Hello! Project has terminated its contract with Kobushi Factory member Rio Fuji, citing a breach of contract by the idol.
The agency announced its decision on July 6 though its official website. Kobushi Factory's website has also been updated with a new group photo consisting of the member's individual photos photoshopped together.
In May of 2017, Fuji announced that she would be graduating from the group, but would be participating in Hello! Project's summer tour between July 15 and August 19. She will no longer be involved in the summer tour, and will not be getting a proper graduation send off.
Hello! Project did not reveal details about how Fuji breached her contract; however, the agency said it discussed the matter with Fuji prior to her termination, but she did not comply with the rules.
Fuji had been a member of Kobushi Factory since its formation in 2015. She is now attending college and studying to become a teacher.