October 16, 2012
On October 15, AKB48’s overseas sister group SNH48 (based in Shanghai, China) revealed that 26 girls have passed the first generation audition.
The 16 girls were chosen out of about 38,000 applicants who participated in auditions across China. They will debut after going through training. The group has plans to hold their first performance at the end of the year or early next year. Aside from performances at SNH48 Theater, which is scheduled to open next spring, they will also hold handshake events.
The operating company of SNH48 held a press conference on the 14th, but didn’t allow the attendance of Japanese media outlets. This is reported to have stemmed from the Senkaku Islands (Chinese name: Diayou Islands) dispute between China and Japan.
Source & Image: Sanspo