Yuko Oshima has won a much-heralded popularity contest for all-girl pop group AKB48. Oshima, 23, garnered 108,837 votes in AKB48s fourth “general election” Wednesday. Fans cast ballots to select 64 members, including 16 to sing on the groups 27th single, which will be released in August.
In second place was 18-year-old Mayu Watanabe. Atsuko Maeda, the previous years front-runner, withdrew from the contest as she will be “graduating” from AKB48 this summer.