Sunday, February 13, 2011
AKB48 research student Nakamata Shiori promoted to AKB member
On the 12th, it was announced that AKB48 research student, Nakamata Shiori (18), successfully passed her exams to enter the department of politics and economics at Waseda University. Nakamata let her fans know about her success in Akihabara at the AKB48 research student’s performance. She has been studying as well as doing activities as a research student since last June. Due to her hard work, AKB48 producer Akimoto Yasushi (54) promoted her to become a regular member.
Nakamata wasn’t expected to appear at the theater that day, but she made a surprise appearance in her high school uniform. She turned to her fans and announced her admittance to Waseda, “I’ve thought about quitting either AKB or school many times, but I was cheered on to do my best at both”. The other research students didn’t know about this and were happy just like Nakamata and even cried.
Since joining as a research student last June, Nakamata has basically been an AKB48 member. She has participated in research student performances as well as “substituting” for regular members who were absent. She had basically become a regular during Team B performances, “I was able to perform for around one and a half months”. She has mastered the pressure of work; she goes to dance practice and during her breaks she always studies. She has never neglected her studies.
Akimoto gave a message to Nakamata, “I praise you for your hard work. Nakamata Shiori, as of February 12th I will promote you from a research student to a regular member of AKB48”. The surprise message from their producer caused Nakamata to sob, “I had no idea I would be promoted”.
After being promoted, Nakamata declared, “I want to do my best so I’m not hidden by the others. I will be aware of my facial expressions during performances. I want to become a Senbatsu member”.
Nakamata Shiori will now be a university student as well as a national idol. It seems her “dual” life will continue to get busier.
source: tokyohive endofvid
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