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1:18 am - 08/24/2011

Ogawa Saki to graduate from S/mileage and H!P



This is an important announcement concerning S/mileage.

Thanks for always supporting S/mileage.

We have an important announcement about S/mileage’s Ogawa Saki. Following the Uchouten LOVE Live Event on August 27th at Higashi Betsuin Hall in Nagoya, Ogawa Saki will be graduating from S/mileage and Hello! Project.



Comment from Tsunku

Thank you gratefully for your continual support of Hello! Project and myself.

Let’s get right to the announcement I want to tell you.

From S/mileage, who has recently gained 5 sub-members, Ogawa Saki will be graduating from S/mileage and subsequently from Hello! Project.

Early in May this year “Earlier, I have been contemplating and consolidating with staffs, about returning to being a normal middle school student. I feel very strongly about this, please let me quit.” she has made this request.

Even being the youngest in the group, I have entrusted her with her singing skills. However, now, from here on and out, as a group and each member individually, their strong desires to improve persist. Even as a producer, it’s not in the best interest of the group and members to continue to force a member in doubt to endure more group activities, therefore Ogawa’s request has been accepted.

It was officially announced at first that this unit’s member might increase or decrease, it was due this is reason that an urgent S/mileage member audition was held in June this year. Due to various conditions of the group, herself and other parties involved, as well as terms and conditions on contract, it was not until today that this information about her could be reported, please accept my apologizes.

Also, she is still an immature student. A working adult would understand that abandoning work half way is an inexcusable act, but please consider her straight and strong feelings, and watch over her with your warm and love.

Therefore, all fans, please take care of S/mileage which is still in its infant stage.

For this hasty written letter as a report, please excuse me

2011/08/24
S/mileage Producer
Tsunku



Comment from Ogawa Saki

Thank you for always supporting me.

As of August 27th 2011 I, Ogawa Saki, will graduate from S/mileage as well as Hello! Project.

Since our major debut last year in May, I have enjoyed every single day as part of S/mileage.

However, somewhere down in my heart, I felt there was a gap between myself and the S/mileage me. I have talked it over with the staff many times and have been constantly worrying about it, and with everyone working their hardest to move forward and myself still uncertain of things, I decided that it was not in the best interest of S/mileage and I will return to being just a normal girl.

I apologize for the last minute announcement.

While there may be feelings of sadness, S/mileage will always be a group with it’s trademark smile!

I’ll be working my hardest to end with a smile until my last event on 8/27, I know there isn’t a lot of time left but I hope you can support me!

The new members will power up S/mileage after I graduate so I hope you’ll continue to support them.

Thank you very much for all your support up til now.

2011/08/24
S/mileage Ogawa Saki

Source: Here and here.



RIP original 4, I shall miss you, but this is karma for Tsunku screwing over Saho Akari in the first place tbqh.
chibix3 24th-Aug-2011 12:42 am (UTC)
Am I the only who feels that Tsunku is a bit disappointed about all this? :/
danceinthedark 24th-Aug-2011 12:43 am (UTC)
He sounds bitter in that statement tbqh.

I do think he liked Saki and thought she was talented. But there's no 'You're welcome back after your studies if you like' that Maiha supposedly got.
taylorniw 24th-Aug-2011 12:44 am (UTC)
He might be, especially since he isn't actually the one who decides who gets to join/leave H!P. The CEO of Up-Front is the guy who's in charge of all that.
nyappnyappcafe 24th-Aug-2011 12:48 am (UTC)
I personally think he doesn't want her to go.
It makes sense now why they chose to have auditions.
With her gone there is a definite decrease in vocal talent.
He's probably hoping the new girls can train be trained and they can find 1-2 potential talents that can pick up the slack.
sadistic_dance 24th-Aug-2011 01:04 am (UTC)
He seems legit bitter about this which is unusual.
peachpastiche 24th-Aug-2011 01:09 am (UTC)
I get the feeling that she wasn't planned to leave this soon (maybe at the end of their fall tour?) but something went down. Could be Saki did something to ah, hasten the process, and that's why Tsunku sounds a bit upset.
chrismellody 24th-Aug-2011 02:16 am (UTC)
From all those comments in this post, I totally agree with you.
ifuckingluvya 24th-Aug-2011 02:31 am (UTC)
No I feel it too. this part specially:

Also, she is still an immature student. A working adult would understand that abandoning work half way is an inexcusable act, but please consider her straight and strong feelings, and watch over her with your warm and love.

really made me go o.O
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