 2000||N/A|
|August 8, 1981|
|Hokkaido||January 30, 2005||N/A||Leader (2001–2005)|
Member of:Tanpopo, Morning Musume Otome Gumi, Morning Musume Tanjou 10nen Kinentai, Dream Morning Musume
|August 10, 1981|
|Hokkaido||January 25, 2004||N/A||Member of: Morning Musume Sakura Gumi, Tanjou 10nen Kinentai, Dream Morning Musume|
|December 17, 1984|
|Tokyo||April 18, 1999||N/A||Later joined PEACE$TONE|
|December 6, 1980|
|Chiba||May 3, 1998||2nd||May 5, 2003||N/A||Sub-leader (2001–2003)|
Member of: Petitmoni, Dream Morning Musume
|January 20, 1983|
|Kanagawa||April 14, 2005||Light Purple||Leader (2005)|
Previously sub-leader (2003–2005)
No graduation ceremony
Member of: Tanpopo, Minimoni (leader),
Sakura Gumi, Dream Morning Musume
|December 31, 1983|
|Chiba||May 21, 2000||N/A||Petitmoni member|
|September 23, 1985|
|Tokyo||August 22, 1999||3rd||September 23, 2002||N/A||Member of: Petitmoni, Tanjou 10nen Kinentai|
|January 19, 1985|
|Kanagawa||April 16, 2000||4th||May 7, 2005||Hot Pink||Member of: Tanpopo, Otome Gumi,|
v-u-den, Dream Morning Musume
|April 12, 1985|
|Saitama||May 6, 2007||Purple||Leader (2005–2007)|
Previously sub-leader (2005)
Member of: Petitmoni, Sakura Gumi,
Dream Morning Musume
|June 17, 1987|
|Tokyo||August 1, 2004||N/A||Member of: Otome Gumi |
Later joined W
|February 7, 1988|
|Nara||N/A||Member of: Tanpopo, |
Minimoni, Sakura Gumi
Later joined W
Later formed Girls Beat!!
|September 14, 1986|
|Fukui||August 26, 2001||5th||September 30, 2011||Yellow||Leader (2007–2011)|
Previously sub-leader (2007)
Memeber of: Minimoni,
|May 7, 1987|
|Hokkaido||July 23, 2006||Pink||Memeber of: Tanpopo, |
|October 29, 1987|
|Niigata||August 27, 2006||Blue||Memebr of: Petitmoni,|
Dream Morning Musume
|October 20, 1988|
|Kanagawa||May 18, 2012||Yellow-Green||Leader (2011–2012)|
Previously sub-leader (2007–2011)
Memeber of: Tanpopo,
Tanjou 10nen Kinentai
|February 26, 1985|
|Hokkaido||January 7, 2003||6th||June 1, 2007||Red||Leader (2007)|
Previously sub-leader (2005–2007)
No graduation ceremony
Member of: Otome Gumi,
Dream Morning Musume
|December 23, 1988|
|Tokyo||January 19, 2003||December 15, 2010||Orange||Sakura Gumi member|
|July 13, 1989|
|Yamaguchi||November 26, 2014||Pink||Leader (2012–2014)|
Otome Gumi member
|November 11, 1989|
|Fukuoka||May 21, 2013||Light Blue||Otome Gumi member|
Later joined LoVendoЯ
|July 15, 1992|
|Niigata||May 1, 2005||7th||December 6, 2009||Red||Member of: Tanjou 10nen Kinentai, Dream Morning Musume|
|January 12, 1993|
|Shiga||December 10, 2006||8th||May 18, 2012||Light Purple|
|January 11, 1988|
|Hunan, China||March 15, 2007||December 15, 2010||Blue||Foreign student|
|March 11, 1991|
|Zhejiang, China||Emerald Green||Foreign student|
Former Hello Pro Egg
|#||Leader||Period of time||Sub-Leader||Period of time|
|1st||Nakazawa Yuko||Formation – April 15, 2001||None|
|2nd||Iida Kaori||April 16, 2001 - January 30, 2005||Yasuda Kei||April 16, 2001 – May 5, 2003|
|Yaguchi Mari||May 5, 2003 - January 30, 2005|
|3rd||Yaguchi Mari||January 31, 2005 - April 14, 2005||Yoshizawa Hitomi||January 31, 2005 – April 14, 2005|
|4th||Yoshizawa Hitomi||April 15, 2005 – May 6, 2007||Fujimoto Miki||April 15, 2005 – May 6, 2007|
|5th||Fujimoto Miki||May 7, 2007 – June 1, 2007||Takahashi Ai||May 7, 2007 – June 1, 2007|
|6th||Takahashi Ai||June 2, 2007 – September 30, 2011||Niigaki Risa||June 2, 2007 – September 30, 2011|
|7th||Niigaki Risa||October 1, 2011 – May 18, 2012||None|
|8th||Michishige Sayumi||May 19, 2012 – November 26, 2014||None|
|May 21, 2013 – November 26, 2014|
|9th||Fukumura Mizuki||November 27, 2014 - Present||Ikuta Erina|
|November 27, 2014 - Present|
- The sub-leader position was established on April 16, 2001, when Kaori Iida became the second leader.
