Murata Megumi (村田めぐみ)
- Nicknames: Mechi, Mura, Megumin, “Doctor”
- Birthdate: March 3, 1981
- Birthplace: Miyagi, Japan
- Blood type: O
- Height: 160 cm
- Hobbies: Enjoying movies, collecting tiny items, reading
- Special skills: Drawing portraits, giving pieces of advice
- Favorite colors: Purple, baby pink, iridescent
- Favorite flowers: Hydrangeas, daffodils, cherry blossoms, pink roses, sweetpeas
- Favorite season: Spring
- Favorite movies: Chicago, Forrest Gump
- Favorite word: Cuticles
- Favorite food: Mapo tofu
- Disliked food: Meat
- Favorite song: Koi Hitoyo
Murata Megumi was originally the group’s leader, but she felt unfit for the task and the responsibility was given to the second-oldest member, Saito Hitomi. Murata is now the subleader.
She was easily recognizable amidst the ever-growing Hello! Project because she was currently the only member who wore glasses full-time, since they first appeared during the promotion of “MI DA RA Matenrou”. However, since 2006 she has appeared without her glasses.
Megumi, along with the rest of the Elder Club, officially graduated from Hello! Project on March 31, 2009 (i.e. the end of the agency’s fiscal year). However, the Elder Club graduation concert was held on February 1, 2009, at Yokohama Arena.
Along with the announcement of her Ameba Blog opening she announced on near the end of June that she will re-new her contract with Up Front Agency and continue in the entertainment business starting from July 1, 2010. She has changed her stage name from Kanji to Katakana (from 村田めぐみ to ムラタメグミ).
On March 31, 2011 she announced her decision to officially leave Up Front Agency and the entertainment world.
- Melon Kinenbi (2000 – 2010)
- Hello! Project Akagumi (2005)
- 10nin Matsuri (2001)
- Odoru 11 (2002)
- 11WATER (2003)
- H.P. All Stars (2004)