Ririka Suto, a former member of NMB48, has decided to retire from the entertainment industry to focus her efforts on becoming a philosopher.
The idol will officially be ending her activities on January 31, she announced through her agency.
Suto had been pursuing her dream of becoming a philosopher while also being active in the entertainment industry; however, after consulting with people about her career, she decided it was time to shift her focus to her studies.
The idol said she will be studying for her college entrance exams.
Suto joined NMB48 in 2013 as a first generation member. During AKB48's 9th Senbatsu General Election, she shocked fans by announcing that she was getting married and leaving the group. She graduated from NMB48 in August 2017.