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Tuesday, 04 June 2019 03:30

AKS Sold NMB48

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According to ORICON NEWS, AKS have sold AKB48's sister group NMB48's management right and business to KYORAKU Yoshimoto Holdings Co. , Ltd. on 1 June 2019.

NMB48 was formed in 2010, and managed by KYORAKU Yoshimoto Holdings Co. , Ltd., however, KYORAKU Yoshimoto Holdings Co. , Ltd. sold NMB48 to AKS in 2016, and now KYORAKU Yoshimoto Holdings Co. , Ltd. buys back the management right. 

NMB48 members are still under Yoshimoto Kogyo Co., Ltd.'s subsidiary company "Showtitle".

Original source: ORICON NEWS

Personal Remarks:

  • KYORAKU Yoshimoto was formed by KYORAKU SANGYO Co. Ltd. and Yoshimoto Kogyo Co., Ltd. in 2009.
  • NMB48's logo right is own by KYORAKU Yoshimoto Holdings Co. , Ltd.
  • Some of NMB48's works (NMB48 1st LIVE DVD, DOCUMENTARY of NMB48 DVD/BD) were under the label of KYORAKU Yoshimoto Holdings Co. , Ltd., and now most of their works are under the label of laugh out loud! records
  • NMB48 members were under KYORAKU Yoshimoto Holdings Co. , Ltd. before December 2016. NMB48 members are currently under the talent agency "Showtitle", which is owned by Yoshimoto Kogyo Co., Ltd. 

Reference: KYORAKU Yoshimoto official site / Showtitle official siteYoshimoto Kogyo official site

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  • Comment Link MB Tuesday, 04 June 2019 04:02 posted by MB

    So they were Yoshimoto, sold to AKS in 2016, then bought back by Yoshimoto in 2019?

    I thought Yoshimoto was still a partner/manager so this was news.

    Wonder if there's any sales figures around for the 2016 AKS purchase, I couldn't see anything obvious on Google. Be funny to see AKS take a hit in the wallet, selling it back for a discount.

  • Comment Link wall Tuesday, 04 June 2019 04:05 posted by wall

    lmao, lol... thats an outstanding move

  • Comment Link Paul Cho Tuesday, 04 June 2019 04:20 posted by Paul Cho

    It is very complicated, and some information I don't think they are disclosed..., following are just my personal opinion.

    First of all, I personally don't think Yoshimoto sold NMB48 to AKS (Edited - Sorry, MB, this part I am wrong, you are right), NMB48 members' contracts were sold to Showtitle in 2016.

    On the other hand, I personally think AKS is owned by KYORAKU in a particular way through Yoshinari Natsuko, so it is just sell some of their business or rights back to KYORAKU Yoshimoto, which KYORAKU has 80% share ownership (if it does not change), so you can regard this move just NMB48 want to draw a clear line with AKS, the latter's reputation becomes really bad after NGT48 scandal.

  • Comment Link EinhanderX Tuesday, 04 June 2019 05:07 posted by EinhanderX

    Would be impossible to see the actual clause or agreement being disclosed. There's no rules imposed for private corporation not listed in JASDAQ to reveal their document publicly.

    AKS were never listed. Yoshimoto Holdings, on the other hands, delisted from Tokyo Stock Exchange since years ago. So yeah....we may never know how many % involved here.

  • Comment Link Paul Cho Tuesday, 04 June 2019 05:37 posted by Paul Cho

    Sorry, my mistake, you are right, KYORAKU Yoshimoto sold NMB48 to AKS in 2016, and now KYORAKU Yoshimoto bought it back.

  • Comment Link Someone48 Tuesday, 04 June 2019 05:53 posted by Someone48

    This is confusing.
    So kyoraku sells to kyoraku ?
    It looks like a trick to remove AKS from the NMB name

  • Comment Link Paul Cho Tuesday, 04 June 2019 06:06 posted by Paul Cho

    Yeah, it is what I think.

  • Comment Link Paul Cho Tuesday, 04 June 2019 06:17 posted by Paul Cho

    Well, I would like to say it is impossible to know if the shareholder's percentage changed or not.

  • Comment Link Tuberose Tuesday, 04 June 2019 06:48 posted by Tuberose

    Confusing, but I hope with this NMB will show some good changes.

  • Comment Link Paul Cho Tuesday, 04 June 2019 06:56 posted by Paul Cho

    Well, I admit it is a bit complicated, and the names are so similar...
    You can just read the content (It is from ORICON NEWS), and disregard my personal remarks and comments.

  • Comment Link Nabi Tuesday, 04 June 2019 08:41 posted by Nabi

    Anyone caring to share about song's license. Whose is it?

  • Comment Link Arithu Tuesday, 04 June 2019 09:33 posted by Arithu

    Does anyone really know the Japanese penal code in case of fraud? I'm just asking, because the whole story seems slightly Spanish to me. Something is over there lazy!

  • Comment Link Akai Seigo Tuesday, 04 June 2019 18:28 posted by Akai Seigo

    To the composers probably, I think the brand NMB48 along its distributions, licensing is now owned by KYH Co. (but I'm still confused to the part that they are now officially do not belong to the 48G anymore???)

  • Comment Link yy Tuesday, 04 June 2019 18:51 posted by yy

    I think it's a bit more than just distance NMMB from AKS. Shareholders of Yoshimoto Kogyo Co are mainly made up by the major companies in Japan's entertainment industry; including the 4 major TV network; after Yoshimoto always went bankrupt.

    I think AKS/KYORAKU believe by selling NMB back to Yoshimoto, these companies will have more incentive to use NMB members; to give the group a jump start so to speak.

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