The AKB48 2014 Janken Taikai (rock-paper-scissors tournament) was held earlier today on September 17 at Nippon Budoukan. This year, 113 members participated from all the domestic sister groups: 93 from AKB48, 8 from SKE48, 7 from NMB48 and 5 from HKT48.
Unlike the past Janken Tournaments, this years will not determine the Senbatsu for a new single. This year, the tournament winner gets their very own solo debut, and if they have already debuted, they get a solo concert instead. Runner-ups from 2nd to 16th place win a spot on a coupling song along with the MV on the solo single.
Haruna Kojima was pit against SKE48 and NMB48’s Miyuki Watanabe, but in the end, Miyuki Watanabe was deemed the 5th queen of Janken.
- Miyuki Watanabe
- Haruna Kojima
- Saya Kawamoto
- Saho Iwatate
- Nana Owada
- Miho Miyazaki
- Mariya Nagao
- Riho Kotani
- Yuki Kashiwagi
- Yuki Azuma
- Yuki Arai
- Mio Tomonaga
- Nana Okada
- Kiara Sato
- Chiyori Nakanishi
- Mayumi Uchida
Also revealed at this event are the details concerning the Senbatsu for the upcoming 38th single.
Center: Mayu Watanabe + Sakura Miyawaki
AKB48 (20): Mayu Watanabe, Haruka Shimazaki, Anna Iriyama, Minami Takahashi, Haruna Kojima, Saya Kawamoto, Yuria Kizaki, Rina Kawaei, Tomu Muto, Yuki Kashiwagi, Rena Kato, Yui Yokoyama, Nana Owada, Juri Takahashi, Mion Mukaichi, Mako Kojima, Minami Minegishi, Yuka Tano, Ryoka Oshima, Ikumi Nakano (Team 8)
SKE48 (4): Jurina Matsui, Rena Matsui, Sae Miyazawa, Akari Suda
NMB48 (3): Miru Shiroma, Sayaka Yamamoto, Miyuki Watanabe
HKT48 (4): Sakura Miyawaki, Haruka Kodama, Madoka Moriyasu, Rino Sashihara
NGZK46 (1): Rina Ikoma
AKB48’s 38th single is to be released on November 11th 2014.