On June 27, Ririka Suto participated in the Team N performance at NMB48 Theater, marking her first time facing the public since announcing her engagement and impending graduation from the group.
As the theater concert geared up, Suto was the last participating member to appear on stage. Instead of giving her usual speech, she apologized to the audience all the trouble she has caused.
"I am extremely sorry that I've caused trouble and annoyed everyone, from my group mates, to the staff, and all my fans too," Suto said.
Throughout her opening statement, the audience was silent. After finishing her speech, the audience applauded and cheered in support of the idol. Suto bowed her head in a show of respect.
A date has not been set for Suto's graduation. However, it was announced that she will be participating in NMB48's 3rd studio album which will be released on August 2. She will be a Senbatsu member for the album.