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Satoda Mai (里田まい) is a Japanese pop singer. For a long time she was the only member of the group Country Musume. After the group was revived as Country Girls, she became its supervisor.[1] Satoda was also a member of the Hello! Project futsal team Gatas Brilhantes H.P. and its associated music group Ongaku Gatas, and she was captain of the Hokkaido-based futsal team, Sapporo CEREBIES.

She was a frequent guest on the Japanese television quiz show Quiz! Hexagon II, as part of the units Pabo, Aladdin, and Satoda Mai with Gouda Kazoku (also called Satoda Mai with Gouda Kyoudai). The show came to an end in September 2011, after host Shinsuke Shimada was forced to retire from show business due to his connections with the Yamaguchi-gumi.


Satoda Mai, December 2014

Satoda Mai, August 2012

Satoda Mai, September 2009

Satoda Mai, February 2009

Satoda Mai, September 2008

Satoda Mai, December 2008

Satoda Mai, January 2007

Satoda Mai, 2000

Early Life[]

Satoda Mai was born on March 29, 1984 in Hokkaido, Japan.


In 2000, Satoda participated Morning Musume 3rd Tsuika Audition, but failed to make it to the final ten.

In January 2002, she was added to Country Musume.


From April 24 to 30, Satoda starred in the play Yokosuka Story with Goto Maki.[2]

From October 3 to 11, she appeared in the stage play Heisei Revolution ~Back to the Byakkotai~ alongside Yoshizawa Hitomi, Shibata Ayumi, Inaba Atsuko, Korenaga Miki, and Fukuda Kanon.[3]


On December 31, Satoda was the only Hello! Project member to perform in the annual Kohaku Uta Gassen.[4]


On March 31, Satoda graduated from Hello! Project along with all the other members of the Elder Club.[5]

In 2009, she was in the PV "Tsuru no Uta 'M'" by Tsuruno Takeshi.


On May 5th, she was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassadors in Sado City, Niigata Prefecture.

On November 15, Satoda announced she was in a relationship with Tohoku Rakuten Eagles pitcher Tanaka Masahiro.[6] They met at the beginning of the year as co-stars on the New Year's TV show Pro Yaguu All-Star Sports Festival, and they began dating over the summer.[7]


On January 26, Satoda announced her engagement to Tanaka.[8] They registered their marriage on March 20.[9]

On March 31, she graduated from Gatas Brilhantes H.P. and Sapporo CEREBIES.[10]


On January 2, Satoda was a surprise guest on the opening day of Hello! Project Tanjou 15 Shuunen Kinen Live 2013 Fuyu ~Viva!~, which she came stage during the performance of the Country Musume song "Uwaki na Honey Pie".[11]

In October, Satoda was transferred from UP-FRONT PROMOTION to UP-FRONT CREATE.


On January 2, Satoda Mai announced the Country Musume Shin Member Audition for a new Country Musume line-up.[12]

On January 22, it was announced that her husband, Tanaka Masahiro, signed a 7-year 155 million dollar contract to the New York Yankees after receiving offers from various teams.[13] The next day, Satoda was featured in the cover of NY Daily News sports section, with an article that talks about her career as a "pop star."[14] Both of them were expected to move to New York.

On August 7, it was announced that the Country Musume Shin Member Audition had ended and no new members were chosen. Months later, on November 5, a new line-up was announced with Country Musume renamed as Country Girls. Satoda would not be an active member, but the group's supervisor.[1]


On September 6, Satoda announced that she was 5 months pregnant with her first child.[15]


On February 15, she gave birth to a son. He was born at 1:36pm and weighed 3,360 grams (7.4lbs).[16]


On March 25, it was announced through Tanaka Masahiro's Twitter that Satoda is pregnant with their second child who was due to be born in June.[17] She gave birth to a daughter on June 7.[18]

On October 18, it was announced that Country Girls would suspend activities on December 26, 2019 after the Country Girls Live 2019 ~Itooshikutte Gomen ne~ at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA.[19]


  • Favorite colors: Black, white
  • Favorite flowers: Sunflowers
  • Favorite seasons: Spring, autumn
  • Favorite word: Okay
  • Favorite food: White rice, ramen, nattou
  • Disliked food: Capsicum

  • Discography[]

    • [2009.12.09] Satoda Mai with Gouda Kyoudai (with Gouda Kyoudai)

  • [2007.05.23] Oyaji no Kokoro ni Tomotta Chiisa na Hi ~Duet Version~ (with Fujioka Fujimaki)
  • [2008.11.12] Mousugu Christmas (with Gouda Kyoudai)
  • [2009.01.14] Bye Bye (with Gouda Kyoudai)
  • [2009.06.17] Don't leave me (with Gouda Kyoudai)
  • [2010.10.27] Zoku Oyaji no Kokoro ni Tomotta Chiisa na Hi (with Fujioka Fujimaki)

  • Discography Participated In[]

    Country Musume
    Ongaku Gatas
    Hello! Project
    Soundtrack Albums
    Hexagon All Stars
    • [2008.10.22] We LOVE Hexagon
    • [2009.10.21] We LOVE Hexagon 2009
    • [2010.11.17] We LOVE Hexagon 2010
    • [2011.11.23] We LOVE Hexagon 2011

