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Nonaka Miki (野中美希) is a Japanese pop singer, dancer, actress and model under Hello! Project as a 12th generation member of Morning Musume.[2]

She is the first person to join Morning Musume that is fluent in English, and since her joining, she has been appointed the role as the group's "global representative" (グローバル担当; global tantou).[3][4][5]


Nonaka Miki, December 2021

Nonaka Miki, March 2021

Nonaka Miki, December 2020

Nonaka Miki, January 2020

Nonaka Miki, June 2019

Nonaka Miki, February 2019

Nonaka Miki, October 2018

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Nonaka Miki, December 2017

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Nonaka Miki, November 2016

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Nonaka Miki, December 2015

Nonaka Miki, August 2015

Nonaka Miki, April 2015

Nonaka Miki, December 2014

Nonaka Miki, September 2014 in Morning Musume

Early Life[]

Nonaka Miki was born on October 7, 1999, in Shizuoka, Japan. Due to her father's job, she lived in the United States for eight years. She lived in the state of Illinois from 2001 to 2004 and in the state of Alabama from 2004 to 2010.[6] During her time in Alabama, she attended Applause fine arts school.[6]


In summer 2014, Nonaka took part in the Morning Musume '14 <Golden> Audition! and successfully passed. Her audition number was #269. She was introduced as a 12th generation member during Morning Musume '14's concert at Nippon Budokan on September 30 alongside Ogata Haruna, Makino Maria and Haga Akane.[2]


On January 4, Nonaka and and her fellow 12th generation members began a radio show on FM FUJI, titled Morning Musume '15 12ki Nikki.[7] They also began a web talk show exclusive to fanclub members on March 5, titled 12ki Relay.[8]

On June 12, Nonaka released her first solo e-Hello! Blu-ray, Greeting ~Nonaka Miki~.

On October 7, Nonaka celebrated her 16th birthday at a fanclub event Morning Musume '15 Nonaka Miki Birthday Event, featuring three shows at TOKYO FM HALL.


On January 29, Nonaka held a talk event at the Hello! Project Official Shop in Akihabara.[9]

On February 10, it was announced that Nonaka injured her left foot during a dance rehearsal for the Morning Musume '16 Concert Tour Haru ~EMOTION IN MOTION~. After seeing a doctor, she was diagnosed with an avulsion fracture of the base of the fifth metatarsal (dancer's fracture) and a ligament injury in her heel. Nonaka required 4 weeks of recovery, and was not able to participate in several events during the month of February.[10] As of February 20, Nonaka was able to sing while sitting.

On February 12, it was announced that Nonaka would provide the English narration for Shizuoka Asahi TV's annual music documentary program ch223 music pinkiss ~Ponyo Trio Nihon Ichi no Sotsugyou Ryokou!?~, featuring Country Girls member Yamaki Risa and Hakoiri♡Musume member Wagatsuma Momomi.[11] The original Japanese narration was broadcast February 20, and Nonaka's English narration was broadcast on February 26.[12]

On March 19, the first day of the Hello! Project Hina Fes 2016, Nonaka had completely recovered from her injury and returned to dancing.[13]

On May 3, Nonaka began the monthly radio show Hello! Project Mobile Sendenkaigi for the Hello! Project Mobile service along with "promotion manager" Kudo Haruka and fellow "promotion staff" members Ogata Haruna and Yanagawa Nanami.[14]

On October 21, Nonaka celebrated her 17th birthday at a special event called Morning Musume '16 Nonaka Miki Birthday Event, featuring one show at Kameari Lirio Hall in Tokyo.


On January 1, Nonaka announced that as a global representative of Hello! Project and Morning Musume she would be making English videos about Hello! Project for the UP-FRONT LINK Facebook page throughout 2017.[15]

On February 14, Nonaka announced on her blog that she would star in her first drama, an episode of Otona e Novel on February 23.[16]

On February 16, the 12th generation's fanclub-exclusive web talk show 12ki Relay ended with a total of 100 episodes.[17] Their radio show Morning Musume '17 12ki Nikki also ended on March 26.[18]

On April 6, the Morning Musume '17 12th generation and 13th generation members began a radio show on FM FUJI, titled Morning Musume '17 no Morning Diary.[19]

On October 19, Nonaka celebrated her 18th birthday at a fanclub event titled Morning Musume '17 Nonaka Miki Birthday Event, featuring two shows at IMA Hall.


On February 5, it was announced that RakutenTV, who made a deal with the NBA last October for exclusive online distribution rights in Japan,[20] have appointed Nonaka as an official NBA ambassador and she has traveled to New York City for her first week of training.[21][5] She would be working alongside former Berryz Koubou member Tokunaga Chinami, who had been studying English abroad.[22] On February 19, Nonaka announced that she was the ambassador for the Los Angeles Lakers.[23]

On June 4, the 12th generation members held the Morning Musume '18 12ki Member Ogata Haruna・Nonaka Miki・Makino Maria・Haga Akane FC Event at Differ Ariake.

