Before the release of her solo debut single this January, idol group AKB48 member Tomomi Kasai has announced her graduation from the group during “The 2nd AKB48 Kohaku Taikou Uta Gassen” event held at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL last December 17th.
Kasai appeared alone in front of her fans, and first thanked them for being able to make a solo debut with her single “Masaka” on the 26th. She then announced, “There is one more shocking announcement to make. I, Tomomi Kasai, will graduate from AKB48.”
She explained tearfully, “I joined AKB48 when I was 14, and have been in the group for 6 and a half years. It made me learn a lot of things. Now that I received a chance for a solo debut, I would like to send songs with my own ability from now on.”
The details on Kasai's graduation are yet to be announced.
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