February 25th, 2014

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The results of AKB48 group's big team shuffle!

On February 24, AKB48 group's big team shuffle "AKB48 Group Dai Sokaku Matsuri" was held at Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo.

One of the biggest surprises was that AKB48's "official rival" group, Nogizaka46 member Ikoma Rina would join team B. Ikoma will continue her activities as a Nogizaka46 member, but will also be in team B as an "exchange student." It was also announed SKE48 team E member Matsui Rena will also hold a concurrent position in Nogizaka46.

Also announced was that they would launch a new "vice captain" system for the whole teams in 48 group in which each team would have both captain and vice captain ("leader" and "vice leader" for SKE48.)

A soon-to-be graduate member Oshima Yuko attended the event as a commentator, and she could not stop large tears rolling down her cheeks, saying, "I didn't graduate yet, but this is the first event I didn't participate..."

Regarding the new team K, she made a comment, "I want to join them too! This will be a quite an interesting team."

When all the announcement for the team shuffle was ended, Takahashi Minami who will continue serving as the whole 48 group's general director, spoke her mind, "I was taking it too lightly. I did not expect the members coming apart this much, and I am shocked. Both members and you fans need some time to think, so I would also like to have some time before comprehending this."

Oshima then continued with tearful eyes, "I just want everyone to try their hardest. Though we will be in a different position and environment, I want all of you to create your own future as the way you are. Whenever you feel discouraged, please just come talk to me about anything. I will support AKB48."

Below are the new teams after the team shuffle. *The teams in parenthesis are the previous ones.

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