NMB48 member Yoshida Akari announced her graduation from the group during her YouTube broadcast 'Akarin no Heya' on her 24th birthday, August 16.
Besides NMB48, Yoshida is an exclusive model for fashion magazine 'Ray' and is active as a beauty vlogger on YouTube. During her broadcast, she invited all members of NMB48 and spent three hours consulting them. At the end of the program, Yoshida announced her graduation from the group. When she first joined, she had only planned to stay in the group for about three years, but she became so absorbed in NMB48's activities that when she realized it, ten years had passed. She wanted to graduate in 2020 as the group celebrates their ten year anniversary, which means she will be celebrating ten years as an idol as well.
Yoshida expressed, "NMB48 was my entire youth that taught me many important things about life. I love NMB48. I am actually very sad to leave this place where I was able to give it my all everyday preoccupied with the group, and with the members that I love close to me, and wonderful staff and fans at my side. But from now on, I will take a step forward so that people will recognize me as an admired woman, not as an idol. What I can do for NMB48 is limited, but with the time that I have left, I will do whatever I can for NMB48 until the very end, and let my juniors know that NMB48 is a place where you can take a step towards your dreams."
At this time, Yoshida's graduation concert is to be determined. Once scheduled, there will be an announcement accordingly.
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