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AKB48 has a system that allows members to "graduate" from the group when they are older and are replaced by trainees who are promoted.
Monica Hesse of The Washington Post described the AKB48 audition process as "rolling American Idol-esque".
It later became known that Eguchi was not a real person, but a composite of AKB48 members' facial features created to promote Glico's Ice no Mi.
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This version featured ten members from Team A, six from Team K and five from Team B.
The single's CD included a poster, and a promotion was planned in which fans who collected all 44 posters would be invited to a special event.
Akimoto has expanded the AKB48 concept to several sister groups in China, Japan and Indonesia, with upcoming groups announced for the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand, which makes it the largest idol group in Asia.
" as Baby Blossom, playing guitars, keyboards, percussion and horns.In its first week the single topped the Oricon chart with over 300,000 copies sold, the most by a Japanese female artist in seven years.AKB48's 16th single, "Ponytail to Chouchou", was released on May 26, 2010.The promotion was later canceled by Def Star Records amid concerns about possible violations of antitrust laws.The group released its 11th major-label single, "10nen Sakura", on March 4, 2009.