AKB48 producer Akimoto Yasushi has stepped in on SKE48’s Matsui Jurina’s condition and has told her to take an indefinite rest.
According to Tokyo Hive, Akimoto had shared on his Google+ account that Matsui had suffered from anaemia and exhaustion from overworking and has instructed her to take plenty of sleep and nourishment to recover.
“Jurina is resting with her mom,” Akimoto said and added; “I am keeping in touch with both Jurina and her mum, and I told them not to worry about work. So if there’s a sudden change in schedule, I’m sorry.”
Jurina had been absent from SKE48 activities since 5 April after stretching her limits during a performance in February and most recently at the AKB48 mega-concert in the Saitama Super Arena recently.
Popular idol group AKB48 will sing the national anthem before the Central League season-opening baseball game between the Yomiuri Giants and the Yakult Swallows at Tokyo Dome on March 30.
Giants officials said they wanted AKB48 to sing the anthem because the group is having a banner month, not just with its performances but also for the fact that it was chosen by the government to take part in a suicide prevention campaign.
AKB48 member Atsuko Maeda, 20, told reporters that the Giants’ opening game at Tokyo Dome will be the biggest stage for the group.
According to the Japan Today article, SMAP and AKB48 will be among 20 groups and singers who will take part in a special music program by NHK to be broadcast on March 10 to mark the 1st anniversary of the March 11 disaster in the Tohoku area.
The program, titled “Toward Tomorrow,” will air from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. on NHK General TV and for six hours from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. on BS Premium TV. The program will be broadcast live from two locations—Makuhari Messe in Chiba and Sugakawa City Cultural Center in Fukushima Prefecture. SMAP singer Masahiro Nakai, 39, will be the MC.
SMAP, AKB48, Perfume and seven other groups will perform at Makuhari Messe, while singers Saburo Kitajima, 75, Fuyumi Sakamoto, 44, Yo Hitoto, 35, and Ayaka Hirahara, 27, will perform at Fukushima
Tokyograph Reported:”According to Oricon sales data, AKB48’s total single sales have now reached 11,787,000 copies with 25 singles. This puts them at #1 for total single sales by a female group, surpassing the previous record holder Morning Musume.”
Tokyograph Continued To Report:”Morning Musume is currently at 11,774,000 copies with 56 singles, over a span of 13 years and 11 months. AKB48 overtook them in only 5 years and 11 months, largely due to several recent singles that have all sold over 1 million copies each. The five singles they released in 2011 alone have sold 7,346,000 copies.”
Tokyograph’s Last Report:”Currently, the top three female groups in single sales are”