Yokoyama Yui’s 2017 9th Senbastu Speech (English Subtitles)

Here is Yokoyama Yui’s speech for the #7 position from the 2017 AKB48 49th Single 9th Senbatsu Sousenkyo General Election.

I’ll hold myself together today! First, to everyone watching the broadcast and to supports of the AKB48 group, thank you very much.

Tokumitsu-san, do you remember? I was shaking while I gave my speech. That was 6 years ago. Personally, this has been my 8th election. The first one, I was unranked. Seeing all of the other members’ dreams, meeting so many people, I’ve finally been able to reach my desired rank of #7. Thank you very much!

I was aiming for this rank for about 3 years now. I hadn’t been able to do it, and I wondered why I cared so much. I’ve been in AKB48 for 8 years now. So many of my senior members carried AKB48 forward, and I remember the special words, “Kami 7”. I worked hard with that as my goal.

Now, we’ve heard Watanabe and Sashihara saying this is their last election. When I see that, I get that feeling that I want to be as close to them as possible.

For these 8 years, from morning to night, I think about nothing but AKB48. So it’s with confidence that can say this.

And now, I’m this group’s general manager. With so many members, I really reflect on the happiness of spending each day together.

In elections, there are ranked and unranked members, lots of happy ones and unhappy ones. The AKB48 group is about everyone walking together. And because I really love everyone, is it okay if I make a promise with all of the fans?

When I became part of AKB48, my senior members worked hard to bring be to Tokyo Dome. With new members coming in from STU48, NGT48, and other groups, there are lots of members who haven’t seen it yet. Together, as part of the AKB48 Group, I want us to have a concert at Tokyo Dome once again. I’d be happy to walk this path with all of you.

With this election, the concert and the voting event was suspended. Lots of fans from all around were very worried and very sad. I’m truly sorry for that. As this group’s representative, allow me to apologize. I’m very sorry.

Author: jerry

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

  • FatinAsyikin

    Her speech 😭😭😭.
    She even apologized for SSK Okinawa concert cancelled.
    She really think about the whole group its really amazing. To bring 48group to Tokyo Dome is really a high ambition and I admire that bcs its not an easy task tho. I hope she can make it. I can say she doing really a good job as soukantoku.Way to go Yuihan!!