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Posted by ustar TH STAFF Wednesday, August 30, 2023

AKB48's Honda Hitomi announces graduation


AKB48 member Honda Hitomi has announced her graduation from the group. 

In 2014, when she was just 12 years old, Honda passed the 'AKB48 Team 8 Nationwide Simultaneous Audition' representing Tochigi Prefecture. Then from October of 2018 to April of 2021, she was a part of the South Korean-Japanese idol group IZ*ONE. In recent years, she has been one of the main members of AKB48, and has been making appearances in dramas and variety tv programs. 

On her X (Twitter) account, Honda reflected on her activities in Team 8 and IZ*ONE, "Everything has become my foundation, and I believe they will illuminate me brightly from now on." She also expressed, "Thank you so much for supporting me at any time, even though I am immature, for the past ten years." Finally, she stated, "Without forgetting the love I received from everyone, I will challenge myself to various things and confirm my possibilities." 

Honda's last single as a member of AKB48 will be "Idol Nanka Janakattara" to drop on September 27. Details on her graduation concert will be revealed at a later date. 

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