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Morning Musume '17 Members

Members (all together): 41
Current members: 13
Graduated members: 26
Resigned members: 2
Generations: 14
Main article: Morning Musume

This page consists of all current and former members of the J-pop group Morning Musume.

The group is known for their ever-fluctuating line-up, with "graduations" and auditions held nearly every year. As of June 2017, there have been a total of 41 members altogether (1997 - present), 25 graduated members, 2 members which have resigned and 14 generations. There are currently 13 members in Morning Musume '17 which consists of the 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th generations.

MembersEdit

Current MembersEdit

Name Birthdate Home
Prefecture
Blood
Type
Date
Joined
Gen Member
Color
Notes
Fukumura Mizuki
(譜久村聖)
October 30, 1996
(age 21)
Tokyo O January 2, 2011 9th Deep Pink Leader (2014-Present)
Former sub-leader (2013-2014)
Former Hello Pro Egg (2008-2011)
Hello! Project Sub-leader (2017-Present)
Ikuta Erina
(生田衣梨奈)
July 7, 1997
(age 20)
Fukuoka A Yellow-Green Sub-leader (2014-Present)
Iikubo Haruna
(飯窪春菜)
November 7, 1994
(age 23)
Tokyo O September 29, 2011 10th Honey Sub-leader (2013-Present)
Ishida Ayumi
(石田亜佑美)
January 7, 1997
(age 20)
Miyagi Blue Former B♭ member
Sato Masaki
(佐藤優樹)
May 7, 1999
(age 18)
Hokkaido A Emerald Green
Oda Sakura
(小田さくら)
March 12, 1999
(age 18)
Kanagawa September 14, 2012 11th Lavender Former Hello Pro Kenshuusei (2011-2012)
Ogata Haruna
(尾形春水)
February 15, 1999
(age 18)
Osaka September 30, 2014 12th Sea Blue
Nonaka Miki
(野中美希)
October 7, 1999
(age 18)
Shizuoka Purple
Makino Maria
(牧野真莉愛)
February 2, 2001
(age 16)
Aichi Light Pink Former Hello Pro Kenshuusei (2012-2014)
Haga Akane
(羽賀朱音)
March 7, 2002
(age 15)
Nagano O Light Orange Former Hello Pro Kenshuusei (2013-2014)
Kaga Kaede
(加賀楓)
November 30, 1999
(age 18)
Tokyo A December 12, 2016 13th Italian Red Former Hello Pro Kenshuusei (2012-2016)
Yokoyama Reina
(横山玲奈)
February 22, 2001
(age 16)
Saitama O Golden Yellow Former Hello Pro Kenshuusei (2016)
Morito Chisaki
(森戸知沙希)
February 19, 2000
(age 17)
Tochigi A June 26, 2017 14th White Concurrent Country Girls Member (2014-Present)
Former CoCoRo Gakuen member (2011-2014)

