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Maki Goto
後藤 真希
Also known as Gomaki, Gocchin, Gocchan
Born September 23, 1985 (1985-09-23) (age 24)
Origin Edogawa, Tokyo, Japan
Genres Japanese pop
Occupations Singer
Years active 1999–present
Labels Zetima, Piccolo Town, Rhythm Zone
Associated acts Morning Musume, Gomattou, Nochiura Natsumi, DEF.DIVA, Petitmoni, Akagumi 4, 7-nin Matsuri, Sexy 8, H.P. All Stars

Maki Goto (後藤 真希 Gotō Maki?, born September 23, 1985 in Edogawa, Tokyo, Japan) is a J-pop singer currently signed to the sublabel Rhythm Zone under the Avex Group label. Before joining Avex, she was a soloist of Hello! Project and member of Morning Musume. She has performed in numerous Hello! Project subgroups such as Petitmoni, Akagumi 4, 7-nin Matsuri, Sexy 8, Gomattou and Nochiura Natsumi.

Early in Summer 2008, Goto signed up with Rhythm Zone, the renowned management company of other artists like EXILE and Kumi Koda, and started to release under Avex.




Success in Hello! Project

In 1999, Maki Goto was selected as the only member for the 3rd generation of Morning Musume. Their first single after Goto joined, "Love Machine" sold over a million copies, over nine times the amount of copies they had sold for their previous single. During her time in Morning Musume she was one of the founding members of Petitmoni and she started a solo singing career in 2001 with the single "Ai no Bakayarō" (愛のバカやろう?). Until her graduation from Morning Musume she was one of the leading vocalists in most of the songs released. Post-graduation she mostly concentrated on her solo career and occasionally on limited time Hello! Project units such as Gomattou, Nochiura Natsumi, and DEF.DIVA. As time passed, she increasingly concentrated on acting in addition to singing. She also performed at the Asia Song Festival 2005 in Pusan, Korea to represent Japan.

In early 2007, Goto was chosen to be a member of Morning Musume Tanjō 10 Nen Kinentai—a unit created to celebrate Morning Musume's 10th anniversary as a group. Morning Musume Tanjō 10 Nen Kinentai also consists of Natsumi Abe, Kaori Iida, Risa Niigaki and Koharu Kusumi. Their single, "Bokura ga Ikiru My Asia", was released on January 24, 2007.

Her seventeenth single, "Secret" (シークレット?), was released on April 11, 2007. On September 19, 2007, Goto's fourth original album How to Use Sexy was released.

On October 28, 2007, during the last concert of her G-EmotionII ~How to Use Sexy~ tour, Goto suddenly announced to fans that she would be graduating from Hello! Project,[1][2] though she was also leaving UpFront Agency completely. Her graduation was said to be that she was overworked and overly stressed, causing her health problems. She also had different ideas of the direction of her career than what her agency had planned.[3] Because of her graduation, she would not be able to participate in the Hello! Project 2008 Winter concert tour, previously said to be because of "scheduling conflicts".[4]

Goto's official blog reopened on March 25, 2008. Over the course of several entries, she revealed that she was in Los Angeles, California, taking singing and dancing lessons. In mid-June, rumours were confirmed that Goto signed under the label Rhythm Zone, an Avex Group sublabel.[5]

Goto signs with Avex

Late in 2007, after her sudden Hello! Project graduation, rumors aroused the very next day stating that Avex's CEO, Max Matsuura, had shown interest in signing Goto in for Avex. During Goto's brother trial, she disappeared from the media-eye.

On March 25, 2008, Maki re-opened her blog during her stay in Los Angeles, where she studied and practiced different types of song and dance, including R&B, jazz and hip-hop. Her blog didn't include any reference to Up-Front agency (but was still on the same address), and it was assumed that her contract with Up-Front had expired on March 1 and was not renewed as expected. Her last blog entry was on April 22.

On June 19, 2008 (after many rumors had circulated), it was released to the press that Goto Maki had signed with the record label Rhythm Zone under avex.

