A new idol group of the franchise AKB48 was formed: this is STU48.
The name of the STU48 refers to the town of Setouchi, located in Okayama Prefecture.
After the formation of the sister group NGT48 in 2015, the group of STU48 will be the 6th national sister group of AKB48, scheduled to debut in summer of 2017.
The group will represent a new franchise’s innovation : for the first time since the creation of the franchise, a “group 48” will have its own theater located on a cruise that will cross seven prefectures including Yamaguchi, Hiroshima, Okayama, Hyogo, Tokushima, Kagawa and Ehime .
Auditions for recruiting new members is in progress. A member of the NMB48, Ichikawa Miori, could be promoted to become a member of the STU48. She expressed her enthusiasm and pleasure to integrate the new idol group.
The new group logo was unveiled.
You can check out the newly opened STU48’s official website.
For information purposes, the foreign sister group SNH48 (Shanghai48) has met with success in China since its inception in 2012 and is no longer a group affiliated with the AKB48 group since June 2016. As a result, three new sister groups of SNN48 were formed this year: the BEJ48 (for Beijing48), the GNZ48 (for Guangzhou48) and the SHY48 (for Shenyang48).
- Source : Tokyo Girls’ Update