Kashiwagi Yuki, AKB Sousenkyo Election

Kashiwagi Yuki’s 2015 7th Senbatsu speech (English subtitles)

Here is Kashiwagi Yuki’s speech for the 2nd position from the 2015 AKB48 41st Single 7th Senbatsu Sousenkyo General Election.

To all those who supported me and those who voted for me, thank you very much!

This is the highest I’ve ever ranked! Thank you very much!

Huh, let’s see… if I were to be really honest, the path leading to this day, I’ve never been more afraid. But, a part of me was also very excited. But with all these feelings in mind, leading up to today, I’ve been able to stand on this stage in my hometown of Kyushu. Truly, I think it is all thanks to all of you supported me.

Hmm, let’s see… Ah… For the first time this year, I said, “In the election, I’ll take #1”.

I wasn’t sure if it was okay for me to say that. And regretfully, I was just one step away from reaching that dream. But with this #2 position, up until now, I’ve depended on and relied on so many members… I’ve thought a few times, “I don’t want to get hurt”, or, “I shouldn’t cause so much trouble”. But from now, I won’t be running away anymore.

With Takamina graduating, and since Takamina’s presence is so essential to us, I’m a little bit worried. But, in order not to burden the next General Manager, Yokoyama Yui, too much, I think it’s important that each member carry the burden. If we do our best, I think we’ll be a bigger and better AKB group.

For one year, I had a concurrent position in NMB48.

The other members and fans were very nice, and I really learned a lot.

This fall, I’ll be part of a new AKB group, NGT48.

In order to make the AKB group better, I feel that this 2nd place has pushed me in the right direction, and with that responsibility, I’m motivated to make NGT48 a definite success.

Thank you very much.

Of course, AKB48… the AKB group… from now, working closely with the person called next, and since I’ve already said I want to make the AKB group even bigger, I hope you’ll all continue to support us! Thank you very much!

Yukirin, one word: are you satisfied?

Very satisfied, thank you very much!!

Source Photo: http://www.hochi.co.jp/entertainment/20150606-OHT1T50165.html

Author: jerry

Sometimes editor. Sometimes translator. Mostly a proofreader. I like Japan and things.