Kobushi Factory sub-leader Rika Fujii has decided to graduated from the group.
Fujii 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," Fujii said.
An exact date for Fujii'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. Fujii has been a member of the group since its formation.