Nogizaka46 member Himeka Nakamoto has decided to graduate from the group.
The idol made the announcement on August 6 while on the NHK radio program "Radio! Sunday". It was later posted on the group's official website.
The decision to graduate from the group came as a result of Nakamoto's poor health. At the beginning of the year, the idol paused her activities to focus on treatment of the undisclosed condition. She resumed her activities in April.
Nakamoto revealed that her physical condition continues to be a problem. There are many days that her health is not good, leaving her unable to fully participate in the group's activities.
"Nigemizu" will be last release from the group that will include Nakamoto. She participated on the B-side track "Under". She will not participate in the group's 19th single.
Despite her condition, Nakamoto intends to appear upcoming tour "Under Live Zenkoku Tsuaa 2017 ~Kyuushuu Shirizu~" in October. This will likely be her last major activity with the group.
A graduation date for Nakamoto has not been set at this time.