A report published by Nikkan Sports revealed that AKB48 member Haruka Shimazaki, affectionately nicknamed Paruru, will be graduating from the group.
According to the report, on September 15, the publication learned that Shimazaki has expressed her intention of leaving the group. The publication also claims that close friends of the idol have told them over the summer that she "has resolved to graduate from AKB48".
On November 16, AKB48 will be releasing its 46th single. The report implied that Shimazaki was chosen to be the single's center so that it would be a fitting platform for her graduation.
Shimazaki will likely be leaving AKB48 in order to more actively pursue acting. The idol has always expressed that she dreams of being an actress, and the amount of roles she's been in has been steadily increasing.
There have been several public indications that Shimazaki would be graduating from the group. During this year's Senbatsu general election, the idol declared that this would be her last election. She's also stated that she had been considering graduation.