August 25, 2012
It’s been reported that AKB48’s Maeda Atsuko parade through Akihabara scheduled for August 27th has been canceled.
After applications for her graduation concert exceeded expectations, Maeda requested, “Isn’t there any way I can greet them directly?” Consequently, her parade was planned for the 27th, in which she was to bid her final farewell to her fans before her graduation concert at AKB48 Theater.
The Olympics Medalist Parade was recently held in Ginza on August 20th attracting about 500,000 people to the event. As the police expected a large population to also gather at Maeda’s parade, they received instructions for cancellation due to security concerns.
Although the parade has been canceled, Maeda’s graduation concert will be held at AKB48 Theater as planned. This concert will broadcast live on Fuji TV’s ‘HEY!HEY!HEY!‘ as well as on AKB48’s Google+ and YouTube accounts.