Hot on the heels that 1st generation Team S member Haruka Ono is graduating from the group at the end of March comes news that 2 more members (this time from Team E) are graduating as well. No reason has been given for Ono’s graduation but from rumours it seemed that Haruka wasn’t enjoying being an idol anymore. She made the decision around 1 to 2 years ago and had been discussing the issue with SKE48 staff for a while. She’s not exactly sure what she will do after leaving the group but wants to continue doing something with music but in a completely different direction to SKE48 perhaps.
Haruka Mano and Erika Yamada’s graduation was announced during yesterday’s Team E performance at the SKE Theater. Erika Yamada’s leaving is for health reasons – she has a herniated disc which needs treatment whilst Haruka Mano is going to focus more on her studies. Both will also leave at the same time as Haruka Ono at the end of March.
Good luck to all 3 in their future and especially to Yamada with the treatment for her back.