"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.
AKB48 members Ishida Haruka (19) and Ichikawa Miori (19) appeared at a press conference before they took the stage in their first ever musical “Ongakugeki Senbonzakura” at the Hakuhinkan Theater in Ginza, Tokyo. Ishida, who plays the virtual idol Hatsune Miku (simply ‘Miku’ in the musical’), spoke enthusiastically with, “I hope I can play the Miku-chan in my own way.” The musical will run until March 24.