The great shuffle of AKB48 group upset fans and even members!

The great shuffle of AKB48 group upset fans and even members!


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On February 24, AKB48 group’s big team shuffle “AKB48 Group Dai Sokaku Matsuri” was held at Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo.


Nogizaka 46’s Rina Ikoma to join AKB48 team B

One of the biggest surprises was that AKB48’s official rival group, Nogizaka46 member Rina Ikoma would join AKB48 team B. Ikoma will continue her activities as a Nogizaka46 member, but will also be in team B as an “exchange student.” It was also announed SKE48 team E member Rena Matsui will also hold a concurrent position in Nogizaka46.

Takamina to serve as TeamA’s captain again, and new “Vice Captain” system to be launched

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Also announced was that they would start a new “vice captain” system for all of the teams in 48. Thus, each team would have both captain and vice captain (“leader” and “vice leader” for SKE48.)

The general director of AKB48, Minami Takahashi, resumed her role as captain of the new Team A, and Mariko Nakamura was elected as the vice captain. Yui Yokoyama was elected as captain of Team K, and Rie Kitahara as vice captain, while Asuka Kuramochi was elected as captain of Team B, and Shizuka Ooya as vice captain, and Minami Minegishi was elected as captain of Team 4 with Yuria Kizaki, whose transfer from SKE48 was just announced, as vice captain.

Both the members and fans were shocked by Surprising Reshuffle!

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It was decided that Haruna Kojima and Haruka Shimazaki of Team B in AKB48 would be transferred into Team A. Kojima, who had returned to Team A again, was seen smiling as she happily hugged Takahashi who was also from the first generation of AKB48. Also, Rino Sashihara was moved to tears when it was decided that Sakura Miyawaki would be a part of both Team KIV and Team A.

Exclaims of surprise could be heard all around when it was announced that for NMB48 members, who participated in the cabinet reshuffle for the first time, Sayaka Yamamoto, would be a part of both Team K and Team N, and Mayu Ogasawara would be moved to Team B.

Even Yuko & Takamina couldn’t hide their puzzled expression.


Yuko Oshima attended the event as a commentator, and she could not hold back her large tears. She said, “I don’t graduate still, but this is the first event I don’t participate…”
Regarding the new team K, she commented, “I want to join them, too! This would be a really interesting team.”

When all the announcements on the team shuffle were finished, Minami Takahashi who will continue serving as the whole 48 group’s general director, shared her thought, “I was taking it too easy. I did not expect the members coming apart like this, and I am really shocked. Both members and you fans need some time to think, so I would also like to have some time to comprehend this.”

Oshima then continued with tearful eyes, “I just want everyone to try their hardest. Though we will be in a different position and environment, I want all of you to create your own future as the way you are. Whenever you feel discouraged, please tell me anything. I will support AKB48.”
This is the third AKB group cabinet in one and a half years, since August 2012 and August 2009. SKE48 had their own cabinet reshuffle in April last year, while this was NMB48’s first. HKT48 incorporated a new team on the 11th last month, Team KIV (Kei Four), and announced it not as a cabinet reshuffle, but as “a change of class for spring.”

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Full list of AKB48 Group Dai Sokaku Matsuri

*The teams in parenthesis are the previous ones.

[Team A]
Captain : Minami Takahashi (Team A) *AKB48 group general director
Vice Captain : Mariko Nakamura (Team B)
Haruna Kojima (Team B)
Rina Kawaei (Team A)
Anna Iriyama (Team A)
Ayaka Morikawa (Team A)
Sakiko Matsui (Team A)
Tomu Mutou (Team K)
Nana Fujita (Team K)
Chisato Nakata (Team K)
Ami Maeda (Team K)
Natsuki Kojima (Team B)
Haruka Katayama (Team B)
Haruka Shimazaki (Team B)
Manami Ichikawa (AKB48 Kenkyuusei)
Makiho Tatsuya (AKB48 Kenkyuusei)
Rena Nishiyama (Team A)
Kayoko Takita (Team A)
Chiyori Nakanishi (HKT48 Team H)
Fuuko Yagura (Team A) *concurrent position in NMB48 Team M
Nao Furuhata (Team K) *concurrent position in SKE48 Team KII
Sakura Miyawaki (HKT48 Team H) *concurrent position in HKT48 Team KIV

[Team K]
Captain : Yokoyama Yui (Team A)
Vice Captain : Rie Kitahara (Team K)
Maria Abe (Team K)
Mariya Nagao (Team K)
Miyazaki Miho (Team K)
Shihori Suzuki (Team K)
Mayumi Uchida (Team K)
Kana Kobayashi (Team K)
Haruka Shimada (Team K)
Yuuka Tano (Team A)
Haruka Ishida (Team B)
Misaki Iwasa (Team B)
Misato Nonaka (Team B)
Moe Aigasa (Team 4)
Mako Kojima (Team 4)
Ami Yumoto (AKB48 Kenkyuusei)
Moe Goto (Team K)
Hinana Shimoguchi (Team K)
Mariya Suzuki (Team A) *concurrent position in SNH48
Haruka Kodama (Team A) *concurrent position in HKT48 Team H
Jurina Matsui (Team K) *concurrent position in SKE48 Team S
Sayaka Yamamoto (NMB48 Team N) *concurrent position in NMB48 Team N

