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.
June 18, 2016 - Kojima Haruna announces Graduation
AKB48 1st generation member Kojima Haruna announced her graduation from AKB48 in AKB48's General Election Event on 18 June 2016.
However, Kojima Haruna has not confirmed her graduation schedule yet, but she mentioned she does not want her graduation arranged as Takahashi Minami's.
June, 15, 2016 - SNH48 have gone rogue from AKB48 and have declared their independence
AKB48 official site makes an announcement on 9 June 2016 that AKB48 find it is necessary to adjust AKB48's Chinese sister group SNH48's management.
AKB48 official site explains it is because SNH48's local management violates the contract, therefore, at current status, AKB48 have removed all SNH48 related advertisement and banner from the web site.
AKB48 official site also announces BEJ48 (Beijing48) and GNZ48 (Guangzhou48) have no relationship with AKB48 group.
Anai Chihiro explained her decision, because she wants to devote more time on her study, she wants to graduate in four years from university, but it has been her 3rd year. She decide to study aboard in August, and her HKT48 activities will be until end of July 2016.
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