UP-FRONT PROMOTION, an entertainment office, announced that Riho Sayashi, a member of Morning Musume '15, will be graduating from the group on December 31st, 2015.
According to the official announcement, she has decided to graduate in order to improve her dancing skills. After graduating, she hopes to study abroad and learn more of English and dancing.
On Dec 31st, Morning Musume'15 will be performing at "Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2015". This concert will be the final stage for her as a member of Morning Musume'15, but she will continue to be a member of Hello! Project after the graduation.
(Hello! Project is a Japanese idol project, the umbrella name for a group of female singers who belong to UP-FRONT PROMOTION. Morning Musume. is one of them. )
Maimi Yajima, the leader of Hello! Project and C-ute, said that "Sayashi's decision is just like her. We hope that she will grow from the many experiences she will have while studying abroad and come back to us. We will work hard as well so that we won't lose to her."
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