On February 16, SKE48 member Sakai Mei announced her graduation during 'SKE48 Festival' at SKE48 Theater.
Sakai is planning on graduating in late-March. With this, her participation in AKB48's handshake event for their album "Thumbnail" has been canceled.
Sakai also made the announcement via Twitter (@mei_chan1213) saying, "I will do my best in my own way until the end of March, so please cheer me on!"
Sakai joined SKE48 as a 4th generation member in 2010. She has been active as a member of Team E.