is a Japanese singer, musician and actress under the Up Front Agency's Hello! Project
. She was a member and co-leader of the pop
group Morning Musume
. Yasuda, along with Mari Yaguchi
and Sayaka Ichii
, were the second generation of singers to be recruited into Morning Musume. Morning Musume had only released one official single, Morning Coffee
, prior to their joining.Yasuda is currently a member of Dream Morning Musume
Yasuda attended Kimitsu Shogyo
(Commercial) High School in Futtsu City, Chiba Prefecture
, but dropped out to pursue her dreams in the entertainment industry. She worked in a McDonald's
restaurant in her hometown, until 1998.
She was chosen to be in the second generation of Morning Musume. After they joined, Morning Musume went on to produce one album and three more singles until Asuka Fukuda
decided to leave to further pursue her studies. Yasuda was given almost all of Fukuda's lines in future performances of these early songs. She had also collaborated with other Morning Musume members in special projects during these early days. One of the more notable ones was when she co-wrote and co-sang with Natsumi Abe
the song "Sanpo" for a radio contest. It became wildly popular and a petition was circulated to make it an official single, though that never happened.
Yasuda and Ichii sang a particularly catchy duet known as "Otome no Shinrigaku" (Girl's Psychology) on Morning Musume's second album. In response to... Read More