AKB48 General Election canceled

The 9th “General Election” of new members for the hugely popular girls’ pop group “AKB48,” and a concurrently scheduled special concert scheduled for today (Saturday) at Toyosaki Chura Sun Beach, has been cancelled because of forecast heavy rains.

The venue and stage were almost complete, but the seasonal rainy front still stays over Okinawa Island, stretching this year’s rainy season longer than usual.

The forecast by the Okinawa Metrological Observatory for Saturday, June 16th. for Tomigusuku City calls for “heavy rain from afternoon through evening, and occasional thunder storms.” The forecast put the chance of rain at 80%.

Organizers of the event announced that because of the forecast, they decided to cancel the event for the safety of the fans. They added that everyone who has purchased tickets can get a refund. They say they’re still trying to arrange the event to be held at another venue, including a live broadcast.