Morning Musume member Haruna Ogata has announced that she will be graduating from the group on June 20.
The group announced Ogata's decision through its official website on March 27.
Ogata will begin a 2-year program at a junior college in April. She intends on transferring to a 4-year university, and wants to focus on her studies in order to get into a good school.
Until now, Ogara has been working on her education while maintaining her group activities. After studying and completing her entrance exams, the idol decided it would be best to focus solely on her studies since it will only get more difficult to balance the two as her education progresses.
Ogara's final stage will be on June 20 when Morning Musume performs at Nippon Budokan.