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  • AKB48 group to form a new sister group based in Niigata

    January 25, 2015 @ 4:45 pm

    During the final day of AKB48's annual event, "AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 1035 2015" which was held at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL on January 25, it was announced that their new sister group would be formed in Niigata. The new sister group NGT48 will begin recruiting the first generation members starting in March, and will open their own theater, NGT48 Theater, on October 1. With the opening of new theater, Imamura Etsuro, the current S

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  • HKT48 announce 2-day concert at Yokohama Arena

    January 24, 2015 @ 3:36 am

    The finale of HKT48's nationwide tour has been confirmed to be a 2-day concert at Yokohama Arena on June 27 and 28. This was announced during the 4th day of 'AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 1035 2015' at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL.The moment it was announced via VTR, Sashihara Rino commented, "That's great, but won't we be overwhelmed by the 2 days at Yokohama Arena?" She also brought laughter to the crowd, saying, "We should ask Ohta Pro and cal

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  • AKB48 group to hold their 2nd 'Draft Kaigi' in May

    January 23, 2015 @ 3:19 pm

    It was announced that AKB48 group would be holding "the 2nd Draft Kaigi" on May 10 at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo.The announcement was made during the third day of their annual event, "AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 1035 2015" which was held at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL on January 23.This is the second time for the event to be held as it was last held in November 2013. The first 'Draft Kaigi' was held just like the drafts in professional baseball a

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  • Oshima Yuko makes surprise return to Not yet

    January 23, 2015 @ 3:05 am

    The second day of AKB48 group's annual event 'AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 1035 2015' was held on January 22 at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL. During this event, former member Oshima Yuko made a surprise appearance. The groups performed songs that ranked from 170 to 141, and the crowd went wild when Oshima, who graduated last June, made a surprise appearance as a part of Not yet. With Kitahara Rie, Sashihara Rino, and Yokoyama Yui, she perfo

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  • White team led by Watanabe Mayu wins this year's 'AKB48 Kohaku'

    December 16, 2014 @ 2:24 pm

    On December 16, "The 4th AKB48 Kohaku Taikou Uta Gassen" was held at Tokyo Dome City Hall, and the white team led by Watanabe Mayu won this year. "AKB48 Kohaku Taikou Uta Gassen" is a singing battle event held by AKB48 groups annually. The members are divided into 2 teams; red team and white team, and as a general rule, they have to perform songs other than their own songs.This year, a total of 154 members from AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, and No

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  • Baito AKB's Saeki Mika hopes to return to AKB48 as a regular member

    November 4, 2014 @ 1:11 am

    On November 3, 16 members of AKB48 and Baitoru's collaboration project 'Baito AKB' held a DVD / Blu-ray hand out event at SHIBUYA TSUTAYA as their first job.  The girls handed out AKB48's DVD / Blu-rays "AKB48 Tandoku Haru Con in National Olympic Stadium ~Omoide wa Zenbu Koko ni Sutete Ike!~" and "Oshima Yuko Sotsugyou Concert in Ajinomoto Stadium ~6-gatsu 8-ka Kousui Kakuritsu 56% (5-gatsu 16-nichi Genzai), Teruterubouzu wa Hontou ni Kouka ga Ar

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  • Sashihara Rino expresses her intention of remaining in HKT48

    October 23, 2014 @ 1:19 am

    On October 22, HKT48's Sashihara Rino made a live appearance on Nippon Broadcast's 'AKB48 no All Night Nippon' where she talked with producer Akimoto Yasushi about the week's theme 'Kinkyuu Dougi. Sashihara wa AKB ni Modoru no ka?' (translated as: 'An emergency resolution. Will Sashihara return to AKB?').After her dating scandal, Sashihara was transferred from AKB48 to HKT48 in June of 2012. Regarding the topic, she showed her intentions of remai

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  • Watanabe Mayu turns into bacon for TV program

    October 21, 2014 @ 2:48 am

    It's been revealed that AKB48's Watanabe Mayu wore a bacon costume for their TV program 'AKB48 Kankou Taishi Guam Special' (translated as AKB48 Sightseeing Ambassador Guam Special). 'AKB48 Kankou Taishi' is a program that features the members of the AKB48 groups as sightseeing ambassadors for a day to promote tourist attractions in Japan. The upcoming episode was filmed in Guam, and it's their first time going overseas for the program. Together w

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  • Ohori Megumi reveals her salary during her days in AKB48

    October 10, 2014 @ 6:10 pm

    On October 9, talento Ohori Megumi updated her blog revealing her salary during her days in AKB48. Ohori, who shared that she visited Ueno the other day, started, "I felt nostalgic about the past when I was living in Ueno during my days in AKB48." She then revealed, "My pay back then was 45,000 yen (approximately $418 USD), so with the rent and utility bills, I was barely scraping by. There were times when I would live off of 29 yen bean sprouts

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  • Watanabe Miyuki crowned AKB48's new Janken queen

    September 18, 2014 @ 2:01 am

    On September 17, AKB48 held their annual event 'AKB48 Group Janken Tournament 2014 ~Kobushi de Kachitore! 1/300 Solo Debut Competition~' at Nippon Budokan. This year, Watanabe Miyuki (NMB48 Team BII, SKE48 Team S) was crowned the winner. Unlike the past janken tournaments, the winner of this year's tournament was promised a solo debut. Watanabe, who defeated Kojima Haruna (AKB48 Team A) during the final round, expressed, "I feel that I am&nb

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