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3:14 pm - 11/28/2012

Masuda Yuka to graduate AKB

21-year-old Masuda Yuka, second generation AKB48 member, has announced on her blog that she will be graduating AKB, following a scandal with DA PUMP's ISSA.

She wrote:

I'm sorry it's been quite a while since my last post.

Tomorrow, Shuukan Bunshun is releasing an article about me, saying I slept over at DA PUMP frontman ISSA's apartment. The article includes things that aren't true, but that I spent the night at his place is the truth.

I apologize for my indiscreet behavior and I'm honestly sorry that it resulted in misunderstandings among fans, fellow members, staff and family.

I've thought the situation over and asked myself what would be the best thing to do and as a way of taking responsibility for my actions, I've decided to retire from AKB48. Sorry for this sudden announcement.

I apologize to all the fans that have supported me all along for leaving the group in such fashion.
I wanted to express my feelings directly to fans and everyone else worried by the article, so I've announced it here on my blog.

Masuda Yuka

Yuttan, who is also a member of AKB subgroup DiVA, has recently taken a break from AKB activities to dedicate her time to the musical 'The Wiz', in which she has the main role.

Basically says Yuttan and ISSA were together in his apartment for over 20 hours. Yuttan's agency say it was a gathering of 'The Wiz' actors. ISSA's agency says he's broken off his engagement with Fukumoto Sachiko, but not because of Yuttan.

Blog Post Translation

Looks like AKB just lost one of their best singers. ;-; She was an important member, but it's true that she wasn't getting anything out of AKB anymore. Wish she'd been able to graduate of her own will and not due to a scandal though.
4miu_miu 28th-Nov-2012 04:55 pm (UTC)


good luck to she can get together with ISSA as much as she wants to..
valwell0trasher 28th-Nov-2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
wow very nice my friends))
choco_disco 28th-Nov-2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
Ughhhh Yuttan ;~; I'm not particularly her fan but I'm worried about DiVA now...
izabera 28th-Nov-2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
ISSA, seriously? He must be in his mid-30s by now.
but whatever, good luck to her.
ichigobanana 28th-Nov-2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
It's just wrong. She was one of the best singers in AKB...
convenience93 28th-Nov-2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
I'm very upset tbh that she's leaving in this sort of fashion. She's one of my favourite AKB members and I'm very much lost for words. I wish she could have left with a proper graduation and not so abruptly. I don't wish this kind of end for any of my favs.

I don't think there's anything much to be said but all the best Yuttan in everything...

Will still support you...or your professional career at least.
crimsonbreeze 28th-Nov-2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
Even if this is the worst reason for leaving AKB, I'm happy with her decision. She was TOO underrated... despite having one of the best voices, she was never in the spotlight, even that whiny Kasai Tomomi got a solo debut before her!

Good luck Yuttan, I hope you'll get a wonderful career as a musical singer in the future, you have enough potential and talent to manage it!
blackdevil2722 28th-Nov-2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
This is just washing down like ex-AKB members Yonechan and Nacchan's sad graduation stories. AKB48 truly lost a gem yesterday. And on a side note, I guess DiVA is pretty much done now, with Sae in Shanghai and Umechan prolly concentrating on being Team B's captain and Yuttan just...gone.

Not going to take a stand whatsoever but saying I think Yuttan is completely innocent is a lie. If you really had to meet for "The Wiz" business, any cafe or restaurant or pub would've been better than anyone's home tbh :/
kanbisenshi 28th-Nov-2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
that sucks. she's awesome in DiVA! i hope she has a career after akb.

but ughhh ISSA? if this were 1997 maybe.
xkenbe 28th-Nov-2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
I really liked her. :( Good luck to her in her future endeavors.
topazera 28th-Nov-2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
ugh nooo, she's so great! I had already (mostly) resigned myself to DiVa no longer existing with Sae-chan going to Shanghai but it's an entirely different story to have Yuka go out like this! I really hope she finds some sort of post-AKB career (musicals maybe?), she's talented. ♥


Edited at 2012-11-28 08:38 pm (UTC)
sadistic_dance 28th-Nov-2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
urubaby21 28th-Nov-2012 06:38 pm (UTC)
Wow, really sucks. I hope to see her around though.
rei176 28th-Nov-2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
AKB lost their best singer, DiVA Lost their Way, Team K lost their best member, even the fans lost their oshi and I'm one of them.

I'm hoping for her solo debut after this, just leave all these things behind and move forward...just don't stop because of all this crap. Ganbatte Yuttan!!! (^_^)V
ohprecioustime 28th-Nov-2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
RIP DiVA, the only good thing to come out of AKB

ugh this sucks......this group is going to shit, now I know how momusu fans feel like when all the good members start leaving
liime_arix 28th-Nov-2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
Diva is kinda like dead now, isn't it. Personally I wouldn't give up my career for a nobody but maybe they like each other.

She's like the best singer in AKB so I hope she comes back as a soloist or smth.
lolufailhard 28th-Nov-2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
Is she seriously leaving because of a scandal with HIM of all people? He ain't even かわいい...
visionfactory1 28th-Nov-2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
Yay, overrated bitch is leaving
myharu 28th-Nov-2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
I'm so sad about this, DiVA was the only subgroup I could listen to. I hope Yuttan can at least start a solo career, I wouldn't want her voice to go to waste.

and this is the most relevance DA PUMP has gotten since 2005 tbh
apneatic_melody 28th-Nov-2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
I expected Yuka to leave the group soon. She was being wasted in AKB and her dream was to be a solo singer anyway. After focusing for real on Wiz (even giving up Tokyo Dome for that) she probably saw there was absolutely nothing to be gained by staying.

But damn, it didn't have to be this way. I'm 100% sure they could have done something about it, but she took this chance to peace out; staying would require too much for too little and only slow her future plans down.

Still, I'm pressed as hell by this. Yuka's my AKB nioshi and after all the spotlight she got by the musical lately, to quit like this because of a scandal that may hinder her career for good.... so frustrating.
I hope she doesn't give up and keeps working towards a solo debut. ;~;
plasmagic 28th-Nov-2012 09:32 pm (UTC)

Edited at 2012-11-28 09:33 pm (UTC)
mighty_orange 28th-Nov-2012 11:13 pm (UTC)
Of course of of the most talented ones has to go. Of course. Well, I wish her all the luck, she deserves far greater things than she got in the group anyway.

And jeez, ISSA must have a hell of a great personality.
kiranoir 28th-Nov-2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
what the.....
whited_79 29th-Nov-2012 07:48 am (UTC)
AKB's best singer and one of my favourite members...:(
stole_away 29th-Nov-2012 02:27 pm (UTC)
captxfizz 29th-Nov-2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
Oh man, bye bye to my favourite sub group DiVA for sure now :(
Shame...she had one of my favourite voices in AKB...
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