- The Sub-leader position was empty from October 1, 2011 to May 21, 2013.
Each Morning Musume member has her own color for outfits and merchandise to distinguish between each member. Over time as each member leaves the group, current or new members have the opportunity to change their current color to a different one which is available. No member has the exact same color, but some might have colors that look fairly similar to another member's.
Heritage Members Colors
|Fujimoto Miki (2005-2007), Kusumi Koharu (2007-2009)|
|Kamei Eri (2005-2010)|
|Light Orange||Haga Akane|
|Yellow||Not in use||Takahashi Ai (2005-2011)|
|Light Yellow /|
|Michishige Sayumi (2005-2006)|
|Niigaki Risa (2005-2012)|
|Emerald Green||Sato Masaki|
|Ogawa Makoto (2005-2006), Junjun (2007-2010)|
|Light Blue||Not in use||Tanaka Reina (2005-2013)|
|Sea Blue||Ogata Haruna|
|Light Purple /|
|Yaguchi Mari (2005), Mitsui Aika (2006-2012)|
|Yoshizawa Hitomi (2005-2007), Ikuta Erina (2011-2012)|
|Hot Pink /|
|Ishikawa Rika (2005)|
|Pink||Not in use||Konno Asami (2005-2006), Michishige Sayumi (2006-2014)|
|Light Pink||Makino Maria|
|Grey||Not in use||Kusumi Koharu (2005-2007)|
|Chocolate||Not in use||Iikubo Haruna (2011-2012)|
Members of Morning Musume rarely stay in the group for more than six years, and to date only nine members have done this.
|Member||Tenure||Time in group|
|Michishige Sayumi||January 19, 2003 – November 26, 2014||11 Years, 10 Months, 7 Days|
|Niigaki Risa||August 26, 2001 – May 18, 2012||10 Years, 8 Months, 23 Days|
|Tanaka Reina||January 19, 2003 – May 21, 2013||10 Years, 4 Months, 2 Days|
|Takahashi Ai||August 26, 2001 – September 30, 2011||10 Years, 1 Month, 5 Days|
|Kamei Eri||January 19, 2003 – December 15, 2010||7 Years, 11 Months, 26 Days|
|Iida Kaori||September 7, 1997 – January 30, 2005||7 Years, 4 Months, 24 Days|
|Yoshizawa Hitomi||April 16, 2000 – May 6, 2007||7 Years, 21 Days|
|Yaguchi Mari||May 3, 1998 – April 14, 2005||6 Years, 11 Months, 12 Days|
|Abe Natsumi||September 7, 1997 – January 25, 2004||6 Years, 7 Months, 19 Days|
Note: all names in BOLD are current members.
