With Mina Oba suspended from active duties with AKB48 and as Team 4 captain, AKB management have decided to appoint Haruka Shimada as the interim Team 4 captain until Minarun’s return which in all likelihood is going to be possibly at the start of 2012.
I think this is a good appointment. Haruu has all the qualities to make a good team captain. Yes, it’s just short term and is likely to last for only a couple of months but hey, it’s a great thing for Haruu to step up to the plate and show her leadership qualities. Why they didn’t do the same when Sayaka stood down as Team K captain I don’t know. Perhaps the rest of Team K felt such loyalty towards Sayaka they didn’t want to take the captaincy.