Tomomi Itano

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Tomomi Itano
板野 友美
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Tomomi Itano at the J-POP Summit Festival 2014 press conference in San Francisco, USA
Born (1991-07-03) July 3, 1991 (age 29) [1]
Other namesTomochin (ともちん) [2]
Years active2005–present
FamilyNarumi Itano (younger sister)
Keiji Takahashi (husband)
(m. 2021)
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • Piano
Labels You, Be Cool! / King
Associated acts AKB48
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Tomomi Itano (板野 友美, Itano Tomomi, born July 3, 1991 in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture) is a Japanese recording artist, songwriter, dancer, model, and actress. She is a former member of the Japanese idol girl group AKB48. Her talent agent is Horipro. In 2011 she debuted solo with a single titled "Dear J", which was followed the same year by "Fui ni" (number 1 in Japan), and later by "10nen Go no Kimi e" (2012) and "1%" (2013).


Life and career

2005–2013: Early career beginnings and AKB48

In 2005, Itano joined the Japanese idol girl group AKB48 [3] as part of the first team, Team A. [4] She also modeled for the women's fashion magazine Cawaii! , and released her first photo book titled T.O.M.O.row in April 2009. [5] In early 2010, she played Shibuya in AKB48's TV Tokyo drama Majisuka Gakuen . [6] She had a recurring role on Kamen Rider W as Queen, alongside fellow AKB48 performer Tomomi Kasai, until the show ended in late 2010. Together, they made up the sub-unit Queen & Elizabeth. [7] In AKB48's 2010 general election, she placed fourth overall.

2010-2013: Solo Singles and Majisuka Gakuen 2

Tomomi Itano in an AKB48 presentation at the 2010 Anime Expo, in Los Angeles. Tomomi Itano.jpg
Tomomi Itano in an AKB48 presentation at the 2010 Anime Expo, in Los Angeles.

Itano released her first single, "Dear J", on January 26, 2011. It reached number 1 on the Oricon daily ranking and number 2 on the Oricon weekly ranking, selling 204,981 copies. In April, she reprised her role as Shibuya in Majisuka Gakuen 2. [8] Her first digital single "Wanna Be Now" reached number 2 on Recochoku's daily charts and number 6 on the weekly charts. [9] [ better source needed ] She placed eighth overall in AKB48's 2011 general election held in June. Her second single, "Fui ni", was released on July 13 and sold 90,103 copies, and reached number one on the Oricon weekly chart.

In 2012, Itano was cited as the "Queen of TV commercials" for having more contracts with companies than any other female tarento (although her count of 20 was technically a tie with those of fellow AKB48 member Mariko Shinoda). [10]

2013: Graduation from AKB48 and new beginnings

On February 1, 2013, during an AKB48 stage greeting, Itano announced she was leaving the group. [11] She released her fourth solo single, "1%", on June 12. [12] The title track was used in television commercials for Samantha Vega. The music video was shot in New York, and includes an appearance by the American actress and model Taylor Momsen. [13] Itano had her farewell "graduation" ceremony at the Tokyo Dome on August 25, [4] [14] [15] and a follow-up performance on August 27 at the AKB48 Theater; [16] [17] the performance was streamed live by Nico Nico Namahousou. [18] Her graduation song is "Saigo no Door", which was released as a B-side on one of the editions of AKB48's single "Koisuru Fortune Cookie". [4]

2014–present: Solo career success

In an interview with Japanese entertainment website Nihongogo, Itano shared her thoughts on transitioning to a solo artist "In a group you perform as a unit with each member playing a certain character role, however as a solo artist you have to be able to play all the roles at once. You have to take on the roles of being cool, sexy, and cute and although it’s definitely a challenge, it’s something I have to strive for achieving." [19]

In July 2014, Tomomi Itano made her U.S. performance debut at Union Square in San Francisco for J-POP Summit Festival 2014. [20]

Tomomi Itano has been cast the lead role of a Japanese foreign student based in China alongside Taiwanese singer-actor Dino Lee in the Chinese romance movie Raincoat (雨衣), as revealed in a press conference the duo appeared in on 29 September 2015. The projected 2-month filming period for the movie that takes place in Shanghai and Tokyo is ongoing. The film is expected for a release in Spring 2016 in three countries.


Studio albums

  1. Swag (July 2, 2014)
  2. Get Ready (November 2, 2016)

Extended plays

  1. Loca (October 16, 2019)


TitleRelease dateChart positionsSales

* [22]
"Dear J" [23] January 26, 2011221162,871216,781
" Fui ni " (ふいに, "Unexpectedly") [24] [25] July 13, 201111890,103115,497
" 10nen Go no Kimi e " (10年後の君へ, Jūnen Go no Kimi e,
"To You, After 10 Years")
April 26, 201222372,91194,059
" 1% " (Ichi Pāsento, "One Percent")June 12, 20134444,63056,094 [26] [ better source needed ][ better source needed ]
"Little" [27] February 5, 201431434,03742,497
"COME PARTY!"December 17, 201461215,05819,500
"Gimme Gimme Luv"July 1, 201561714,803
"HIDE & SEEK"April 20, 201611389,019
"#Iine!" (#いいね!, Ī ne, "#How Nice!") [28] May 17, 201711
"Just As I Am"February 28, 201817
"Suki. Toiukoto" (すき。ということ, "Like. I say")February 13, 201929

* RIAJ Digital Track Chart was cancelled in July 2012.

