Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic

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This page describes the effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on 48 Groups and Sakamichi Series.

Overview

COVID-19 has impacted the majority of the entertainment world, 48g included. Most of the groups have had to close their theaters temporarily, pause or modify their handshakes, and postpone releases and events. Some groups even underwent major changes to their line-up.

The first impact of COVID-19 was with in the SNH48 Group on January-February 2020 when the first quarantines in the world (specifically in China's main cities) were announced, the theaters closed, as well as their group activities were cancelled. Over time, they began to do only online performance and later they gradually opened their theaters without an audience and then with the public, except for the BEJ48 Theater which was permanently closed. At same time AKB48 Team SH also was impacted, the shonichi of their 1st stage being postponed.

Then it spread throughout the world, with Japan being one of the first countries affected. This directly affected the AKB48 Group, who were forced to cancel performances at their theaters.

Effect on Groups

AKB48


Events

On December 8, 2019, Minegishi Minami announced her graduation during AKB48's 14th anniversary. Her graduation concert was scheduled for April 2, 2020 at Yokohama Arena, but was postponed due to COVID-19. On March 29, 2021, the concert was announced for May 22nd at PIA Arena MM.

Between February 22 and 28, 2020, AKB48 was scheduled to hold their New Unit Live Matsuri at Shibuya Stream Hall, in which eight concert units, tentatively named A ~ H, would make their debut. On February 26th, the concert for units F, G, and H, were postponed as a safety measure to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. On October 26th, they were rescheduled for November 28th and 29th at the AKB48 Theater.

On December 8, 2020, AKB48 announced their Tandoku Concert for January 22-24, 2021 at Tokyo Dome City Hall, to commemorate the group's 15th anniversary. On January 8, the event was cancelled entirely due to extension of the COVID-19 state of emergency; instead, the teams selected songs from their chosen era and performed from their homes as a revamped 2021 Request Hour. On March 29th, a new Tandoku Concert was scheduled for May 23rd at PIA Arena MM, the day after Minegishi Minami's postponed graduation concert.

Between July 29 and August 3, 2021, 10 members of Team 8 and one member of Team B tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the Fresh Member Concert on August 7 and Eito Day (Team 8's Anniversary Concert) on August 8 were cancelled. In November, they rescheduled these concerts for January 12th and 13th, 2022: Team 8 Cutie Party, Fresh Concert and Team 8 Foxy Party.

Between January 30th and March 3rd, 2022, 4 members tested positive and a handful of others had to enter self-isolation due to being close contacts with someone who had tested positive. As a result, AKB48 Spring Concert 2022 "Kimi ga Omou Yori, Kimi wa Sugoi" had to be cancelled. It would have consisted of 3 concerts (Old Teams Final Concert, Coupling Song Request Hour and New Teams First Concert). Iriyama Anna, Kato Rena, and Miyazaki Miho's graduation ceremonies and the start date of the AKB48 16th Anniversary Team Shuffle were postponed. The graduation ceremonies were held at the AKB48 LIVE SHOW ~AKBINGO! The Final Sayonara Mouri-san~. The team shuffle came into effect on April 19, 2022.

Theater

On June 13, 2020, a new batch of stages called Social Distance Stages was launched, which were performed in the AKB48 Theater with no live audience. The first stage was NaaOn Social Distance Stage.

Between August 1 and 3, 2021, various members of Team 8 tested positive for COVID-19. Due to their kennin positions in Team 4 and Team A especially, stages were momentarily suspended for these two teams.

Between January 30 and February 3, 2022, various members of different teams tested positive for COVID-19. Theater performances were put on hold for a week.

On April 28, 2022, 6 out of 8 members participating in the Team K Saka Agari shonichi performance 3 days before tested positive, and the other 2 entered self-isolation. Because of this, Team K performances as well as the Boku no Taiyou performances were cancelled for a week.

Staff

Music producer EZAKI MASARU died on August 31, 2021 following a coronavirus infection, it was announced on his official homepage on Sept. 6. Ezaki was in his 50s, and had not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Cases

