Published on 06-15-2013 01:40 AM
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By Michael Cucek
June 14, 2013, 8:53am
AKB48 performing at Seibu Dome, Saitama prefecture, Japan. Kazuhiro Yokozeki for The New York Times
TOKYO — On Saturday night, 70,000 people gathered at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama to hear the results of an election for one of Japan’s most famous institutions. Fuji Television, the country’s biggest commercial television network, broadcast the event live for four-and-a-half hours. At the moment the winner was announced, one-third of television sets in Kanto, the region around Tokyo and the home to one-third of all Japanese, were tuned in.