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9:21 am - 01/09/2011

Takahashi Ai to graduate from Morning Musume and Hello! Project in Autumn 2011

Announced at the end of today's first show at Nakano Sunplaza, Takahashi Ai is to graduate from Morning Musume and Hello! Project at Morning Musume's 2011 Autumn concert tour.

According to the official announcement Takahashi Ai will continue to be active in music, theater, and live events after her graduation. Details will gradually be released.

Takahashi Ai to graduate from Morning Musume in autumn 2011
Announced at 2011.01.09 Hello! Project winter concert

Audio of Takahashi Ai's announcement at the Hello! Project winter concert this evening


Official web announcement (Japanese)
Translation thanks to H!O

This is the comment regarding Takahashi Ai's graduation from Morning Musume

Thank you for your continual support as always. As announced directly herself on the stage of January 9th's show at Nakano Sunplaza, 5th generation member, Takahashi Ai will be graduating from both Morning Musume and Hello! Project in Morning Musume's concert tour this fall.

When the proposal for Kamei Eri's graduation was made last year, I told Takahashi Ai, "It's about time you should consider the timing of your own graduation and what you want to pursuit afterward" as an advice.

The 5th generation members will have joined Morning Musume for 10 years. Takahashi Ai is the 6th leader and has been in this position for 3 years and 7 months. Takahashi Ai holds the record for being the longest in the group and the longest to hold the leader position. Looking back, she has honestly carried the responsibility for all this time. (In no disrespect to all former members and leaders of the group...excuse me)

I have talked with her about various things, such as her activities afterward As announced in the new year concert, her graduation will be in Morning Musume's Autumn concert tour, this was the right time to make the announcement.

Since there are still more than half a year to go, the 9th generation members have to familiarize themselves with Morning Musume's music and dances, to become self aware that they are part of the group. Takahashi plans to properly finish her job as leader in the mean time.

Please be looking forward to what will become of Morning Musume.

Takahashi Ai will continue to be active in music, theater, and live events after her graduation.
Details will gradually be released.

Also, after Takahashi Ai's graduation, Niigaki Risa will assume the leader position of the group,
and become the longest active member of Morning Musume


Takahashi's official comment (Japanese)
Translation thanks to H!O

It has been decided that, I, Takahashi Ai, during Morning Musume's concert tour this Autumn, will be graduating from Morning Musume and Hello! Project.

At the time when Kamei Eri, JunJun and LinLin's graduations were decided, Tsunku-san told me, "It's about time Takahashi should think about your own graduation's timing!" which has gotten me thinking.

I will have been in Morning Musume for 10 years comes this August, So I thought it will be a good time! to graduate in the Autumn Morning Musume concert tour.

As there are still around 9 months left, I will do my best as leader until that time to shape up this new Morning Musume.

I will be affectionate to the newly added 9th generation members as I try to teach them various things, everyone please rest assured.

Takahashi Ai

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danceinthedark 9th-Jan-2011 08:25 am (UTC)
Wow, well that was a brief spell where they looked like they stood a chance at regaining some sales, good one Tsunku.

I graduate with her unless Riho and Kanon (and Tsunku's song-writing) really bring it this year.
rexona_woman 9th-Jan-2011 08:25 am (UTC)

I hope she'll be happy once she leaves and gets to do her own thing!
energenki 9th-Jan-2011 08:26 am (UTC)
Holy shit.
awkwardnormalcy 9th-Jan-2011 09:35 am (UTC)
MTE. It felt like my heart dropped when I read the post.

Its like Yossie graduating when 8th gen joined all over again.
sunleth 9th-Jan-2011 08:27 am (UTC)
gingerrangerftw 9th-Jan-2011 08:57 am (UTC)
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awkwardnormalcy 9th-Jan-2011 09:35 am (UTC)
With her voice and beauty I don't see how she won't continue!
jabeum 9th-Jan-2011 08:28 am (UTC)
Haven't really been paying attention to Morning Musume since Miki Fujimoto left but these news mean that I don't need to pay any attention any longer. Hopefully she'll have a bright future as a solo artist or something, I always loved her voice a lot.
fukyouwaon 9th-Jan-2011 08:28 am (UTC)
nozo_rin 9th-Jan-2011 10:15 am (UTC)
Is it bad that I'm still butthurt over Koharu's graduation? :/
roomgirl 9th-Jan-2011 08:28 am (UTC)
fdkjgfhs I didn't want her to go without Risaaaaa ;____;
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alwyz_member_me 9th-Jan-2011 08:28 am (UTC)
=O She's going to graduate? I thought she was going to at least hold off until 9th gen is situated into Momusu nicely... speaking of which, any news of a new single with 9th gen yet? I haven't been paying attention to Morning Musume lately.
awkwardnormalcy 9th-Jan-2011 09:38 am (UTC)
This is just like what happened with Yossie :/ and to my knowledge no date or title has been released, I expect both around early Feb.
morningmikan 9th-Jan-2011 08:28 am (UTC)
Literally gasped when I read the title. Holy shit.
squeekzoid 9th-Jan-2011 08:45 am (UTC)
Me too. Out of all the ones to Reina gonna be the only one getting solo lines now?
rocketjenny 9th-Jan-2011 08:29 am (UTC)
Well there goes MM's chances of ever redeeming their popularity.

I wonder if she's going to be a solo?
awkwardnormalcy 9th-Jan-2011 09:39 am (UTC)
I hope she goes solo with Avex.
sunleth 9th-Jan-2011 08:35 am (UTC)
I honestly thought she'd at least stay for another couple years while the new gen gets familiarized and gain more popularity. Omg wtf.
fujigaya 9th-Jan-2011 08:36 am (UTC)
I can't believe it .__.

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ryocchi 9th-Jan-2011 10:30 am (UTC)

Were this hint Tsunku said earlier about not being over forging the new Momosu?
you_speak_lies 9th-Jan-2011 08:41 am (UTC)
Oh my God. I was so not prepared for this. Quick! Somebody tell me what to think!
awkwardnormalcy 9th-Jan-2011 09:40 am (UTC)
That Takitty will now get to make music more fitting for her own style, and other Momusu members like Gaki, Riho and the other newbies will get more likes!
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