Kobushi Factory's Natsumi Taguchi is no longer a member of the group or Hello! Project.
On December 6, Hello! Porject announced that Taguchi was no longer a member of Kobushi Factory. it also announced that it had cancelled its management contract with the idol.
"There have been many talks about her behavior with herself and her parents during the past months. After this, we judged there was a lack of self-consciousness and responsibility as a member of Kobushi Factory and Hello! Project and we get to the conclusion to cancel halfway her contract," a statement from UP-FRONT PROMOTION said.
With Taguchi gone, 5 members remain in Kobushi Factory. These 5 will remain active and continue the group's activities.
This is the 3rd time this year that a member of Kobushi Factory has left the group. In July, Rio Fuji's contract was terminated due to a breach of contract. Rena Ogawa left the group in September after being diagnosed with anxiety neurosis.