Yoshimoto idol group YGA announces breakup
On November 9th, the 10-member idol group YGA (Yoshimoto Gravure Agency) of the Yoshimoto Creative Agency shocked their fans when they suddenly announced after their one-man concert at LUMINE the YOSHIMOTO in Shinjuku, Tokyo that they will be breaking up on March 3rd, 2013 – the Girl’s Festival in Japan.
Their leader Tani Yukako (21) suddenly addressed their fans and said, “We have an important announcement to make.” She continued in tears, “All members of YGA are going to graduate on March 3rd. We’ve discussed this together with all of the members and the staff and came to the conclusion that this is the right decision in order to advance forward.”
Member Hayashi Sanae (20) expressed, “It has always been our dream to perform at the Shinagawa Stellar Ball and on March 3rd, we are going to perform our graduation concert there. It’s thanks to all of you that we were able to have so many dreams. We’re going to give out best until that day and we hope that you will support us (until the end).”
Though their fans were quite shocked by this announcement, they responded with loud “YGA” cheers in order to show the girls that they can rely on their support.
The Yoshimoto agency is known for its many great entertainers, but YGA was their very first self-produced idol group. YGA made their CD debut in July 2008 and has been trying to make a name for themselves amidst this tough competition. After five years, their journey will come to an end on March 3rd, 2013 along with the very last single for their fans. Now the Osaka-based idol group NMB48 will be the only idol group attached to Yoshimoto.