AKB48 (short for Akihabara48) is a Japanese Idol Group produced by Akimoto Yasushi. The group has their own theater, located on the eighth floor of the Don Quijote store in Akihabara, Tokyo. The 1st generation members were announced on October, 2005. The debut single of the group, Sakura no Hanabiratachi, was released on February 1, 2006. They are currently signed under King Records, originally from DefSTAR RECORDS/Sony Music Japan.
AKB48 has had 205 original members over 16 generations (not including Draft, Kennin, transferred and temporary members) and a total of 345 members (Plus Draft, Kennin, transferred and temporary members). As of December 2016, AKB48 has 104 members, 7 Kennin members, 25 Kenkyuusei.