Juice=Juice member Inaba Manaka has been diagnosed with vocal cord nodules and will not be participating in Hello! Project's countdown live 'Hello! Project 20th Anniversary!! Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2018 ～GOOD BYE & HELLO!～' to be held on December 31 at Nakano Sun Plaza Hall.
Inaba's throat had been in poor condition for sometime, and after seeing a doctor, she was diagnosed with vocal cord nodules and has already received surgery. Besides being absent from the countdown live, she will only participate as a dancer in the upcoming tour 'Hello! Project 20th Anniversary!! Hello! Project 2019 WINTER ～YOU & I / NEW AGE～' to kick off on January 2.