Rino Sashihara, the leader of HKT48 and widely known as the most popular member of the AKB48 family, has announced that she will be graduating from the group.
The idol's graduation concert will occur on April 28 at Yokohama Stadium. Another special event dubbed the Thanksgiving Festival will be held on May 28 at Marine Messe Fukuoka.
Sashihara leaves the group on a high note. In addition to her popularity, she also manages and produces several over idol groups, making her a force within the industry.