Nogizaka46 member Himeka Nakamoto is pausing her activities in order to rest and recover from her poor physical condition.
The announcement was made on Nogizaka46's group website as well as Nakamoto's personal blog.
The cause of Nakamoto's poor physical condition was not stated. However, the singer did explain that she initially tried to continue to work through it, but ultimately decided to take a break from her activities to focus on treatment.
"I decided to rest for my future. It was a decision I made while thinking about my future as a member of Nogizaka46," Nakamoto said, emphasizing that pause would be temporary, and that she intends to rejoin the group.
Nakamoto will not be participating in the group's 17 single. The new single is currently untitled and does not have a release date.
The decision to pause her activities comes after being selected as a senbatsu member for Nogizaka46's past two singles "Sayonara no Imi" and "Hadashi de Summer". It was the first time since 2013 that she had been a senbatsu member.
Himeka Nakamoto is a 1st generation Nogizaka46 member.