Former MembersEdit

Name Birthdate Origin Date Joined Gen Date left/
graduated
Member color Notes
Nakazawa Yuko
(中澤裕子)
June 19, 1973
(age 44)
Kyoto September 7, 1997 1st April 15, 2001 N/A Leader (1997–2001)
Currently in Dream Morning Musume
Ishiguro Aya
(石黒彩)
May 12, 1978
(age 39)
Hokkaido January 7, 2000 N/A
Iida Kaori
(飯田圭織)
August 8, 1981
(age 36)
Hokkaido January 30, 2005 N/A Leader (2001–2005)
Member of: TanpopoMorning Musume Otome GumiMorning Musume Tanjou 10nen Kinentai, Dream Morning Musume
Abe Natsumi
(安倍なつみ)
August 10, 1981
(age 36)
Hokkaido January 25, 2004 N/A Member of: Morning Musume Sakura Gumi, Tanjou 10nen Kinentai, Dream Morning Musume
Fukuda Asuka
(福田明日香)
December 17, 1984
(age 32)
Tokyo April 18, 1999 N/A Later joined PEACE$TONE
Yasuda Kei
(保田圭)
December 6, 1980
(age 37)
Chiba May 3, 1998 2nd May 5, 2003 N/A Sub-leader (2001–2003)
Member of: Petitmoni, Dream Morning Musume
Yaguchi Mari
(矢口真里)
January 20, 1983
(age 34)
Kanagawa April 14, 2005 Light Purple Leader (2005)
Previously sub-leader (2003–2005)
No graduation ceremony
Member of: Tanpopo, Minimoni (leader),
Sakura Gumi, Dream Morning Musume
Ichii Sayaka
(市井紗耶香)
December 31, 1983
(age 33)
Chiba May 21, 2000 N/A Petitmoni member
Goto Maki
(後藤真希)
September 23, 1985
(age 32)
Tokyo August 22, 1999 3rd September 23, 2002 N/A Member of: Petitmoni, Tanjou 10nen Kinentai
Ishikawa Rika
(石川梨華)
January 19, 1985
(age 32)
Kanagawa April 16, 2000 4th May 7, 2005 Hot Pink Member of: Tanpopo, Otome Gumi,
v-u-den, Dream Morning Musume
Yoshizawa Hitomi
(吉澤ひとみ)
April 12, 1985
(age 32)
Saitama May 6, 2007 Purple Leader (2005–2007)
Previously sub-leader (2005)
Member of: Petitmoni, Sakura Gumi,
Dream Morning Musume
Tsuji Nozomi
(辻希美)
June 17, 1987
(age 30)
Tokyo August 1, 2004 N/A Member of: Otome Gumi, Minimoni, 
Later joined W
Kago Ai
(加護亜依)
February 7, 1988
(age 29)
Nara N/A Member of: Tanpopo, 
Minimoni, Sakura Gumi 
Later joined W
Later formed Girls Beat!!
Takahashi Ai
(高橋愛)
September 14, 1986
(age 31)
Fukui August 26, 2001 5th September 30, 2011 Yellow Leader (2007–2011)
Previously sub-leader (2007)
Member of: Minimoni,
Sakura Gumi
Konno Asami
(紺野あさ美)
May 7, 1987
(age 30)
Hokkaido July 23, 2006 Pink Member of: Tanpopo, 
Sakura Gumi
Ogawa Makoto
(小川麻琴)
October 29, 1987
(age 30)
Niigata August 27, 2006 Blue Member of: Petitmoni,
Otome Gumi,
Dream Morning Musume 
Niigaki Risa
(新垣里沙)
October 20, 1988
(age 29)
Kanagawa May 18, 2012 Yellow-Green Leader (2011–2012)
Previously sub-leader (2007–2011)
Member of: Tanpopo, 
Sakura Gumi,
Tanjou 10nen Kinentai
Fujimoto Miki
(藤本美貴)
February 26, 1985
(age 32)
Hokkaido January 7, 2003 6th June 1, 2007 Red Leader (2007)
Previously sub-leader (2005–2007)
Resigned without a graduation ceremony
Member of: Otome Gumi,
 Dream Morning Musume
Kamei Eri
(亀井絵里)
December 23, 1988
(age 28)
Tokyo January 19, 2003 December 15, 2010 Orange Sakura Gumi member
Michishige Sayumi
(道重さゆみ)
July 13, 1989
(age 28)
Yamaguchi November 26, 2014 Pink Leader (2012–2014)
Otome Gumi member
Tanaka Reina
(田中れいな)
November 11, 1989
(age 28)
Fukuoka May 21, 2013 Light Blue Otome Gumi member
Later joined LoVendoЯ
Kusumi Koharu
(久住小春)
July 15, 1992
(age 25)
Niigata May 1, 2005 7th December 6, 2009 Red Former member of Tanjou 10nen Kinentai, Dream Morning Musume
Mitsui Aika
(光井愛佳)
January 12, 1993
(age 24)
Shiga December 10, 2006 8th May 18, 2012 Light Purple
Junjun
(ジュンジュン)
January 11, 1988
(age 29)
Hunan, China March 15, 2007 December 15, 2010 Blue Foreign student
Linlin
(リンリン)
March 11, 1991
(age 26)
Zhejiang, China Emerald Green Foreign student
Former Hello Pro Egg
Sayashi Riho
(鞘師里保)
May 28, 1998
(age 19)
Hiroshima January 2, 2011 9th Gen December 31, 2015 Red Former Peaberry member
Suzuki Kanon
(鈴木香音)
August 5, 1998
(age 19)
Aichi May 31, 2016 Green
Kudo Haruka
(工藤遥)
October 27, 1999
(age 18)
Saitama September 29, 2011 10th Gen December 11, 2017 Orange Former Hello Pro Egg (2010-2011)

