Yuko Oshima from Team K took the title of most popular girl in pop juggernaut AKB48's latest election. A full listing can be seen on AKB48's Senbatsu Sosenkyo special site, which is also hosting election speeches until 17:30, June 8th (JST). Voting was.
The 8th annual AKB48 Senbatsu (Selection) Election was held on June 18 in the Hard Off Eco ... Sashihara refers to a scandal involving an alleged boyfriend in 2008-09 that broke in 2012 and resulted in her transfer from AKB48 to HKT48.
AKB48 member Atsuko Maeda, 20, on Sunday night announced her retirement from the mega-popular group (or "graduation," as Japanese media refer to such announcements). A teary Maeda made the announcement to 25,000 fans during a concert at Saitama Super Arena.