AKB48 appoints New Manager

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AKB48 management appoints a new manager Mr. Hosoi Takahiro (45) for AKB48 Theater, he will replace current AKB48 group general manager Kayano Shinobu, and the post's duty is just for AKB48 only, not for AKB48 group.

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Izuta Rina transfer to BNK48

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AKB48 Team 4 member Izuta Rina will be transferred to Thai Group "BNK48", it was announced at the KOJIMA FINAL COUNTDOWN 2nd Kojima Haruna's Koukando Bakuage LIVE performance on 13 April 2017.

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Muto Tomu withdraw from General Election

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AKB48 Team K member Mutou Tomu withdraws her candidacy from upcoming AKB48 General Election. Original sources: AKB48 official blog: http://ameblo.jp/akihabara48/entry-12265080247.html

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Kizaki Yuria announces Graduation

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AKB48 Team B captain Kizaki Yuria announced her graduation during AKB48's radio show "All Night Nippon" on 13 April 2017.

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Kashiwagi Yuki being Aruaru City Ambassador

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AKB48 member Kashiwagi Yuki is appointed to be Aruaru City 5th Anniversary Ambassador, and she will hold speical LIVE in Aruaru City (Holography Theater, 5/F) on 3 Mary 2017.

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Tanabe Miku announces Graduation

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AKB48 2016 Janken Queen Tanabe Miku announced her graduation in Team B 10th Anniversary LIVE on 8 April 2017.

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Kojima Haruna to be Cover Girl of "LeaLea"

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AKB48 member Kojima Haruna will be cover girl of Japanese magazine "LeaLea Magazine", it will be released on 7 April 2017.

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Fukushi Rena announces Graduation

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AKB48 Team 8 Member Fukushi Rena announced her graduation on 4 April 2017, her graduation live will be held on 6 May 2017, and her final handshake event will be on 13 May 2017.

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Yamamoto Sayaka & Kashiwagi Yuki NOT join General Election

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AKB48 group top members Yamamoto Sayaka and Kashiwagi Yuki  announces they will not participate AKB48's upcoming General Election. Yamamoto Sayaka and Kashiwagi Yuki are ranked 4th place and 5th place in last year's generation election respectively.

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Team 8 to release 3rd Anniversary Book

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AKB48 Team 8 will release their official 3rd Anniversary Book, A4 size, 132 pages, it will be released on 10 April 2017.

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AKB48 General Election 2017 Latest Update

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AKB48 will held their 9th General Election in Toyosaki Seaside Park, Toyosaki Villa SUN Beach, Okinawa on 17 June 2017, and new sister group STU48 will join this Election. 

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Oshima Ryoka announces Graduation

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AKB48 member Oshima Ryoka announced she will graduate from AKB48, she made the announcement in AKB48 Theater on 23 March 2017. Her last handshake event will be at 4 June 2017 and her last AKB48 LIVE performance will be at 8 June 2017.

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AKB48 launches fashion brand "UNEEDNOW"

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AKS and ITOCHU Corporation launch a fashion brand UNEEDNOW, it is an AKB48 Group-certified EC fashion brand for which AKB48 Group members will be modelling.

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Nakamura Mariko announces Graduation

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AKB48 member Nakamura Mariko announced she will graduate from AKB48 on 30 March 2017, and join SUN TV in April 2017. Nakamura Mariko made the announcement in AKB48 Theater on 16 March 2017.

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