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Monday, 24 September 2018 13:13

Miyawaki Sakura, Honda Hitomi & Yabuki Nako join IZ*ONE from 48G for 2.5 Years

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HKT48 member Miyawaki Sakura, HKT48 member Yabuki Nako and Honda Hitomi is set to join IZ*ONE as exclusive members, they will not participate any AKB48 group's activities until April 2021, the new arrangement will take effect on 21 October 2018.

Miyawaki Sakura and Yabuki Nako's last HKT48 handshake event will be on 29 September 2018, Miyawaki Sakura, Yabuki Nako and Honda Hitomi's last AKB48 handshake event will be on 21 October 2018.

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  • Comment Link Mark Monday, 24 September 2018 13:43 posted by Mark

    Wow that's a long time.....AKB is far better then IZ*ONE. I would rather be in AKB if i was sakura. I'm now glad Juri-Miru are not in it.

  • Comment Link Tuberose Monday, 24 September 2018 13:56 posted by Tuberose

    I wonder how much will this affect their career in 48G. Most members who have taken hiatus before usually will have a decrease in ranking when they came back.
    Hiichan's career is not that good yet so she has nothing to lose. Nako will probably comeback as the other half of Miku and could easily gain the fans' heart again, also with Sasshi's support (wait so Sasshi will be in 48G til 2021?). Sakura would be benefited with Kfans and Ifans, but would her Jfans (middleaged men with thick wallet) stay? Are the Kfans and Ifans rich enough to support her? Wanna One's career is fantastic but the ones spending money on them are fangirls, are fanboys rich?

    Also their contract ended in 2021, if AKB48 managed to take a spot as performers for Tokyo Olympic 2020 those 3 will miss out no?

  • Comment Link Tuberose Monday, 24 September 2018 14:00 posted by Tuberose

    ^Mark: Knetz reaction towards Juri wasn't that great, Mirun tho. But we all know since she'll be the next ace of NMB with Sayanee graduating soon she won't make it to IZ*ONE no matter what, since the result was rigged anyway.

  • Comment Link Meipon Monday, 24 September 2018 14:24 posted by Meipon

    Means HKT will finally get new centers atlast

  • Comment Link Buibii Monday, 24 September 2018 15:25 posted by Buibii

    That’s a LONG time in 48G years. I wonder if Sasshi will still be around. I also can’t imagine Miku without Nako. I really hope Haruppi comes back to help lead the young bloods in HKT.

    2.5 years.....omg. Let’s hope it’s worth it and IZONE makes some decent songs.

  • Comment Link misaki Monday, 24 September 2018 17:11 posted by misaki

    heard rumor that 1.5 years they will focus only for Iz*one and later 1 year they can have double activities with their own agency. soryy if I'm wrong..

  • Comment Link Paul Cho Monday, 24 September 2018 18:53 posted by Paul Cho

    No, you are not wrong, I heard rumour too, but it seems the terms was not confirmed (if you following Produce 48, you may notice the management changed several rules in the middle of the shows), I remember Sasshi once said she hopes Sakuratan able to hold a concurrent position, anyway fact is fact, let's face it. By the way, it is not a good arrangement but perhaps it is the best one upon AKB48 group's current situation.

  • Comment Link miki Monday, 24 September 2018 22:30 posted by miki

    This good, to me their popularity will increase a lot, ofcourse in those 2.5 years, someone of them will graduate from 48g

    i like kpop too and their industry will love them, i mean kpop fans love Mina Sana and Momo so... just wait for their graduation announcement :v

  • Comment Link Pam Monday, 24 September 2018 23:34 posted by Pam

    I don't understand why would Sakura do this. She's so popular on 48G . I don't get it. There isn't a single girl group in Korea that sells a million copies. At all. Not even SES or Finkl ever sold that high . Boy groups are another history . Girl groups in Korea don't sell well physically . Fanboys don't really invest in Korea. And honestly , Japan is the second biggest market in the world. Why quit that for kpop?. She'll regret it in the future.

  • Comment Link Conscious Pilot Tuesday, 25 September 2018 01:50 posted by Conscious Pilot

    No Girl group you say Pam??? TWICE has sold over 4 million physical albums (Between Korean & Japan). They are also 1 of only 3 KPOP Artists to have a MV go over 400 Million views on YoUTube.

    Success is measured differently in Korea (Pop music wise). People were buying Subway Ads & Billboards promoting their girls in Produce48 (for 1 Girl!!)- You're worried Sakura isn't gonna get "loved" w/ fan $$??

  • Comment Link Tuberose Tuesday, 25 September 2018 02:56 posted by Tuberose

    ^Pam: I guess K-pop's grass is greener. Pragmatically, yes Jpop sell better but look at Kpop: they get noticed by Hollywood these days, theyre sponsored by Gucci and Chanel, they tour worldwide, their fans are allowed to buy them land or star. It's a bling bling life yo.

  • Comment Link Paul Cho Tuesday, 25 September 2018 03:03 posted by Paul Cho

    Nobody know what happened, nor what Sakuratan is thinking. But, you following Japanese showbiz for awhile, you may know Japanese artist does not have right of their own, even their name. Many their decision are decided by their agency. For Korean part, no comment, sorry I really don't know about it.

    Really? I hope Sakuratan, Nako and Hitomi have good success there.

  • Comment Link Hart Tuesday, 25 September 2018 05:33 posted by Hart

    Sakura has planned this tho. That's why she said that 2018 sousenkyou would be her last sousenkyou. I suspect that sousenkyou wont be held in 2019 or probably wont be held anymore.

  • Comment Link Jolly_Roger Tuesday, 25 September 2018 21:49 posted by Jolly_Roger

    A lot of people here are forgetting what Sakura, Nako, Hitomi, and all the other 48 Group contestants cited as their main motivation for joining Produce 48 and becoming IZ*ONE, and that was to become a "global" idol. For all of 48 Group's popularity and success in Japan, they are nowhere near as globally recognized as Kpop groups like Girls Generation, Twice, IOI, etc. And they see the international recognition and respect Kpop groups get. Sakura said it herself - that Kpop groups are well respected and admired in Japan and all over the world, whereas when 48 group leaves Japan they get no recognition. Fair or not, that is the reality and motivation for those like Sakura, Nako, and Hitomi who want to grow and challenge themselves further. I'm sure all 3 ladies, their families, and management all weighed the pros and cons and came to the conclusion that this was a great opportunity to sacrifice for.

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