Okada Nana 2016 8th Senbatsu speech (English subtitles)

Here is Okada Nana’s speech for the 14th position from the 2016 AKB48 45th Single 8th Senbatsu Sousenkyo General Election.

To everyone who voted, supported, and waited for me, thank you very much. The other month, it was suddenly announced that I was taking an absence. I’m very sorry for causing you to worry. When I became better, a lot of fans and members said, “I was waiting for you. Welcome back”, and I was relieved. I was so glad that I was able to come back.

I didn’t say anything about my reasons for taking a break, just that I was feeling unwell. I think that many people were worried about what kind of condition I was in. I was diagnosed with functional hypoglycemia, and since then, it has made me go through bouts of vomiting and nausea. I’m sorry for not telling you.

I thought you might start hating me if I said anything, but while I was gone, you still voted for me. And it made it into the senbatsu, which I was aiming for. So I decided to believe in you and tell you the truth. While I was taking a break for those two weeks, I really thought about AKB48 every day. I missed the other members. I wanted to appear in the theater. I missed the fans. I was uneasy, and was worried about what you were thinking. And it made me realize who much I loved AKB48. And how much I love you all.

In the election two years ago, I said that I wanted to be someone that would carry on AKB48. Even now, that feeling hasn’t changed. With Yokohama Yui as the head, I hope to become a vital part of AKB48. I also want to become a member who demonstrates that hard work will never betray you.

I’ve honestly felt that the harder I try, the more that the fans will understand how I feel. I know that I’ve led you around in circles when I cut my hair suddenly, and announced my temporary absence, and I just might be doing that again, but to the fans who still love me, you are like a treasure to me.

My fans are always very kind, and continually give me confidence. I’ve always said that I’m the type of person who gets stronger by someone yelling at me, but everyone has made me grow by complimenting me… It’s because you were there for me that I made it this far. I hope you’ll continue to support me. I believe that hard work will never lead me astray, and I want to dash forward with all my strength. Than you very much.

Author: jerry

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