Graduation of Ikoma Rina from Nogizaka46

Ikoma Rina (生駒里奈) - Nogizaka46 (乃木坂46)Ikoma Rina, a popular member of Nogizaka46, announced her graduation of the idol group.

This announcement was made on January 31st.

According to her, now that she is in her twenties, she wants to find a way to improve herself in order to find what she wants to do to live as an adult. She started thinking about the future and the skills she needs to find a career. In order to find her calling in life, she decided to leave the group and find her next challenge.


LinQ – Aa Jounetsu no Banbaraya / Shitsuren Photograph

LinQ - Aa Jounetsu no Banbaraya / Shitsuren PhotographLinQ starts the year with a new single Aa Jounetsu no Banbaraya / Shitsuren Photograph (ああ情熱のバンバラヤー/失恋フォトグラフ).

This is the 17th single of the idol group LinQ and it was released on January 31st.

Check out the MV for the song Shitsuren Photograph below.

It is also the first single of LinQ with its new line-up reduced of 11 members.


Disbandment of Idol Renaissance

Idol Renaissance (アイドルネッサンス)Idol Renaissance announced their upcoming disbandment.

This announcement was made on January 22nd.

There is little information as to why Idol Renaissance decided to go their separate ways, but there is a mention of the idol group not being able to “breakthrough”. This by itself is pretty sad since it essentially means that the group was not able to be profitable.


Fuwa Fuwa – Sakura Namiki

Fuwa Fuwa - Sakura NamikiThe 6th single of Fuwa Fuwa was unveiled.

It is intitled Sakura Namiki (桜並木) and will be released on February 14th.

In the music video, the members of the idol group Fuwa Fuwa dance under the cherry trees.


Graduation of Ozaki Mami from STU48

Ozaki Mami (尾﨑舞美) - STU48Ozaki Mami, a member of STU48, decided to leave the idol group.

This decision was taken by herself on January 6, while the STU48 were at the theater of the sister group AKB48.

Details of Ponchan’s latest activities with the group will be announced later.


Ariyasu Momoka announced her graduation from Momoiro Clover Z

Ariyasu Momoka (有安杏果) - Momoiro Clover Z (ももいろクローバーZ)An annoucement that saddens fans! The popular Ariyasu Momoka has suddenly announced her future graduation of Momoiro Clover Z and her withdrawal from show business.

According to her personal blog, Ariyasu Momoka mentioned that she was part of the entertainment world since childhood. After taking a step back, she decided to live like an ordinary woman. Her plans after graduation are currently unknown, but she also mentioned that she wanted to live life without planning anything.