Akimoto was nominated by Gentosha Inc. president Kenjou Toru, and accepted the challenge. It took place after the three day long AKB48 Group Tokyo Dome Concert. Team AcaptainTakahashi Minami and Team H member Sashihara Rino assisted in dumping a bucket of ice water over his head. Akimoto stated that he does support the ALS ice bucket challenge.
Shortly after, Team B member 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, Akimoto nominated four people to take on the challenge. His nominees were Fuji TV president Kameyama Chihiro, Toyota Motors president Toyoda Akio, rakugo story teller Shofukutei Tsurube, and Japanese painter Senju Hiroshi.
August 18, 2014 - Oshima Yuko's graduation concert DVD will be released
A DVD and Blu-ray disc will be released to commemorate the graduation of AKB48 member Oshima Yuko, which took place on June 8. Oshima joined the group in 2006 as as part of the 2nd Generation, and was one of the most promiment members of AKB48. She won the center position in the 2010 and 2011 elections. In addition, she served as the captain of Team K for over a year. The DVD and Blu-ray of her graduation concert, held in Ajinomoto Stadium, will be released on October 29. For pre-order or more details, please visit the official website.
August 17, 2014 - Not yet to release their 1st Live Blu-ray disc and DVD
The first live Blu-ray disc and DVD of AKB48's sub-unit Not yet will be released on October 15, 2014. It is entitled "Not yet "already" 2014.5.10 1st LIVE", and will include Not Yet's live performance at Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo. It will also have a video of the announcement of the formation of the sub-unit, from the AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2011.
In addition, a 20 page booklet and a connecting card with a lucky draw ticket will be included. Twenty winners of the lucky draw prize will get either a B2 poster or a good signed by a Not yet member. The Blu-ray disc is priced at 5,546 yen (53 dollars), and the two DVDs cost 4,620 yen (44 dollars) not including tax. For more information, please visit the official website of Not yet.
August 16, 2014 - The new song of Team Surprise will be determined by fan votes
It was announced that the new song of AKB48's Team Surprise 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.
...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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