LeadershipEdit

Leaders
# Leader Period of time Total Time Sub-leaders
1st Nakazawa Yuko September 7, 1997 - April 15, 2001 3 Years, 7 Months, 8 Days None
2nd Iida Kaori April 16, 2001 - January 30, 2005 3 Years, 9 Months, 14 Days Yasuda Kei (2001-2003)
Yaguchi Mari (2003-2005)
3rd Yaguchi Mari January 31, 2005 - April 14, 2005 2 Months 14 Days Yoshizawa Hitomi (2005)
4th Yoshizawa Hitomi April 15, 2005 - May 6, 2007 2 Years, 21 Days Fujimoto Miki (2005-2007)
5th Fujimoto Miki May 7, 2007 - June 1, 2007 25 Days Takahashi Ai (2007)
6th Takahashi Ai June 2, 2007 - September 30, 2011 4 Years, 3 Months, 28 Days Niigaki Risa (2007-2011)
7th Niigaki Risa October 1, 2011 - May 18, 2012 7 Months, 17 Days None
8th Michishige Sayumi May 19, 2012 - November 26, 2014 2 Years, 6 Months, 7 Days None
Fukumura Mizuki (2013-2014)
Iikubo Haruna (2013-Present)
9th Fukumura Mizuki November 27, 2014 - Present 3 Years, 0 Months, 17 Days
Ikuta Erina (2014-Present)
Sub-Leaders
# Sub-Leader Period of time Total Time Sub-leader For
N/A None September 7, 1997 - April 15, 2001 3 Years, 7 Months, 8 Days N/A
1st Yasuda Kei April 16, 2001 - May 5, 2003 2 Years, 19 Days Iida Kaori
2nd Yaguchi Mari May 5th, 2003 - January 30, 2005 1 Year, 8 Months, 25 Days
3rd Yoshizawa Hitomi January 31, 2005 - April 14, 2005 2 Months 14 Days Yaguchi Mari
4th Fujimoto Miki April 15, 2005 - May 6, 2007 2 Years, 21 Days Yoshizawa Hitomi
5th Takahashi Ai May 7, 2007 - June 1, 2007 25 Days Fujimoto Miki
6th Niigaki Risa June 2, 2007 - September 30, 2011 4 Years, 3 Months, 28 Days Takahashi Ai
N/A None October 1, 2011 - May 20, 2013 1 Year, 7 Months, 19 Days N/A
7th Fukumura Mizuki May 21, 2013 - November 26, 2014 1 Year, 6 Months, 5 Days Michishige Sayumi
Iikubo Haruna May 21, 2013 - Present 4 Years, 6 Months, 23 Days
Fukumura Mizuki
8th Ikuta Erina November 27, 2014 - Present 3 Years, 0 Months, 17 Days
  • The sub-leader position was established on April 16, 2001, when Iida Kaori became the second leader.
  • The sub-leader position was vacant from October 1, 2011 to May 21, 2013, until Tanaka Reina graduated and assigned Fukumura Mizuki and Iikubo Haruna as the new sub-leaders.

Members ColorsEdit

Each Morning Musume member has her own color for outfits and merchandise to distinguish between each member. Over time, as each member leaves the group, current or new members have the opportunity to change their current color to a different one which is available. No member has the exact same color, but some might have colors that look fairly similar to another member's.

Heritage Members ColorsEdit

Official member colors were introduced in spring of 2005.

Color

Current Owners

Former Owners
Red / Italian Red Kaga Kaede
(2016-Present)
Fujimoto Miki (2005-2007), Kusumi Koharu (2007-2009), Sayashi Riho (2011-2015)
Orange Not in use Kamei Eri (2005-2010), Kudo Haruka (2011-2017)
Light Orange Haga Akane
(2015-Present)
None
Yellow /
Golden Yellow
Yokoyama Reina
(2016-Present)
Takahashi Ai (2005-2011)
Light Yellow /
Honey
Iikubo Haruna
(2012-Present)
Michishige Sayumi (2005-2006)
Yellow-Green Ikuta Erina
(2012-Present)
Niigaki Risa (2005-2012)
Emerald Green Sato Masaki
(2011-Present)
Linlin (2007-2010)
Green Not in use Suzuki Kanon (2011-2016)
Blue Ishida Ayumi
(2011-Present)
Ogawa Makoto (2005-2006), Junjun (2007-2010)
Light Blue Not in use Tanaka Reina (2005-2013)
Sea Blue Ogata Haruna
(2015-Present)
None
Light Purple /
Lavender
Oda Sakura
(2012-Present)
Yaguchi Mari (2005), Mitsui Aika (2006-2012)
Purple Nonaka Miki
(2015-Present)
Yoshizawa Hitomi (2005-2007), Ikuta Erina (2011-2012)
Hot Pink /
Deep Pink
Fukumura Mizuki
(2011-Present)
Ishikawa Rika (2005)
Pink Not in use Konno Asami (2005-2006), Michishige Sayumi (2006-2014)
Light Pink Makino Maria
(2015-Present)
None
Grey Not in use Kusumi Koharu (2005-2007)
White Morito Chisaki
(2017-Present)
None
Chocolate Not in use Iikubo Haruna (2011-2012)

TenuresEdit

Members of Morning Musume rarely stay in the group for more than six years, and to date only fifteen members have done this.