[Team B]
Captain : Asuka Kuramochi (Team K)
Vice Captain : Shizuka Oya (Team B)
Yuki Kashiwagi (Team B) *concurrent position in NMB48 Team N
Aki Takajo (Team B)
Miyu Takeuchi (Team B)
Miku Tanabe (Team B)
Wakana Natori (Team B)
Juri Takahashi (Team A)
Ryoka Oshima (Team A)
Natsuki Uchiyama (Team 4)
Ayano Umeta (Team 4)
Hikari Hashimoto (Team 4)
Rina Izuta (Team A)
Rina Hirata (Team K)
Rena Nozawa (Team K)
Mayu Watanabe (Team A)
Nana Owada (AKB48 Kenkyuusei)
Seina Fukuoka (AKB48 Kenkyuusei)
Aeri Yokoshima (Team B)
Saya Kawamoto (Team B)
Mayu Ogasawara (NMB48 Team N)
Mio Tomonaga (HKT48 Kenkyuusei) *concurrent position in HKT48 Team H
Rina Ikoma (Nogizaka46) *concurrent position in Nogizaka46

[Team 4]
Captain : Minami Minegishi (Team 4)
Vice Captain Yuria Kizaki (SKE48 Team S)
Nana Okada (Team 4)
Miki Nishino (Team 4)
Saho Iwatate (Team 4)
Ayaka Okada (Team 4)
Saki Kitazawa (Team 4)
Ayana Shinozaki (Team 4)
Yuiri Murayama (Team 4)
Mitsuki Maeda (Team 4)
Shinobu Mogi (Team 4)
Yukari Sasaki (Team A)
Marina Kobayashi (Team A)
Miyuu Omori (Team B)
Rena Kato (Team B)
Mion Mikaichi (AKB48 Kenkyuusei)
Haruka Komiyama (AKB48 Kenkyuusei)
Kiara Sato (AKB48 Kenkyuusei)
Rio Okawa (AKB48 Kenkyuusei)
Mizuki Tsuchiyasu (AKB48 Kenkyuusei)
Nagisa Shibuya (NMB48 Kenkyuusei) *concurrent position in NMB48 Team BII
Riho Kotani (NMB48 Team N) *concurrent position in NMB48 Team N
[Team S]
Leader : Sae Miyazawa *concurrent position in SNH48
Vice Leader : Sato Mieko
Yuka Nakanishi (Team S)
Miki Yakata (Team S)
Masana Oya (Team S)
Rika Tsuzuki (Team S)
Aki Deguchi (Team S)
Risako Goto (Team S)
Rion Azuma (Team E)
Momona Kito (Team E)
Shiori Kaneko (Team E)
Ami Miyamae (Team E)
Haruka Futamura (Team KII)
Mai Takeuchi (Team KII)
Ryoha Kitagawa (SKE48 Kenkyuusei)
Chikako Matsumoto (Team S)
Keren Iwata (AKB48 Team A)
Suzuran Yamauchi (AKB48 Team B)
Natsumi Tanaka (HKT48 Team H) *concurrent position in HKT48 Team H
Jurina Matsui (Team S) *concurrent position in AKB48 Team K
Miyuki Watanabe (AKB48 Team B) *concurrent position in NMB48 Team BII

[Team KII]
Leader : Airi Furukawa (Team KII)
Vice Leader : Mina Oba (Team KII)
Akane Takayanagi (Team KII) *concurrent position in NMB48 Team BII
Mizuho Yamada (Team KII)
Mikoto Uchiyama (Team KII)
Tomoko Kato (Team KII)
Yumana Takagi (Team KII)
Honoka Mizuno (Team E)
Yukari Yamashita (Team KII)
Yuna Ego (Team S)
Yukiko Kinoshita (Team E)
Anna Ishida (Team S)
Riho Abiru (Team S)
Yuzuki Hidaka (SKE48 Kenkyuusei)
Ruka Kitano (SKE48 Kenkyuusei)
Saki Goudo (Team KII)
Natsuki Takatsuka (Team KII)
Yuki Arai (Team KII)
Sarina Souda (Team KII)
Yurina Takashima (AKB48 Team 4)
Nao Furuhata (Team E) *concurrent position in AKB48 Team A
Nana Yamada (NMB48 Team M) *concurrent position in NMB48 Team M

