Megapopular all-girl idol group AKB48 is recruiting part-time new members. The new recruits will be paid 1,000 yen an hour and participate in events such as live concerts, hand-shaking with fans, as well as appear in TV programs and commercials.
The "Baito AKB" (AKB part-time job) project, run by AKB48 management company AKS, is targeted at girls in junior high school or older, Nikkan Sports reported Monday. They will be recruited through the job search site Baitoru. Candidates will undergo a preliminary screening, followed by two auditions.
The winners, who will be named in September, will sign a part-time contract with AKS.
A new TV commercial (see below) advertising the program began airing on Monday. In the commercial, Mayu Watanabe, Rino Sashihara, Yuki Kashiwagi, Jurina Matsui, Rena Matsui, Aya Yamamoto and Haruka Shimazaki appear.© Japan Today