This is translation of Takajo Aki interview by weekly magazine “EX大衆”(EX taishu) JUNE edition 2014.5.15.Cover girl is Yokoyama Yui (Yuihan).
TITLE : Takajo Aki’s “Story 2 years after from the time ”
2 years ago, there was drop of tears on her eyes. There is a big difference rank 16 as media Senbatsu between rank 17 as under girl. Takajo - got various experience like being member of JKT48 - talk about “The meanings of Sosenkyo”.
Changed my mind about Rnking in SOSENKYO
Q: Now you returned to AKB48, how do you feel about this 2years?
A: It was good opportunity to think about my propose of living again. When I got rank 17 at Sosenkyo 2012, I couldn’t stop crying a few days. At that time Shi-chan (Ooya Shizuka) and Kitarie (Kitahara Rie) came my home to encourage me and I could stand up again.
Q: How was your life at Jakarta as a member of JKT48?
A: There were some big change on my way to think. I got so many experiences which made me noticed how little things what I worried was. For example, we had to adjust schedule of lesson because each members have different religion.
It seems that indonesian people's way to catch rhythm is different from that of japan, so I proposed AKB’s way which suite lyric of music.
On other part, I tried to teach basic part like how to use back room usefully. For example I told them to help some members who have to change cloths fast.
I had a role like a people who start up a group from really basic part.
I communicated with staffs and Harugon (Nakagawa Haruka) communicated with members.
We had each different roles.
What does SOSENKYO mean for an experienced person
Q：Now the season SOSENKYO has come, how do you feel about it?
A：2 years ago I thought ranking is most important thing but now I don’t think so.
Rankikng of SOSENKYO is just ranking in AKB group. If we go to whole show business wold, we have to start from at first step but AKB members have to grasp their value in whole group.
SOSENKYO is good opportunity to think about What I’m doing is correct or not, what do fans think about it.
When we get the result, we can motivate ourselves, compete with other members and brush up each other.
It is impossible to jump up to top-level in show business wold without tough fighting spirit.So SOSENKYO is good chance to study what do we have to do.
I really appreciate fans who vote for me. When the date SOSENKYO coming soon, so many fans cheer up me and say “Let's do our best together ” . I feel the bonds between us became more tightly.
Q：I'm sorry if i made you feel bad but You all look so much more mature than before.
A：I had so various experience so far. Now there are some offer for me ( it means “not AKB group”) and my mind is changing. There are so many young member now, and I want to support them to activate whole AKB group. I like young girls because I have a young sister. And I take lesson of acting because I want to become actress. I will make my dream come true!
I was really encouraged by the people who were waiting for me so long time whole I came to Jakarta, came to theater. I will try my best to repay for fans!
I didn’t have chance to tell my mind after transfer to JKT48, so I’m glad to have opportunity to inform.