- Michishige Sayumi is at 11 Years, 10 Months, 7 Days
- Niigaki Risa is at 10 Years, 8 Months, 2 Days
- Tanaka Reina is at 10 Years, 4 Months, 2 Days
- Takahashi Ai is at 10 Years, 1 Month, 5 Days
- Kamei Eri is at 7 Years, 11 Months, 26 Days
- Iida Kaori is at 7 Years, 4 Months, 24 Days
- Yoshizawa Hitomi is at 7 Years, 21 Days
- Yaguchi Mari is at 6 Years, 11 Months, 12 Days
- Abe Natsumi is at 6 Years, 7 Months, 19 Days
- Mitsui Aika is at 5 Years, 5 Months, 8 Days
- Ishikawa Rika is at 5 Years, 21 Days
- Yasuda Kei is at 5 Years, 2 Days
- Ogawa Makoto is at 5 Years, 1 Day
- Konno Asami is at 4 Years, 10 Months, 27 Days
- Fukumura Mizuki, Ikuta Erina, Sayashi Riho and Suzuki Kanon are at 9 Years, 7 Months, 2 Days
- Kusumi Koharu is at 4 Years, 7 Months, 5 Days
- Fujimoto Miki is at 4 Years, 4 Months, 13 Days
- Tsuji Nozomi and Kago Ai are at 4 Years, 3 Months, 16 Days
- Iikubo Haruna, Ishida Ayumi, Sato Masaki and Kudo Haruka are at 8 Years, 10 Months, 6 Days
- JunJun and LinLin are at 3 Years, 9 Months
- Nakazawa Yuko is at 3 Years, 7 Months, 8 Days
- Oda Sakura is at 7 Years, 10 Months, 21 Days
- Goto Maki is at 3 Years, 1 Month, 1 Day
- Ishiguro Aya is at 2 Years, 4 Months
- Ichii Sayaka is at 2 Years, 18 Days
- Fukuda Asuka is at 1 Year, 7 Months, 11 Days
- Ogata Haruna, Nonaka Miki, Makino Maria and Haga Akane are at 5 Years, 10 Months, 5 Days
Beginning with third generation, when a new member joins Morning Musume, a senior member is sometimes assigned to be their mentor. The mentor system was dropped after seventh generation, but was officially brought back for the twelfth generation.
- Third Generation
- Ichii Sayaka → Goto Maki
- Fourth Generation
- Yasuda Kei → Ishikawa Rika (Team Vocals)
- Yaguchi Mari → Yoshizawa Hitomi (Team Expressive Power)
- Iida Kaori → Tsuji Nozomi (Team Rhythm)
- Goto Maki → Kago Ai (Team Greeting and Manners)
- Seventh Generation
- Michishige Sayumi → Kusumi Koharu
- Twelfth Generation
- Iikubo Haruna → Mentor to all twelfth generation members
- Fifth Generation
- Yoshizawa Hitomi → Takahashi Ai
- Abe Natsumi → Konno Asami
- Ishikawa Rika → Ogawa Makoto
- Yaguchi Mari → Niigaki Risa
- Sixth Generation
- Yasuda Kei → Mentor to all sixth generation members
- Eighth Generation
- Kusumi Koharu → Mitsui Aika
- Kamei Eri & Tanaka Reina → Junjun
- Ninth Generation
- Mitsui Aika → Mentor to all ninth generation members
- Tenth Generation
- Mitsui Aika → Mentor to all tenth generation members
- Twelfth Generation
Members Single Count
- Last Updated: August 9, 2015 (JST)
- Sato Masaki and Kudo Haruka are the first members to join the group that were born after Hello! Project's formation.
- Sayashi Riho and Suzuki Kanon are the first members to have been born after the group's formation in 1997 (both were born in 1998)
- Kudo Haruka is the youngest person to ever join Morning Musume at the age of 11 years and 11 months, and auditioning at age 11. She beat Kago Ai's 11-year record which was set at the age of 12.
- Makino Maria and Haga Akane are the first members in the group to be born in the 21st Century.
- Kusumi Koharu is the first member to be born in the 90's.
- They are currently the main group to have the most graduates (not including Hello Pro Kenshuusei).
- 2008 was the only year so far in which no line-up changes occurred and that line-up has been the longest unchanging lineup so far going over 2 years with no graduations or new members until Kusumi Koharu graduated in December 2009.
- Niigaki Risa is the only leader to have once been the youngest member of Morning Musume.
