AKB48 Group to draft their very first overseas member

8 Dec

AKB48 group will be drafting their first overseas member from Taiwan. This piece of news was announced suddenly during HKT48’s overseas concert in Taiwan.

While doing her MC, HKT48 Sashihara Rino was handed a letter from a Taiwanese staff, which she proceeded to read out loud.

“As yesterday’s event at Taipei 101 was a great success, this was decided in a hurry last night. Somehow, AKB48 Group will be looking for a member from Taiwan. Those who are interested can audition.”

Even though there is a language barrier, the audience seemed to understand and gave a loud “Whoa!”.

AKB48 has recruited 47 members from 47 provinces in Japan this year, forming Team 8. According to a related personnel, since AKB48 has won over Japan, it’s time to recruit overseas members. In Taiwan where the AKB fandom is rather strong, they are looking forward to the appearance of many idol wannabes.

Today also happens to be AKB48 Group’s first overseas full concert, which saw an attendance of…………….800.


Just to add on, AkiP plans to set up sister groups in Manila and Okinawa, on top of previously discussed Taipei and Sapporo. When these groups will really materialise is really a question mark though. Anyway, happy for Taiwan. Their fanclub is certainly very dedicated in sharing resources about AKB48 so it’s good they get a chance to be represented in the 48 group.


7 Responses to “AKB48 Group to draft their very first overseas member”

  1. anon December 8, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    I wondered if the whole concert thing was just to announce the audition cuz move all those girls just for 800 attendance is kind of ………. though it seems AKBG likes to do concerts in small scale like the one they are doing now.

    Anyway AKB does not have a great fan base outside Japan even less HKT, the only time I remember AKB gather a lot people was when Yuki, Mayu and Kojiharu went to Hong Kong, they were in different times but there were A LOT people waiting for them.

  2. Denny Sinnoh December 8, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

    I really hope that the Manila 48 becomes a reality. I am also hoping that if it happens the MNL48 will record some songs in English the way the Jakarta 48 did.

  3. Denny Sinnoh February 27, 2015 at 5:58 am #

    February 26, 2015 — We miss you YUNA : (

    • allthingsjpop March 1, 2015 at 5:33 pm #

      Thank you denny. I promise i will get back soon!

  4. krisha_anna April 10, 2016 at 2:57 pm #


  5. ortizhaiede@gmail.com April 10, 2016 at 7:37 pm #

    When is the audition of MNL48? Is it already done?

    • allthingsjpop April 11, 2016 at 1:19 am #

      I am sorry but i don’t follow news of MNL48 or any of the overseas sister groups.

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