March 21, 2017
Minami Takahashi Graduates From AKB48
Minami Takahashi (25) a member of the ultra-popular girl group AKB48, performed her final concert on April 8th and “graduated” from AKB48. Takahashi stated that while she chose to leave the group, she was sad to leave behind her dear friends, Haruna Kojima and Minami Minegishi. Now that she is free from the rules of AKB48 (many Japanese girl groups have strict rules forbidding romantic relationships), she may in the future be in a relationship and that may be broken by “Sentence Spring”, “Sentence Spring” being a recently coined nickname for Japanese tabloid Shunkan Bunshun. The following day, Takahashi hosted a fashion and music event, Girl’s Award 2016 Spring/ Summer as her first job since departing the group.