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HKT48/AKB48 member Miyawaki Sakura has the flu


She may be the center of AKB48’s 10th Anniversary Single, but HKT48 (Team KIV)/AKB48 member Miyawaki Sakura is definitely not immune to the flu.

The singer will be out for several days as she recovers.

AKB48’s Shimada Haruka loses nearly 27 pounds


After receiving stinging criticism by a Fuji TV host last August about her weight and her failure to diet (and that if she can’t lose the weight, she should graduate from AKB48), AKB48’s Shimada Haruka has proven that she was able to lose the weight.

On February 1st, Shimada made an announcement that she had lost 12 kilograms (26.4 pounds).

AKB48’s Iwasa Misaki announces her graduation


Enka singer and AKB48 member Iwasa Misaki (21) a.k.a. Wasamin had her first solo concert in Tokyo at Asakusa public hall on the 30th and announced her graduation from AKB48.

The announcement shocked her fans at the venue but it does make sense as Wasamin has been focusing on her enka career for the past few years.

Wasamin released her first single “Mujin Eki” back in February 2012 and have since released a total of five singles and one album.

Wasamin joined AKB48 in 2008 as Kenkyuusei and was promoted to Team A in 2009.

Umeda Ayaka announces her graduation


NMB48 (and former AKB48 Team B Captain) Umeda Ayaka (27) has announced her graduation on the 23rd at “AKB48 Request Hour Best 100 2016).

She was #22 in the third AKB48 Senbatsu (2011) and was also a center for the Under Girls.

Umeda was part of the second generation of AKB48 who joined back in February 2006 and debuted alongside Akimoto Sayaka.

She was also a member of the sub-unit DiVA.

Kobayashi Kana’s graduation announcement from AKB48


Kobayashi Kana is a second generation AKB48 member who holds the record of the most performances at AKB theater with 881 performances.

While her goal was to reach 1,000 theater performances, unfortunately, it won’t be reached as Kobayashi Kana has announced her graduation from the group during the second day of AKB48’s “Request Hour Best 100”.

While Kobayashi suffered from Kikuchi Disease, the former second generation ace, decided that this year (which would be her 10th year anniversary as part of AKB48 in April) is time for her to move forward.

Kana’s graduation date has not yet been set at this time.

You can watch the graduation announcement here:

Is that really AKB48’s Minegishi Minami in the Rizap commercials?


In the latest Rizap commercials, AKB48 veteran Minegishi Minami (23) can be seen with an extended stomach and then suddenly, we see her with tight abs.

Many wondered if that is really Minegishi Minami’s body and it is revealed that it is her body as she went through major diet management and training for two months.

Before her training, she weighed 107 pounds (48.6 kilograms) and in two months, reduced her weight down to 96.3 pounds (43.7 kilograms).

1.11.2016 will be known as the worst day of CD single sales in Japan


On January 11th, for the first time in CD singles rankings in Japan, the number of copies sold in a single day dropped below a 1,000.

AKB48’s “Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby” (which was released back in Dec. 9, 2015) was #1 with 951 copies sold. Super Junior was #2 with “Devil/Magic” (which was released back in Jan. 6, 2016) and Nogizaka46’s “Ima, Hanashitai Dareka ga Iru” (which was released back in October 28, 2015) was third.

The last lowest record sales was back in May 13, 2013 which was 1,102 copies.

While sales were dismal, there were not many new top tier CD single releases but considering that this was the worst, it may be the shift to show that Japanese consumer habits towards CD singles is starting to wane.

Kouhaku: AKB48 wins hearts, unfortunately ratings dip

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While one of the most-talked about events from NHK’s 66th Kohaku Uta Gassen (New Years Eve Red vs. White Battle) was about AKB48’s Takahashi Minami’s final performance at Kohaku but also being joined on stage by former members Maeda Atsuko and Oshima Yuko and Love Live’s μ’s.

Unfortunately, viewership tumbled to 39.2%, the lowest of the song festival’s 65-year history.

While the highest rating was 81.4% back in 1963, with more competition from other channels, satellite, online and video gaming, and at this time, there are no ways to tabulate those who have watched on their cell phone.

But this is the state of Japanese television and ratings are not the same as they used to be.