In a bizarre turn of events, AKB48 has expanded to Indonesia. JKT48, short for JaKarTa, the capital of Indonesia, is being formed. It is said to be the twin sister to AKB48 and it is a joint project by Dentsu and AKS. JKT48 will be directly affiliated with AKB48.
Auditions have already started 2 days ago, and will continue till August 26th. Another set of auditions will take place from September 6th to 15th. Requirements for auditionees are that the must be an female Indonesian citizen, aged between 13 to 18 years old, attractive, talented and photogenic.
JKT48 Official Website: http://jkt48.blogspot.com/
JKT48 Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/officialJKT48
JKT48 Official Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/official.JKT48
But whats makes this piece of news interesting is that AKS has not said anything about it yet. Nor has any Japanese media. Their Official Website is on Blogspot, which raises lots of suspicions. Well I run this blog on Blogspot too, but that's because I'm poor and most importantly, not a official company. Dentsu is a professional Multi National Company and it makes no sense for them to use Blogspot.
Their Official Facebook for some reason also doesn't work quite properly. I don't know about you but While some people can access their page, I can't. Region locked maybe? But that doesn't make sense since they are connected to Japan. Here's a screenshot of the page provided by http://twitter.com/#!/kicklater.
And lastly the location of their auditions is a private estate as Tueac of Ani-Culture has found out. All the alarms in your head should be ringing by now that this is very suspicious.
AKB48Journal has also met up with some of the officials of dentsu and she reports it is real. That makes it better a little but it still seems suspicious.
I will be contacting Dentsu Singapore once the sun rises here to ask for additional information. Hopefully they know something.
A press conference is scheduled to take place sometime in November according to what people say is on their facebook page. From qrizta of aramatheydidnt.
Dear All,It's up to you to believe them, so treat this as a rumor for now until we get official confirmation.
JKT48 is still a work in progress. Rest assured that JKT48 is officially affiliated with AKB48.
A press conference will be held on November to make matters clear to the public. Please keep on supporting JKT48.