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  • Maeda Atsuko declares she won't be participating in AKB48's upcoming General Election

    March 28, 2013 @ 5:32 pm

    On March 28, Maeda Atsuko revealed through her official Twitter that she will not be participating in 'The 5th AKB48 General Election'. As reported earlier, there was a change of rules in this year's election with the establishment of the "candidacy system". Under this, former members who were a part of the AKB48 family for more than 4 years are allowed candidacy. On the same day, Maeda attended a press conference for 'MTV VMAJ 2013' as th

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  • AKB48's General Election to be broadcast live on Google+

    June 4, 2012 @ 1:20 am

    AKB48’s “4th General Election” will take place on June 6th at 5:30pm(JST). There will also be a site to mix SNS, Google+ for the live broadcast titled “AKB General Election + 1 Site”; so fans can watch the election unfold online. Fuji TV will also be holding a live broadcast special from 7:00~9:09pm on TV. However, the full election can be seen online at http://www.akb48plus.com/ where fans can see the girls take positions #64 to #1 in re

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  • AKB48 4th General Election preliminary results

    May 23, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

    On May 23rd, AKB48 revealed their reports of the first day of votes for the 4th General Election at AKB48 theaters in Akihabara. This is the annual election for the girls, and fan votes will decide the 16 members for the 27th single planned for release in August. According to reports, Oshima Yuko gained 15,093 votes. As much of the media and many fans expected, she got a lead of 2,439 votes on second place. Kashiwagi Yuki, who was at third

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  • AKB48 will conduct next general election in June

    March 26, 2012 @ 12:28 am

    AKB48’s “4th General Election” will be held on June 6th at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. The election was announced on March 25th at AKB48’s concert at Saitama Super Arena. This election will allow fans to vote for the senbatsu members in AKB48’s 27th single. This will be the 4th consecutive election since 2009. This time AKB48 and their sister groups SKE48, NMB48, and HKT48 will be included, making it a total of 243 girls you can vote for

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  • AKB48's Kashiwagi Yuki to make her debut in "Hana Kimi"!

    June 23, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

    Today, it was revealed that AKB48’s Kashiwagi Yuki (19) will make her debut as an actress in “Hanazakari no Kimitachi e ~Ikemen Paradise~ 2011” with Maeda Atsuko (19), who is also from AKB48.  Kashiwagi will be playing a role of a rival to Maeda Atsuko’s character. Even though Kashiwagi has acting experience, including “Magisuka Gakuen” which featured many AKB48 members, this will be Kashiwagi's first time playing a role that is a part of

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  • How many people voted in AKB48's 3rd general election?

    June 12, 2011 @ 2:10 am

    On June 9th, AKB48 held their third annual general election, resulting in cheers and tears all around. But now that the results have officially been tallied, exactly how many people voted in AKB48's most recent election? According to the press, a total of 1,166,145 votes were cast between May 24th and June 8th. Of those votes, 779,090 were ballots that came with their latest single "Everyday, Kachuusha"; the other 387,055 were the single f

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  • Oshima Yuko talks about the election

    June 10, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

    AKB48 member Oshima Yuko updated her blog with a message about the election that took place on June 9th. On June 9th, Oshima handed off her first place crown to this year's winner Maeda Atsuko. Although fans were quite upset that Oshima had to step down from the coveted first place position, the idol revealed on her official blog that she wasn't bitter about her loss. "During the general election, I got second place," she wrote in her b

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  • Ameba holds their own AKB48 General Election!

    June 3, 2011 @ 4:01 am

    While the official "3rd AKB48 General Election" is underway, blogging portal Ameba has decided to have a little General Election themselves. This is an unofficial General Election that doesn't effect the real results, but is something fun for Ameba users to do. Check out the results for Ameba's "AKB48 General Election Battle Now!". The following results were recorded as of June 3, 2011 at 9:45 AM JST. === 1. Shimazaki Haruka (AKB48)

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  • AKB48 to air their general election in overseas theaters

    May 28, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

    AKB48 has announced that they'll be airing the final results of their third general election in theaters in foreign countries! Fans in Hong Kong, Korea, and Taiwan will all be able to tune in to the election in select theaters on June 9th, when the results of the election are revealed. Three theaters in Hong Kong and Taiwan will show the election, with three screen times in Hong Kong and five in Taiwan. Fans in Korea can check out the elec

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  • AKB48's 3rd General Election Official Guidebook tops Oricon book ranking chart

    May 18, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

    In June, AKB48 will be having their 3rd “General Election” and their official guidebook “AKB48 General Election Official Guidebook 2011” sold 75,000 copies in its first week. With such a high sales figure, it topped the 5/23 Oricon Weekly Book Ranking. Last year’s edition entered at number one as well, making this two consecutive years for the girls. Moreover, AKB member Watanabe Mayu’s solo photobook sold 45,000 copies in the first week,

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