- Takahashi Ai and Niigaki Risa are the longest serving Leader and Sub-Leader (4 years).
- Morning Musume received eight new members in 2011 (both 9th Gen and 10th Gen of 4 each), making it the only year where two generations were added.
- Fukumura Mizuki is the first former Hello Pro Kenshuusei to become leader and sub-leader of Morning Musume. She is also holds the record for being the youngest leader and sub-leader at the group has ever had.
- Five generations in a row have a former Hello Pro Kenshuusei: the 8th Generation has Linlin, the 9th Generation has Fukumura Mizuki, 10th Generation has Kudo Haruka, 11th Generation has Oda Sakura, and 12th Generation has Makino Maria and Haga Akane.
- To date, only four members have been featured in over 30 Singles. 5th Generation Members Takahashi Ai (35 Singles) and Niigaki Risa (37 Singles) and 6th Generation Members Michishige Sayumi (39 Singles) and Tanaka Reina (35 Singles).
- Michishige Sayumi has been a part of the most singles, with 39. She is also the longest serving member in Morning Musume.
- 1st Generation Fukuda Asuka is the only former member that has never participated in any type of unit or subgroup during her time in Hello! Project.
- Fujimoto Miki is the only Morning Musume leader not to be featured in a single during her time as leader.
- All current members were added to the group in either January or September.
- 8th generation members Junjun and Linlin are the only members to graduate before a new generation has joined the group.
- There have been no new members added in February, June, July, October, or November.
- Ishiguro Aya and Fukuda Asuka are the only members to never have a member color while in the group.
- Ikuta Erina and Ishida Ayumi are the only members to have been born in the same year as the group was formed in 1997.
- 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2013 are the only years where no new members joined.
- January and October have the most Moring Musume births, with a total of 5 births for each January and October. In contrast, the month with the least Morning Musume births is April, with one birth.
- All the current members are born between 1994-2002.
- 2001 and 2013 are the only years where all the singles were ranked #1 on the weekly charts.
- 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 11th Gen are the only generations to debut with an English title as a single.
- The most common age for members to join are at 13 and 12 years of age having 9 members for each of those ages joining the group.. The most uncommon age for members to join are at 24, 18, 17 and 11 years of age with 1 member joining at those ages.
- The most common age for members to graduate/leave is at 22 years of age with 6 members graduating at that age. The most uncommon age for members to graduate/leave at is 27, 20, 18, and 14 years of age, with 1 member graduating for each of them.
- All the members who were born in 1999 (Ogata Haruna, Oda Sakura, Sato Masaki, Nonaka Miki and Kudo Haruka) all share the same blood type (A).
- All the members of the 9th generation have one of each blood type (A, B, O, AB).
- Nakazawa Yuko, Yoshizawa Hitomi, and Fukumura Mizuki are the only leaders to match their generation. (Yuko as the first leader, Hitomi as the fourth leader, and Mizuki as the ninth leader).
- 3rd, 7th, and 8th generations are the only generations to have no member be a leader or sub-leader of the group.
- To date, 6th and 8th generation are the only generations to have members to joining on two separate dates.
- 5th generation is currently the only generation to stay as a whole generation for over 3 years, having stayed in the group in 4 Years, 10 Months, 27 Days, up until the graduation of Konno Asami.
- Iikubo Haruna and Ishida Ayumi are currently the last members to be born before the groups formation in September of 1997.
- The 11th generation is the first generation to have the members in that generation to all be born after the groups formation.
- ^ While 6th generation joined the group on January 19, 2003, Fujimoto Miki was officially announced as the first 6th generation member on January 7, 2003.
- ^ ^ Both singles does not include 6th generation, but they were already members at time of release.
- ^ Because of the sudden resignation, Yaguchi Mari was still featured in the single.
- ^ The single does not include Junjun and Linlin, but both were already members at the time of the release.
- ^ The single originally did not include Oda Sakura, but she was already a member during the time of the release. "Wakuteka Take a change (Oda Sakura Ver.)" was released DVD track 2 for the limited C edition for "Help me!!".
- ^ The single does not include 12th Generation, but they were already members at the time of the release.
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