Maki debuted with Avex when she participated in the company's shareholders' meeting on June 22, 2008, singing a cover of Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love for You." She also participated in a-nation'08 (Osaka on August 24 and Tokyo on August 31) alongside with Kumi Koda, Ai Otsuka, EXILE, Ami Suzuki, AAA, TVXQ, Namie Amuro, and Ayumi Hamasaki, among others. On a-nation, she performed the self-written song "Hear me", a song unreleased to the date (although a version of the song "mine" was featured on her mini-album SWEET BLACK feat. MAKI GOTO), drawing media attention for the first time since her graduation. She also sang "Saving All My Love for You", and a cover of Diana King's "Shy Guy".


The SWEET BLACK Project is a cross-media collaboration between J-WAVE, Avex and mixi. Goto herself chose the logo and the name, which is meant to reflect the “positive and negative” side of the life of today’s women.

On January 5, 2009, J-WAVE premiered “SWEET BLACK Girls”, a 15 minutes segment hosted by Goto Maki and Ryū as part of the popular radio show “PLATOn”. The show airs Mon-Fri and focuses on the life of women in their twenties. Reception was extremely good, as 30,000 messages were received during the first week only.[6]

To complete the project, Mixi, the most used networking community in Japan, opened a special space for Sweet Black,[7] and Avex launched a web-documentary on YouTube based on Goto's daily routine as a singer.[8] Immediate success was acquainted, admittedly beyond expectations.[9]

On January 21, Goto released her first digital single with Avex: Fly away. The lyrics, penned by Maki herself, are based on Mambo, a story written by young author Hitomi Kanehara, who won the Akutagawa Prize for her 2003 novel "Hebi ni Piasu" ("Snakes and Earrings").

Barely a month later, on February 25, Goto released her second digital single, titled Lady-Rise, also penned by herself. This time, Goto collaborated with Sakurazawa Erika, a Japanese manga author whose works are mostly published in josei magazines (comics targeted to a young women audience).

On March 7, Goto modeled at Japan’s biggest fashion event, Tokyo Girls Collection.

Personal Life

Goto has a younger brother and two older sisters.

In 1996, Maki's father died from a fall while mountaineering. [10]

On October 20, 2007, Yūki Goto (祐樹?), Maki's younger brother and former member of idol group EE Jump, was arrested on the grounds he and two accomplices, aged 18 and 19, had broken into a construction site in Edogawa, Tokyo on July 15, 2007 and made off with 80 reels of electric cable worth approximately 1 million yen.[11] According to Flash magazine, Goto and one of her brother's accomplices had been romantically involved for some time, after the two met at Yūki's wedding in 2005. Due to the circumstances surrounding the robbery scandal, they haven't been in contact with each other.[12]

On January 23rd, 2010 at 11 pm, Maki's mother, Tokiko Goto, fell from the 3rd story of her home in Edogawa, Tokyo. She was taken to the hospital, but succumbed to her injuries in the early hours of January 24. Police say she was drunk and have yet to rule out suicide.[13]


Digital singles

# Title Release date
1 Fly Away 2009-01-21
2 Lady-Rise 2009-02-25
3 with··· 2009-04-21

Mini Albums

# Title Release date Peak rank and sales
1 SWEET BLACK 2009-9-16 #16 / 7,019


# Artist Title Release date
1 ravex Golden LUV feat. MAKI GOTO 2009-02-18
2 HOUSE NATION Fly Away House Nation Mix 2009-04-08

Unreleased songs

# Title Premiere Additional Info
1 hear me a-nation'08, Osaka, August 24 2008 A version with different lyrics was featured as "mine" on her SWEET BLACK mini album


# Title Release date
1 a-nation'08 -avex All Cast Special Live- [20th Anniversary Special Edition] 2008-11-26

Hello! Project Discography


# Title Release date Peak rank and sales
1 Makking Gold 1 (マッキングGold①?) February 5, 2003 #4 / 104,999
2 2 Paint It Gold (②ペイント イット ゴールド?) January 28, 2004 #4 / 52,040
3 3rd Station (3rd ステーション?) February 23, 2005 #11 / 32,356
Goto Maki Premium Best 1 (後藤真希 プレミアムベスト①?) December 14, 2005 #9 / 29,626
4 How to Use Sexy September 19, 2007 #18 / 14,996


