senbatsu general election

I decided that this year will be my last year to participate in the general election and so I ran. Since last year, I didn’t do much idol-related works. To tell you the truth, I have thought about graduation. But, at that time, someone cried and told me not to graduate yet, that person was Yokoyama Yui who is the general manager.
—  Shimazaki Haruka (AKB48 Senbatsu General Election 2016)
Matsui Rena official blog 2015/03/24  19:55

(Regarding ・ω・the Elections)

Rena speaking

This year, I won’t be running for the General Elections.

That’s what I announced earlier on Twitter.
Please let me expose, as clearly as this entry will allow me to, the reasons of my decision.

Going back in time, one year ago.
The moment I was waiting to be called on stage during the Elections results.
Every other year, from the point of 10th onward the tension or rather the anxiety I faced was such that it felt like it could totally crush me, but at that moment I was smiling of a brighter smile than anyone else and felt excited. (now that I think back, I can’t believe how nervous I was until the early results announcement)
Maybe I was the only one smiling at that time, back there.
When my name was called, standing in front of the mic I spontaneously felt 「This might be the last time」.

I was happy of the ranking I had been offered, I felt honored, I could deeply sense all the feelings that had been poured in the votes.
Lots of people praised me. More than anything I was grateful, proud to be supported by such splendid fans.

After last year I knew I wouldn’t take part in the elections anymore, so as I fight my anguish, wondering if that was the right thing to do, I kept moving forward.
Can I truly achieve anything that will make everyone happy “in the scope of the group”?
In all honesty, the truth is I can’t say that I’m able to achieve such a thing.

In the past I said I wanted to be N°1.
I haven’t given up, or if I had to put it otherwise, I feel like my field of vision has broaden.
I think one of the reasons is because this past year I met a lot of people and got the chance to work in many different places.
Learning day after day, I managed to take a step back to finally have a more objective eye on myself.
You cheer for me when I appeared in magazines and on TV. When I have a role in a drama or a movie, you tell me how I’m getting closer of my dream.
I realized how those words were making more happy than any others.

I’ve learnt the importance of being clear with myself about what I was seeking at the moment and how to achieve it.
Being able to answer expectations that people have for me, exceeding those expectations, I’ve come to fully understand the value it had.
The stage is ruled by that same principle. But out there, there is no such ranking.

I want to fight by looking at the reality right in the eyes, I want to face everyone, myself included, directly, and for that to be possible I made the choice not to run in the Elections.
From now on, I don’t need 「ranking」anymore. It’s a fight against myself.
The answer to the question as to know if I made the right choice lies far ahead I think.
But you’re the ones who keep me strong.
We will still be able, at any times, to exchange 「Congratulations」and 「Thank you」, so please don’t worry and set your mind at ease.
That’s what I wish for the most.



→“From now on, I don’t need 「ranking」anymore. It’s a fight against myself.

Shimazaki Haruka’s interview from Nikkan Sports 2016.05.24

This is Paruru’s last…participation.

For AKB48 Shimazaki Haruka, her obstinacy towards the senbatsu general election just begins. While her appearances in such as dramas and movies increased, she also experienced burnt foot and asthma. Even so, for the sake of reviving the group, Niigata and Japan, Paruru chose to run for the general election saying, “This will be my last time”.

After much consideration, she submitted her candidacy with tears.

After thinking and thinking, she decided to run for the general election. “I thought a lot. And in the end, I submitted my candidacy paper while crying”. When she was asked about what made her decide to run, after 5 seconds of silence, she murmured,
Last year, there’s a period of time when she couldn’t conduct her activities fully due to the burnt foot as well as asthma. People around Shimazaki also expressed their concerns about this. But, a certain words set her heart on fire. “A great person told me, “It’s okay if you don’t have to run (for the general election)”. And I thought, “Well then, I’ll run!”. I’m simply just stubborn,” she laughed.

Her career as an actress

Her first lead role movie “Gekijourei” was released in November last year. Currently, she is appearing in “Yutori Desu ga Nani ka”. She is enriching her career as an actress. “Thinking about the future, this general election will be my last one,” she frankly said.
For her target ranking, “I’m leaving it up to all the fans,” she said. Now as she decided to run, looking at the general election in a wider view, the vote counting event will be held in Niigata for the first time, “I think it’s a great idea since it will spark people’s interest in Niigata. Because, isn’t AKB48 a national idol group?” she smiled.
“To be called as the national idol group, AKB48 has to move Japan. If by my participation in the general election can sparks people’s interest (in Japan) even just for a little bit, that would be nice”.
As the leading member of the “national idol group”, we can vaguely see her obstinacy and pride among the exhausted smiles.

Tanabe Miku will not be participating in AKB48 41st eneral Election

AKB48 member Tanabe Miku (田名部生来) has announced she will NOT be participating this year’s AKB48 41st Single Senbatsu General Election. She explained General Election is unable to measure her relationship with her fans.

Tanabe Miku’s previous AKB48 Senbatsu General Election results:

  • The 1st AKB48 Senbatsu General Election (2009) - Not Ranked
  • The 2nd AKB48 Senbatsu General Election (2010)- Not Ranked
  • The 3rd AKB48 Senbatsu General Election (2011) - Not Ranked
  • The 4th AKB48 Senbatsu General Election (2012) - Not Ranked
  • The 5th AKB48 Senbatsu General Election (2013)  - Not Ranked
  • The 6th AKB48 Senbatsu General Election (2014) - 71st place

“Senbatsu General Elections 10th place
Thank you all so very much !!
I’m really happy because it’s the highest I’ve gotten so far.

I will continue to work hard in order to achieve and continue with our dreams with this favorite person.
Thank you for all your continual supporting of AKB48!