On October 9, Nonaka celebrated her 19th birthday at a fanclub event titled Morning Musume '18 Nonaka Miki Birthday Event, featuring two shows at Mynavi BLITZ Akasaka.

On December 13, it was announced that Nonaka would be halting idol activities until mid-February 2019 to study abroad as a short term student to improve her English skills.[24] She left Japan at the end of December and would continue updating her blog during her time abroad.[25][26]

On December 21, Nonaka announced that her work as a Rakuten NBA 32 ambassador would conclude at the end of year.[27]


On February 8, she returned to Japan from her study abroad.[28][29]

On June 11, she opened an official Instagram account.[30][31]

In the first performance of Hello! Project 2019 SUMMER tour held on July 13, Nonaka was only able to sing while sitting and had to wear sunglasses due to her catching pink eye in both eyes.[32] However, she quickly recovered and was able to fully participate in the next day's performance.[33]

On October 7, she celebrated her 20th birthday at a fanclub event titled Morning Musume '19 Nonaka Miki Birthday Event, featuring two shows at Mynavi BLITZ Akasaka.


On October 7, she celebrated her 21st birthday at a fanclub event titled Morning Musume '20 Nonaka Miki Birthday Event with two shows at LANDMARK HALL.[34] In compliance with government policy, cheering, crowding, standing, and closeness in the venue were prohibited, and wearing masks were required to enter.


On October 7, she celebrated her 22nd birthday at a fanclub event titled Morning Musume '21 Nonaka Miki Birthday Event with two shows at LANDMARK HALL.[35] In compliance with government policy, cheering, crowding, standing, and closeness in the venue were prohibited, and wearing masks were required to enter.

On October 23, a show personally produced by Nonaka aired at 16:00 JST on TV Asahi Channel 1 as her prize for winning MVP at Hello! Project presents... "Solo Fes! 2". It was titled Miki Nonaka presents... Morning Musume '21 ~SONGS FOR YOU~.[36]

Personal Life[]

She is the eldest daughter in her family.[37] Miki's younger sister is named Miyu. She has a pet cat named Rena-chan. She has a pet Maltipoo named Tofu (とうふ). She calls her Tofu-chan (とうふちゃん).

When Nonaka joined Morning Musume in September 2014, she was in her third year of middle school.[2] She graduated from middle school on March 20, 2015.[38] She started high school in April 2015 and graduated in March 2018.

In September 2013, she took the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) at her school in Shizuoka, which she scored 795 on the exam. She is also grade 2 in the EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency (STEP Eiken).[39]

On October 7, 2020, the day of her 21st birthday, she revealed that she has been studying at Waseda University's online school.[40]

The following list are notable friendships Nonaka Miki has acquired:

Nonaka's given name, Miki, means "beauty" (美; mi) combined with "rare" (希; ki).

Her parents chose it by number of strokes and because they had many acquaintances with the name "Miki" who were a cute or wonderful person.[45] Once they decided on the sound of Miki, they wanted kanji with stroke counts that were all had excellent luck, so they asked Nonaka's grandfather who knew a lot about it to choose.[44]

Here is a list of nicknames that have been used to refer to Nonaka Miki:

  • Chel (チェル): Her first official nickname which is used by fans. It is short for Chelsea (チェルシー), which was given to her by Oda Sakura.[46] Oda gave her the nickname because Nonaka listed in her audition papers that her favorite candy was Meiji's Chelsea.
  • Nonaka-chan (野中ちゃん / のなかちゃん): Her second official nickname which is used by classmates, members, and fans.[37][47] In her nickname, "naka" has a strong intonation.[37]
  • Mikitty (ミキティ): A nickname given to her by Tsunku[48] which is rarely used by fans due to Mikitty already being well known as the nickname of former Morning Musume member Fujimoto Miki. Nonaka first introduced herself with it during the Morning Musume '14 Concert Tour Aki GIVE ME MORE LOVE ~Michishige Sayumi Sotsugyou Kinen Special~ concert at Nippon Budokan on October 1, 2014.


  • Specialties: Conversational English, backflips, piano, transcription[2][50], painting surreal characters, impersonating Doraemon's voice[51]
  • Hobby: Collecting cute things[2] or goods of cute characters, exercising[51], anime[51], playing with her dog Tofu-chan[51], composing songs on DTM[52]
  • Favorite Music Genres: J-Pop[51], Western, classical (Mozart)[51], instrumental
  • Favorite Sport: Gymnastics
  • Motto: Warau kado niwa fuku kitaru! (笑う門には福来たる!; Good fortune and happiness will come to those who smile!)[6]
  • Favorite Color: White[53]
  • Favorite Food: Katsudon, Chelsea hard candies[53][6]
  • Least Favorite Food: Chinese food (especially shumai and ankake), gyoza, fried rice, ramen[6][54]
  • Favorite Subject: English[37]
  • Favorite Anime: Chibi Maruko-chan[37], Boku no Hero Academia[55], Hamtaro[56], Ojamajo Doremi[56], Mirmo![56], Ashita no Nadja[56], Kirarin☆Revolution[56]
  • Favorite TV Show: Getsuyou Kara Yofukashi[37]
  • Favorite Morning Musume Song: "Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa",[54] "Koko ni Iruzee!"[44], "Jinsei Blues"[52]
  • Favorite Hello! Project Song: "Namida no Heroine Kouban Geki"
  • Looks Up To: Sayashi Riho,[50] Ishida Ayumi,[50] Nakajima Saki,[53] Yajima Maimi

