• Kyodo

  • SHARE

About 30,000 people from across Japan packed a baseball stadium in Niigata on Saturday for the annual counting of fan votes for the AKB48 family of all-female idol groups.

In the eighth event, widely known as the “AKB48 general election,” Rino Sashihara, 23, of Fukuoka-based HKT48 garnered the most votes for the second year in a row, followed by Mayu Watanabe, 22, of Tokyo’s AKB48 and Jurina Matsui, 19, of SKE48 in Nagoya. Sashihara also won the 2013 election.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)