Juice=Juice member Karin Miyamoto has lost her voice, leaving her unable to sing and perform with the group under normal conditions.
Miyamoto wrote a blog post on July 25 announcing her ailment. The idol revealed that doctors have diagnosed her with functional dysphonia, a disorder characterized by the loss of one's voice without any clear physical cause.
Due to her condition, Miyamoto will refrain from all activities that would require her to use her voice in any capacity. She will only be able to join the group during dance performances, and even that will depend on her recovery efforts.
As advised by doctors, the idol will be focusing her energy on rehabilitation from the condition. She will be making regular visits to the hospital and working towards being able to return to performing.
"I don't know when I'll be able to sing like I've always been able to, but I'll do whatever it takes for my voice to come back! However, the doctors have told me that it won't get better if I try to rush it," Miyamoto said.
Despite being unable to sing, Miyamoto's tone remained optimistic. She asked for fans to continue to support her and the group, and promised to stay connected with her fans through blog posts.
Miyamoto's absences comes as Juice=Juice was ready to transition to its new 7-member line up. Many of Hello! Project's groups received a line up change that took began performing this month during the company's summer tour.