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All About Akb48 Japanese Idol Singer Yuko Oshima

Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

Yuko Oshima From AKB48's 2011 Calendar

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AKB48 Japanese idol singer Yuko Oshima has been one of the most recognizable faces in Japanese pop music and she is one of my favorite AKB48 idols! And because of that, I have decided to finally write about her! I

Note: unlike the other article about Oshima, this one will only focus on the more interesting aspects of her career and it will not address the acting side of her career. If you really want to know about Yuko Oshima and why she is so popular then keep reading!

I like to look at the popularity of Oshima this way: she is basically so popular in the Japanese idol industry that she is like a household name just like Scarlett Johansson is so popular in Hollywood.

In her career with famous girl group AKB48, Oshima was at the top or very near the top in terms of her popularity. In the first AKB48 General Election in 2009, Oshima was ranked at #2 just behind Atsuko Maeda! However in 2010, AKB48 idol Yuko Oshima would rise to the top spot because of votes from the fans. As a result of this, she was named “center” for the single called Heavy Rotation. The song has since been sang by Indonesia based girl group JKT48. It still remains one of the group’s most popular songs. Oshima was born on October 17, 1988 in Togichi, Japan. She made her AKB48 debut back in 2006. This was shortly after AKB48 idols Atsuko Maeda and Minami Takahashi made their debuts with the group. Who is AKB48 idol Yuko Oshima?

Interesting Facts About AKB48 Idol Singer Yuko Oshima


  • Her favorite musical artists are Beyonce and Rihanna.
  • Her favorite food is cheese.
  • Her favorite TV show is Pusma.
  • Her favorite season is the beginning of summer.
  • Her favorite AKB48 single is Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou.
  • Yuko likes red things and traveling.
  • She is skilled at sleeping, making impressions of others, snowboarding and long-distance running.
  • Her charm points are said to be her eyes and dimples.
  • When she was in AKB48 she was a member of the Cooking Club and Driving Club.
  • She is also a member of the sub-group called Not Yet.
  • Oshima was known as one of the best dancers in AKB48.
  • At 13 years old, Oshima was a gravure idol before she joined AKB48.
  • She remains close with Sae Miyazawa, Sayaka Akimoto, and Kayo Noro.
  • Oshima was a member of the group Doll’s Vox in 2005.
  • She is afraid of balloons.
  • She has a pet rabbit named Hip.
  • Oshima’s first on screen kiss was in the 4th episode of Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu.
  • In high school, she played the bass guitar.
  • In June 2011, Oshima posted on her blog what was thought to be a nude photo of her. However, it turned out that she was just teasing her fans.
  • Oshima was also the bass player for the AKB48 singles GIVE ME FIVE and Heart Ereki. Note: Haruna Kojima was named center for Heart Ereki. She was still with AKB48 since 2006 when I first wrote about Oshima!
  • She and Mayu Watanabe are referred to as “Oshiri Sisters.”
  • She graduated from AKB48 to pursue an acting career.
  • In an interesting turn of events, it was reported on September 17, 2021 that Oshima went on popular social networking site Twitter to correct Twitter because the social networking site had gotten her birthday wrong. Twitter actually celebrated Oshima’s birthday a full month earlier using what is called its birthday feature.

The Face of Yuko Oshima

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A Few More Reasons Why Yuko Oshima Was a Fan Favorite

In the 3rd AKB48 General Election in 2011, Oshima would be ranked #2. Then, she would get another #1 ranking in the 2012 General Election before getting a #2 ranking in 2013.

Yuko Oshima's Flu Diagnosis, Interesting Train Ride & Graduation

But along the way, she would face adversity. In early 2013, Oshima was diagnosed with the flu and she would have to miss an event that was held to promote the song called UZA. Oshima announced in March 2014 that she intended to graduate from AKB48 for good. Initially, she was supposed to graduate on June 2014. However, because of a thunderstorm and wind gusts, Oshima’s graduation was rescheduled. It was then decided that Oshima’s graduation ceremony would take place at Ajinomoto Stadium on June 8, 2014. Almost two months before this, Oshima took an interesting train ride on the Yamanote Line. At that time, US President Barack Obama was visiting Japan.

The Making of the Photo Book Nugiyagare Part 1

Some People May Not Know That Yuko Oshima Has Released a Photo Book

In the summer of 2014, AKB48 idol Yuko Oshima really took her career to the next level. She released her first photo book called Nugiyagare! That photo book was made at a nude beach in Ibiza!

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