Member Tenure Time in group
Michishige Sayumi January 19, 2003 – November 26, 2014 11 Years, 10 Months, 7 Days
Niigaki Risa August 26, 2001 – May 18, 2012 10 Years, 8 Months, 23 Days
Tanaka Reina January 19, 2003 – May 21, 2013 10 Years, 4 Months, 2 Days
Takahashi Ai August 26, 2001 – September 30, 2011 10 Years, 1 Month, 5 Days
Kamei Eri January 19, 2003 – December 15, 2010 7 Years, 10 Months, 27 Days
Iida Kaori September 7, 1997 – January 30, 2005 7 Years, 4 Months, 24 Days
Yoshizawa Hitomi April 16, 2000 – May 6, 2007 7 Years, 21 Days
Fukumura Mizuki January 2, 2011 - Present 6 Years, 11 Months, 12 Days
Ikuta Erina
Yaguchi Mari May 3, 1998 – April 14, 2005 6 Years, 11 Months, 12 Days
Abe Natsumi September 7, 1997 – January 25, 2004 6 Years, 4 Months, 18 Days
Iikubo Haruna September 29, 2011 - Present 6 Years, 2 Months, 15 Days
Ishida Ayumi
Sato Masaki
Kudo Haruka September 29, 2011 - December 11, 2017 6 Years, 2 Months, 12 Days

All names in BOLD are current members.

  1. Michishige Sayumi: 11 Years, 10 Months, 7 Days
  2. Niigaki Risa: 10 Years, 8 Months, 23 Days
  3. Tanaka Reina: 10 Years, 4 Months, 2 Days
  4. Takahashi Ai: 10 Years, 1 Month, 5 Days
  5. Kamei Eri: 7 Years, 10 Months, 27 Days
  6. Iida Kaori: 7 Years, 4 Months, 24 Days
  7. Yoshizawa Hitomi: 7 Years, 21 Days
  8. Fukumura Mizuki and Ikuta Erina: 6 Years, 11 Months, 12 Days
  9. Yaguchi Mari: 6 Years, 11 Months, 12 Days
  10. Abe Natsumi: 6 Years, 4 Months, 18 Days
  11. Iikubo Haruna, Ishida Ayumi and Sato Masaki: 6 Years, 2 Months, 15 Days
  12. Kudo Haruka: 6 Years, 2 Months, 12 Days
  13. Mitsui Aika: 5 Years, 5 Months, 8 Days
  14. Suzuki Kanon: 5 Years, 4 Months, 29 Days
  15. Oda Sakura: 5 Years, 3 Months, 0 Days
  16. Ishikawa Rika: 5 Years, 21 Days
  17. Yasuda Kei: 5 Years, 2 Days
  18. Ogawa Makoto: 5 Years, 1 Day
  19. Sayashi Riho: 4 Years, 11 Months, 29 Days
  20. Konno Asami: 4 Years, 10 Months, 27 Days
  21. Kusumi Koharu: 4 Years, 7 Months, 5 Days
  22. Fujimoto Miki: 4 Years, 4 Months, 13 Days
  23. Tsuji Nozomi, Kago Ai: 4 Years, 3 Months, 16 Days
  24. JunJun and LinLin: 3 Years, 9 Months
  25. Nakazawa Yuko: 3 Years, 7 Months, 8 Days
  26. Ogata Haruna, Nonaka Miki, Makino Maria and Haga Akane: 3 Years, 2 Months, 14 Days
  27. Goto Maki: 3 Years, 1 Month, 1 Day
  28. Ishiguro Aya: 2 Years, 4 Months
  29. Ichii Sayaka: 2 Years, 18 Days
  30. Fukuda Asuka: 1 Year, 7 Months, 11 Days
  31. Kaga Kaede and Yokoyama Reina: 1 Year, 0 Months, 2 Days
  32. Morito Chisaki: 0 Years, 5 Months, 18 Days

MentorsEdit

Beginning with third generation, when a new member joins Morning Musume, a senior member is sometimes assigned to be their mentor.[1] The mentor system was dropped after the seventh generation,[2] but was officially brought back for the twelfth generation.

