It's been announced that Morning Musume.'18 member Nonaka Miki will be halting her activities from late-December to mid-February to do a short-term study abroad.
Nonaka's study abroad request was accepted as she wanted to concentrate on studying English. On her blog, she wrote, "Although I can speak English, I want to improve even more so that more people overseas can get to know Morning Musume. I also personally want to break out of my shell. The members and people around me support my decision of challenging myself. Tsunku-san also pushed my back, telling me to do my best as someone in charge of the global side."
- Hello! Project's countdown live 'Hello! Project 20th Anniversary!! Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2018 ? GOOD BYE & HELLO!?' at Nakano Sun Plaza Hall on December 31;
- Hello! Project's New Year's concert 'Hello! Project 20th Anniversary!! Hello?Project 2019 WINTER' from January to February 16;
- release events for Morning Musume's latest single "Furari Ginza / Jiyuu na Kuni dakara" on January 14 and 27.