PM Prayut shakes hands with AKB48
- 13 Sep 2018 at 13:47
- Newspaper section: Video
Six members of Japanese idol girl group AKB48 performed before Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at Government House on Thursday during a visit to prepare for their Bangkok concert in December. — Video from Hotline PM Facebook account
Prime Minister's Office Minister Kobsak Pootrakul introduced Gen Prayut to Nanami Asai, Erii Chiba, Saho Iwatate, Shinobu Mogi, Chiyori Nakanishi and Yukari Sasaki.
The prime minister welcomed them by saying relations between Thailand and Japan had continued for centuries.
He also said that the upcoming concert of AKB48 would draw a lot of audiences and forge bilateral relations in cultural and tourism terms. He also praised Japanese investors in Thailand for being responsible and helping develop the country.
The six AKB48 members danced with their popular song Koi Suru Fortune Cookie before the prime minister who said the song encouraged people to give moral support to one another while going through hard times.