Member Date Notes
 
Takita Kayoko 2020.07.19
Oya Shizuka 2020.08.14
Hama Sayuna 2020.12.26 1st time
Nishikawa Rei 2021.01.26
Mukaichi Mion 2021.06.19
Gyoten Yurina 2021.07.29
Uemi Sorano 2021.08.01
Omori Maho 2021.08.01
Kuranoo Narumi 2021.08.01
Nagano Serika 2021.08.01 1st time
Suzuki Yuka 2021.08.01
Sakaguchi Nagisa 2021.08.01
Tokunaga Remi 2021.08.01
Utada Hatsuka 2021.08.03
Sakagawa Hiyuka 2021.08.03
Fukutome Mitsuho 2021.08.05
Hashimoto Haruna 2021.08.09
Saito Haruna 2021.08.12
Suzuki Kurumi 2021.08.13
Muto Orin 2021.08.13 1st time
Shimoguchi Hinana 2021.08.15 1st time
Taguchi Manaka 2021.08.15 1st time
Yasuda Kana 2021.08.15
Yamabe Ayu 2021.08.15 1st time
Ichikawa Manami 2021.08.16 1st time
Kobayashi Ran 2021.08.17
Shimizu Maria 2021.09.03
Kashiwagi Yuki 2022.01.15 1st time
Oguri Yui 2022.01.30
Nagano Megumi 2022.02.03
Yamauchi Mizuki 2022.02.03
Oda Erina 2022.02.03
Nagatomo Ayami 2022.04.03
Kawahara Misaki 2022.04.26
Utada Hatsuka 2022.04.26 2nd time
Ichikawa Manami 2022.04.28 2nd time
Shimoguchi Hinana 2022.04.28 2nd time
Taguchi Manaka 2022.04.28 2nd time
Hattori Yuna 2022.04.28
Mogi Shinobu 2022.04.28
Yamabe Ayu 2022.04.28 2nd time
Shinozaki Ayana 2022.05.21
Fukuoka Seina 2022.06.26
Chiba Erii 2022.06.28
Ma Chia-Ling 2022.06.28
Mukaichi Mion 2022.06.28 2nd time
Yoshihashi Yuzuka 2022.06.28
Asai Nanami 2022.06.28
Kuranoo Narumi 2022.06.28 2nd time
Muto Orin 2022.06.29 2nd time
Otake Hitomi 2022.06.29
Nagano Serika 2022.06.30 2nd time
Kashiwagi Yuki 2022.07.09 2nd time
Okada Nana 2022.07.22
Sato Kiara 2022.07.25
Onishi Momoka 2022.07.25
Hama Sayuna 2022.07.25 2nd time
Yoshikawa Nanase 2022.07.25
Okabe Rin 2022.07.26
Murayama Yuiri 2022.07.27
Tokunaga Remi 2022.07.27 2nd time
Kohama Kokone 2022.07.28
Hasegawa Niina 2022.07.28
Okada Rina 2022.07.31
Muto Tomu 2022.08.10
Yoshida Karen 2022.08.16
Takaoka Kaoru 2022.09.13
Ota Yuki 2022.09.17
Takahashi Sayaka 2022.09.19
Michieda Saki 2022.11.07
Ishiwata Sena 2022.11.14
Mizushima Miyuu 2022.11.15
Hashimoto Eriko 2022.11.17

SKE48


Events

On October 5, 2019, Takayanagi Akane announced her graduation from SKE48. Her graduation concert was scheduled for 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan. On April 10th, 2021, her graduation concert was held with an audience less than 50% of the venue's capacity.

On December 15, 2019, Kataoka Narumi annouced her graduation from the group. Her graduation ceremony was scheduled for April 2, 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan. In November, the ceremony was announced for December 31st. This date was postponed again after SKE48 temporarily halted theater performances, following Fukushi Nao's positive COVID-19 case on December 27th. Her graduation ceremony was held on January 20, 2021.

On February 7, 2020, Matsui Jurina announced her graduation from the group. Her graduation concert was scheduled for September 26th and 27th at Nippon Gaishi Hall and her farewell stage for October 5th at SKE48 Theater, but both were eventually postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 11th, 2021, her graduation concert was held with an audience less than 50% of the venue's capacity.

SKE48 cancelled their appearance at JAM EXPO 2020-2021 in Yokohama Arena, following several confirmed cases among members. They were scheduled to appear on August 27, 2021.

SKE48 cancelled their SKE48 13th Anniversary Concert in Nippon Gaishi Hall. They were scheduled to perform on September 25th and 26th, 2021.

Theater

All theater performances between August 27 and September 5, 2021 were cancelled following several confirmed cases among SKE48 members.

On January 2022, all stage performances are suspended due to Omicron cases.

From the end of January 2022, SKE48 change the birthday and graduation performance with talk event (members who were celebrating their birthdays or graduating at that time performed a song in solo)

