Rina Ikoma has declined an offer to be the center position on Nogizaka46's 20th single "Synchronicty".
Ikoma, who is set to graduate from the group later this year, was widely expected to be the single's center. "Synchronicity" is supposed to be the last single the idol will participate in.
According to reports, producer Yasushi Akimoto offered the center position to Ikoma, but she did not accept it. She did not want the group's 20th single to be about her and her graduation.
"I was thinking about my graduation, and I thought to myself that I didn't want to be center just because I'm graduating. I didn't want this song to become my 'graduation single'. This is an important single because its the first since winning the Grand Prix [from the Japan record Awards], and I want this to be a song that gets sung for a long time to come," Ikoma explained.
Mai Shiraishi will be taking the center position on "Synchronicity". This will be her first time as a solo center member since "Girl's Rule" which was released on July 3, 2013.
"Synchronicity" will be released on April 25.