Earlier in February, AKB48 announced that they would be donating a total of 30 buses called ‘AKBus‘ to Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima Prefectures. On April 14th, the group held a handshake event at Kleenex Stadium Miyagi, where they presented the ‘AKBus’ for the very first time.

AKB48 donated 30 buses to the disaster-stricken areas to coincide with the new school year. Before their handshake event, they held a presentation ceremony, where they gifted the vehicles and keys to Miyagi’s Yamamoto City vice major, Hirama Hidehiro.

Takahashi Minami greeted, “I hope that these buses will become a means of transportation for everyone. AKB48 will continue to support in reconstructing disaster-stricken areas.” Vice mayor Hirama thanked the girls saying, “These buses we’ve received, we will use them as town buses.

When AKB48 held an event for “Flying Get” and “Kaze wa Fuiteiru” last year, 6,000 fans gathered to meet the girls. Oshima Yuko called out, “It’s been 5 months since we last came to visit everyone in Tohoku. We want to liven up this venue with everyone!

The group then performed a total of 9 songs including, “GIVE ME FIVE!” and “Heavy Rotation“.

Alongside Takahashi and Oshima, the members who were present at this event were, Itano Tomomi,Kasai TomomiKashiwagi YukiKitahara RieKuramochi AsukaKojima HarunaSashihara RinoShinoda MarikoTakajo AkiMaeda AtsukoMinegishi MinamiMiyazawa Sae, andYokohama Yui.

Take a look at pictures from the event below!