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For a very special idol singer, she will be center of AKB48 42nd single. For Minami Takahashi, her career with popular Japanese girl group AKB48 is coming to an end. But before that, she will get another chance to be a center for a major single. It was on October 25, 2015 at the venue called Pacifico Yokohama that AKB48 made the announcement that Takahashi will be the center for their 42nd single which is untitled now. For those people who don’t remember, Takahashi is a Japanese idol singer and General Manager of AKB48 and all of its other related groups. This includes the newly created NGT48 led by Rie Kitahara.

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A beautiful photo of Minami Takahashi from a magazine in 2013. Just because she is short does not mean she isn’t beautiful. She is terrific!

The single will be released on December 9, 2015, one day after the 10th anniversary of AKB48’s theatrical debut. This latest single is the last one before Takahashi graduates from AKB48. The last time that Takahashi served as the only center for a single was for the song called Sakura no Hanabiratachi (it was released back in February 2006). This is also the first time that Takahashi is serving as a center since AKB48’s major debut in October 2006. Her longevity with AKB48 is remarkable. She has been in the group for each single that the group has released so far. She has also been there for the group’s studio album releases including Tsugi no Ashiato which sold very well in Japan. Fans expressed their happiness and approval when it was announced that Takahashi would be named as the center. She was said to be in tears and is very glad to be singing an idol song near the end of her career with AKB48. She also added that it is not a message song from her and that she wants other members to continue to sing it after she has left AKB48. Takahashi will be leaving AKB48 on very good terms unlike Rumi Yonezawa and Natsumi Hirajima who left the group in disgrace due to violations of AKB48’s no dating policy. Takahashi said that she would be very happy if this latest song becomes a song that fans will love. Takahashi has released a solo single called Jane Doe and she is the last original member of AKB48 since its beginning back in 2005. I am saddened to hear the news that Takamina (nickname of Takahashi) will be graduating from AKB48 but I know that she will succeed in whatever plan that she has next for her life. Takahashi was born on April 8, 1991 in Tokyo. Note: the name of AKB48 42nd single is called Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby.

 

In addition to Takahashi, the other Senbatsu (top ranking members) for this  AKB48 42nd single are:

 

Takahashi is not related to former Morning Musume member Ai Takahashi. She has named Yokoyama to succeed her as General Manager of AKB48. Takahashi joins Yuki Kashiwagi, Rie Kitahara, and Aki Takajo as Japanese idol singers born in 1991. The untitled single will be the follow-up single to Halloween Night. Preceding that single was Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai followed by other singles such as Green Flash, Kibouteki Refrain, Kokoro no Placard, Labrador Retriever and Mae shika Mukanee, the last one to feature Yuko Oshima as the center.  Good luck Minami! As important as Atsuko Maeda has been for AKB48, Minami Takahashi should be given credit as well for the impact that she has made, serving a management position for the most popular pop music group in Japan. I am even happier to know that Yui Yokoyama will be taking over this job of General Manager from Takahashi because Yokoyama is one of the most beautiful and charming members in the history of AKB48.

There will be a coupling track for this 42nd single called “365 Nichi no Kamihikouki.” This is the theme song for the NHK drama called Asa ga Kita and it is the song that Sayaka Yamamoto will be the center. It can be said that Maeda popularized the position of center. There are so many things that can be said about the history of AKB48 that are amazing besides the fact that they set milestones in sales for their singles. Their popularity has grown and expanded to China (SNH48), Indonesia (JKT48), Taiwan and other areas of Japan. All of this has been made possible by the creative skills and business sense of Yasushi Akimoto (known as Akimoto-sensei) by the AKB48 members. He is so loved and respected that even Atsuko Maeda attended his birthday party in May 2015. Akimoto who is now 59 years old has shown no signs of wanting to slow down. Why should he? As long as AKB48 is seeing the kind of success they are, there’s no reason for him to retire. It is like a well-known basketball coach who is part of a team that has established themselves as a dynasty. Sports analogies aside, AKB48 is more than just a pop music group. They are a group of talented girls and women that attract audiences wherever they go. They can sing, dance, and act in movies, and even show their amazing bodies as bikini models. This is a great way for Takahashi to finish her time being center of AKB48 42nd single! Here is the video for that AKB48 42nd single:

It is a live version however.

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