Manaka Inaba, a former member of Country Girls, has joined Juice=Juice.
Inaba will begin her activities in July when she participates in the group's summer concerts.
In August 2016, the idol withdrew from Country Girls due to medical complications associated with her asthma. She later returned to Hello! Project for solo activities starting in September 2017.
After demonstrating an ability to keep up with the schedule of an active idol, the company decided she was ready to resume full activities, and placed her in Juice=Juice.
"I never imagined a day when I'd be able to return to group activities...I want to do my best and give back to everyone who have cheered me on throughout this time," Inaba said.
With the addition of Inaba, Juice=Juice is now an 8-member group.