Aki-P has shared his thoughts on Acchan’s graduation announcement on Google+ today.
Apparently Acchan has talked to Aki-P many times about graduating from AKB48 and he’s tried to stop her but in the end he said the decision must be hers to make. He also told her that if she was going to announce anything it had to be on the last day of the SSA concert. When he saw Acchan putting her hand on her chest and trying to calm herself down, he knew that she was going to do it.
Aki-P says that Acchan is a person who endures pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining. As she doesn’t open up to anybody he feels she’s a lonely person. Acchan is quite hard on herself and this can sometimes be misinterpreted as clumsiness to some people. He feels that if she stayed on with AKB48 her mood swings and her ego would perhaps grow worse.
He finished by saying that Acchan has been the center for AKB48 for 6 and a half years so now he wants to let her do as she wants. The fine details about her graduation haven’t been finalised yet but he hopes that everybody will congratulate Acchan on her graduation.
It seems to me then that Acchan wanted to leave AKB48 last year but perhaps because of the disaster that hit Japan she stayed on to give joy and hope to those in the affected areas.