It's been announced that BUMP OF CHICKEN's Naoi Yoshifumi (B) will temporarily suspend his activities.
This was decided after several tabloid magazines reported on Naoi's past adulterous relationships. Members Fujiwara Motoo (Vo, G), Masukawa Hiroaki (G), and Masu Hideo (Dr) commented on the band's official website, "Back then when he was doing the things that were reported, we, the members strictly warned him about his words and actions. At that time, he had sincerely listened to our scoldings, but in the end, we were unable to fully grasp Naoi's private life, and could not give a solution." They continued to explain, "This incident is a disappointment and has greatly betrayed the trust of all those who have supported us until now. Not only Naoi, but all four of us as a band are taking it seriously."
After Naoi's scandal was reported, the members and staff suggested that he take a break from his activities. Naoi agreed to the suggestion saying that it's an opportunity to reflect on his way of living and realize the importance of the people who support him every day.
BUMP OF CHICKEN will continue their activities with Fujiwara, Masukawa, and Masu. They called out to their fans, "Our listeners who have loved our music continue to strongly support us today. We will work even harder to produce music, so please continue to support us."
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