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AKB48 announces a big team shuffle!!!

August 24, 2012 @ 3:16 pm
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On August 24th, popular idol group AKB48 held the first day of their 3-day concert at the Tokyo Dome "AKB48 in TOKYO DOME ~1830m no Yume~" which marked their first concert at the legendary venue.  During the encore, AKB48 Theater's manager Togasaki Tomonobu showed up, and announced the team shuffle.  It was the 2nd time for AKB48 to shuffle the team since they last did so back in August 2009.

It was also announced that "Team 4" which was formed in June of last year, will be discontinued, thus, they are back to 3 teams; Team A, K, and B, like it used to be.



With the team shuffle, Takahashi Minami was appointed as the general manager of the AKB48 groups, and Shinoda Mariko is taking over the position of the team A captain.  Also Oshima Yuko is now the new captain of team K, and team K member Umeda Ayaka is transferred to team B, and became the new captain.



Though these were already big news for the audience, there was another big shuffle in which Miyazawa Sae was transferred to SNH48 (Shanghai, China), and Takajo Aki was transferred to JKT48 (Jakarta, Indonesia).  This announcement caused the members and 48,000 audience to utter a loud shriek.

Takahashi commented without hiding her shock, "Nobody knew this would happen."  She continued, "Tokyo Dome is the goal line, and is also our new start line.  We need to start something new, and I guess this team shuffle was it.  I'm not sure when this shuffle will become effective, but I'm sure none of us taking this as negatively.  We are just too confused now.  We would like to reborn as the new 48 groups, so please continue watching over us."

Below are the details on the team shuffle.  Check it out!

Takahashi Minami: Team A captain→ AKB48 Groups' General Manager

Shinoda Mariko: Team A→Team A Captain(Former Team A captain: Takahashi Minami)
Oshima Yuko: Team K→Team K Captain(Former Team K captain: Akimoto Sayaka)
Umeda Ayaka: Team K→Team B Captain(Former Team B captain: Kashiwagi Yuki)

Yokoyama Yui:  Team K→Team A& NMB48
Kitahara Rie:  Team B→Team K& SKE48
Ishida Anna:  SKE Team KII→SKE48& Team B
Ota Aika:  Team A→ HKT48
Miyazawa Sae: Team K→SNH48
Suzuki Mariya: Team B→SNH48
Takajo Aki: Team A→JKT48
Nakagawa Haruka:  Team A→JKT48

Iwata Karen:  Team 4→Team A
Abe Maria:  Team 4→Team K
Watanabe Mayu:  Team B→Team A
Kojima Haruna:  Team A→Team B
Mutou Tomu: Kenkyuusei→Team K
Oba Mina: Team 4→Team B
Akimoto Sayaka: Team K(No transfer)
Nakamata Shiori:  Team 4→Team A
Ichikawa Miori:  Team 4→Team B
Kasai Tomomi:  Team B→Team xA
Kato Rena:  Team 4→Team B
Matsui Jurina:  SKE48 Team S & Team K(No transfer)
Nakamura Mariko:  Team 4→Team B
Nakata Chisato:  Team A→Team K
Nito Moeno:  Team K→Team A
Oya Shizuka: Team A→Team B
Maeda Ami:  Team A→Team K
Tano Yuuka: Team 4→Team A
Itano Tomomi: Team K(No transfer)
Iwasa Misaki: Team A→Team B
Kobayashi Mirina:  Team A (promoted in June 2012)
Sato Amina:  Team B→Team K
Shimazaki Haruka: Team 4→Team B
Sato Sumire: Team B→Team A
Ishida Haruka: Team B(No transfer)
Matsui Sakiko: Team K→Team A
Kuramochi Asuka:  Team A→Team K
Katayama Haruka: Team A→Team B
Kotani Riho:  NMB48→NMB48 & Team A
Nakaya Sayaka:  Team A→Team K
Yamauchi Suzuran:  Team 4→Team B
Morikawa Ayaka:  Team A (promoted in June 2012)
Uchida Mayumi:  Team K(No transfer)
Fujie Reina:  Team K→Team B
Kawaei Rina:  Team 4→Team K
Izuta Rina:  Team A (promoted in June 2012)
Mitsumune Kaoru:  Kenkyuusei→Team K
Natori Wakana:  Team B (promoted in June 2012)
Tanabe Miku:  Team K→Team B
Sato Natsuki:  Team B→Team A
Iriyama Anna:  Team 4→Team A
Chikano Rina:  Team B→Team K
Kashiwagi Yuki: Team B(No transfer)
Nagao Mariya: Team 4→Team K
Takeuchi Miyu:  Team 4→Team B
Kikuchi Ayaka:  Team K→Team A
Suzuki Shihori:  Team B→Team K
Oshima Ryoka:  Kenkyuusei→Team A
Fujita Nana:  Team K (promoted in June 2012)
Kobayashi Kana: Team B→Team K
Minegishi Minami: Team K→Team B
Kojima Natsuki:  Team B (promoted in June 2012)
Nakatsuka Tomomi: Team K→Team A
Shimada Haruka:  Team 4→Team K
Watanabe Miyuki:  NMB48 & Team B  (No transfer)
Masuda Yuka: Team B→Team K
Takahashi Juri:  Team 4→Team A
Nonaka Misato: Team K→Team B
Miyazaki Miho:  Team B→Team K
Matsubara Natsumi:  Team A→Team K

Maeda Atsuko:  Team A→Graduating

Source & Image: Oricon

Thanks to everybody who sent this tip in!

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