TOKYO (AP) — A man who slashed two members of the popular Japanese female pop group AKB48 last year has been sentenced to six years in prison. Kyodo news service says that Satoru Umeta was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to attacking the two 19.
I wish JT would properly refer to her as "retiring", "moving on" or even "quitting". I know in Japanese they refer to this as "graduating" but I really wish they'd use the proper English terminology here since this is an >English< news source. I get a kick.
With the AKB48 single general election held recently and Tomomi Itano hanging out with us here at SBSPopAsia HQ, you might be wondering exactly who ARE AKB48? AKB48 is possibly one of the most daunting fandoms to get into, of all time. There are so many.
She's been toning it down though for the past year or two from what little I've been paying attention to AKB48 lately (Probably because of her drop in rank to the mid 10s). This Mechaike basically covers the "salty treatment" thing I was talking about.
But the election isn't for a president, but for an "angel" in the world's largest pop group AKB48. A total of 322 members are in the running for 16 coveted spots performing and singing their 49th single to be released in August. Think "Baby One More Time.
She had previously clinched the vote in 2013 and 2015, but lost the vote in 2014 to Mayu Watanabe. Watanabe was initially reported to be in the lead this time as well. The AKB48 Senbatsu Election determines which member of AKB48 and its associated groups.
Tokyo (CNN)A Japanese man has been sentenced to six years in jail for slashing two members of popular J-pop group AKB48 with a saw at a fan event ... at a stadium in Tokyo for the group's "general election" to hear the results of a ballot as to who.
The only way to vote is to get your hands on one of the ballots that come packaged with certain AKB48 CDs. Unlike political elections, though, voting multiple times is not only allowed, but encouraged, and even hoped for by the band and its handlers.
Organizers announced the results of the vote, dubbed an AKB48 “general election,” late in the evening. Fans finished casting their ballots by Friday, using ballot slips available only by purchasing the group’s latest single. The annual vote was overs.
A man who attacked two members of Japanese girl band AKB48 with a saw during a meet-the-fans event has been sentenced to six years in jail. Satoru Umeta used a 50-centimetre saw, onto which he had fastened box cutter blades, to injure Rina Kawaei and Anna.
This was replaced by a Facebook group in 2015. Furthermore, other groups apart from FilWota48 started to emerge due to the rapidly growing fan base for AKB48. The two other ... A general election will be held every year between existing members and newly.