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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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  • NMB48 chooses their 2nd Generation Research Students!

    June 5, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

    In March, NMB48 held their “NMB48 2nd Generation Auditions” and the judging has finally ended! 23 second generation research students were announced on the 5th, during Team K’s “Seishun Girls” revival stage at the TOKYO DOME CITY HALL. The eldest research student is an 18 year old senior high school student and the youngest is an 11 year old 6th grader, the same as NMB48’s first generation. Second generation’s average age is 14 years old

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  • AKB48 research students Yamaguchi Nau & Ushikubo Sara resign from group

    May 12, 2011 @ 11:46 pm

    [caption id="attachment_150952" align="aligncenter" width="508" caption="L: Yamaguchi Nau, R: Ushikubo Sara"][/caption] AKB48 research students Yamaguchi Nau and Ushikubo Sara have announced that they will officially be leaving the group in June. According to AKB48's official blog, both girls voluntarily put in requests to withdraw; they have yet to publicly reveal why they've decided to leave the idol group. The gir

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  • AKB48 Research Students to release a single

    March 31, 2011 @ 2:30 am

    16 AKB48 Research Students have been chosen to do the theme song for the 14th season of NHK’s "Ojarumaru" program. The group's name will be called "Ojarumaru Sisters". The single is set to drop on April 13th, and the tracklist is as follows: 01. Hatsukoi wa Minoranai 02. Title Pending 03. Hatsukoi wa Minoranai (Original Karaoke) 4. Title Pending (Original Karaoke) Check back with tokyohive for more updates on this interesti

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  • AKB48 research student Nakamata Shiori promoted to AKB member

    February 12, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

    On the 12th, it was announced that AKB48 research student, Nakamata Shiori (18), successfully passed her exams to enter the department of politics and economics at Waseda University. Nakamata let her fans know about her success in Akihabara at the AKB48 research student’s performance. She has been studying as well as doing activities as a research student since last June. Due to her hard work, AKB48 producer Akimoto Yasushi (54) promoted her

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  • AKB48 research student, Kawakami Marina, leaves the group

    December 5, 2010 @ 9:05 am

    An announcement was made on AKB48's official blog that one of the research students, Kawakami Marina left the group on December 3rd. Kawakami was the third member to leave the 11th generation group, and according to the blog, left of her own volition. She was scheduled to attend handshake events in January and February, so naturally her name will be withdrawn from the event headlines. For those of you who are super confused about what 'rese

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