Jkt48 Will Not Participate In Akb48 World General Election

JKT48 will not participate in AKB48 World General Election

JKT48 have announced that they will not participate in the upcoming 'AKB48 World General Election' to be held on June 16. 

This year's 'AKB48 General Election' allows overseas sister groups to enter to be in the running for senbatsu for the group's 53rd single. Based in Jakarta, Indonesia, the members of JKT48 had originally planned on running for candidacy. However, the event day will be within the Lebaran Day of Ramadan (June 13 - 19) and will not be fair to all members. As such, it was decided that the entire group will not participate in this year's event. 

Tano Yuka To Graduate From Akb48

Tano Yuka to graduate from AKB48

Tano Yuka has announced her graduation from AKB48. 

The idol made the announcement on March 15 on 'SHOWROOM.' Afterwards, she tweeted, "I announced my graduation earlier on SHOWROOM. At the moment, I can say that the handshake event on August 12 will be my last. I will let you know regarding my graduation concert as soon as it is determined.

Akb48 Reveal New Pv With School Festival Theme

AKB48 reveal new PV with school festival theme

The PV for AKB48's new song "Jabaja" has been uploaded onto YouTube. 

The group's 51st single (March 14 release) is a medium-tempo dance number with Okada Nana as center. In the PV, the members prepare for a school festival to portray the franticness represented in the song. The "jajaba dance" featured in the chorus was choreographed by CRE8BOY. It was directed by YKBX, who was in charge of the videos for Amuro Namie's "Showtime" and "Hero."

New Akb48 Sister Group To Form In India

New AKB48 sister group to form in India

A new AKB48 sister group called MUM48 will form in Mumbai, India. 

This was announced by AKB48 general manager Yokoyama Yui on December 27 during a special program on SHOWROOM. MUM48 will be AKB's fifth overseas sister group following JKT48 (Indonesia), BNK48 (Thailand), TPE48 (Taiwan), and MNL48 (Philippines). The logo color for MUM48 will be green representing India's wealth of nature, growth, and energy. 

One Akb48 Member To Star In Mexican Tv Drama

One AKB48 member to star in Mexican TV drama

On December 10, AKB48 held their '7th AKB48 Kohaku Taikou Uta Gassen' at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL. During this event, there was a surprise announcement that one member from AKB48 will play a main role in a new Mexican TV drama titled 'L.I.K.E.'

At the end of the event, a video message by Mexican TV producer Pedro Damián was shown announcing the production of 'L.I.K.E' following the popular drama series 'Rebelde.' He wanted to cast a Japanese woman in the drama, and upon discussion with Akimoto Yasushi, it was decided that one member from AKB48 would be selected.

Akb48 To Release 9th Album In January

AKB48 to release 9th album in January

AKB48 will release their 9th album (currently untitled) on January 24, 2018. 

In addition to their latest singles "Shoot Sign" (released March 2017), "Negaigoto no Mochigusare" (May 2017), "#Suki Nanda" (August 2017), and "11-gatsu no Anklet" (November 2017), the album will include brand new songs. It will be released in Types A and B, and each type will come with a different track list.

Akb48 Reveal Short Pv For Watanabe Mayu's Last Single

AKB48 reveal short PV for Watanabe Mayu's last single

AKB48 have revealed the short PV for their new single "11-gatsu no Anklet" that's slated for release on November 22. 

The center for this single is Watanabe Mayu, who will be graduating from the group on December 31. Directed by Hirano Fumiko, the PV captures innocent expressions of the idol. The last scene, where Watanabe leads the other members in heavy rain, symbolizes how Watanabe has been a driving force, overcoming obstacles with the members during her time in AKB48. She commented, "I've loved every work that Hirano-san has been in charge of. She is an art director that I respect. I was very happy that I got to work with Hirano-san for this MV. It was like a graduation gift. I will be graduating with this single, but rather than being sad, I was able to have fun [shooting the video] in the rain.

Akb48 To Hold Annual 'request Hour' Event In January

AKB48 to hold annual 'Request Hour' event in January

AKB48's live event 'AKB48 Group Request Hour Set List Best 100 2018' will be held on January 19 and 20 at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL.

'Request Hour' is an annual event where fans can vote for their favorite AKB48 group songs. The members then perform the fan favorites in the order of ranking. The polling will take place from November 21 to December 11. More details regarding the poll and the event will be revealed via a special website.

Akb48 Team 8's Hamamatsu Riona Announces Graduation

AKB48 Team 8's Hamamatsu Riona announces graduation

AKB48 Team 8 member Hamamatsu Riona is graduating from the group.

This announcement was made by Hamamatsu herself on June 12 during SHOWROOM's program 'AKB48 Team 8 Tokubetsu Haishin Room'. On the reason for her graduation, she wrote on Team 8's official website, "I've always felt it was important to 'evolve' every day. I felt that the time has come for me to take a step and move forward in my one and only life. From now on with my English skills as my weapon, I hope to widen my activities by challenging myself to acting and talento work."

Akb48 Team 4's Izuta Rina To Transfer To Bnk48

AKB48 Team 4's Izuta Rina to transfer to BNK48

AKB48 Team 4 member Izuta Rina will be transferring to overseas sister group BNK48 based in Bangkok, Thailand. 

This announcement was made by Izuta herself during a performance on April 13 at AKB48 Theater. Afterwards, she wrote on the group's official website, explaining, "I want to be stimulated, so I thought a lot about whether or not the current me is beneficial to myself. I decided that I wanted to challenge myself to something new. I love AKB48, and moreso, I love theater performances! So I want to cherish theater performances as a member of BNK48 in Thailand."

Tanabe Miku To Graduate From Akb48

Tanabe Miku to graduate from AKB48

AKB48 member Tanabe Miku has announced her graduation from the group.

This announcement was made on April 8 during the 3rd generation's 10th anniversary show at AKB48 Theater. She commented, "Since about a year ago, I've been doing my best to make this announcement on the day of this 10th anniversary while being surrounded by my beloved members. Among the other members of this magnificent generation, I didn't stand out very much during these 10 years, but last year, I won the Janken Tournament, and with that itself, I feel I've reached the top. In order to reach my goals and make my dreams come true, I received a lot of courage from graduates, and I wanted to make this announcement in front of these members that I love so much, so I'm happy to take this opportunity to announce this. I hope to do my best and push forward in my own way during my remaining time in AKB48."

Akb48's Nakamura Mariko To Graduate

AKB48's Nakamura Mariko to graduateAKB48 Team A part Nakamura Mariko will move on from the gathering.
Nakamura declared her graduation by means of her official Twitter account. She uncovered that she would move on from school this spring, and after graduation, she will seek after her fantasy of turning into a TV broadcaster in Hyogo.