# Title Release date Peak rank
Total sales
1 "Ai no Bakayarou" (愛のバカやろう Love Fool?) March 28, 2001 #1
2 "Afurechau...Be in Love" (溢れちゃう...Be in Love Gonna Overflow...Be in Love?) September 19, 2001 #2
3 "Te o Nigitte Arukitai" (手を握って歩きたい I Want to Walk Holding Hands?) May 9, 2002 #3
4 "Yaruki! It's Easy" (やる気! It's Easy Motivation! It's Easy?) August 21, 2002 #2
5 "Sans Toi m'Amie/Kimi to Itsumademo" (サントワマミー/君といつまでも Without You, My Love/Always With You?) December 18, 2002 #6
6 "Uwasa no Sexy Guy" (うわさのSexy Guy Rumoured Sexy Guy?) March 19, 2003 #6
7 "Scramble" (スクランブル Sukuramburu?) June 18, 2003 #5
8 "Daite yo! Please Go On" (抱いてよ! Please Go On Hold Me! Please Go On?) August 27, 2003 #4
9 "Genshoku Gal Hade ni Ikube!" (原色Gal派手に行くべ! Primary Color Gal Goes All Out!?) November 27, 2003 #3
10 "Sayonara no Love Song" (サヨナラのLove Song Love Song of Goodbye?) March 17, 2004 #5
11 "Yokohama Shinkirō" (横浜蜃気楼 Yokohama Mirage?) July 7, 2004 #8
12 "Sayonara 'Tomodachi ni wa Naritakunai no'" (さよなら「友達にはなりたくないの」 Goodbye "I Don't Want to Be Friends"?) November 17, 2004 #9
13 "Suppin to Namida" (スッピンと涙。 Tears and a Face With No Make-Up?) July 6, 2005 #9
14 "Ima ni Kitto...In My Life" (今にきっと...In My Life Surely Soon...In My Life?) January 25, 2006 #12
15 "Glass no Pumps" (ガラスのパンプス Glass Pumps?) June 7, 2006 #7
16 "Some Boys! Touch" October 11, 2006 #5
17 "Secret" (シークレット Shīkuretto?) April 11, 2007 #9

: The only Hello! Project solo release to place #1 on the weekly charts.


  • [2003.07.24] Goto Maki First Concert Tour 2003 Haru ~Go! Makking Gold~
  • [2004.02.25] Goto Maki Concert Tour 2003 Aki Sexy! Makking Gold
  • [2004.09.15] Goto Maki Concert Tour 2004 Haru ~Makkin-iro ni Nucchae!~
  • [2005.01.26] Goto Maki Concert Tour 2004 Aki Aa Maki no Shirabe
  • [2006.01.18] Goto Maki Concert Tour 2005 Aki ~Hatachi~
  • [2006.07.05] Hello Pro Party! 2006 ~Goto Maki Captain Kōen~
  • [2006.10.11] Maki Goto Secret Live at Studio Coast [2]
  • [2007.02.21] Goto Maki Live Tour 2006 ~G Emotion~ [3]
  • [2007.04.25] Hello☆Pro On Stage! 2007 「Rock desu yo!」
  • [2007.11.28] Goto Maki Live Tour 2007 G-EmotionII ~How to Use Sesy~
  • [2003.03.05] Ken & Mary no Merikenko On Stage! Original Cast Ban
  • [2003.12.10] Goto Maki Single V Clips 1 (後藤真希 シングルVクリップス① )


  • [2001.11.06] Goto Maki (後藤真希)
  • [2003.03.21] maki
  • [2003.09.??] Pocket Morning Musume. <Vol. 2> ( ポケットモーニング娘。〈Vol.2〉) - with Abe Natsumi, Yaguchi Mari, Kaori Iida
  • [2003.06.27] more maki
  • [2004.04.24] PRISM
  • [2004.07.23] Alo-Hello! Goto Maki ( アロハロ!後藤真希)
  • [2005.04.26] Dear...
  • [2006.08.21] FOXY FUNGO

