SKE48 (short for Sakae48) is a Japanese Idol Group produced by Akimoto Yasushi. They are the 1st sister group of AKB48. The group has their own theater in Sunshine Sakae, in Nagoya (Aichi Prefecture). The 1st generation members were announced on July 30, 2008, debuting on October 5, 2008. The debut single of the group, Tsuyokimono yo, was released on August 5, 2009. They are currently signed under avex trax, originally from Nippon Crown Records.