Mion’s 2017 Sousenkyo Speech

I’m Mukaichi Mion from AKB48 Team K. Everyone who supported me, thank you very much.

I’ve been given many chances since joining the group and I’ve been nothing but happy these past 4 years. But I think this is the first time in my life that I’ve had such a regrettable experience. However, I love AKB48. There’s no telling what will happen to me but because I love AKB48, I’ll absolutely use this ranking as a spring. I’ll continue to do my best aiming towards the top.

Truthfully, there’s something I’ve wanted to say ever since I’ve been part of senbatsu and I dare say it here. The current AKB is greatly supported by our sister group members, we’re being helped but I think that shouldn’t be the case. After all, AKB should be the center of the 48 [group] no matter what because I believe our desire to continue being the best hasn’t changed. And certainly, I want to help pull AKB. So I’d like to declare that AKB48 belongs to AKB48 and we can’t just give it up to everybody else.

17th place… I really do still have a long way to go but please continue to support me in the future. Thank you very much.