It's been announced that 16 AKB48 Kenkyuusei have been promoted to become official members of the group and will be forming a new Team 4.
This announcement was made on August 24th during 'AKB48 2013 Manatsu no Dome Tour ~Mada Mada, Yaranakyaikenai Koto ga Aru~' at Tokyo Dome. The old Team 4 dissolved after their performance back in October of 2012. With this announcement, AKB48 is back to 4 teams.
It was also announced that†Minegishi Minami†will be the team captain of Team 4. After hearing these announcements,†Iwatate Saho†expressed, "I didn't think that we would all get promoted at once. I have work even harder than before." Nishino Miki added, "I didn't think I would get promoted. The Kenkyuusei all worked hard together, so we all wished to get promoted together. I am very happy that our dream came true."
Furthermore, it was revealed that AKB48 assistant theater manager Yuasa Hiroshi has once again become AKB48 theater manager.
New Team 4 Members:
Aigasa Moe / Iwatate Saho / Uchiyama Natsuki / Umeta Ayano / Okada Ayaka / Okada Nana / Kitazawa Saki / Kojima Mako / Shinozaki Ayana / Takashima Yurina / Nishino Miki / Hashimoto Hikari / Maeda Mitsuki / Mirayama Yuiri / Mogi Shinobu / Minegishi Minami (team captain