  • Third Generation
    • Ichii Sayaka → Goto Maki
  • Fourth Generation
    • Yasuda Kei → Ishikawa Rika (Team Vocals)
    • Yaguchi Mari → Yoshizawa Hitomi (Team Expressive Power)
    • Iida Kaori → Tsuji Nozomi (Team Rhythm)
    • Goto Maki → Kago Ai (Team Greeting and Manners)
  • Seventh Generation
    • Michishige Sayumi → Kusumi Koharu[2]
  • Twelfth Generation
    • Iikubo Haruna → Mentor to all twelfth generation members[3]
  • Thirteenth Generation
    • Kudo Haruka → Mentor to all thirteenth generation members[citation needed]

  • Fifth Generation
    • Yoshizawa Hitomi → Takahashi Ai
    • Abe Natsumi → Konno Asami
    • Ishikawa Rika → Ogawa Makoto
    • Yaguchi Mari → Niigaki Risa
  • Sixth Generation
    • Yasuda Kei → Mentor to all sixth generation members
  • Eighth Generation
    • Kusumi Koharu → Mitsui Aika
    • Kamei Eri & Tanaka Reina → Junjun
  • Ninth Generation
    • Mitsui Aika → Mentor to all ninth generation members
  • Tenth Generation
    • Mitsui Aika → Mentor to all tenth generation members
  • Twelfth Generation
  • Members Single CountEdit

    Generation Member Debut Single Last Single Single Count
    1st Generation (1997) Nakazawa Yuko Ai no Tane Ren'ai Revolution 21 12 Singles
    Ishiguro Aya LOVE Machine 8 Singles
    Iida Kaori THE Manpower!!! 26 Singles
    Abe Natsumi Ai Araba IT'S ALL RIGHT 22 Singles
    Fukuda Asuka Memory Seishun no Hikari 5 Singles
    2nd Generation (1998) Yasuda Kei Summer Night Town AS FOR ONE DAY 17 Singles
    Yaguchi Mari Osaka Koi no Uta 25 Singles
    Ichii Sayaka Happy Summer Wedding 8 Singles
    3rd Generation (1999) Goto Maki LOVE Machine Do it! Now 9 Singles
    4th Generation (2000) Ishikawa Rika Happy Summer Wedding Osaka Koi no Uta 18 Singles
    Yoshizawa Hitomi Kanashimi Twilight 25 Singles
    Tsuji Nozomi Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari 15 Singles
    Kago Ai
    5th Generation (2001) Takahashi Ai Mr.Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~ Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! 35 Singles
    Konno Asami Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii jan 18 Singles
    Ogawa Makoto
    Niigaki Risa Ren'ai Hunter 37 Singles
    6th Generation (2003) Fujimoto Miki Shabondama Kanashimi Twilight 15 Singles
    Kamei Eri Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game 26 Singles
    Michishige Sayumi TIKI BUN / Shabadaba Doo~ / Mikaeri Bijin 39 Singles
    Tanaka Reina Brainstorming / Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai 35 Singles
    7th Generation (2005) Kusumi Koharu Iroppoi Jirettai Kimagure Princess 15 Singles
    8th Generation (2006/2007) Mitsui Aika Egao YES Nude Ren'ai Hunter 18 Singles
    Junjun Onna ni Sachi Are Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game 11 Singles
    Linlin
    9th Generation (2011) Fukumura Mizuki Maji Desu ka Ska! Present 20 Singles
    Ikuta Erina
    Sayashi Riho Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi / ENDLESS SKY / One and Only 16 Singles
    Suzuki Kanon Utakata Saturday Night! / The Vision / Tokyo to Iu Katasumi 17 Singles
    10th Generation (2011) Iikubo Haruna Pyocopyoco Ultra Present 17 Singles
    Ishida Ayumi
    Sato Masaki 16 Singles

    [N7]

    Kudo Haruka Jama Shinai de Here We Go! / Dokyuu no Go Sign / Wakain da shi! 17 Singles
    11th Generation (2012) Oda Sakura Help me!! Present 13 Singles

    12th Generation (2014)

    Ogata Haruna Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru / Yuugure wa Ameagari / Ima Koko Kara  7 Singles
    Nonaka Miki
    Makino Maria
    Haga Akane

