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  • SNH48 debuts in Shanghai with a live event

    January 13, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

    On December 12, AKB48s sister group, the Shanghai-based SNH48, made their debut in Shanghai. In their first ever live performance on the night of January 12, the group performed AKB48s hit song Heavy Rotation in Chinese. More than 500 fans, some of them standing, greeted the group with loud screams. The 24 members spoke at their press conference about their aspirations with, In order to make SNH48 a super group, we will all try our

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  • AKB48 holds a send-off party for Miyazawa Sae

    October 25, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    On October 24th, AKB48 held a send-off event for memberMiyazawa Sae, who will be transferring to SNH48 in Shanghai, China next month. In a tearful voice, Oshima Yuko expressed, "I'm very thankful that we met. You are a dear friend. Although we'll be in different places, let's chase our dreams and catch them together." In response, Miyazawa was moved to tears and said, "In Shanghai,I hope to do the things I wasn't able to do in Japan litt

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  • 26 girls pass SNH48's first generation audition

    October 16, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    On October 15,AKB48's overseas sister group SNH48 (based in Shanghai, China) revealed that 26 girls have passed the first generation audition. The 16 girls were chosen out of about 38,000 applicants who participated in auditions across China. They will debut after going through training. The group has plans to hold their first performance at the end of the year or early next year. Aside from performances at SNH48 Theater, which is schedu

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  • AKB48's recent team shuffle to be effective starting in November

    October 8, 2012 @ 2:08 am

    Popular idol group AKB48 held a handshake event on October 7th at Iwate Sangyou Bunka Center, where they announced that their recent team shuffle will be effective starting November 1st. With the discontinuation of Team 4, AKB48 is back to 3 teams: Team A, K, and B. The original performances for each of these teams hasn't been announced at this time. However, the teams will take turns performing at AKB48 Theater in Akihabara for a show cal

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  • Applicants for AKB48's Shanghai sister unit SNH48 reach large numbers, causes website to crash

    July 28, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

    Applications for SNH48, AKB48 overseas sister unit based in Shanghai started officially on July 12th. It was reported on July 26th that the number of applicants exceeded expectations, with thousands of applications being submitted on the first day. The application website was down temporary due to the surge in large number of applicants. Although the targeted age group is between 16-22 years, talented applicants who fall out of this age gr

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  • Producer of AKB48 establishes study abroad program

    July 22, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    On July 21st, Akimoto Yasushi announced on his Google+ profile that, as a result of a meeting with the AKB48 overseas team, a study abroad program has been set up for AKB48 and related groups. In the same post, he made a call for interested members to apply for the program. Members in Japan could study abroad as a member of overseas sister groups of AKB48, such as JKT48 in Indonesia, SNH48 in Shanghai and TPE48 in Taiwan. The period of stu

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  • AKB48's sister group SNH48 has been officially reported by Japanese media

    April 23, 2012 @ 3:30 am

    On April 21st,we reported thatAKB48's sister groupSNH48, which is based in Shanghai, would start gearing up for promotions. Now Japanese media have officially reported this new addition to the '48 franchise. The surprisingannouncementaboutSNH48 was madeduring 'AKB48 Shanghai Fan Meeting'.Including domestic sister groups, it will be 6th AKB48 sister group and the 3rd non-Japanese sister group, JKT48 from Jakarta Indonesia and TPE48

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  • AKB48 to create sister group based in Shanghai, China, SNH48

    April 21, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

    After JKT48 and TPE48 there will now be SNH48! Following the mold of JKT48 and TPE48, SNH48 will be an overseas sister group based out of Shanghai, China. SNH stands for Sha Ng Hai and will be produced by AKB48 mastermind Akimoto Yasushi. Nationwide Auditions in China are rumored to be begin in August and they're aiming to form the first team by December 8th, which will be the 7th anniversary of AKB48. The Japanese media have ye

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