Terada Mitsuo


Vital statistics
Position Singer-songwriter, talent manager, record producer, mix engineer, songwriter, musician, actor, television presenter
Age October 29, 1968 (age 45)
Status 1992–present
Physical attributes
Group Color Unknown
Birth Place Unknown
Nick Names Unknown
Tsunku  born October 29, 1968 in Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan), is an extremely prolific Japanese record producer, songwriter, and vocalist. He is best known for having two major roles in the Japanese music landscape: first as the lead singer of the popular rock group Sharam Q, and now as the producer, primary songwriter, and main studio backing vocalist for the supergroup Morning Musume, in addition to Matsuura Aya and other associated artists under the Hello! Project banner, for whom he has written and produced a number of chart-topping hits. He has also produced music for other Japanese artists, including Hamasaki Ayumi when she debuted. His musical influences include The Beatles, Queen, and Onyanko Club.



Tsunku 2011


Tsunku 2010


Tsunku circa, 1970

Tsunku is the producer of and mastermind behind Hello! Project, TNX, and NICE GIRL Project!, as well as producer of some non-Hello! Project acts such as Deka Moni and EE JUMP.

Tsunku later worked with Nintendo and J.P.ROOM to create the music video game, Rhythm Tengoku. It was released for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance on August 3, 2006, and later as an arcade on September 20, 2007. He also worked on Rhythm Heaven for the DS as well as Rhythm Heaven Fever on Wii.

On October 1, 2006, it was announced that Tsunku had created a new company called TNX consisting of singers such as Ami Tokito and other people including Tatsuya Naka, a magician who appeared on Hello! Morning.

On September 26, 2007, Tsunku released a compilation album with the temporary title of "Sharan Q ~ Morning Musume" ~Tsunku 15 Years in Entertainment Commemoration Album~, containing songs by both Sharan Q and Morning Musume, and another one on December 5, 2007 titled Tsunku Best Work Collection, containing songs sung by Tsunku himself.

On July 1, 2011 Tsunku started a new entertainment show titled “TsunTube", it airs on MXTV every Friday and focuses on music, games, anime,singers, software, and manga.

Personal LifeEdit

In June 2006, Tsunku married Kanako Idemitsu (出光 加奈子), a 25 year-old former model from Fukuoka.

On March 24, 2008, Tsunku announced that his wife was expecting their first child in May, after being already eight months pregnant at the time. The next day, Tsunku revealed on his blog that his wife was actually expecting twins.

Tsunku then announced on April 30, 2008 that his wife had given birth to twins, a boy and a girl through natural childbirth. An article stated, "The boy is healthy while the girl is expected to spend a few days in the incubator before rejoining the family."

On March 16th, 2011, Tsunku's wife gave birth to their third child, Tsunku commented that both mother and child are "very, very healthy."

Currently, Tsunku's solo career is on hold as he deals with an unspecified throat condition. He plans on getting surgery for his throat condition sometime in 2014.


Real Name: Terada Mitsuo (寺田光男)

Birth Date: October 28, 1968 (age 45)

Birthplace: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

Height: 170 cm (5'7")

Blood type: B

Band: Sharam Q (vocalist)

He considers Hello! Project an expansion of himself, and says Hello! Project is a production not a product.He says because the Hello! Project members' parents trust him, he thinks of the Hello! Project members like his own daughters.

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