    13th Generation (2016)

    Kaga Kaede BRAND NEW MORNING / Jealousy Jealousy 2 Singles
    Yokoyama Reina
    14th Generation (2017) Morito Chisaki Jama Shinai de Here We Go! / Dokyuu no Go Sign / Wakain da shi! 1 Single

    Members Line-UpsEdit

    Date Member(s) Total Members Age Average Singles Released with Line-up
    August 20, 1997
    (Formation)
    Group formation. Founding members include Nakazawa Yuko, Ishiguro Aya, Iida Kaori, Abe Natsumi, and Fukuda Asuka. 5 17.40 Ai no Tane, Morning Coffee
    May 3, 1998 Yasuda Kei, Yaguchi Mari, and Ichii Sayaka join as the 2nd generation. 8 16.75 Summer Night Town, Daite HOLD ON ME!, Memory Seishun no Hikari
    April 18, 1999 Fukuda Asuka graduates. 7 18.29 Manatsu no Kousen, Furusato
    August 22, 1999 Goto Maki joins as the 3rd generation. 8 18.13 LOVE Machine
    January 7, 2000 Ishiguro Aya graduates. 7 18.14 Koi no Dance Site
    April 16, 2000 Ishikawa Rika, Yoshizawa Hitomi, Tsuji Nozomi, and Kago Ai join as the 4th generation. 11 16.55 Happy Summer Wedding
    May 21, 2000 Ichii Sayaka graduates. 10 16.60 I WISH, Ren'ai Revolution 21
    April 15 2001 Nakazawa Yuko graduates. 9 16.56 The☆Peace!
    August 26, 2001 Takahashi Ai, Konno Asami, Ogawa Makoto, and Niigaki Risa join as the 5th generation. 13 15.77 Mr.Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~, Souda! We're ALIVE, Do it! Now
    September 23, 2002 Goto Maki graduates. 12 16.92 Koko ni Iruzee!
    January 19, 2003 Fujimoto Miki

    [N1], Kamei Eri, Michishige Sayumi, and Tanaka Reina join as the 6th generation.

    16 16.50 Morning Musume no Hyokkori Hyoutanjima

    [N2], AS FOR ONE DAY[N2]

    May 5, 2003 Yasuda Kei graduates. 15 16.40 Shabondama, Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~, Ai Araba IT'S ALL RIGHT
    January 25, 2004 Abe Natsumi graduates. 14 16.86 Roman ~MY DEAR BOY~, Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari
    August 1, 2004 Tsuji Nozomi and Kago Ai graduate. 12 17.42 Namida ga Tomaranai Houkago, THE Manpower!!!
    January 30, 2005 Iida Kaori graduates. 11 17.64 None
    April 14, 2005 Yaguchi Mari leaves. 10 17.40 Osaka Koi no Uta

    [N3]

    May 1, 2005 Kusumi Koharu joins as the 7th generation. 11 16.91 None
    May 7, 2005 Ishikawa Rika graduates. 10 16.70 Iroppoi Jirettai, Chokkan 2 ~Nogashita Sakana wa Ookiizo!~, SEXY BOY ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~, Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii jan
    July 23, 2006 Konno Asami graduates. 9 17.78 None
    August 27, 2006 Ogawa Makoto graduates. 8 17.75 Aruiteru
    December 10, 2006 Mitsui Aika joins as the 8th generation. 9 17.56 Egao YES Nude
    March 15, 2007 Junjun and Linlin join as 8th generation exchange students. 11 17.82 Kanashimi Twilight

    [N4]

    May 6, 2007 Yoshizawa Hitomi graduates. 10 17.50 None
    June 1, 2007 Fujimoto Miki leaves. 9 17.00 Onna ni Sachi Are, Mikan, Resonant Blue, Pepper Keibu, Naichau Kamo, Shouganai Yume Oibito, Nanchatte Ren'ai, Kimagure Princess
    December 6, 2009 Kusumi Koharu graduates. 8 19.88 Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai, Seishun Collection, Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game
    December 15, 2010 Kamei Eri, Junjun, and Linlin graduate. 5 21.00 None
    January 2, 2011 Fukumura Mizuki, Ikuta Erina, Sayashi Riho and Suzuki Kanon join as the 9th generation. 9 17.33 Maji Desu ka Ska!, Only you, Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo!
    September 29, 2011 Iikubo Haruna, Ishida Ayumi, Sato Masaki and Kudo Haruka join as the 10th generation. 13 16.54 None
    September 30, 2011 Takahashi Ai graduates. 12 15.83 Pyocopyoco Ultra, Ren'ai Hunter
    May 18, 2012 Niigaki Risa and Mitsui Aika graduate. 10 15.60 One•Two•Three / The Matenrou Show
    September 14, 2012 Oda Sakura joins as the 11th generation. 11 15.73 Wakuteka Take a chance

