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Itano Tomomi to graduate from AKB48 this year

February 1, 2013 @ 3:53 pm
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On February 1st, it was announced that Itano Tomomi would be graduating from AKB48 this year.

Itano's graduation was announced in AKB48's documentary film, 'DOCUMENTARY OF AKB48: NO FLOWER WITHOUT RAIN Shoujo Tachi wa Namida no Ato ni Nani wo Miru?'. During a stage greeting, Itano herself announced, "I'm Itano Tomomi from Team K. I made a sudden announcement through this interview, but I, Itano Tomomi, will graduate from AKB48."

"The interview for this documentary was supposed to be about the members of AKB48, their scandals last year, AKB48 in the future, and the graduation of (Maeda) Atsuko, but my feelings towards graduation became stronger. I decided to announce it like this."

Itano shared that she had been discussing her graduation with producer Akimoto Yasushi stating, "When I confirmed to Akimoto-sensei that I had expressed my true feelings (during the filming of the movie), he told me 'okay'. It could've been cut out during the editing, but I had them use it." When she expressed, "Although my time with the fans and members are running out, I would like to enjoy it. Thank you," there were fans who cried out, "Don't quit!"

Regarding the timing of the announcement, Itano revealed, "I actually wanted to wait until our spring concert to announce it, but I expressed my true feelings in the interview." She also mentioned that she talked to Maeda Atsuko about it. "I'm good friends with Atsuko and I have been influenced by her, but I needed to decide on my own path myself. It's not that I made this decision in a hurry, but I want both of us to do our best."

Finally, Itano stated, "We haven't decided on the day yet, but I will announce it once it has been decided. I want to enjoy the time that I have left. I also want to enjoy it as a first generation member."

Itano is one of AKB48's starting members along with Maeda Atsuko and Takahashi Minami. In January of 2011, she became the first member from the group to make her solo debut.

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Source & Image(s): Oricon
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