It's been announced that Morning Musume.'18 member Ogata Haruna will graduate from the group after concluding their 20th anniversary tour.
Ogata joined Morning Musume in 2014 as its 12th generation member. Since she joined the group, she had wished to attend an university and took the entrance exams last year. She unfortunately did not pass the exam at the time, but in the past year, she continued to study while being active in Morning Musume. This year she took an exam for a 4-year college as well as a community college. In the examination result announcement earlier this month, it was decided that she would attend a community college. On week days, she plans to attend school full time with hopes to eventually transfer to a 4-year college. As such, after careful discussion with her parents, she decided to graduate.
To commemorate their 20th anniversary, Morning Musume will release a mini album, titled "Hatachi no Morning Musume," on February 7.
The album will contain a total of eight songs including the 20th anniversary version of "Ai no Tane," which was released digitally on November 3 as a collaboration between Morning Musume.'17 and the original members (Nakazawa Yuko, Ishiguro Aya, Iida Kaori, Abe Natsumi, and Fukuda Asuka), "Gosenfu no Tasuki" sung by the current members, and a new song sung by both current and former members. In addition, the Limited Edition DVD will contain live footage from Tsuji Nozomi, Takahashi Ai, Michishige Sayumi, and Tanaka Reina's appearance in the group's recent concert at Nippon Budokan, as well as interviews with former members and the PV for "Ai no Tane (20th Anniversary Ver.).
Morning Musume.'17 will release a new album titled "(15) Thank you, too" on December 6.
Details regarding the track list is currently unknown. The album's limited edition will come with a Blu-ray containing footage from "Morning Musume Kessei 20 Shunen Kinen Event ~21nenme mo Ganbatte Ikimashoi!~", which was held in September at Shinkiba STUDIO COAST. The last original album Morning Musume released was "14shou ~The message~" about three years ago.