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The election ceremony takes place at the legendary Nippon Budokan, home to historic performances by the Beatles and Bob Dylan.
There's no limit on the number of ballots, meaning fans sometimes buy tens or hundreds of copies of one single in order to help their favorite member to the top; it puts a whole new spin on the phrase "voting with your wallet." Ballots for last year's election came with copies of the single "Manatsu no Sounds Good!I'm not sure I know any Japanese people who would admit to liking AKB48, let alone owning any of their CDs.