At last weekend’s “AKB48 Shanghai Fan Meeting,” the latest edition of the 48-girl pop music sorority was introduced to the world. Shanghai-based SNH48 is the sixth in the franchise, and the third non-Japanese sister group, following JKT48 from Jakarta, Indonesia and TPE48 (scheduled to debut in this summer) from Taipei, Taiwan.
Producer Akimoto Yasushi is planning auditions for this fall, with a debut tentatively planned for AKB48′s 7th anniversary on December 8th.
The ‘AKB48 Shanghai Fan Meeting’ also featured Kojima Haruna, Abe Maria, Natori Wakana, Kawaei Rina, and Suzuki Shihori performing ”Aitakatta“ and “Heavy Rotation.”
Kojima and other members weren’t previously informed of this announcement, they also seemed just as surprised as the fans. Kojima stated, “We weren’t informed about this, so we are very surprised. I’m happy that we will have younger sisters in Shanghai, as well. I wish I will have more chances to come and go between Japan and China.”