After nearly 2 years of speculation as to when a new sister group would join AKB48 and SKE48 comes the news from AKB48’s concert today at Yoyogi Stadium that coming soon this fall is NMB48. The group’s name comes from the Namba area of Osaka. Auditions will start on October 7th and the group will start doing some activities the following month. I always thought that Fukuoka was going to be targeted next for Akimoto’s new idol group (HKT48) but I guess he’s changed his mind. Also why start a new idol group in Osaka when he’s yet to start Team E in SKE48?