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TPE48 (short for Taipei48) is a projected sister group of AKB48. It was first announced in 2011 as a group based in Taipei, Taiwan. TPE48 showed no activity from 2012 to 2014. However, in March 2015, an announcement for an audition in Taiwan was presented, but it is for potential member/s of AKB48 in Japan. It was announced again in March 2016.

History

2011

Group formation was announced on the AKB48 official website in October. Due to the popularity of AKB48 merchandise in Taiwan Shops during that same year, Daily Sports commented that a group formed in Taiwan would also be popular.
The group was first expected to be created around January of 2012. Construction of a theater in Taipei City was planned. AKB48 management stated that preparations to begin performances at the theater were scheduled to begin in summer of 2012.

2012

The auditions for the group were scheduled in September, but these plans were later postponed.

2015

A site for the auditions for a possible member/s from Taiwan for AKB48 that will perform in Japan was opened. From 2152 candidates, 170 girls were selected for the second round and 60 for the final round. The final results are scheduled to be announced in August.

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