The 5th general election to decide who should be the top member of megapopular all-girl idol group AKB48 and who will perform their next single will be held on June 8 at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama.
The general election for AKB48 is the largest annual event in Japanese music and entertainment. It has traditionally been an event where fans buy CDs (only sold in Japan) and vote on who should be the top member. Last year, over a million votes were collected, and the Japanese media and level of general awareness of the event are almost on par with a real political election.
Fans from all over the world can share in the excitement of the general election through Google+. By sending their support messages to their favorite AKB48 members through this campaign, fans from anywhere can connect with AKB48.
This time, AKB fans will also vote for which members they would like to see perform the group's 32nd as-yet-untitled single which will be released in August. The first section, starting at 3 p.m., will be a live performance by all AKB members. The second part, starting at 5:30 p.m., will be a ballot counting event. Eligibility will be expanded to include senior AKB members (over 4 years in the group).
The voting period for the fans will be from 10 a.m. on May 21 until 3 p.m. on the day before the election, June 7.© Japan Today