Many of you remember the announcement of a “Taiwan 48” which was made way back in May of this year, but haven’t heard anything about it since. Instead of updates on Taiwan, Indonesia’s JKT48 seemed to be moving forward at a very fast rate. Many have speculated that the project quietly fizzled in the past 5 months, but it seems like the project is still on.
It was announced that the Taiwanese group will officially become TPE48, for “Taipei 48”; becoming the second official overseas group of “idols you can meet”. Their projected debut date lies around summer of next year. Will Akimoto write their songs? Will that responsibility be given to local composers? Will the songs simply be translated Japanese songs? How often will they make singles? These overseas groups just creates a million questions and worries about their success, as well as how it will affect the current 48 groups in Japan.