    [N5], Help me!!, Brainstorming / Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai

    May 21, 2013 Tanaka Reina graduates. 10 15.70 Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai no Joke / Ai no Gundan, Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa / Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai / What is LOVE?, Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe / Password is 0
    September 30, 2014 Ogata Haruna, Nonaka Miki, Makino Maria and Haga Akane join as the 12th generation. 14 16.07 TIKI BUN / Shabadaba Doo~ / Mikaeri Bijin

    [N6]

    November 26, 2014 Michishige Sayumi graduates. 13 15.69 Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru / Yuugure wa Ameagari / Ima Koko Kara, Oh my wish! / Sukatto My Heart / Imasugu Tobikomu Yuuki, Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi / ENDLESS SKY / One and Only
    December 31, 2015 Sayashi Riho graduates. 12 16.66 Utakata Saturday Night! / The Vision / Tokyo to Iu Katasumi
    May 31, 2016 Suzuki Kanon graduates. 11 17.54 Sexy Cat no Enzetsu / Mukidashi de Mukiatte / Sou ja nai
    December 12, 2016 Kaga Kaede and Yokoyama Reina join as the 13th generation. 13 17.38 BRAND NEW MORNING / Jealousy Jealousy
    June 26, 2017 Morito Chisaki joins as the 14th generation. 14 17.86 Jama Shinai de Here We Go! / Dokyuu no Go Sign / Wakain da shi!
    December 11, 2017 Kudo Haruka graduates. 13 18.31 TBA

