In a recent announcement on Sakurazaka46's official website, the group shared the news of Koike Minami temporarily suspending her involvement due to health-related issues.
The statement, titled "Announcement of Koike Minami's Leave of Absence," explains, "Minami Koike, a dedicated member, has been experiencing persistent health challenges. Following a doctor's recommendation for a required period of rest, she has made the decision to temporarily halt her activities with Sakurazaka46, beginning from tomorrow."
While her involvement with the group is on hold, Minami will maintain communication with her fans through her blog and messaging apps, respecting her own wishes and within reasonable boundaries.
Sakurazaka46 expresses its understanding of the concerns and potential inconveniences this may pose to fans and stakeholders. They offer their apologies and request understanding and support during this period.
Sakurazaka46 is committed to providing updates regarding Minami's return once a concrete plan is in place, appreciating the continued support from her fans.
This announcement highlights the importance of prioritizing the health and well-being of artists in the entertainment industry. Sakurazaka46's dedication to this principle is a testament to their values and the human aspect of their members.