Cases

Member Date Notes
 
Fukushi Nao 2020.12.27
Sugiyama Aika 2021.08.02
Ota Ayaka 2021.08.02
Mizuno Airi 2021.08.08 1st time
Furuhata Nao 2021.08.24
Arai Yuki 2021.08.27
Ego Yuna 2021.08.27
Okamoto Ayaka 2021.08.27 1st time
Hidaka Yuzuki 2021.08.27
Hayashi Mirei 2021.08.27 1st time
Aoki Shiori 2021.08.29
Iriuchijima Sayaka 2021.08.29 1st time
Fujimoto Fuyuka 2021.08.29 1st time
Ito Miki 2021.08.29 1st time
Asai Yuka 2021.08.31 1st time
Kamata Natsuki 2021.08.31
Nishii Mio 2021.08.31
Kawashima Miharu 2021.09.02
Aoumi Hinano 2022.01.07
Suzuki Ena 2022.01.08
Sato Kaho 2022.01.14
Sugawara Maya 2022.01.14
Suda Akari 2022.01.24
Kamimura Ayuka 2022.02.08
Okamoto Ayaka 2022.02.08 2nd time
Mizuno Airi 2022.02.08 2nd time
Asai Yuka 2022.02.08 2nd time
Sakamoto Marin 2022.02.10
Suenaga Oka 2022.02.10
Kito Mikuru 2022.02.28
Ito Miki 2022.04.23 2nd time
Iriuchijima Sayaka 2022.04.25 2nd time
Fujimoto Fuyuka 2022.04.25 2nd time
Aoki Rika 2022.04.26
Nakano Airi 2022.04.26
Saito Makiko 2022.04.27
Inoue Ruka 2022.04.29
Oba Mina 2022.04.29
Hayashi Mirei 2022.05.13 2nd time
Tanabe Mizuki 2022.05.16
Hirano Momona 2022.07.14
Akahori Kimie 2022.07.21
Ishiguro Yuzuki 2022.07.21
Tsuzuki Rika 2022.07.21
Nakasaka Miyu 2022.07.21
Arano Himeka 2022.07.22
Ishizuka Mizuki 2022.07.22
Otani Yuki 2022.07.22
Takeuchi Nanami 2022.07.22
Matsumoto Chikako 2022.07.22
Suzuki Kokona 2022.07.23
Kitagawa Yoshino 2022.07.24
Sawada Kanon 2022.07.26
Yamamura Sakura 2022.08.01
Aikawa Honoka 2022.11.21

NMB48


Formation Changes

Between January 20 and 22, 2021, Team N, Team M and Team BII would all be disbanded. As of 2022, the teams were reformed as part of the NMB48 Team Shuffle 2022.

Releases

On March 29, 2020, NMB48 announced their twenty-third single, Datte Datte Datte, for release on May 13th. Although the senbatsu, covers, tracklists, and music video were published in the following weeks, the single was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions; only the title track was released as a digital single on the original date. The single was officially released on August 19th.

Events

On March 2, 2021, Shiroma Miru announced her graduation during the final concert of NAMBATTLE ~Tatakawana NMB Chauyarou!~. Her graduation concert was scheduled for May 29th and 30th at Osaka-Jo Hall, but was postponed due to COVID-19 state of emergency extension. It was rescheduled for August 15th.

NAMBATTLE2 ~Gamushara ni Narana NMB Chauyaro!~ was held between January - March 2022. On March 14th, the fourth round of performances for Team BII Kenkyuusei's group battle was cancelled due to confirmed cases among members. On March 21st, Asao Momoka, Lee Siyeon, and Yoshino Misaki withdrew from the semi-final round of NMB48's game match due to confirmed COVID-19 cases. On March 25th, it was announced that the number of final round judges for Team N vs. Team M group battle will be reduced from five to four.

Theater

On February 12, 2022, the new Team N performance was scheduled to be held from this day, but the performance was canceled and the shonichi performance was postponed because the cast members showed symptoms of fever. This same day, three Team M's performances scheduled for February 13-16 were canceled due to the members' infection with the new coronavirus.

Cases

Member Date Notes
 
Shiroma Miru 2020.11.30
Kato Yuuka 2020.12.04 1st time
Shiotsuki Keito 2021.11.10
Wada Miyu 2022.01.25
Shibuya Nagisa 2022.01.26
Kato Yuuka 2022.01.26 2nd time
Yamasaki Amiru 2022.02.02
Kojima Karin 2022.02.12
Jonishi Rei 2022.02.12
Abe Wakana 2022.02.13
Izumi Ayano 2022.02.13
Umeyama Cocona 2022.02.13
Kawakami Chihiro 2022.02.13
Shinzawa Nao 2022.02.13
Minami Haasa 2022.02.13
Hongo Yuzuha 2022.02.13
Yamamoto Mikana 2022.02.14
Deguchi Yuina 2022.02.14
Maeda Reiko 2022.02.14
Sadano Haruka 2022.02.18
Kuroshima Sakura 2022.03.13
Satsuki Aika 2022.03.14
Yoshino Misaki 2022.03.14
Asao Momoka 2022.03.16
Fukuno Ami 2022.03.16
Lee Siyeon 2022.03.17
Matsumoto Mihina 2022.03.17
Kameno Zion 2022.03.23
Sakata Misaki 2022.03.25
Kuroda Fuuwa 2022.03.28
Matsuno Mio 2022.03.28
Manabe Anju 2022.03.28
Hayakawa Yuna 2022.03.29
Tanaka Yukino 2022.03.29
Ike Honoka 2022.03.29 1st time
Tatsumoto Yayoi 2022.03.30
Sumino Wakana 2022.03.30
Yamamoto Hikaru 2022.11.15
Ike Honoka 2022.11.16 2nd time

HKT48


Releases

On December 31, 2020, HKT48 announced their fourteenth single for release on March 10, 2021, to be performed by two Senbatsu. Two weeks later, the single was postponed due to the COVID-19 state of emergency extension. On March 13th, the single's Senbatsu was announced. On April 14th, the title was revealed to be "Kimi to Doko ka e Ikitai," along with a new release date of May 12th.

