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Fukuda Asuka
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Fukuda Asuka, 2011
Background Information
Also Known As ♀asuka (♀あすか?)
Asukacchi (あすかっち?)
Born December 17, 1984 (1984-12-17) (age 32)
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Blood Type B
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius Sagittarius
Height 149cm
Genres J-Pop
Occupation Singer
Years Active 1997-1999
2011-Present
Agency UP-FRONT PROMOTION, UP-FRONT CREATE
Label zetima (1997-1999)
Associated Acts Morning Musume
Morning Musume Information
Joined September 7, 1997
Generation 1st Generation
Graduated April 18, 1999
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Fukuda Asuka, 2011

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Fukuda Asuka, 2006 working in her parents bar

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Fukuda Asuka (福田明日香) is a former member of Morning Musume under Hello! Project, she was one of the original members of the group. She left the group in 1999. She returned to music in 2011 as a member of the band PEACE$TONE under the name asuka.

BiographyEdit

1997Edit

In 1997, Fukuda Asuka was one of 5 runners-up in a talent contest for a new Japanese rock idol. After the contest, musician and producer Tsunku offered Asuka and four of the other runners-up (Iida Kaori, Nakazawa Yuko, Ishiguro Aya, and Abe Natsumi) the chance to be taken under his wing on one condition: Sell 50,000 CD's of their song "Ai no Tane" in 5 days. The quintet accomplished that task in four days and Morning Musume was born. Along with Abe Natsumi, she was one of the group's main singers.

1998Edit

In 1998, Morning Musume released their first official single "Morning Coffee." Fukuda also appeared in the film "Morning Cop," with Morning Musume and Heike Michiyo.

1999Edit

On April 18, she graduated from the group, having the shortest tenure of all members of Morning Musume with only 1 year and 7 months. She stated the reason she graduated was to focus on her studies, although she dropped out of high school not long after her graduation. There was a rumor (possibly generated by the essay book she released a month after her graduation) that she was allegedly bullied by some of the other members due to her young age.

2005Edit

In 2005, she was working as an assistant at her father's nightclub, Philippine, in Tokyo.

2006Edit

In 2006, she was featured on the television show "Kaikan MAP," where it was revealed that she was working as a vocal coach and as a bartender at her parent's nightclub.

There were rumors about her returning to a musical career, but she mentioned that she doesn't want to go back to the world of show business and kept a very low profile.

2011Edit

On September 24, it was announced that Fukuda was now in a band called PEACE$TONE.

2015Edit

On April 16 it was announced that Asuka was married, and pregnant with her first child.[1] 

2016Edit

She gave birth to a healthy daughter on February 14.[2]

2017Edit

On July 23, Fukuda announced that she and her husband had divorced in July 2016, four months after the birth of their first child. According to Fukuda, the divorce was the result of the couple's conflicting values and parenting styles.[3]

ProfileEdit

  • Name: Fukuda Asuka (福田明日香)
  • Stage name: asuka (2011-present)
  • Nickname: ♀asuka, Asukacchi
  • Birthdate: December 17, 1984 (1984-12-17) (age 32)
  • Blood Type: B
  • Height: 149cm
  • Western Zodiac: Sagittarius
  • Eastern Zodiac: Rat
  • Hello! Project Status:
    • 1997-09-07: Member
    • 1999-04-18: Graduated
  • Years in Morning Musume: 1 year 7 months
  • Birth Place: Ota, Tokyo, Japan
  • Hobbies: Jazz dancing and looking at the sky
  • Special Skills: Ballet and karaoke
  • Favorite Food: Pancakes, kidney beans
  • Hello! Project groups:
  • Other Groups:

Discography Participated InEdit

Solo SongsEdit

WorksEdit

MoviesEdit

TV DramasEdit

  • [1998] Taiyo Musume to Umi (太陽娘と海)

Essay BooksEdit

  • [1999.05.25] Mou Hitori no Asuka (もうひとりの明日香)

TriviaEdit

  • She was Morning Musume's first graduate.
  • Around the time she left Hello! Project, she helped musician Yorico get her start by introducing her to her own manager, Wada Kaoru.
  • Along with Abe Natsumi, she was one of the group's main singers.
  • She was considered to be one of the most talented vocalists the group ever had.
  • There was a rumor that she left the group because she was allegedly bullied by some of the other members due to her young age.
  • She had the shortest tenure, at only 1 year and 7 months, out of all former members of Morning Musume.
  • She was the second shortest member of Morning Musume, while the shortest was Yaguchi Mari.
  • She graduated at age 14, which makes her the youngest Morning Musume member to graduate.
  • She was the first member to continue being the youngest member after another generation joined; Later on, Kudo Haruka was the second and Haga Akane is the third.

See AlsoEdit

Honorary TitlesEdit

Honorary titles
First

Youngest member of Hello!
1998 – 1999

Succeeded by
Mika Todd

First

Youngest member of Morning Musume
1997 – 1999

Succeeded by
Ichii Sayaka

ReferencesEdit

  1. "皆様へ". PEACE$TONE official site. 2015.04.16
  2. "元モー娘。福田明日香、第1子出産 ライブにコメント寄せる" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2016-02-14.
  3. "離婚のご報告" (in Japanese). Asuka Fukuda Official Blog. 2017-07-23.

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