The Sousenkyo or General Elections, one of the, if not the biggest event of the year for Idol group, AKB48, and it’s sister groups, was just held on June 18th, at the Hard Off Eco Stadium in Niigata.

The battle for the coveted #1 spot it always heated, with the preliminary results showing that popular AKB48 member, Watanabe Mayu, has a slight 907 vote lead over last year’s winner, HKT48’s Sashihara Rino. However, with the finally votes tallied, Sashihara came on top once again, making AKB48 history as the the first member to win back to back Sousenkyos. With Sashihara as center, we will all see a Senbatsu with many returning members but several new faces as well, which will definitely be interesting to see! Here are the results of the Senbatsu from this year’s Sousenkyo!

#1 Sashihara Rino
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HKT48 Team H

Final Vote Count: 243,011

#2 Watanabe Mayu
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AKB48 Team B

Final Vote Count: 175,613

#3 Matsui Jurina

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SKE48 Team S

Final Vote Count: 112,341

#4 Yamamoto Sayaka

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NMB48 Team N

Final Vote Count: 111,411

#5 Kashiwagi Yuki

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AKB48 Team B / NGT48 Team N III

Final Vote Count: 92,110

#6 Miyawaki Sakura

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HKT48 Team K IV

Final Vote Count: 78,279

#7: Suda Akari

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SKE48 Team E

Final Vote Count: 69,159

#8 Shimazaki Haruka

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AKB48 Team A

Final Vote Count: 68,126

#9 Kodama Haruka

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HKT48 Team H / AKB48 Team K

Final Vote Count: 60,591

First Time Senbatsu by Sousenkyo

#10 Mutou Tomu

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AKB48 Team K

Final Vote Count: 58,624

#11 Yokoyama Yui

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AKB48 Team A

Final Vote Count: 58,610

#12 Kitahara Rie

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NGT48 Team N III

Final Vote Count: 50,190

#13 Mukaichi Mion

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AKB48 Team K

Final Vote Count: 47,094

First Time Senbatsu by Sousenkyo

#14 Okada Nana

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AKB48 Team 4

Final Vote Count: 43,318

First Time Senbatsu by Sousenkyo

#15 Takahashi Juri

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AKB48 Team 4

Final Vote Count: 40,648

First Time Senbatsu

#16 Nyan Nyan Kamen (Kojima Haruna)

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AKB48 Team ? (Team A)

Final Vote Count: 40,071

And there you have it! The Senbatsu for the 8th Sousenkyo! Please look forward to them in the upcoming 45th single!

Source: AKB48 Official Sousenkyo Page

 

Zachary Keo

Zach Keo (The Chief) is a long time devotee to the J-idol scene and the operations coordinator for Dokipress. He is a well known figure in the J-idol community, a top contributor for Dokipress, and frequently travels to his second home in Japan.