Nogizaka46 member Saito Asuka will graduate from the group.
Saito announced on her blog, "Thank you very much for the past 11 years. I will graduate from Nogizaka46 after the next single." She will be concluding her group activities within the year's end and her graduation concert will be held next year.
On her graduation, she explained, "I feel like I made up my mind a long time ago. For a long time, this served as my first place, but I received too much!" She continued, "To leave the only place I belong is a really big deal and it seems like a decision that requires a lot of endurance, but I'm okay!"
On what's to come, she commented, "I will take my time to think about it. I am grateful to have experienced various things over the past 11 years, so I have arrows of interest pointing in all directions. I am personally looking forward to it!"