New AKB48 sister groups to be formed in Manila, Bangkok and Taipei


Japanese mega-popular all-girl idol group AKB48 announced during a concert on Saturday night that they will be forming three new international sister groups in Asia this year.

The new groups will be formed in Manila, Taipei and Bangkok and will be called MNL48, TPE48 and BNK48, respectively.

The sudden announcement appeared on a stage screen during the idols’ Saturday concert at Yokohama Stadium in Kanagawa Prefecture, reading “Three new overseas groups will be storming the world in 2016.” The announcement surprised the audience, which reacted in a loud burst of cheering.

The popular group, founded and produced by Yasushi Akimoto in 2005, currently has two overseas sister groups, JKT48 in Jakarta and SNH48 in Shanghai.

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I am an AKB fan living in England and I travel to Japan each year to see them live in concert.


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Eventually every living human will be a member of some AKB offshoot group

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As if one annoying AKB48 was not enough...

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Sound like virus names for World War Z

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How I managed to live without this vital piece of information, I'll never know.

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David, I am impressed with your common sense in realizing that AKB is the best thing that ever happened to music. I am so impressed, that I am going on line now to order every single piece of music they ever produced, and fill my walls with their posters.

And I will start saving my Yen to buy tickets to all the concerts of the other soon to be number one, two and three listed world wide groups ever to face mankind.


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And pedophiles around the world cheer.

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Why has David Stanton been given so many thumbs-down?

I'd like to hear about the musical tastes of these people.

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nice! I so hope that one day (next year maybe,t his year they have arranged for a fripside live concert which is almost at awesome!) they will give a live concert animecon in the Hague in the Netherlands! I go there whole weekend every year, it's always incredible fun and the concert show is always one of the highlights! We have already had aural vampire, kotoko, and many more... I hope we get akb48 one day... this year fripside will also be awesome!!

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I am waiting for a sister group in Europe. I am an AKB fan living in England and I travel to Japan each year to see them live in concert.

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