Additional digital singles

Singles with AKB48


YearNo.TitleRole [29] Notes
2006Ind-1"Sakura no Hanabiratachi"A-sideDebut with Team A.
Ind-2"Skirt, Hirari"A-side
20072"Seifuku ga Jama o Suru"A-side
3"Keibetsu Shiteita Aijō"A-side
5"Boku no Taiyō"A-side
6"Yūhi o Miteiru ka?"A-side
20087"Romance, Irane"A-side
8"Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008"A-side
9"Baby! Baby! Baby!"A-side
10"Ōgoe Diamond"A-side
200911"10nen Sakura"A-side
12"Namida Surprise!"A-side
13"Iiwake Maybe"A-sideRanked 7th in 2009 General Election.
201015"Sakura no Shiori"A-sideDebut with Team K. Also sang on "Majisuka Rock 'n' Roll".
16"Ponytail to Shushu"A-sideAlso sang on "Majijo Teppen Blues"
17"Heavy Rotation"A-sideRanked 4th in 2010 General Election. Also sang on "Yasai Sisters" and "Lucky Seven".
19"Chance no Junban"B-sideDid not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. [30] Sang on "Yoyakushita Christmas"; and "Alive" with Team K.
201120"Sakura no Ki ni Narō"A-side
"Dareka no Tame ni – What can I do for someone?"charity single
21"Everyday, Katyusha"A-sideAlso sang on "Korekara Wonderland" and "Yankee Soul".
22"Flying Get"A-side, Yasai Sisters 2011Ranked 8th in 2011 General Election. Also sang on "Seishun to Kizukanai Mama"; "Yasai Uranai" as Yasai Sisters 2011; and "Ice no Kuchizuke".
23"Kaze wa Fuiteiru"A-side
24"Ue kara Mariko"B-sideDid not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament; [31] [32] She sang on "Noël no Yoru"; and on "Zero-sum Taiyō" as Team K.[ citation needed ]
201225"Give Me Five!"A-side (Baby Blossom), Selection 6Played shaker in Baby Blossom; [33] She also sang on "Sweet & Bitter" as Selection 6.
26"Manatsu no Sounds Good!"A-sideAlso sang on "Choudai, Darling!"
27"Gingham Check"A-sideRanked 8th in 2012 General Election. [34] [35] Also sang on "Yume no Kawa".
28"Uza"A-side, New Team KAlso sang on "Scrap & Build" as New Team K.
29"Eien Pressure"A-sidePlaced 13th in rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Totteoki Christmas"
201330"So Long!"A-sideAlso sang on "Yuuhi Marie" as Team K.
31"Sayonara Crawl"A-side, Center [36] Also sang on "How Come?" as Team K.
32"Koisuru Fortune Cookie"A-sideRanked 11th in 2013 General Election. [37] Also sang on "Namida no Sei Janai" and "Saigo no Door", the latter of which was her graduation song.
201643"Kimi wa Melody"A-sideMarked as the 10th Anniversary Single. Participated as graduated member.

Theater performances

With AKB48

Team A 1st Stage "Party ga Hajimaruyo" (Partyが始まるよ)
  1. Skirt, Hirari (2nd Unit) (スカートひらり)
  2. Hoshi no Ondo (1st Unit) (星の温度)
Team A 2nd Stage "Aitakatta" (会いたかった)
  1. Nageki no Figure (嘆きのフィギュア)
  2. Garasu no I Love You (ガラスのI Love You)
  3. Senaka Kara Dakishimete (背中から抱きしめて)
  4. Rio no Kakumei (リオの革命)
Team A 3rd Stage "Dareka no Tameni" (誰かのために)
  1. Nage Kissu de Uchiotose! (投げキッスで撃ち落とせ!)
  2. Seifuku ga Jama osuru (制服が邪魔をする)
Team A 4th Stage "Tadaima Rennai Chū" (ただいま恋愛中)
  1. Faint
Himawarigumi 1st Stage "Boku no Taiyō" (僕の太陽)
  1. Itoshisa no defence (愛しさのdefence)
  2. Idol Nante Yobanaide (アイドルなんて呼ばないで)
Himawarigumi 2nd Stage "Yumewo Shinaseru Wakeni Ikanai" (夢を死なせるわけにいかない)
  1. Confession
Team A 5th Stage "Rennai Kinshi Jōrei" (恋愛禁止条例)
  1. Tsundere! (ツンデレ!)
Team K 6th Stage "Reset"
  1. Seifuku Resistance (制服レジスタンス)

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