Yoshida Akari’s 2017 9th Senbatsu Speech (English Subtitles)

Here is Yoshida Akari’s speech for the #16 position from the 2017 AKB48 49th Single 9th Senbatsu Sousenkyo General Election.

To everyone who voted for me, thank you so much!

I can’t believe that this year, even though I’ve said I wanted to be in the senbatsu, I didn’t think it would happen. Even I can’t believe this is happening. That the day would come where I’d be standing here doing a speech – ever since entering NMB48, I never imagined it.

But this year, as an NMB48 member and as a Youtuber, I’ve tried my best to reach this point. That endurance led to this rank and all the fans gave me this result. Truly, thank you very much.

I remember Takahashi Minami’s words, “Good work will always be rewarded,” and I have a feeling that I’ve proven that.

But, it wasn’t just my own determination. Everyone watched by videos and this is thanks to everyone who supported me up to this point. More than anything else, finding joy in what I did helped me continue onward.

Also, if I became part of the top 16, there’s something I wanted to say.

I think that AKB’s ability to communicate “outward” is really weak. If we’re always fighting inside this group, we’ll never be able to go higher.

So, taking this rank as a springboard, I’ll try my best to someday be called the face of AKB.

Truly, up until today, to all the fans who tried so hard, thank you very much! I’m so happy! Thank you!

Author: jerry

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

  • Carry

    thanks admin ,ill waiting takahashi juri speech about riripon

    juri really have leadership aura

  • keya46

    Every year I wait for your translation. Thank you!!!
    I’m waiting for Juri, Naachan and Yuihan…