Events

HKT48 cancelled their appearance at JAM EXPO 2020-2021 in Yokohama Arena, following several confirmed cases among members. They were scheduled to appear on August 27, 2021.

Cases

Member Date Notes
 
Murashige Anna 2020.09.22
Murakawa Bibian 2021.08.05
Oda Ayaka 2021.08.09
Kurihara Sae 2021.08.09
Sakamoto Erena 2021.08.09
Miyazaki Sono 2021.08.09
Kuriyama Rina 2021.08.09
Imamura Maria 2021.08.12
Mizukami Rimika 2021.08.12
Yamauchi Yuna 2021.08.12
Seki Ai 2022.02.17
Tashima Meru 2022.02.17
Toyonaga Aki 2022.02.17
Murakami Wakana 2022.02.17
Sakamoto Rino 2022.02.19
Jitoe Nene 2022.07.22
Ihara Hanna 2022.07.22
Oba Risaki 2022.07.28
Yanase Reia 2022.07.29
Unjo Hirona 2022.08.25

NGT48


Cases

Member Date Notes
 
Nishimura Nanako 2021.08.20 1st time
Ando Chikana 2021.08.20 1st time
Mashimo Kaho 2022.01.26 1st time
Nishimura Nanako 2022.08.01 2nd time
Ando Chikana 2022.08.01 2nd time
Mashimo Kaho 2022.08.05 2nd time
Nara Miharu 2022.08.07
Ogoe Haruka 2022.08.08

STU48


Releases

On March 28, 2020, STU48 announced their fifth single for release on May 27th, to be performed by two Senbatsu: promoted members consisting of 1st Generation and 3rd Draft, and Kenkyuusei members consisting of 2nd Generation. Two weeks later, the single was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. On July 2nd, the title was revealed to be "Omoidaseru Koi wo Shiyou," along with a new release date of September 2nd.

Events

STU48 cancelled their fifth anniversary concert after 13 confirmed cases among members. It was scheduled for May 3, 2022 at Hiroshima Green Arena.

Theater

STU48 management announced the group would terminate theater shows on their ship theater. Due to COVID-19 breakout, the theater was closed from February 2020 to June 2020. In the future STU48 will perform their shows on other ships and/or at ports.

Cases

Member Date Notes
 
Taniguchi Mahina 2021.08.28
Imamura Mitsuki 2022.05.01
Iwata Hina 2022.05.01
Kai Kokoa 2022.05.01 1st time
Takino Yumiko 2022.05.01
Mineyoshi Arisa 2022.05.01
Morishita Maiha 2022.05.01
Oki Yuka 2022.05.01
Kawamata Anna 2022.05.01 1st time
Kojima Aiko 2022.05.01
Sako Himeka 2022.05.01
Takao Sayaka 2022.05.01
Yoshizaki Rinko 2022.05.01
Rissen Momoka 2022.05.01
Ikeda Yura 2022.05.02
Muneyuki Rika 2022.05.02 1st time
Yano Honoka 2022.05.10
Kurushima Yuka 2022.07.19
Osaki Serika 2022.07.21
Yoshida Sara 2022.07.22 1st time
Shinano Soraha 2022.07.23
Kawamata Yuuna 2022.08.19
Kudo Riko 2022.09.29
Ishida Chiho 2022.11.09
Muneyuki Rika 2022.11.11 2nd time
Ishida Minami 2022.11.24
Kai Kokoa 2022.11.24 2nd time
Kawamata Anna 2022.11.24 2nd time
Suzuki Ayaka 2022.11.24
Yoshida Sara 2022.11.24 2nd time
Tanaka Miho 2022.11.25

JKT48


Formation Changes

On February 2, 2021, management announced that due to the impacts of COVID-19, Team J, Team KIII, Team T, and JKT48 Academy would all be disbanded. Only 33 members would remain in the group, and the ones who remained would no longer be split into teams, simply belonging to JKT48. JKT48 10th Generation members who were removed from the group would be given special permissions in the future to bypass the audition period, should they ever wish to audition again.

