Nogizaka46 member Takayama Kazumi has announced her graduation from the group.
This announcement was made on July 22 during a live broadcast on YouTube. Takayama revealed that she will be graduating after the release of the group's 28th single on September 22.
On her activities in Nogizaka46, she reflected, "I received a lot of happiness over the past ten years. My life changed when I auditioned ten years ago. I was so happy that even if I'm born again, I would choose this life." She added, "There is still about two months until graduation, so I hope to cherish the time I spend together with everybody. Thank you very much until now."
Takayama passed Nogizaka46's first generation audition in August of 2011. She has supported the group as its mood maker over the past ten years.