On February 23, NMB48 member Fukumoto Aina announced that she would graduate from the group in order to pursue her career as a variety talent. The announcement was made during team N’s “Dareka no Tame ni” revival stage performance held at NMB48 theater in Namba, Osaka.
On NMB48’s official blog, Fukumoto explained, “I started having a strong feeling that I want to challenge as a talent, and improve my variety skills, so I have decided to change my path to become a variety talent, and to stand on the starting line once again.”
She continued, “I didn’t come up with the answer without much thought, and I do not regret my decision to graduate. I feel like I was able to take one step toward my dream. I know it won’t be an easy path, but I am ready to overcome it. That’s why I will study a lot more than now, and will make my dream come true for sure.”
Fukumoto ended her comment with, “I will work hard so that I can show myself shining to you fans who have supported me until now, staff members, my family and friends, and also the members who I’ve spent every day and walked up to here together. I will be happy if you can watch over me warmly. I love NMB48. Please continue to support me.”
More details on her graduation including the graduation date will be announced later.