Akb48's Tomomi Nakatsuka Announces Graduation

AKB48's Tomomi Nakatsuka Announces GraduationAKB48 is losing yet another member this year as Team A's Tomomi Nakatsuka announced her graduation from the group.

"It's been 5 years since I start doing activities with AKB48. I was almost 15 then, and now I'll be turning 20. I thought it was the perfect time to take the next step forward and start my life fresh. I've embraced these thoughts and have decided to graduate," the idol stated.

Nakatsuka is a 5th generation member of AKB48., joining the group in October of 2007. The singer has never been a senbatsu member and declined to participate in this year's election.