37 year old mum becomes newest member of AKB48

22 Apr

As reported earlier, AKB48 was looking for a 30 year old(and above) member to join them for a time limited collaboration with Glico Japan.

A series of audtions had been taking place offline, and the ultimate winner was revealed to be Tsukamoto Mariko, a 37 year old housewife and mother of 2.

She was picked from a pool of over 5000 applications, which included comedians like Kintaro and ex Morning Musume member Ichii Sayaka.

Tsukamoto will star as the center of Glico’s commercial for Papico together with Mayuyu etc and will take part in live events with AKB48  through August 2014.

“I want to cheer up all the moms out there who are busy raising kids, like me,” she said in a statement Thursday.


The mum seems like a typical Japanese wife, mild-mannered and kind. I don’t think she’ll have any problems fitting in with the rest. But she seemed like she doesn’t know much about AKB before this and her kids are too young to appreciate an idol mum…so i wonder why she auditioned in the first place. I mean, i was expecting at least a fan to win this.

5 Responses to “37 year old mum becomes newest member of AKB48”

  1. anon April 23, 2014 at 5:25 am #

    at least she is cute lol

    • allthingsjpop April 23, 2014 at 5:40 am #

      She is pretty and all but i can’t imagine her in a uniform!

      • anon April 23, 2014 at 5:43 am #

        lol me too xD

  2. Anonymous April 23, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    Who knows what management was looking for when they chose her, I mean beside being quite pretty there are anything else, and like you said she isn’t even AKB’s fan. I really thought they were going to choose even Kintaro or the ex MM , guess they just want someone who looks normal to the public.


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