Takahashi Juri 2016 8th Senbatsu speech (English subtitles)

Here is Takahashi Juri’s speech for the 15th position from the 2016 AKB48 45th Single 8th Senbatsu Sousenkyo General Election.

For all you who have held my hand, and pull me along up until this point, truly, thank you very much. For the first time up until now, no matter how much I worried, no matter how much I cried, each continuing day had a meaning. Even just a little, I feel that my hard work has paid off.

Two years ago, I became part of the Under Girls, and was trusted with the position of captain. Even so, there wasn’t any moment where I felt my hard work paid off, and I was really jealous of the others who made speeches here. In my heart, I wanted to know what I could do so that you’d approve of me.

I was depressed, and I was frustrated, and while I continued to do my best, I didn’t think that’s what they called “hard work”. I felt like that was time that I was being tested. I wouldn’t give up on what was in front of me, wouldn’t become hateful, and wouldn’t forget myself. When I was able to produce a result for the first time, it was also the first time I was able to tell myself that I really worked hard. So up until this time, I feel like, just a little, that I’ve won against my weak self.

If AKB48 ended in just one chapter, it would be too frustrating. To the fans who have supported AKB48 up until now, and to the staff who have given their support, I hope that you’ll continue to lend your strength. I hope to make you trust that there is more to come beyond just tears, miracles, and hard work. As a single member, and as captain of team 4, I hope to do my best. I hope you’ll continue your support. To all the fans who supported me, I told you that I was going to aim even higher. Having met all of you is the thing I am most proud of. Thank you very much for fighting together with me in this year’s election. It was great!

Author: jerry

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