    Country Musume
    Ongaku Gatas
    Sexy 8
    H.P. All Stars
    • [2007.09.26] Koi no Hexagon
    • [2010.03.17] Shiawase ni Narou / Koi (幸せになろう / 恋)
    • [2008.07.30] Hi wa, Mata Noboru
    • [2010.07.14] Bokura ni wa Tsubasa ga Aru ~Oozora e~ (僕らには翼がある〜大空へ〜) (with Hexagon All Stars)
    Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu Singers
    Hexagon All Stars
    • [2010.07.14] Bokura ni wa Tsubasa ga Aru ~Oozora e~ (僕らには翼がある〜大空へ〜) (with Tsubasa)

  • [2003.05.01] Atarashii Douyou
  • [2004.08.04] Sexy Onna Juku ~Dotou no Sexy Shiren – Sono Rekishi~ Joukan (as a part of ROMANS)
  • [2004.08.04] Sexy Onna Juku ~Dotou no Sexy Shiren – Sono Rekishi~ Gekan (as a part of ROMANS)
  • [2004.12.08] Sexy Onna Juku ~Dotou no Sexy Shiren – Sono Rekishi~ Extra (as a part of ROMANS)
  • [2005.09.28] Tatakae!! Cyborg Shibata 3
  • [2006.11.08] Gyao Original Drama Doutoku Joshi Tandai Eko-ken Dainiwa 39℃
  • [2006.07.13] Musume Dokyu! ~E Nagareta 4-choume no Hitobito~ Vol. 1
  • [2006.07.13] Musume Dokyu! ~E Nagareta 4-choume no Hitobito~ Vol. 2
  • [2007.12.26] Musume Dokyu! ~E Nagareta 4-choume no Hitobito~ Vol. 3
  • [2009.06.26] Hekisa na Futari (ヘキサな二人)
  • [2011.07.08] Geinoujin Real Private Tabi Star Tours Tomochika no Ehime

  • Publications[]



    1. [2003.10.04] Satoda Mai (里田まい )
    2. [2007.03.21] my life
    3. [2007.11.07] Satoda Mai no Obaka Densetsu (里田まいのおバカ伝説)
    4. [2007.12.26] Mai-Thai (マイタイ)


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    • [2009.12.17] Satoda Mai Official Book Hitori Dakedo Country Musume Desu (里田まいオフィシャルブック ひとりだけどカントリー娘。です)
    • [2011.08.08] Sekaiichi Oishii Gohan no Tabekata (世界一おいしいごはんの食べ方)



    • [2002] Tokkaekko
    • [2010.03.06] Kenka Banchou Gekijou-ban ~Zenkoku Seiha (喧嘩番長 劇場版〜全国制覇)
    • [2010.09.11] Kimi ga Odoru, Natsu (君が踊る、夏)



    • [2007.06.27] Gekidan Senior Graffiti Yokosuka Story
    • [2007.xx.xx] Heisei Revolution ~Back to the Byakkotai~ (平成レボリューション 〜バックトゥザ・白虎隊〜)
    • [2008.02.16] Hekisa na Futari (ヘキサな二人)


    • [2010.08.25] Satoda Mai Interview Motteko Shoten (里田まい インタビュー モッテコ書店)
    • [2011-2012] Personal Computer Joshi-bu (パソコン女子部)

    Honorary Titles[]

    Honorary Titles
    Preceded by
    Oldest Member of Country Musume
    October 14, 2002 – November 4, 2014
    Succeeded by
    Tsugunaga Momoko
    Preceded by
    Youngest Member of Country Musume
    January 29, 2007 – November 4, 2014
    Succeeded by
    Ozeki Mai
    Preceded by
    Leader of Pabo
    2007 – 2011
    Succeeded by
    Preceded by
    Supervisor of Country Girls
    November 5, 2014 – December 26, 2019
    Succeeded by


    1. 1.0 1.1 "『カントリー娘。』改め『カントリー・ガールズ』について" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-11-05. (archived)
    2. Official Gekijyo Page
    3. Official Gekijyo Page
    4. "モー娘。落選…11年連続ならず" (in Japanese). Daily Sports Online. 2008-11-26. (Archived)
    5. "モー娘。OGなど、来年3月末にハロプロ一斉卒業へ" (in Japanese). ORICON STYLE. 2008-10-19.
    6. "ご報告" (in Japanese). Satoda Mai Official Blog. 2010-11-15.
    7. "マー君&里田まいが熱愛…今夏から交際" (in Japanese). Daily Sports Online. 2010-11-15. (Archived)
    8. "ご報告" (in Japanese). Satoda Mai Official Blog. 2012-01-26.
    9. "ご報告" (in Japanese). Satoda Mai Official Blog. 2012-03-20.
    10. "2012年3月30日 【里田まい ガッタス卒業のあいさつ】" (in Japanese). Gatas Brilhantes H.P. Official Site. 2012-03-30. (Archived)
    11. "【ライブレポート】2013年のハロプロ新春公演が華やかに開幕。OG参加コーナーには里田まいが結婚後初登場" (in Japanese). BARKS. 2013-01-03.
    12. "カントリー娘。新メンバーオーディション開催決定。里田まいが発表" (in Japanese). BARKS. 2014-02-11.
    13. "Masahiro Tanaka to Yanks for $155M." ESPN. 2014-01-22.
    14. "Masahiro Tanaka comes to Yankees with pop star wife, Mai Satoda." NY Daily News. 2014-01-23.
    15. "ご報告" (in Japanese). Satoda Mai Official Blog. 2015-09-06.
    16. "ご報告" (in Japanese). Satoda Mai Official Blog. 2016-02-16.
    17. https://twitter.com/t_masahiro18/status/1110004482144899077
    18. https://twitter.com/t_masahiro18/status/1138675984679366656
    19. "カントリー・ガールズ 活動休止のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2019-10-18.

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