PASSPO☆ (ぱすぽ☆) is a Japanese pop idol group under the agency Platinum Passport. The group’s name comes from the English word “passport” and is a travel-themed group. The group was formed in 2009, releasing under the indies label Jolly Roger starting in 2010, and made their major debut in 2011 under the label Universal Japan.
The group formed in 2009 after ten girls were selected from the Minna de Tsukuru Idol Unit contest in Akihabara. The group was named “PASSPO☆” soon after and weaved the theme of travel into the group’s concept. For example, the members of group are called “the crew” while the leader is called “the captain” and the sub-leader is called “the chief purser” with each member having their own color. Meanwhile, their live events are called “flights” while those who are attendance are usually called “the passengers” who can earn points, called “frequent flier miles”, when attending the live events. Also, their songs incoporate the travel theme and the group releases three versions of their singles, each name Business Class, First Class, and Economy Class, with different material inserted in each version.
PASSPO☆ released their first single on March 2010, entitled “Let It Go!!”, under the indies label Jolly Roger. A month later, PASSPO☆ went on their first tour named “PasTour”. The group also starred in their own variety show, Attention Please☆. on TV Kanagawa. By the end of the year, the group released their first album, entitled TAKE☆OFF.
At an event on January 2011, PASSPO☆ announced that they signed to the label Universal Japan. The group made their major debut four months later with the single “Shoujo Hikou”.
Passo Members is:
Negishi Ai (根岸愛; Captain)
Fujimoto Yukimi (藤本有紀美; Chief Purser)
Iwamura Natsumi (岩村捺未)
Masui Mio (増井みお)
Okunaka Makoto (奥仲麻琴)
Mori Shiori (森詩織)
Makita Sako (槙田紗子)
Anzai Naomi (安斉奈緒美)
Sakuma Kaho (佐久間夏帆) – Graduated in Dec 2011
Tamai Anna (玉井杏奈)