Cases

Member Date Notes
 
Flora Shafiq 2020.09.23
Febriola Sinambela 2020.10.06
Viona Fadrin 2020.10.27
Angelina Christy 2021.06.15
Dhea Angelia 2021.07.09
Helisma Putri 2021.07.12
Ariella Calista Ichwan 2021.08.03 1st time
Eve Antoinette Ichwan 2021.08.03
Adzana Shaliha 2022.01.27
Kathrina Irene 2022.01.27
Tan Zhi Hui Celine 2022.01.29
Cindy Hapsari Maharani Pujiantoro Putri 2022.02.01
Ariella Calista Ichwan 2022.02.02 2nd time
Jessica Chandra 2022.02.12
Yessica Tamara 2022.02.15
Gabriela Abigail 2022.02.18
Aninditha Rahma Cahyadi 2022.03.24

BNK48


Events

BNK48 9th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo's results were originally supposed to be released on March 22, 2020; however, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was postponed and revealed online instead of having audiences on April 19, 2020.

On December 26, 2020 the BNK48 Sport Day 2020 was originally determined to this date, but was postponed to April 10, 2021, due to COVID-19.

Cases

Member Date Notes
 
Jaokhem 2021.12.22 1st time
Kaimook 2022.02.24
Pakwan 2022.02.28 1st time
Pampam 2022.02.28
Earth 2022.03.13
Mobile 2022.04.18
Minmin 2022.04.25 1st time
Miori Ohkubo 2022.04.26
Hoop 2022.04.26
Earn 2022.04.26
Mean 2022.04.26
Paeyah 2022.04.26
Jennis Oprasert 2022.04.29
Pun 2022.04.29
Fame 2022.04.29
Monet 2022.04.29
Wee 2022.05.30
Gygee 2022.06.02
Eve 2022.06.02
Namsai 2022.06.08
Grace 2022.06.13
Kaofrang 2022.06.13
Peak 2022.06.13
Namneung 2022.06.14
Popper 2022.06.14
Tarwaan 2022.06.14 1st time
Music 2022.06.15
Orn 2022.06.16
Kate 2022.06.20
Cherprang Areekul 2022.06.20
Myyu 2022.06.25
Niky 2022.06.25
Fond 2022.06.26
Noey 2022.06.28
Piam 2022.06.28
Pupe 2022.06.28
Nine 2022.06.28
New 2022.06.29
Jane 2022.08.03 1st time
Kaew 2022.08.03
Pancake 2022.08.03
Yoghurt 2022.08.03
Khamin 2022.09.14
Jaokhem 2022.09.15 2nd time
Pakwan 2022.09.15 2nd time
Wee 2022.10.07
Tarwaan 2022.10.19 2nd time
Jaa 2022.11.18
Jane 2022.11.18 2nd time
Minmin 2022.11.19 2nd time
Phukkhom 2022.11.19

MNL48


Events

The MNL48 3rd General Election's results were supposed to be originally released on April 25, 2020; however, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was postponed and was later revealed online on February 6, 2021.

The 2nd episode of the MNL48 Presents series was changed from I-DOL to Chains due to the production restrictions caused by the pandemic.

Many planned events in 2020 were also cancelled due to the pandemic.

Formation Changes

On February 13, 2021 that only the Top 1 to 36 ranking members will be chosen as the official members of MNL48 and the Top 37 to 48 will be the group's trainees.

Cases

Member Date Notes
 
Alyssa Nicole Garcia 2021.09.08
Maria Jamie Beatrice Alberto 2022.01.12
Bhrianna Chriszell Chua 2022.09.07

SGO48


On December 5, 2021, it was announced that the group would disband after their 3rd year anniversary on December 22nd, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

AKB48 Team TP


Events

Chen Shih-ya's Graduation Concert scheduled for May 14, 2022, has been postponed to July 24 due to the surge of cases in Taiwan.

Cases

Member Date Notes
 
Tsai Yi-jou 2022.05.12
Oyama Mirei 2022.05.12
Lin Jia-ni 2022.05.16
Liu Yu-ching 2022.05.19
Sin Tik-kei 2022.05.19
Chiu Pin-han 2022.05.19
Lin Yu-hsin 2022.05.19
Weng Tung-hsun 2022.06.01
Lee Meng-chun 2022.06.08
Cheng Chia-yu 2022.06.10
Lin Chieh-hsin 2022.06.16
Lin Ting-li 2022.07.11
Miyata Ruka 2022.07.29
Li Cai-jie 2022.09.07
Wu Wan-ling 2022.09.15
Gao Yun-jue 2022.09.22
Kuo Shin-yu 2022.09.22
Lau Hiu-ching 2022.09.22
Pan Tzu-yi 2022.09.22
Chou Chia-an 2022.09.22
Wang Yi-chia 2022.09.23
Chang Fa-fa 2022.09.23
Lin Chieh 2022.10.28
Li Jia-li 2022.10.30
Fujii Mayu 2022.11.03
Tsai Ya-en 2022.11.05
Po Ling 2022.11.11

AKB48 Team SH


Events

On 2020, AKB48 Team SH's 1st Stage shonichi was delayed once from February 15 to June 7 due to COVID-19 outbreak in China.

