Kobushi Factory sub-leader Rio Fuji has decided to graduated from the group.
Fuji has begun attending college to become a teacher. The idol will be leaving the group in order to concentrate on her studies.
"There are many dreams that the 8 of us have not yet reached, so I'm sorry to say that I've decided to graduate from the group...I will continue to work hard until I graduate so that the 8 of us can achieve all of our dreams," Fuji said.
An exact date for Fuji's graduation has not been set; however, she has stated that she will continue with the group through the "Hello! Project 2017 SUMMER" tour. The tour will begin on July 15 and runs through August 19.
Kobushi Factory is an 8-member girl group under the Hello! Project that formed in 2015. Fuji has been a member of the group since its formation.