HKT48 Sashihara Rino appeared at an event on 7th Jan 2014 to promote her new photobook “Neko ni Maketa” and talked about Oshima Yuko’s shock announcement during the Kouhaku this year.
“If i consider her future, i accept it with a forward thinking mindset,” she said.
In response to a magazine article published recently, where AKB48 producer Akimoto Yasushi’s talked about how Sashihara Rino is likely to be the only one confident of taking over Oshima Yuko’s position after she graduates, Sashihara refuted “I’m not thinking that, Yuko chan’s presence in the group is too big..”
Apparently, Akimoto sensei also mentioned that Watanabe Mayu and Sashihara Rino are the contenders for AKB48’s next ace, to which Sashihara replied “I’m just an underdog. He really wanted to mention Matsui Jurina, but because people around will chide him for saying Jurina again, he used my name instead. It’s all false information you got there!”
However, despite all the digs on herself, she mentioned that ranking No.1 continues to be her aim in the General Elections this year.
The photobook was released in the same week as Kojiharu. Unfortunately, it debuted at No. 14…