Maimi Yajima (°C-ute)


Maimi Yajima (, born February 7, 1992 in Saitama, Japan) is a member and the leader of °C-ute, a Japanese pop group within Hello! Project.
Yajima first joined Hello! Project in 2002 as one of the fifteen children chosen from the Hello! Project Kids auditions after performing “Momoiro Kataomoi” by Aya Matsuura. She made her debut the same year in the movie Koinu Dan no Monogatari, taking on one of the main roles as an antagonist. The following year she then joined the first of the kids groups, ZYX, where they released two singles.
In 2004 Berryz Kobo was formed, with the intention of rotating the kids throughout the unit. Yajima didn’t make the original pick, and the idea was eventually dropped. The remaining kids ending up forming °C-ute in 2005. Despite not being the oldest, Yajima still became the group’s leader. The group didn’t make its official debut until late in 2006, with their first official single released in February of 2007.
Aside from leading °C-ute, Yajima is also the sub-captain of Little Gatas, the Hello! Project Kids futsal team. She’s also considered to be one of the fastest runners in all of Hello! Project, often coming first in the running events at the annual sports festivals and listing running as one of her hobbies.
Yajima also currently co-hosts °C-ute’s weekly radio program, Cutie Party. She took over the role when Megumi Murakami left the group.
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