During the premiere event for the movie "Documentary of AKB48: No Flower Without Rain", AKB48 member Tomomi Itano revealed that she plans on graduating from the group sometime this year.
According to reports, Itano was originally going to announce her graduation during a concert this spring, but decided to slip the announcement into an interview instead after talking to Yasushi Akimoto, creator of the group, about it.
During the documentary, Itano is asked when she will be graduating. After learning the film will be released in February, 2013, the singer stated, "Since this is being released in February, I'll be graduating this year. I want to take the next step in my life."
Itano's graduation date has not been decided on yet. Despite her intention to leave AKB48 looming over her, the idol still wants to enjoy the time she has left with the group.
"I want to spending the rest of my time with AKB48 having fun with the rest of my fellow 1st generation members," she said.
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