Japanese pop band AKB48 includes more than 120 members.
Rino Sashihara, 2016 election winner
AKB48 fans watch the election campaign posters prior to the group's general election announcement in 2013.
"Negaigoto no Mochigusare" album cover
Yui Yokoyama, the team leader of AKB48
The Japanese pop group AKB48 at the charity concert MTV Video Music Aid Japan at Chiba City in suburban Tokyo on June 25, 2011.
Japanese pop group AKB48 performed at the Lincoln Theater in Washington on March 27, 2012.
A fan of Japanese girl pop group AKB48 takes a picture of a poster with members of AKB48 at a cafe in Tokyo on May 26, 2014.
Ayaka Umeda (2L), Minami Takahashi (C) and Minami Minegishi (2R) of Japanese pop group AKB48 pose with Japanese ambassador to the US Ichiro Fujisaki (R) and Diana Mayhew, President of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, after a press conference at the Japanese ambassador's residence in Washington on March 26, 2012. The band was in the US capital as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the mayor of Tokyo to the city of Washington.
AKB48 poses for photographs on the red carpet during the MTV Video Music Aid Japan at Makuhari Messe on June 25, 2011 in Chiba, Japan.
JAKB48 sister group JKT48 performs at the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival on March 1, 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia.