AKB48 fans in Japan can enrol for the idol group’s new fan-club which restarts tomorrow. Due to ticket resale problems, the previous fan club had to shut down but now it rises again like a phoenix from the flames with a name only slightly different from before called Nihon-bashira no Kai. The start of this new fan club also coincides with a concert lined up at the AKB48 theater to celebrate the 6th anniversary of the place. All 4 teams are scheduled to appear in the concert.
The enrolment fee to join is 1,000 yen with the annual membership fee being 480 yen. Not bad at all I think. There will be some advantage to joining the fan club as you’ll be able to pre-order some tickets for the theater and get access to other AKB48 related events.
I know what you’re going to ask now – can foreigners join the club? I don’t really know to be honest but I’d like to find out. It’s probably unlikely. I would guess the best bet would be for you to register and give the address of a friend you know in Japan in order to get round this problem. I’m just wondering whether they’ll ever open an international fan club for overseas fans?