Essay books

  • [2002.09.??] Goto Maki myself ( 後藤真希myself)
  • [2002.12.??] Goto Maki Otakara Photo BOOK ( 後藤真希お宝フォトBOOK)
  • [2003.09.23] 99 no Goto Maki (99の後藤真希)
  • [2003.12.??] Goto Maki Seishun no Sokuseki ( 後藤真希 青春の足跡)
  • [2005.04.07] Goto Maki Chronicle 1999 - 2004 (19992004―後藤真希クロニクル)



  • [2000] Pinch Runner (ピンチランナー)
  • [2002] Nama Tamago ( ナマタマゴ)
  • [2003] Seishun Bakachin Ryorijuku ( 青春ばかちん料理塾)
  • [2003] Koinu Dan no Monogatari (子犬ダンの物語)

Television dramas

  • [2001] Mariya ( マリア)
  • [2002] Yanpapa (やんぱぱ)
  • [2002] Izu no Odoriko (伊豆の踊子)
  • [2003] R.P.G.
  • [2005] Yoshitsune (大河ドラマ 義経)
  • [2006] Matsumoto Seichou Special Yubi ( 松本清張スペシャル・指)


  • [2003] Ken & Mary no Merikenko on Stage! (けん&メリーのメリケン粉オンステージ!)
  • [2004] Sayonara no LOVE SONG ( サヨナラのLOVE SONG)
  • [2007] Gekidan Senior Graffiti Yokosuka Story (横須賀ストーリー)


  • [2003-20??] Young Town Douyoubi ( ヤングタウン土曜日)
  • [2003-2005] Goto Maki no Makkinkin RADIO ( 後藤真希のマッキンキンRADIO)
  • [2009-] J-WAVE(81.3 FM)「SWEET BLACK Girls」 (毎週月~木曜日 23:05~23:15 ※「PLATOn」内)


  • [2003.09.30] Goto Maki in Hello! Project 2003 Natsu (後藤真希 in Hello! Project 2003夏?)
  • [2004.03.13] Goto Maki in Hello! Project 2004 Winter (後藤真希 in Hello! Project 2004 Winter?)
  • [2004.06.30] Maki Goto Photobook Concert Tour 2004 Spring ~Magane Shoku ni Nucchae!~ (Maki Goto Photobook Concert Tour 2004 Spring~真金色に塗っちゃえ!~?)
  • [2004.09.28] Goto Maki in Hello! Project 2004 summer (後藤真希 in Hello! Project 2004 summer?)
  • [2005.07.06] Nochiura Natsumi Live "Triangle Energy" (後浦なつみライブ「TRIANGLE ENERGY?)With Nochiura Natsumi
  • [2005.10.25] Goto Maki + Melon Kinenbi Hello! Project 2005 Natsu no Kayō Show -05' Selection! Collection! (後藤真希+メロン記念日Hello!Project2005夏の歌謡ショー―05’セレクション!コレクション!?)With Melon Kinenbi
  • [2006.04.07] Goto Maki & Matsuura Aya in Hello! Project 2006 Winter (後藤真希&松浦亜弥in Hello!Project 2006 Winter?)With Aya Matsuura


  1. ^ "後藤真希がハロプロ卒業 弟逮捕で「メンバーに迷惑」" (in Japanese). The Sankei Shimbun & Sankei Digital. 2007-10-28. 
  2. ^ "Maki Goto: Hello! Project information concerning graduation" (in Japanese). 2007-10-28. Retrieved 2007-10-29. 
  3. ^ "Goto Maki: What's really going on?". Hello!Online. 2007-11-12. 
  4. ^ "Hello! Project 2008 Winter: Information on member absences" (in Japanese). 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-10-29. 
  5. ^ "Maki Goto Official Website" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
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  11. ^ "Ex-"EE Jump" singer arrested for theft of electric cabling". The Mainichi Newspapers. 2007-10-20. 
  12. ^ "Goto Maki graduates from Hello! Project". Hello!Online. 2007-11-10. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  13. ^ "Goto Maki's mother passed away: Goto Tokiko (55)". Hello!Online. 2010-01-23. 

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sayaka Ichii
Youngest member of Morning Musume
1999 – 2000
Succeeded by
Ai Kago


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