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AKB48 To Establish New Sister Group In Shanghai After Cutting Ties With SNH48

3mo ago   ·   Thursday 26 Oct, 2017 - 01:29pm UTC   ·   Aysohmay   ·   3 upvotes   ·   2 comments   ·   2,894 views
AKB48 To Establish New Sister Group In Shanghai After Cutting Ties With SNH48

For the 2nd time, AKB48 will be establishing a sister group based in Shanghai, China.

AKB48 had already created a sister group in Shanghai in 2012 named SNH48. However, in June 2016, SNH48's operations and management were said to be in violation of its contract as a sister group of AKB48, and ties were cut as a result.

In March of 2016, SNH48 established its own sister groups BEJ48, based in Beijing, and GNZ48, based in Gaungzhou. Neither were sanctioned by AKS and is thought to have been the last straw leading to the group being cut from the AKB48 family.

Auditions for AKB48's new Shanghai based sister group will be held at the end of the year. Details will be announced at a later date.

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    Trekkie 3mo ago

    aren't there enough groups already? is it really necessary for another Chinese sister group to replace SNH? I'm actually kind of surprised that the current Chinese 48 groups are still allowed to use the XXX48 format for their name. There have even been new groups in China (SHY48, CKG48) since the contract was cut.

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    I think the creator of AKB wants to have a market for every country and city. With SNH creating their own, and them cutting ties, that means AKB no longer has a Shanghai sister group. It's basically a copyright issue. Although SNH was part of AKB and was an official group, they basically betrayed AKB and took the name along with them. In simple terms, a sister betrayed and backstabbed her other sister and stole from the other. Unfortunately, AKB can't sue SNH because they would have to go to court in China and the Chinese court would of course side by SNH; this is basically the reason why they are still allowed to use the 48 name. 

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