    TriviaEdit

    • Sayashi Riho and Suzuki Kanon are the first members to have been born after the group's formation in 1997 (both were born in 1998).
    • Sato Masaki and Kudo Haruka are the first members to join the group that were born after Hello! Project's formation.
    • Makino Maria and Haga Akane are the first members to join the group that were born in the 21st century.
    • Iikubo Haruna and Ishida Ayumi were the last members to join who were be born before the group's formation in September 1997.
    • The 11th generation is the first generation to have the members in that generation to all be born after the group's formation.
    • Kudo Haruka is the youngest person to ever join Morning Musume at the age of 11 years and 11 months, and auditioning at age 11. She beat Kago Ai's 11-year record which was set at the age of 12.
    • 2008 was the only year in which there were no line-up changes. For a combined period of over two years, there were no graduations or new members, until Kusumi Koharu graduated in December 2009.
    • Niigaki Risa is the only leader to have once been the youngest member of Morning Musume.
    • As of September 2011, Takahashi Ai is the longest serving leader at 4 years, 3 months, and 28 days.
    • Morning Musume received eight new members in 2011 (the 9th generation and 10th generation with 4 members each), making it the only year when two generations were added.
    • Fukumura Mizuki holds the record for being the youngest sub-leader and youngest leader the group has ever had. She is also the fastest member to become leader, excluding Nakazawa Yuko who became leader when the group was formed.
    • Every generation since the 8th generation has had at least one former Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
      • The 14th generation was the first generation to not include a member of Hello Pro Kenshuusei since the 7th generation joined in 2005.
    • 1st generation member Fukuda Asuka is the only former member that had never participated in any type of unit or sub-group during her time in Hello! Project.
    • 8th generation members Junjun and Linlin are the only members to graduate before a new generation has joined the group.
    • The most common age for members to join are at 12 and 13 years of age, with each having 9 members of those ages joining the group.
    • The most common age for members to graduate or leave is at 22 years of age, with 6 members graduating at that age.
    • Nakazawa Yuko, Yoshizawa Hitomi, and Fukumura Mizuki are the only leaders whose order match their generation (Nakazawa as the first leader, Yoshizawa as the fourth leader, and Fukumura as the ninth leader).
    • The 3rd, 7th, and 8th generations are the only generations to have no member be a leader or sub-leader of the group before they all graduated.
    • To date, the 6th and 8th generations are the only generations to have members to joining on two separate dates; the 6th generation with a 13 days difference, and the 8th generation with a 3 months difference (from December 2006 to March 2007).
    • As of September 2016 the 10th generation became the longest lasting full generation, and continued on as a full generation through December 2017 for a total of 6 Years, 2 Months, 12 Days.
      • As of September 2017, the 10th generation is the first generation in which all the members have reached 6 years in the group.
    • 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2015 are the only years in which no new members were added.
    • Iikubo Haruna is the only current sub-leader to have gone through two different leadership reigns with Michishige Sayumi and Fukumura Mizuki.
    • Every member of Morning Musume before the 13th and 14th generations have been in at least one single that ranked #1 on the Oricon weekly charts.
    • Iida Kaori, Abe Natsumi, Yasuda Kei and Yaguchi Mari are the only members to have participated in 9 singles that ranked #1 on the Oricon weekly charts.
    • Ishiguro Aya, Yasuda Kei, Ichii Sayaka, Tanaka Reina and Sayashi Riho are the only members to have their graduating single rank #1 on the Oricon weekly charts.
    • The 7th, 12th, and 13th generations are the only generations to hold more than one audition.
    • The 3rd, 4th and 14th generations are the only ones to have their debut single also be a graduation single.
    • The 12th and 14th generations are currently the only generations in the group to have debuted with a triple A-side single and also the only generations which their debut singles did not have a B-side.
    • The year 1999 has the most member births out of any year with 6 members being born that year, in order it is: Ogata Haruna (February 15), Oda Sakura (March 12), Sato Masaki (May 7), Nonaka Miki (October 7), Kudo Haruka (October 27), and Kaga Kaede (November 30).
      • Coincidentally they all are blood type A.
    • The 11th and 13th generations are the only generations to be entirely composed of Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
    • As of January 2017, the 3rd, 7th, and 8th generations (not counting active generations) are the only ones in which none of the members were in the group for more than 6 years.
    • As of April 2017, Oda Sakura is the longest lasting one-member generation at 5 Years, 3 Months, 0 Days. The previous record belonged to 7th generation member Kusumi Koharu who was in the group for 4 years, 7 months, and 5 days.
    • The 9th, 11th, 13th and 14th generation are the only generations which match the member count on debut (9 members with 9th generation, 11 with 11th, 13 with 13th, and 14 with the 14th).
    • 6th generation member Fujimoto Miki and 14th generation member Morito Chisaki are the only two members who have had other activities within Hello! Project (as a soloist and Country Girls member, respectively) before joining Morning Musume.
    • The 14th generation is the only generation in which there was no audition to join the group.
    • The 14th generation marks the first time in the history of the group to have 6 generations in the group at the same time (9th to 14th).
    • As of June 2017, the most member births in one month is February with 6 member births, the members that are both in February are in order: Makino Maria (February 2), Kago Ai (February 7), Ogata Haruna (February 15), Morito Chisaki (February 19), Yokoyama Reina (February 22), and Fujimoto Miki (February 26).
    • As of September 2017, Iikubo Haruna is the longest-serving sub-leader at 4 Years, 6 Months, 23 Days. She beat Niigaki Risa's previous record of 4 years, 3 months, and 28 days.
    • As of September 2017, 15 of the 41 past and present members have been in the group for 6 years, making 1/3 of the group meet this milestone.
    • From September 29, 2017 to December 11, 2017, the group had a total of 6 members in the group that have been in the group for over 6 years. This made it the first ever line-up to ever have that many members in the group that have been there for 6 years.
      • The previous record was in the January 2009 to December 2010 line-up, which had Takahashi Ai, Niigaki Risa, Kamei Eri, Michishige Sayumi, and Tanaka Reina be in the group for 6+ years at that point.

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    1. ^ While the 6th generation joined the group on January 19, 2003, Fujimoto Miki was officially announced as the first 6th generation member on January 7, 2003.
    2. ^ ^ Both singles do not include the 6th generation, but they were already members at time of release.
    3. ^ Because of her sudden resignation, Yaguchi Mari was still featured in the single.
    4. ^ The single does not include Junjun and Linlin, but both were already members at the time of the release.
    5. ^ The single originally did not include Oda Sakura, but she was already a member during the time of the release. "Wakuteka Take a change (Oda Sakura Ver.)" was released DVD track 2 for the limited C edition for "Help me!!".
    6. ^ The single does not include the 12th generation, but they were already members at the time of the release.
    7. ^ Sato Masaki was not able to be featured in the 63rd single, "BRAND NEW MORNING / Jealousy Jealousy," due to her recovering from an injury during its production period.[4]

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