Akb48's Okada Ayaka Announces Graduation

AKB48's Okada Ayaka announces graduationAKB48 member Okada Ayaka has announced her graduation from the group.
The official announcement was made on March 3 during the group's performance at AKB48 Theater. She said, "I've been active for about 6 years, but I wasn't able to produce results and thought that I can't remain this way. I want to do something that I can't do in AKB48. I want to make an achievement as Okada Ayaka, so I decided to graduate."

Akb48 To Have Sea-based Sister Group

AKB48 to have sea-based sister groupThe Japanese all-girl idol group AKB48 is launching yet another sister group, this time to be based in the Seto Inland Sea area.
STU48 stands for Setouchi, the Japanese name of the coastal areas surrounding the sea in western Japan. It will have its theater on a boat that will tour around the body of water, according to the official website of the planned group.

Akb48 Team 4's Nishino Miki Announces Graduation

AKB48 Team 4's Nishino Miki announces graduationAKB48 Team 4 member Nishino Miki has announced her graduation from the group.
Nishino made the announcement on December 14 during a concert at AKB48 Theater. After the show, she tweeted, "Although my graduation date has not been determined yet, I will give it my all and do my best until the very end, so please continue to support me."

Akb48 To Release 8th Album In January

AKB48 to release 8th album in JanuaryIt's been revealed that AKB48 will release their 8th album on January 25.
The album will be released in a Type A (CD+DVD) and Type B (CD-Only). The CD will contain singles such as "High Tension," "Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby," and "LOVE TRIP," as well as brand new songs. Meanwhile, the DVD will include a digest of footage from their handshake events and lives.

Akb48 Open Polls For 'request Hour 2017'

AKB48 open polls for 'Request Hour 2017'AKB48 have opened polls for their live event 'AKB48 Group Request Hour Set List Best 200 2017' to be held on January 21 and 22 at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL.
'Request Hour' is an annual event where fans can vote for their favorite AKB48 group song. The members then perform the fan favorites in order of ranking. This year, the top 100 songs will be performed during the event.

Akb48's 'majisuka Gakuen' To Return With A New Series Titled 'kyabasuka Gakuen'

AKB48's 'Majisuka Gakuen' to return with a new series titled 'Kyabasuka Gakuen'Drama 'Kyabasuka Gakuen' starring Miyawaki Sakura (HKT48, AKB48) will premiere on October 29 from 12:55 am.
'Kyabasuka Gakuen' is the new series of AKB48's drama 'Majisuka Gakuen' that first aired back in 2010. In order to save Majisuka Jyogakuen from closing down, 'Sakura' (Miyawaki Sakura), 'Otabe' (Yokoyama Yui), 'Katsuzetsu' (Kodama Haruka), and 'Magic' (Kizaki Yuria) decide to drop out of school and aim to become the No.1 hostess along with 'Center' (Matsui Jurina) who has won the Hostess General Elections three consecutive times.

Akb48 Single Sales Surpass 40 Million

AKB48 Single Sales Surpass 40 MillionAKB48's single sales have surpassed the 40 million mark with the release of it latest single "LOVE TRIP".
The group's latest single sold 1,177,769 copies during its first week of sales. The single easily placed #1 on Oricon's Weekly Single Sales chart.

Hirata Rina To Graduate From Akb48

Hirata Rina to graduate from AKB48AKB48 Team A member Hirata Rina has announced her graduation from the group.
This announcement was made during Hirata's birthday event on July 16 at AKB48 Theater. On her reason for graduating, she explained on the group's official website, "I want to pursue the things I want to do, so I thought that if I continue to stay and depend on AKB, I wouldn't be able to grow up. I also want to go to college, so I will study a lot to become a wonderful woman."

Raison D'etre: Documentary Of Akb48

Raison D'etre: Documentary of AKB48Minami Takahashi led AKB48 as its first general manager and now she graduates from the group. Yui Yokoyama takes the role of general manager and carries out a new system. AKB48's sister groups HKT48 and NMB48 are on the rise. New group NGT48 debuts and AKB48's rival group "Nogizaka46" makes a leap.

Akb48 Cuts Ties With Snh48 Due To Contract Violation

AKB48 Cuts Ties With SNH48 Due To Contract ViolationAKB48's management company AKS has announced that its international sister group SNH48 has violated its contract with the group.
The announcement was made through AKB48's official website. SNH48's operations and management are said to be in violation of its contract as a sister group of AKB48.