AKB48 members traveling overseas for upcoming TV show

Yasushi Akimoto, producer of the mega-popular idol group AKB48 and its offshoots, has announced a “study abroad” program for his girls.

Akimoto, who often uses expressions from the worlds of education and politics as euphemisms for business activities carried out by his performers, has announced the “study abroad” program via the AKB48 Google+ page.

It is thought that the project is to become a TV show in which young Japanese girls from AKB48 are sent abroad to spend between six months and a year with their counterparts in Indonesia JKT48, Shanghai SNH48 and and Taiwan TPE48, Nikkan Sports reports.

It has not yet been confirmed who will be appearing in the show, although the group’s Google+ page says that the management are now “accepting applications.”