Although Fujii Rio announced in last May her graduation from Kobushi Factory scheduled after the end of Hello! Project summer tour, it was announced on July 6 that she had left this group and the Hello! Project earlier than expected.
Her contract with Hello! Project was canceled immediately, due to a violation of the latter. The staff of H!P noting the decision was made after discussions with her family.
Hirose Ayaka, leader of the Kobushi Factory, apologized to the fans for this sudden announcement.