Japan’s largest girl idol group holds annual election

2017-06-19 21:24 GMT+8
Editor Zhang Xinyue

Japan’s largest girl idol group AKB 48 has held its 9th annual election. Saturday’s poll aimed to choose new leading members to perform a new single. 

The group has 322 members in total and will release its 49th single in August. This year’s election was a huge success, attracting 3.4 million votes. Fans obtain ballots by buying a CD, which contains a serial number enabling them to vote on the group’s official website. 

Rino Sashihara, a 24-year-old member of sister group HKT 48, got almost a quarter of a million votes and will be the main performer for the eagerly awaited new song. 

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