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  • AKB48 to appear in upcoming Hewlett-Packard CMs

    July 11, 2012 @ 7:02 am

    AKB48 has been made the image character for Hewlett-Packard's latest Japanese commercials yet again, but this time featuring a new line-up of girls! The group's last endorsement with HP starred AKB48 members Maeda Atsuko, Shinoda Mariko, and Kojima Haruna, among others, but their new CMs will feature six new girls.  AKB48's Watanabe Mayu, Shimazaki Haruka, and SKE48 (and AKB48) member Matsui Jurina will be featured in the "Ultrabook" version

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  • Cast members for AKB48's drama 'Majisuka Gakuen 3' revealed

    July 9, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

    The cast members for AKB48's upcoming drama, 'Majisuka Gakuen 3', has been revealed. With Shimazaki Haruka as the lead, the drama will star AKB48's Oba Mina, Shimada Haruka, Kawaei Rina, and Abe Maria along with SKE48 members Yagami Kumi, Kizaki Yuria, and Kimoto Kanon. 'Majisuka Gakuen' is an original story by AKB48 producer Akimoto Yasushi, and it's an action-packed school drama featuring the girls of AKB48. The first series aired in

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  • 'Shiritsu Bakaleya Koko' to be adapted into a movie

    June 7, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    On June 8th, it was announced that the currently running Johnny's Jr. and AKB48 collaboration drama 'Shiritsu Bakaleya Koko' (NTV) will be turned into a movie. 'Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou' is a story of the trials and tribulations when a boys' high school full of young delinquents and a prestigious girls' high school full of wealthy young ladies, are combined into one school. Just like the drama, the movie is going to star Morimoto Shintaro,

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  • Oba Mina officially returns as the captain of AKB48's Team 4

    January 5, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

    On January 4th, the AKB48 Theater in Tokyo opened its doors again after the holidays. Furthermore, it marked the official return of Oba Mina as a member of AKB48 and the captain of  Team 4. Oba had been suspended from her activities since September 2nd, after her old blog entries revealed that she had a boyfriend and had consumed alcohol. On November 12th, she appeared at a handshake event and once again apologized to the fans. She also as

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  • AKB48's Oba Mina to make a comeback in January

    November 13, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    [caption id="attachment_187105" align="aligncenter" width="280" caption="Oba Mina of Team 4"][/caption] On November 12th, former AKB48 Team 4 captain Oba Mina (19) made an appearance at AKB48's handshake event, where it was announced that she would be making a comeback in January. Oba had been suspended from her activities since September 2nd after her old blog entries revealed that she had a boyfriend and had consumed alcohol. Oba was i

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  • AKB48's Oba Mina suspended and Mori Anna withdraws from AKB48

    September 2, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

    [caption id="attachment_187105" align="aligncenter" width="280" caption="Oba Mina of Team 4"][/caption] On September 2nd, it was revealed on AKB48 Official Blog that Team 4 captain Oba Mina (19) will be suspended from her activities and fellow team member Mori Anna (17) will graduate from this popular idol group. For Oba, the suspension stems from the evidence from and old blog entry revealing that she had a boyfriend and had been consuming al

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  • AKB48's Team 4 appoints team captain + adds 2 members

    July 25, 2011 @ 12:10 am

    [caption id="attachment_175960" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="L to R: Oba Mina, Iriyama Anna, Abe Maria"][/caption] AKB48 has officially appointed a captain for Team 4! According to an announcement on the idol group's official blog, Team 4's captain is now ninth generation member Oba Mina. Additionally, two new members, Abe Maria and Iriyama Anna, have been added to the group. Congratul

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  • Members of AKB48's Team 4 added to cast of "Hana Kimi"

    June 25, 2011 @ 4:48 am

    [caption id="attachment_165743" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="L to R: Ichikawa Miori, Ooba Mina, Nagao Mariya"][/caption] Three members of AKB48's newly-formed Team 4 have been added to the growing cast of "Hana Kimi"! As we previously reported, AKB48 member Maeda Atsuko will star as the drama's main character - who dresses up as a boy to get into an all-boy's high school - and stunned fans with her transformation into an i

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  • Welcome AKB48's fourth team, 'Team 4'!

    June 7, 2011 @ 1:23 am

    AKB48 is known for their three teams of 16 members each: Team A, Team K and Team B. The group hosts many research students who have been promoted, but unfortunately, couldn't find room on a team. Today, we've finally found out where the rootless talents will be going - AKB48 is going to start up a fourth team aptly called 'Team 4'! Starting today, all 10 promoted research students will now be part of Team 4. Six research students up to the

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  • It's seniors vs rookies on this week's episode of "AKBingo!"

    April 15, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

    This week's episode of AKB48's television show, "AKBingo!", has just been aired, and we have the video for you to enjoy! This episode features the "fresh" members battling senior members in the segment, "Otoshicha ya-yo Tarinai 48". In the segment, the members must look at a photo and state what's lacking in it. If they answer wrong, they are pushed face-first into a tub full of flour. Member Oba Mina said, "I joined AKB48 so I could d

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