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  • Former AKB48's Iwata Karen suffers fracture after traffic incident

    March 12, 2019 @ 3:26 am

    On March 9, former AKB48 member and actress Iwata Karen revealed on Twitter that she was involved in a traffic incident that resulted in a fracture. As such, she will be absent from her scheduled event. Iwata was scheduled to appear at an event within the 'Sendai Bousai Mirai Forum 2019' on March 10 in Sendai. The event's management team wrote on Facebook, "Our guest Iwata Karen-san suffered a fracture on March 8 after coming in contact with

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  • AKB48's Iwata Karen to graduate from the group

    January 5, 2016 @ 3:33 pm

    On January 5, AKB48 member Iwata Karen announced her graduation during the "Eve wa Adam no Rokkotsu" stage performance held at AKB48 Theater in Akihabara, Tokyo. Iwata who is looking to become a stage actress, explained that she would be focusing on her acting studies.After the stage performance, she also announced her graduation via Twitter, saying, "I have announced my graduation. I'm sorry to surprise you guys with a sudden announcement, but

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  • AKB48's Iwata Karen to become navigator for NHK's disaster support program

    July 16, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

    It's been revealed that AKB48 Team 4's Iwata Karen (14) will become the navigator for NHK's disaster support program, 'Ashita e 1min: Karen no Fukkou Calendar'. "We should never forget what happened on 3.11. Through the messages of the people of my hometown, I hope to deliver what I experienced when I was 13-years-old to people nationwide. I will do my best to make it a calendar of hope for recovery. I hope that the people in my hometown w

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  • New unit from AKB48 'NO NAME' to make their debut

    April 27, 2012 @ 12:35 am

    It has been revealed a new unit from AKB48 called NO NAME will be making their debut! They will be providing the theme songs for AKB48's animation 'AKB0048' (scheduled to start airing April 29th). NO NAME includesWatanabe Mayu and the voice actresses of 'AKB0048', for a total of nine members. New unit will sing the opening song "Kibou ni Tsuite" and ending song "Yume ha Nandomo Umare Kawaru" (both of the release dates have not yet been

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  • SKE48's Matsui Jurina & NMB48' Watanabe Miyuki to join AKB48 for a limited time

    March 24, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

    On March 24th, it was announced that SKE48 member Matsui Jurina and NMB48 member Watanabe Miyuki have joined AKB48 as of today. Thesurpriseannouncement was made during their concert at Saitama Super Arena. Matsui joined team K while Watanabe joined team B. Their initiation to AKB48 will be for a limited time, and they will also continue being members of SKE48 and NMB48 respectively. It was also announced that 5 research students, Ka

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  • Cast of 9 members announced for AKB48's anime, 'AKB0048'

    December 13, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    Last week, we reported that 30 members from the AKB48 family passed the initial round of auditions for the upcoming anime, 'AKB0048'. Out of those 30, nine would go on to become the show's voice actresses through a public final audition. On December 13th, the 30 girls gave their all in front of a judging panel comprised of Akimoto Yasushi, Kawamori Shoji, Otsuki Toshimichi, and sound director Aketagawa Jin. Kawamori Shoji, who's famous for

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