Marina Kawakami who was a part of the RS students formally quit the group and left on December 3rd. According to AKB48’s blog she left on her own accord. It doesn’t say why she quit – maybe she was disillusioned and thought she would never be promoted or she got tired of the whole idol lifestyle and wanted to return to a normal life. We’ll probably never know. Marina was scheduled to attend some handshake events in early 2011 but now her name will be taken off. I didn’t have a clue who she was to be honest and it’s the 1st time I’ve even see her picture.
Good luck to her in whatever she’ll be doing in the future and I hope she’ll be happy.