Sakurazaka46 member Harada Aoi has announced her graduation from the group.
Harada will officially graduate after all activities related to the group's fourth single come to an end. On her blog, she thanked her fans and staff, and commented, "While being active in Keyakizaka and Sakurazaka, I experienced more than I was capable of, and while learning, I found a new goal that I want to reach. From now on, I will do my best one step at a time toward that path."
Harada started her activities in 2015 as Keyakizaka46's first generation member. She was selected as a senbatsu member in the group's first single "Silent Majority" released in February of 2016. She has continued to be active ever since the group changed its name to Sakurazaka46 in 2020.