Takahashi Minami is captain of Team A, Captain AKB48 and General Manager of ALL48 Groups. Minami, along with Maeda Atsuko, has consistently been at the group's forefront - giving her the title of "AKB48's Conscience" - having had a lead singing role in every single to date.
January 27, 2017 - Jessica Vania announced graduation
JKT48 Team J Member, "Jessica Vania Widjaja" Announced her Graduation during Team J Theater Stage "BELIEVE". The theater performance was also her seitansei. To the fans, she thanked for all the projects that have been made and for the support over the years. She said, "I will regain my dreams in music. My heart wanted to play music."
January 25, 2017 - AKB48 released their 9th album, Thumbnail
AKB48 8th album "Thumbnail" is released on 25 January 2017. At the first day, this album sold 565,840 copies and ranked 1st place on ORICON Daily Chart (Album).
January 17, 2017 - Ota Aika announced graduation
Ota Aika made the announcement on January 17 during a performance at HKT48 Theater. After the show, she updated her Instagram saying, "I started thinking about graduating at age 19. When I turned 20, I made the decision to graduate when AKB48 celebrated its 10th anniversary. These past three years, I've thought carefully about whether or not I would have any regrets. I finally found my answer and talked to Akimoto-san and my agency about graduating."
November 29, 2016 - Owada Nana announced graduation
This announcement was made by herself at the end of the Boku no Taiyou stage performance at AKB48 theater on November 29th. The date of her graduation ceremony and her last concert hasn’t been determined yet. The reasons why she wants to leave the group wasn’t revealed. However, Nana apologized via a tweet "Since it was so sudden, I'm sure I surprised some people. I'm sorry. My graduation date has not been set yet, so please continue to support me as an idol."
November 10, 2016 - Aigasa Moe announced graduation
This announcement was made on November 10 during a live performance at AKB48 Theater. She also updated her Instagram, saying, "In March, I will be graduating from high school. I started seriously thinking about my future and realized that I should step out and challenge myself instead of remaining here." More details on Aigasa Moe graduation will be revealed later.
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