On March 3, 2022 all stage performances were canceled due to the increase in cases in Shanghai, until new notice.

CGM48


Cases

Member Date Notes
 
Fahsai 2022.04.05
Aom 2022.06.27
Nena 2022.06.28
Nenie 2022.08.01
Ping 2022.08.01
Kyla Ziyun Khoo 2022.08.02
Milk 2022.08.03
Fortune 2022.08.04
Izuta Rina 2022.09.13
Marmink 2022.09.13
Sita 2022.09.13
Champoo 2022.09.14
Kaning 2022.09.14
Jjae 2022.09.15
Kaiwan 2022.09.15
Meen 2022.09.15
Latin 2022.09.15
Mei 2022.09.15
Parima 2022.09.16
Angel 2022.09.27
Punch 2022.09.29
Pim 2022.11.09

DEL48


On October 9, 2020, their producer announced indefinite suspension of the group's activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 13, 2022 DEL48 and MUB48 has officially ended, after being previously 'postponed'.

MUB48


On July 13, 2022 DEL48 and MUB48 has officially ended, after being previously 'postponed'.

Nogizaka46


Events

On January 6th 2020, Shiraishi Mai announced her graduation from the group. Her graduation concert was scheduled for May 5th-7th at Tokyo Dome, but was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. On October 28th, her graduation concert was held virtually, with an estimated viewership of 680,000.

On February 23rd 2021, the Nogizaka46 9th YEAR BIRTHDAY LIVE was held, although originally scheduled to have a live audience in attendance, due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was later changed to an online concert. Later in March and May, each generation had their own BIRTHDAY LIVE online concert, with the 2nd Generation Live being Hori Miona's graduation concert. In late May, the group held the Nogizaka46 Under Live 2021 online as well, being the last live for Ito Junna and Watanabe Miria.

On June 22nd and 23rd 2021, the group resumed in-person concerts with Sa~ Yu~ Ready? Sayuringo Gundan Live/Matsumura Sayuri Graduation Concert. The live was also streamed online.

From July to August 2021, the group went on their yearly summer tour, Nogizaka46 Summer National Tour 2021. Both dates in Fukuoka (August 21 & 22) were streamed online as it was the 10th Anniversary of the group's formation and Ozono Momoko's graduation concert, respectively. However, their final tour dates at Tokyo Dome (September 8 & 9) were postponed due to increased COVID-19 cases. This was to be Takayama Kazumi's graduation concert, so her graduation was postponed indefinitely.

Cases

Member Date Notes
 
Sato Kaede 2020.08.27 1st time
Yoda Yuuki 2020.08.27
Yoshida Ayano Christie 2021.01.09 1st time
Ito Riria 2022.02.02 1st time
Tamura Mayu 2022.02.02
Iwamoto Renka 2022.02.03
Mukai Hazuki 2022.03.12
Yumiki Nao 2022.03.13
Hayakawa Seira 2022.03.16
Higuchi Hina 2022.03.17
Suzuki Ayane 2022.03.20
Seimiya Rei 2022.03.26
Tsutsui Ayame 2022.03.26
Yamazaki Rena 2022.03.28
Hayashi Runa 2022.03.28
Okuda Iroha 2022.03.30
Kanagawa Saya 2022.03.30
Kitagawa Yuri 2022.03.30
Sato Kaede 2022.03.30 2nd time
Sato Rika 2022.03.30
Nakamura Reno 2022.03.30 1st time
Matsuo Miyu 2022.03.30
Yakubo Mio 2022.03.30
Yoshida Ayano Christie 2022.03.30 2nd time
Wada Maaya 2022.03.30
Saito Asuka 2022.04.09
Yamashita Mizuki 2022.04.09
Yoda Yuuki 2022.05.10 2nd time
Kubo Shiori 2022.07.23
Ito Riria 2022.08.23 2nd time
Tomisato Nao 2022.08.28
Okamoto Hina 2022.09.03
Sugawara Satsuki 2022.09.28
Kawasaki Sakura 2022.09.30
Nakamura Reno 2022.10.02 2nd time
Kaki Haruka 2022.11.11

Keyakizaka46Sakurazaka46


Releases

The group's documentary, Bokutachi no Uso to Shinjitsu: Documentary of Keyakizaka46 was originally scheduled to release on April 3, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the release date was postponed until September 6, 2020. The documentary was later released on Blu-Ray and DVD on February 3, 2021.

