Manifesto For A Cuter Meritocracy ~ AKB48 General Election ~
Tags: AKB48, Budokan, CENTER, democracy, Funny Dialect, General Election, Great Idol Battle, Mayu Watanabe, Meritocracy, Miku Tanabe, Parental Love, Sengoku Jidai, Shiga-ken, Shinshi Okajima, Survival of the Cuttest, Tokyo, Underdogs, Warring States, Warring States Period, Yuki Kashiwagi, Yuko Oshima
Miku Tanabe (田名部 生来) Manifesto
This is a big election year in many parts of the world, and in Japan, one held on the night of June 6 at a jampacked Nippon Budokan in Tokyo was the talk of the town–and much of Asia, too.
Yuko Oshima was elected by fans as the most popular member of all-female pop idol group AKB48 in its fourth annual “general election.” Oshima took 108,837 votes out of the 1,384,122 votes cast.There were a record 237 candidates. Fans could also vote for members of AKB48′s sister groups.
Shinshi Okajima, co-author of “Gurūpu aidoru shinkaron : aidoru sengoku jidai ga yatte kita” (グループアイドル進化論 : 「アイドル戦国時代」がやってきた!, Evolution of idol groups : Idol Warring States Period has come !), said AKB48 had proven to be trendsetters for all-female idol groups. “In the past, fan opinion was not a particular factor in the activities of idol groups,” he said. “AKB48′s general election has received a lot of attention from fans because the ranking process is so transparent.”
Yuko Oshima reclaims top spot in AKB48 election, Asahi, June 07, 2012
Yuko Oshima Manifesto