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Haruka Shimada: About the Life and Career of This Former Akb48 Member Turned Businesswoman

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Photos of Haruka Shimada from Young Sunday WEB Issue #393

Haruka Shimada in a white dress for Young Sunday Magazine issue #393.

Haruka Shimada in a white dress for Young Sunday Magazine issue #393.

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Who is Haruka Shimada?

Haruka Shimada is a Japanese pop music singer and a member of the very famous girl group AKB48. She is also a member of their Team K once headed by singer and former team captain Yui Yokoyama. Haruka was born on December 16, 1992 in Shizuoka, Japan. She was born just over a week after Yui Yokoyama was born. But recently, she has also become a businesswoman as well.

First Set of Singles that Haruka Shimada Has Sang in

Among the singles that Shimada has been a member in are:

Ponytail to ShuShu

Chance no Junban

Sakura no ki ni Narou

Everyday Katyusha

Flying Get

Kaze wa Fuiteiru

Ue kara Mariko

Manatsu no Sounds Good!

GIVE ME FIVE!

UZA


Haruka Shimada: Career in Brief

Haruka Shimada has been a member for quite a few of AKB48's singles and at 25, she still has many more years left to succeed as a singer. She joined as a training member in September 2009 when she was just 16 years old. And Shimada just like Yokoyama is very athletic. Shimada was part of her school's tennis club when she was in the 8th grade. And she also became the captain for her high school's tennis club. She is a member of the Marathon Club. Shimada served as the captain of Team 4 from September 2, 2011 until January 4, 2012 because Mina Oba was suspended. Shimada is also one of the 50 winners of the Young Jump Gravure Competition. Like many of her AKB48 band mates, Haruka is very cute, thus fitting into AKB48's concept of being very kawaii.

Haruka Shimada with Yuka Masuda and Yuko Oshima

Haruka Shimada (left) shares a great moment with  Yuka Masuda (right) formerly of AKB48 and DIVA.

Haruka Shimada (left) shares a great moment with Yuka Masuda (right) formerly of AKB48 and DIVA.

Haruka Shimada gets a hug from former member Yuko Oshima (right).

Haruka Shimada gets a hug from former member Yuko Oshima (right).

Haruka Shimada is dressed in a traditional school uniform.

Haruka Shimada is dressed in a traditional school uniform.

Some interesting facts and information about Haruka Shimada

  • Since 8th grade, Shimada was part of a tennis club.
  • She ran a 3.3 kilometer marathon with AKB48 girls Reina Kita and Yuri Yokomichi.
  • She graduated from AKB48 in November 2017 & then announced her retirement from the entertainment industry on December 31, 2017.
  • Shimada’s parents run what is a ryokan or a Japanese style inn in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture. Haruka is a proprietress and she helps to run the business.
  • Speaking of starting businesses, in May 2020 she started the company called Dct.Inc which helps specifically to support the second careers of Japanese idols.
  • In 2018, Shimada moved to London, UK and stayed there for a year so that she could learn English.

The Second Set of Singles That Shimada Haruka Has Sang In

Eien Pressure

So Long! (Mayu Watanabe was the center for this single).

Sayonara Crawl

Heart Ereki (Haruna Kojima was the center for this single).

Mae shika Mukanee

Labrador Retriever

Kibouteki Refrain

Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby

© 2016 Ara Vahanian

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