Events

On April 15th and 15th, 2020, the planned "Keyakizaka46 4th YEAR ANNIVERSARY LIVE" was cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Later on May 29th, the planned Keyaki Republic concert for 2020 was also cancelled. However, on July 16th the group held their first online concert with KEYAKIZAKA46 Live Online, but with YOU! where the group announced that they would be rebranding from Keyakizaka46. The estimated total number of viewers reached 300,000. On September 27th, the group held a second online live, KEYAKIZAKA46 Live Online, AEON CARD with YOU!.

On October 12th and 13th, 2020, the group held their final live as Keyakizaka46, Keyakizaka46 THE LAST LIVE, as an online broadcast. In the finale of the second day, they premiered their first song as Sakurazaka46, Nobody's fault. The estimated total number of viewers for both days was 570,000.

On December 8th, 2020, Sakurazaka46 held their first live with their new name: Sakurazaka46 Debut Countdown Live!! The live had no in-person audience, and was instead broadcast live in theaters across Japan. Following the release of their 1st and 2nd Singles, the group held mini online lives where they performed each song on the respective single.

In June 2021, Sakurazaka46 resumed in-person concerts with BACKS LIVE!! and later with W-KEYAKI FES. 2021. However due to the pandemic, the group continues to have online viewing capabilities for these concerts. The in-person concerts also require the audience members to wear a mask at all times and prohibit shouting and fan-calls.

On July 22nd and 24th, 2022, Sakurazaka46 was scheduled to hold two concerts as part of W-KEYAKI FES. 2022. However, several members tested positive for COVID-19 days before the event, and the concerts were cancelled. Fans were refunded for their tickets. The hashtag #いつもありがとう櫻坂46 (“Thank you always Sakurazaka46”) trended on Twitter in response to the cancellation. Sakurazaka46’s sister group Hinatazaka46 continued to perform at the event.

Additionally, Sakurazaka46 has not had any in-person handshake events for their 1st to 3rd Singles. Instead, the group has opted for online "Meet & Greets (ミート&グリート)" through Fortune Music's "fortune meets" app.

Cases

Member Date Notes
 
Watanabe Risa 2022.03.27
Koike Minami 2022.07.21
Kobayashi Yui 2022.07.21
Sugai Yuuka 2022.07.21
Onuma Akiho 2022.07.21
Morita Hikaru 2022.07.21
Uemura Rina 2022.07.23
Habu Mizuho 2022.07.23
Endo Hikari 2022.07.23
Fujiyoshi Karin 2022.07.23
Matsuda Rina 2022.07.23
Yamasaki Ten 2022.07.23
Saito Fuyuka 2022.07.29
Ozono Rei 2022.08.24
Kosaka Marino 2022.08.26
Masumoto Kira 2022.08.26

Hinatazaka46


Releases

Hinatazaka46's seventh single, "Boku Nanka," was originally scheduled to release on May 11, 2022, but was postponed to June 1st after a cluster of members tested positive in early April.

Events

On March, 2020, Hinatazaka46 National Spring Arena Tour 2020 was to be Hinatazaka46's first Arena Tour that was postponed and ultimately cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, the tour came to fruition with the online concert, HINATAZAKA46 Live Online, YES! with YOU! ~"22nin" no Ongakutai to Fuugawarina~.

On December 24, 2020, Hinakuri 2020 ~Obake Hotel to 22nin no Santa Claus~ concert was initially planned to be held in Tokyo Dome but was held online due to COVID-19.

Additionally, Hinatazaka46 has not had any in-person handshake events for their 5th to 6th Singles. Instead, the group has opted for online "Meet & Greets (ミート&グリート)" through Fortune Music's "fortune meets" app.

Cases

Member Date Notes
 
Hamagishi Hiyori 2022.03.26
Takamoto Ayaka 2022.04.02
Ushio Sarina 2022.04.05
Kato Shiho 2022.04.05
Saito Kyoko 2022.04.05
Sasaki Kumi 2022.04.05
Sasaki Mirei 2022.04.05 1st time
Higashimura Mei 2022.04.05
Kanemura Miku 2022.04.05
Kawata Hina 2022.04.05
Kosaka Nao 2022.04.05 1st time
Matsuda Konoka 2022.04.05
Miyata Manamo 2022.04.05
Watanabe Miho 2022.04.05
Kamimura Hinano 2022.04.05
Takahashi Mikuni 2022.04.05 1st time
Morimoto Marie 2022.04.05
Yamaguchi Haruyo 2022.04.05
Kageyama Yuka 2022.07.22
Sasaki Mirei 2022.07.25 2nd time
Takase Mana 2022.07.25
Tomita Suzuka 2022.07.25
Nibu Akari 2022.07.25
Kosaka Nao 2022.07.28 2nd time
Takahashi Mikuni 2022.07.29 2nd time

Yoshimotozaka46


On October 29, 2021, it was announced that the group would suspend its activities from February 2022 and would enter "hibernation".

