Yasushi Akimoto Announces Plans To Start AKB48 Sister Groups In Okinawa & Manila
Monday 24 Nov, 2014 - 10:19pm UTC
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's general manager Yasushi Akimoto
announced that he plans on starting new AKB48 sister groups in Okinawa, Japan and Manila, Philippines.
Akimoto made the announcement during the November 24 broadcast of AKB Radio
on Bay FM
. During the program, he mentioned not only Okinawa and Manila, but also previously discussed sister groups in Taipei and Hokkaido.
AKB48's Manila sister group could become the group's 3rd international sister group, with JKT48
being based in Jakarta, Indonesia, and SNH48
being based out of Shanghai, China.
Plans for a sister group based out of Taipei, Taiwan were first announced October of 2011. There has been little discussion of the group's formation since auditions were postponed in 2012, though Akimoto still intends on forming TPE48
at some point.
Akimoto first announced plans to start an AKB48 sister group in the Hokkaido region of Japan during June of 2014.
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