Morning Musume member Miki Nonaka is taking a short break from her activities to study English abroad.
The idol will be out of the country from the end of December to the middle of February.
"I'm able to speak English, but I want to improve so Morning Musume fans overseas can get to know us better. I'd also like to break out of my shell as an individual," Nonaka said.
Nonaka has been more active abroad during 2018. In February, she was an ambassador for the American basketball league NBA, and participated in a performance abroad in November.