Cases

Member Date Notes
 
Obara Yoshio 2020.07.07
Machaaki 2020.07.07
Sakakibara Tetsuji 2020.07.12
Yamamoto Keiichi 2020.08.13
Endo Shozo 2020.08.15
A-NON 2020.12.03
Fujii Nao 2020.12.03
Fujimori Renge 2020.12.03
Ogawa Haruna 2020.12.04
Kikuchi Kosuke 2020.12.04
Kihara Miyu 2020.12.04
Satake Masafumi 2020.12.04
Takano Yui 2020.12.04
Tada Tomohiro 2020.12.04
Hara Kodai 2020.12.04
HIDEBOH 2020.12.04
Matsuura Shiho 2020.12.04
Maruirui 2020.12.04
Hinata 2020.12.10
Koumoto Junichi 2021.05.26 1st time
Ehara Masahiro 2021.08.13
Otake 2021.08.14
Oochi Yosuke 2021.08.21
Takashi 2022.01.17
Koumoto Junichi 2022.02.01 2nd time

SNH48


Events

On August 2, 2021 the management officially announces that the SNH48 8th Senbatsu Election on August 7th will be held online only without an audience due to COVID-19 Delta variant surges in China. They will work with its ticketing partners to issue full refunds to fans who had already purchased offline concert tickets. August 8th and 9th handshake event is being rescheduled to September 11th and 12th.

On January, 2022 the SNH48 REQUEST TIME 8th Edition BEST 50 concert it was finally held on a tv set, it was originally planned for a concert venue. This change was made at the last minute and was due to the restrictions imposed due to the pandemic.

Due to the strict restrictions in Shanghai, the SNH48 9th Senbatsu Election Concert will be held in Guangzhou for the first time.

Theater

On March 10, 2022 all stage performances were canceled due to the increase in cases in Shanghai, until new notice.

Due to the increase in cases and the closure of the theater, Jiang Yun's graduation stage, which was scheduled for March 27, has been postponed until further notice.

Because the theater's closure has been extended into June, 2022, the management designed a new indoor stage for online broadcasts only, with no audience. These broadcasts can only be viewed for a fee. Finally, on June 18, the theater reopened its doors with a performance by Team X, but without audience.

GNZ48


Formation Changes

As an expansion on the system that all SNH48 sister groups have used for online shows during the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to discover the various sparks of co-operation among the members, provide fans with a better watching experience, while maintaining the development vitality of GNZ48, GNZ48 implemented the new Class 4 and Class 8 "teams" while retaining the 3 existing teams. In the future, the members will perform either in teams or classes.

Theater

All team performances were suspended until June 2021, instead the Class 4 and Class 8 stages were kept. After this, the Team NIII 3rd Stage new shonichi includes some songs with an updated version, known as "Fiona N. (RESTART)"

On August, 2021 some performances were again canceled due to the increase in cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant in China.

On February 18, 2022, as two of their members were travelling in the same high speed train carriage with a close contact of COVID-19 recently, GNZ48 will cancel the theater stages scheduled for a week since February 18. On February 22, after all members and staff going through appropriate testing and isolation as necessary, everyone returned with negative results.

On March 13, 2022 all stage performances with audience were canceled due to the increase in cases in Guangzhou, all performances will be online.

BEJ48


Formation Changes

On September 4, 2020, the BEJ48's management announced that due to the impacts of COVID-19 and the months-long closure of their theater, Team B, Team E, Team J and Trainee would all be disbanded. Most members from these teams were transferred to SNH48, and the ones who remained would no longer be split into teams, simply belonging to BEJ48.

Theater

BEJ48 Theater was officially closed on September 4, 2020, after months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From this point on they will make their performances in non-permanent theaters.

On August, 2021 all stages performances were canceled due to the increase in cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant.

On November, all stages with audience were canceled due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, also the senshuuraku of BEJ48 1st Stage was postponed.

Fan LuYuan's graduation stage was originally scheduled to January 16 but was posponed to 23 due to Omicron variant outbreak.

CKG48


Events

In August, 2021 all stages performances were canceled due to the increase in cases of the Delta variant in China.

On November, all stages with audience were canceled due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, from that moment all presentations will be online until further notice.

On March 2022, all stage performances were canceled again due to new outbreaks of coronavirus in China.

Charity

Some groups released dedicated songs to support all the victims of COVID-19, as well as the volunteers on the frontline of the COVID-19 relief effort.

Trivia

  • On August, 2020, Seiji Reina and one NGT48's staff member gave a positive result of the COVID-19 antibody test, therefore, PCR was announced for all members and staff members, with a total of 69 negative results, including Seiji Reina who previously had a positive antibody test result.
  • Kato Yuuka was the first active member to be infected twice, in 2020 and 2022 respectively.
  • Considering that COVID-19 started in China, no member from AKB48 Team SH and SNH48 Group has been reported as a positive case.

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