HKT48 member Haruka Wakatabe has announced that she will be graduating from the group on January 12.
The idol made her announcement during HKT48's December 19 concert in Fukuoka. Wakatabe had decided to attend university and wanted to devote herself to her studies.
Wakatabe joined HKT48 in July of 2011 as a 1st generation member. She is currently a Team H member.