On the day of her 27th birthday, AKB48 member Rin Okabe took to her X account to make a significant announcement. She shared her decision to graduate from the group in the coming spring.
In a heartfelt message, Okabe expressed her gratitude to the fans who have supported her over the years and revealed her choice to graduate from AKB48. She emphasized that the past ten years, filled with encounters, memories, decisions, and experiences, have been invaluable treasures. Okabe believes that with these treasures, she can confidently step into a new path towards her future, even if it means going alone. She stated, "I, Rin Okabe, will graduate from AKB48."
Okabe also shared her appreciation for the support and love she received from everyone, which gave her the confidence to believe in herself. While she acknowledged that there may be some regrets, she expressed her joy in cherishing her youth in AKB48, stating that she wants to enjoy the remaining part of her AKB life until Team 8's 10th-anniversary celebration in the spring. Okabe hinted at possible exciting announcements in the near future, making it clear that she will continue her activities until next spring.
She concluded her message by expressing her deep affection for AKB48 and her determination to carry on what she has inherited, signing off as "AKB48 Rin Okabe."
Rin Okabe's announcement adds her to the list of AKB48 members who have declared their graduation in 2023, making her the 39th member to do so. This marks a significant moment in her career and the AKB48 legacy.
Wishing Rin Okabe the best of luck on her journey beyond AKB48 as she takes the next step in her career.