On October 12th, Morning Musume's Michishige Sayumi became the member with the longest tenure in the group's history.
Michishige joined the group as a 6th generation member on January 19, 2003. The 12th marked 3,920 days since she's been in the group. She has surpassed Niigaki Risa who previously held this record.
Michishige reported on her official blog, "The date changed so now it's 10/12... As of today, I, Michishige Sayumi, have the longest tenure among the successive members of Morning Musume. That is... I've set a new record for the longest tenure!!" She also revealed, "My 11th year since entering Morning Musume... I never thought I would be the longest member in Morning Musume, so I'm happy!! Of course I'm feeling this way!! But honestly, I also feel, is it okay for me to be the longest member?"
Michishige continued by expressing, "It is such an honor, and I am very grateful! It's all thanks to everyone who always support me. Thank you very very much!!!!" She then talked about her love for the group, "When I think back at it, my love for Morning Musume has always been strong, for 11 years, since I entered until now. In Morning Musume, there are many difficult and frustrating things, there are even times when I get lonely, but I was able to make it this far because of my love and faith in Morning Musume. This will never change."
Finally, she said, "From now on, I will work even harder. Please continue to support me."
Source & Image: Cinema Today
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