Matsui Rena is member of SKE48's Team E and Kenin member of Nogizaka46. She use to be in SKE48's Team S. She is one of the more focal members of SKE48. She has participated in the main lineup of not only SKE48 but also AKB48 singles. She is considered by many fans as one half of the center duo of SKE48 along with Matsui Jurina
August 21, 2014 - Akimoto Yasushi and Watanabe Mayu take on the ice bucket challenge
A video of Akimoto Yasushi taking on the ALS ice bucket challenge was uploaded onto AKB48's YouTube channel on August 20.
Akimoto, who was nominated by Gentosha Inc. president Kenjou Toru, boldly accepted the challenge. It took place after the group's 3-day concert at Tokyo Dome. Members Takahashi Minami and Sashihara Rino assisted in dumping a bucket of ice water over his head. "I support the ALS ice bucket challenge," he stated.
Shortly after, Watanabe Mayu volunteered to do the ice bucket challenge as a representative of the members. She called out, "Here I go!", and poured the ice water over herself.
At the end of the video, you can see Akimoto nominating Fuji TV president Kameyama Chihiro, Toyota Motors president Toyoda Akio, rakugo story teller Shofukutei Tsurube, and Japanese painter Senju Hiroshi.
August 16, 2014 - The new song of Team Surprise will be determined by fan votes
It was announced that the new song of AKB48Team Surprise's will have the melody, content, dance, cover and costume determined by fan votes. Voting will start on August 23, 2014. There are 8 demo songs on the official website for fans to choose.
Melody A - Anjouyariya
Melody B - Boku wa Saishuuheiki
Melody C - Boost
Melody D - Happy Smile
Melody E - Hinoki Buta
Melody F - I don't mind
Melody G - M204
Melody H - SA - 501
August 15, 2014 - 3 Nogizaka46 members cast in movie
Nogizaka46 members Ikuta Erika, Akimoto Manatsu and Hashimoto Nanami have been cast in the a movie called Chounouryoku Kenkyubu no 3 Nin (超能力研究部の3人Chounouryoku Kenkyubu no 3 Nin?). It will open in theaters on December 6, 2014. The story is about 3 female high school students who become serious about psychic powers and UFOs. It is an adapted version of the manga "City Lights" by Hiroyuki Ohashi. The official website of the movie can be found here.
August 13, 2014 - AKB48 subunit DiVA will disband this year
It was announced on the radio program AKB48 "All Night Nippon" (ANN) that AKB48's sub-unit DiVA will disband in late 2014. On October 8, DiVA will release their fourth single, produced by Komuro Tetsuya. This will mark the first time since 2012 that they have had a single. The sub-unit will also release their first and last album. After a final live performance, the group will disband.
For their fourth single, the 'i' in the name will be capitalized, and the sub-unit will perform as DIVA. Former AKB48 member Masuda Yuka will return to the group for its final activities. Their single will have have four different versions. TYPE-C and TYPE-D's will have a remake of "WOW WAR TONIGHT ～時には起こせよムーヴメント" by H Jungle with t as a coupling song. The TYPE-D version will be a limited edition. For pre-order of the single, please visit this website.
On the radio show, Miyazawa Sae called former AKB48 member Oshima Yuko, who promised that she will write song lyrics for the unit.
August 11, 2014 - Cast members of the AKB49 musical updated
The participating members of the Ren'ai Kinshi Jourei musical have been updated. This play is based on the manga series about AKB48 and its sister groups. Ren'ai Kinshi Jourei will be on shown onstage from September 11-16 2014 at the AiiA Theater Tokyo. The characters will be played by members of AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and HKT48.
...that in AKB48's documentary, Kashiwagi Yuki said, "I heard them (Staff) saying before that "If you want to be center, then you need to better than Maeda-san"", meaning that the members have to be better than Maeda Atsuko to be center.
...that AKB48 is the fourth group in Japan to Live Stream on Youtube. The first group being Hello! Project group C-ute, the second being Hello! Project group Buono!, and the third being Hello! Project group S/mileage.
...that JKT48 is the first AKB48 sister group to be outside of Japan.
...that AKB48 has three Guinness World Records. One record is "Pop Group With The Most Amount Of Members", and the second one is "Most Number of Same Product Television Endorsement within 24 Hours", and the third one is "The Most Number of Pop Singers Featured in a Video Game".
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