Thank you for supporting the AKB48 group. We will not be holding AKB Groups annual event “AKB48 Senbatsu Sousenkyo” this year, which has been held 10 times and welcomed a convergence last year. AKB48 group will continue to work hard everyday to strive to become a group that fans will want to support from their heart. We look forward to your continued support.
No word on why this was done and I honestly don’t know enough to speculate on potential reasons.
It would seem like this was like printing money every year, but perhaps they’re just resetting the stage after a decade of doing it.