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Matsui Sakiko to graduate from AKB48

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AKB48 Team K member Matsui Sakiko announced her graduation on May 29th.

A 7th generation member, Matsui may not be a top ranked senbatsu member, but she was able to gain media attention due to her piano skills and release her first album “Kokyuu Suru Piano” in 2012.

Matsui’s final performance date as an AKB48 member will be announced soon.

AKB48’s Matsui Sakiko talks about why she isn’t participating in this year’s General Election

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AKB48 member Matsui Sakiko (24) attended the opening ceremony of “La Folle Journee au Japon” Music Festival at Marunouchi, Tokyo.

When asked why she declined participating for this year’s AKB48 General Election, Matsui explained that for this seventh year since entering AKB48, she wanted to look at things from the outside.  Also, she wants to be serious about her piano work and so she returned back to music college after taking a brief leave of absence.

TEPPEN 2015 – AKB48’s Matsui Sakiko vs. HKT48’s Moriyasu Madoka RECAP

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It’s the AKB48G competition that everyone has been waiting for in the New Year and that is AKB48’s Matsui Sakiko vs. HKT48’s Moriyasu Madoka.

Moriyasu did a magnificent job with her performance earning 91 points.

The two have squared off before with Matsui winning the matchup. Matsui had to beat Moriyasu’s 91 points, so Matsui Sakiko performed “Let it Go” but the technicality in her performance, which she used to play the song was enough to win the judges favor.

Matsui was able to defeat Moriyasu’s 91 points by achieving 94 points. But there was one more competitor left…Matsui’s piano rival…Sayuri

The winner…

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