but neither of the group’s two 23-year-old Japanese members — Sae Miyazawa and Mariya Suzuki — made the final cut. Miyazawa also belongs to SKE48, the Nagoya-based branch of AKB, and Suzuki is a member of AKB48. SNH48 held its first concert in.
Minami Takahashi was appointed as the general manager of the AKB48 groups, with Mariko Shinoda, Yuko Oshima and Ayaka Umeda becoming the captains of teams A, K, and B respectively. Meanwhile, Sae Miyazawa was transferred to spin-off idol group SNH48.