[Team E]
Leader : Akari Suda (Team KII)
Vice Leader : Madoka Umemoto (Team E)
Kanon Kimoto (Team E) *concurrent position in HKT48 Team KIV
Shiori Iguchi (Team E)
Mei Sakai (Team E)
Tsugumi Iwanaga (Team E)
Reika Yamada (Team E)
Narumi Ichino (Team E)
Rumi Kato (Team KII)
Aya Shibata (Team KII)
Ami Kobayashi (Team KII)
Makiko Saito (Team S)
Kyoka Isohara (Team S)
Arisa Owaki (SKE48 Kenkyuusei)
Haruka Kumazaki (SKE48 Kenkyuusei)
Kumiko Koichi (Team E)
Sana Takatera (Team E)
Nao Fukushi (Team E)
Marika Tani (HKT48 Kenkyuusei)
Sumire Sato (AKB48 Team A)
Rena Matsui (Team E) *concurrent position in Nogizaka46
[Team N]
Captain : Sayaka Yamamoto (Team N)
Vice Captain : Kei Jonishi (Team N)
Akari Yoshida (Team N)
Rika Kishino (Team N)
Narumi Koga (Team N)
Yuuki Yamaguchi (Team N)
Aika Nishimura (Team N)
Yuuri Ota (Team BII)
Yuuka Kato (Team BII)
Saki Kono (Team BII)
Kanako Muro (Team BII)
Tsubasa Yamauchi (Team BII)
Natsumi Yamagishi (Team M)
Keila Yogi (Team M)
Ririka Suto (Team N)
Riho Kotani (Team N) *concurrent position in AKB48 Team 4
Ayaka Kikuchi (AKB48 Team A)
Anna Murashige (HKT48 Team H) *concurrent position in HKT48 Team KIV
Yuki Kashiwagi (AKB48 Team B) *concurrent position in AKB48 Team B

[Team M]
Captain : Nana Yamada *concurrent position in SKE48 Team KII
Vice Captain : Ayaka Okita (Team M)
Rena Kawakami (Team M)
Airi Tanigawa (Team M)
Yuki Azuma (Team M)
Mao Mita (Team M)
Ayaka Murakami (Team M)
Sae Murase (Team M)
Rena Shimada (Team M)
Momoka Kinoshita (Team M)
Hono Akazawa (Team BII)
Akari Ishizuka (Team BII)
Rina Kushiro (Team BII)
Miru Shiroma (Team N)
Rina Kondo (Team N)
Eriko Jo (NMB48 Kenkyuusei)
Sara Takei (Team M)
Fuuko Yagura (Team M) *concurrent position in AKB48 Team A
Reina Fujie (AKB48 Team B)

[Team BII]
Captain : Emika Kamieda (Team BII)
Vice Captain : Ayaka Umeda (AKB48 Team B)
Anna Ijiri (Team BII)
Mirei Ueda (Team BII)
Konomi Kusaka (Team BII)
Hazuki Kurokawa (Team BII)
Rikako Kobayashi (Team BII)
Shu Yabushita (Team BII)
Yui Takano (Team M)
Kanako Kodowaki (Team N)
Haruna Kinoshita (Team N)
Momoka Hayashi (Team N)
Chihiro Kawakami (NMB48 Kenkyuusei)
Nagisa Shibuya (NMB48 Kenkyuusei) *concurrent position in AKB48 Team 4
Kanae Iso (Team BII)
Kokoro Naiki (Team BII)
Miyuki Watanabe (Team N) *concurrent position in SKE48 Team S
Miori Ichikawa (AKB48 Team B)
Akane Takayanagi (SKE48 Team KII) *concurrent position in SKE48 Team KII
[Team H]
Captain : Chihiro Anai (Team H)
Vice Captain : Natsumi Matsuoka (Team H)
Yuriya Inoue (HKT48 Kenkyuusei)
Naoko Okamoto (HKT48 Kenkyuusei)
Yui Kojina (HKT48 Kenkyuusei)
Hiroka Komada (HKT48 Kenkyuusei)
Riko Sakaguchi (HKT48 Kenkyuusei)
Marina Yamada (HKT48 Kenkyuusei)
Haruka Wakatabe (Team H)
Mao Yamamoto (Team H)
Haruka Kodama (Team H) *concurrent position in AKB48 Team K
Natsumi Tanaka (Team H) *concurrent position in SKE48 Team S
Nako Yabuki (HKT48 Kenkyuusei)
Miku Tanaka (HKT48 Kenkyuusei)
Rino Sashihara (Team H) *HKT48 theater manager

[Team KIV]
Captain : Aika Ota (Team H)
Vice Captain : Sakura Miyawaki *concurrent position in AKB48 Team A (Team H)
Mina Imada (HKT48 Kenkyuusei)
Nao Ueki (Team H)
Kanna Okada (HKT48 Kenkyuusei)
Izumi Goto (HKT48 Kenkyuusei)
Serina Kumazawa (Team H)
Yuki Shimono (Team H)
Yuka Tanaka (HKT48 Kenkyuusei)
Asuka Tomiyoshi (HKT48 Kenkyuusei)
Mai Fuchigami (HKT48 Kenkyuusei)
Aoi Motomura (Team H)
Madoka Moriyasu (Team H)
Manami Kusaba (HKT48 Kenkyuusei)
Maiko Fukagawa (HKT48 Kenkyuusei)
Mio Tomonaga (HKT48 Kenkyuusei) *concurrent position in AKB48 Team B
Anna Murashige (Team H) *concurrent position in NMB48 Team N
Kanon Kimoto (SKE48 Team E) *concurrent position in SKE48 Team E
Chikano Rina (AKB48 Team K)

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