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  • SKE48 to hold their 'Request Hour 2014' in November

    July 13, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

    SKE48's live event 'SKE48 Request Hour 2014' will be held on November 1 and 2 at Nagoya Congress Center Century Hall. The event was announced on July 10 during Team E's 'Te wo Tsunaginagara' performance at SKE48 Theater in Aichi. After the show, the screen on stage announced this year's 'Request Hour 2014'. There was also a message by Team S member Sato Mieko, who sings last year's number 1 song "Anata to Christmas Eve".   'R

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  • Matsui Jurina injures her fingers during the rehearsal for SKE48's special live

    June 17, 2014 @ 1:34 am

    On June 16, idol group SKE48 member Matsui Jurina was injured during the rehearsal for the group's "AiiA SKE48 Special live" held at AiiA Theater Tokyo, leading to the cancellation of her appearance on the live.According to a source close to the group, Matsui injured the middle finger and ring finger of her right hand, but it's unknown if those fingers are fractured. At the beginning of the live, Matsui appeared on the st

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  • SKE48 members promote the group's new cellphone game

    November 13, 2013 @ 11:58 pm

    On November 12, 12 SKE48 members including Matsui Jurina (16) appeared at a press conference in Tokyo for their new CM for the group's cellphone card game "SKE48 Passion For You". In the game, all 69 group members are students at a school for magic and they battle a giant demon.  When asked which one of her own strengths she would like to have intensified in the game, Jurina answered with pride, "My puns." 

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  • AKB48's starring "WONDA" coffee CM series to become a short drama

    June 21, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

    On June 20, it was announced that popular idol group AKB48's CM series for coffee brand "WONDA" (from Asahi Beverages) will be made into a one-night only short drama series that will air on July 7.  The members star and appear in the CM in relay-style format as office ladies.The drama, entitled "AKB48 Short Stories" (temporary name) will be broadcast from 12:25 AM to 1:25 AM on Fuji TV.  The drama is comprised of a o

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  • Sashihara Rino to produce SKE48 Matsumura Kaori's solo debut

    May 13, 2013 @ 6:25 am

    [caption id="attachment_296574" align="aligncenter" width="462" caption="Left: Sashihara Rino, Right: Matsumura Kaori"][/caption] It was announced that HKT48 member Sashihara Rino would produce SKE48's "lifetime honorary Kenkyuusei", Matsumura Kaori's solo debut. The announcement was made by Sashihara herself during the live broadcast of late-night variety show "AKB video center" which Sashihara serves as the MC. According to Sashihara, she

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  • SKE48's Matsumura Kaori to make her solo CD debut

    April 16, 2013 @ 7:39 am

    It was announced during SKE48's live concert, held at Nippon Gaishi Hall on April 14th, that the group's "lifetime honorary Kenkyuusei", Matsumura Kaori, would make her solo CD debut. She will be the first member to make a solo debut from the group. At the concert, the surprise announcement, "The first solo project from SKE48 is starting! SKE48 lifetime honorary Kenkyuusei Matsumura Kaori," appeared on the screen, and it brought a great sh

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  • SKE48 announces their 1st team shuffle

    April 13, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

    On April 13, idol group SKE48 held a live concert "Kawaranai Koto. Zutto Nakama na Koto" at Nippon Gaishi Hall, and announced their first-ever team shuffle. According to the shuffle, Matsui Rena will be installed in team E as the new team leader, while Matsui Jurina stays in the team S. Kitahara Rie will also move to team KII. It was also announced that they have established a new position called "SKE48 captain" which is to preside over

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  • SKE48 commissioned as public safety ambassadors for Aichi prefecture

    March 29, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    On March 28, 10 members of Sakae, Nagoya-based idol group SKE48 were commissioned as Aichi prefecture crime prevention and traffic safety PR ambassadors by police Superintendent Okita Yoshiki.  They will be active in their roles as ambassadors for one year, which begins in April and ends in March of 2014. Aside from appearing at crime prevention events, they will appear in videos that cover topics including cyber crime prevention and theft

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  • AKB48 and SKE48 member Kitahara Rie to appear in "Kazoku Game"

    March 23, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

    On March 22, it was revealed that AKB48 and SKE48 member Kitahara Rie (21) will play a high school student in the Fuji TV drama “Kazoku Game”, which begins airing every Wednesday at 10PM starting in April. The drama is based off of the best seller of the same name and stars Arashi’s Sakurai Sho (31).  Sakurai plays unconventional tutor Yoshimoto who resorts to violence and unconventional methods to teach his student and his student’s famil

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  • AKB48 & sister groups hold special performances at their theaters + the disaster areas

    March 11, 2013 @ 5:42 pm

    On March 11, AKB48 and their sister groups SKE48, NMB48,and HKT48 held special performances on the 2nd year anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. The performances were held to support the ongoing reconstruction and they were held at the group's theaters as well as the disaster areas. The members also visited 10 locations in the disaster-struck areas for the special performances. The girls stated their everlasting support once again, a

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