  • Discography[]

    Main article: Nonaka Miki/Discography

    Original Songs[]

    • [2021] Swing Town
    • [2021] Message (メッセージ)

    Solo Blu-rays[]

    Solo Fanclub DVDs[]


    Main article: Nonaka Miki/Publications

    Solo Photobooks[]



    TV Programs[]

    TV Dramas[]

    • [2017.02.23] Otona e Novel (オトナヘノベル)



    • [2015–2017] Morning Musume '17 12ki Nikki! (モーニング娘。’17 12期日記!)
    • [2015–2017] 12ki Relay (12期リレー) (fanclub exclusive)
    • [2016–] Hello! Project Mobile Sendenkaigi (ハロ!モバ宣伝会議) (Hello! Project Mobile exclusive)
    • [2016–2019] HELLO! DRIVE! (HELLO! DRIVE! -ハロドラ-) (Mondays, 2016.09–2017.09; Wednesdays, 2017.10–2019.06)
    • [2017–] Morning Musume '19 no Morning Diary (モーニング娘。'19のモーニングダイアリー)
    • [2018–] Morning Musume '19 no Morning Jogakuin ~Houkago Meeting~ (モーニング娘。'19のモーニング女学院〜放課後ミーティング〜)


    • She dislikes birds.[53]
    • Her favorite facial feature is her right dimple,[37] and her favorite body parts are her clavicles.[37]
    • A recent Morning Musume song that makes her feel "I want to dance along with them" is "Brainstorming."[54]
    • According to her, "Morning Musume" is something that she admires, that gives her dreams.[50]
    • She is the first member of Morning Musume to come from the Shizuoka Prefecture.
    • She auditioned for Morning Musume because she previously liked Morning Musume, and got a push from the "Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa" lyrics "Ima shika dekinai kimi ga shitai koto wo shinayo" (Do the things you want which you only can now).
    • When she joined Morning Musume, she felt like her dream of having too much fun would come true.
    • She likes to say "nanka nee~" and "ano nee~".
    • She's proud of her English and English pronunciation.
    • She thinks she's both a boke and a tsukkomi, even though her friends always tell her she's an airheaded boke.
    • She has bad eyesight, so she has to wear contacts, and sometimes, glasses.
    • She thinks that in a previous life she was a cat.[6]
    • If God could grant her one thing, she would wish to be full of happiness for her entire life.[6]
    • She would bring Doraemon to a deserted island.[6]
    • On the date of her birth, "LOVE Machine" was the current weekly number one single in Japan.
    • Nonaka is good with dance and artistic gymnastics.[37]
    • Before she goes to sleep, Nonaka listens to music or plays the piano.[37]
    • She is left-handed, making her the third Morning Musume member to be left-handed.
    • Her childhood dream was to become a back dancer for Miley Cyrus.[6]
    • She sometimes writes parts of her blog in English.
    • She has anemia.[57]
    • She believes in Santa Claus and was sad that she did not get a present from him in 2014.
    • During a gift exchange with the other members of Morning Musume, she was given a selfie stick.
    • She is the third member of Morning Musume, after Junjun and Linlin, to have lived in another part of the world other than Japan and speak a language other then Japanese.
    • She is the first member of the twelfth generation to have the role of main vocalist in "Imasugu Tobikomu Yuuki".
    • She wants to learn to speak Chinese because language interpreters she had met in the past could speak English, Japanese, and Chinese. She would also be able to speak with many more people.[58]
    • Her favorite place in Tokyo is the Pompompurin Café in Shibuya.[58]
    • If she could be reborn as someone else, she would be Tsuji Nozomi because she was a member of Morning Musume when "Ren'ai Revolution 21" was released and appeared a lot on TV. Nonaka wants to live in that era once (she was 1 or 2 years old at that time) and be a part of Minimoni.[44]
    • If she did not become an idol, she believes she would have gone back to America to study abroad.[44]
    • She is the second Morning Musume member to attend university while active in the group after Sato Masaki.


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    9. "1/29(金)東京秋葉原店にて<ハロショ千夜一夜 第二十六夜>モーニング娘。’16 野中美希~CHELSEA TIME~トークイベント開催決定!!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project Official Shop. 2016-01-21.
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    18. "LAST\(^^)/尾形春水" (in Japanese). Morning Musume 12ki Official Blog. 2017-03-22.
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