22 March 2014
HKT48 4 Kenkyuusei Promoted and Nationwide Tour Announced
HKT48 finished their first tour with a double concert in Fukuoka on March 21st. The tour finale came with three announcements. Newly appointed AKB48 Group General Manager Kayano Shinobu appeared during the evening concert and announced the promotion of 4 Kenkyuusei: Ui Mashiro and Ueno Haruka were promoted to Team H, Ito Raira and Iwahana Shino to Team KIV.
Until this day, these four girls were the only 2nd Generation members left unpromoted in HKT48. They joined the group in autumn 2012. Once the new team systems starts, HKT48 will only have 3rd Generation members left as Kenkyuusei, 1st and 2nd Generation were all promoted or left.
The second announcement was a second tour for HKT48. This time they will not be restricted to their home region Kyushu but will perform in various regions of Japan. The dates are:
April 29 Chiba Makuhari Messe, Chiba
May 2 Osaka-jo Hall, Osaka
May 11 Nagoya Gaishi Hall, Aichi
July 13 Uminonakamichi Sea Side Park, Fukuoka (Outdoor)
Apart from these two news, a new TV show for HKT48 has also been announced: HKT48 no Goboten will start in May on TV Nishinippon and will be broadcasted every Saturday at noon.
For the setlist of the final concerts, please see this post.