AKB48 chosen as supporters for 62nd Kouhaku Uta Gassen
At a press conference on Thursday, NHK announced its PR “support team” (“ouentai”) for the 62nd Kouhaku Uta Gassen, to be held at the end of this year. Terry Ito will be a supporter for the 4th year in a row, and he will be joined this time by idol group AKB48. Although AKB48 has participated in Kouhaku for the last three years, this will be their first time as part of the “support team.”
The overall theme for this year’s Kouhaku is “1231 Ashita wo Utaou” (“1231 Let’s Sing of Tomorrow”). During the press conference, AKB48′s Oshima Yuko explained that the “1231″ represents December 31 (the day Kouhaku is held), while the succession of “1, 2, 3!” suggests a feeling of “taking a new step towards tomorrow.”
As part of AKB48′s duties for the “support team,” Watanabe Mayu revealed that the group plans to have an “AKB48 Daily Calendar Countdown” on the official Kouhaku website, where they will update it with a new message every day.
The 62nd Kouhaku Uta Gassen will take place from 7:15pm to 11:45pm on December 31.