AKB48 Team B member Umeta Ayano has announced her graduation from the group.
Umeta made the announcement on November 14 during a live concert at AKB48 Theater. On the group's official website, she explained, "I am extremely interested in becoming an actress. I want to move many people's hearts with my expressions. I decided to graduate as I wanted to take a step into a new world."
Umeta will continue to participate in handshake events until March 12. Details on her graduation concert will be revealed at a later date.
Umeta joined AKB48 as a 13th generation kenkyuusei. In 2013, she became a member of Team 4, then transferred to Team B in February of 2014.