Michishige Sayumi will be graduating from Morning Musume.'14 and Hello! Project this fall once the Morning Musume.'14's fall tour is completed.
News of her departure was announced on April 29th during the Yamaguchi concert of "Morning Musume.'14 Concert Spring Tour." Michishige, who is the current leader of Morning Musume led the group through 5 consecutive number one singles. When revealing her departure she stated,"I discussed it with Tsunku [record producer, vocalist, songwriter] and the agency, and I decided this year's fall tour was my time to graduate."
Michishige's reason of publicizing her graduation at this concert was explained by Tsunku, "To the fans, she wanted to announce it from her home-town Yamaguchi, so it was decided that she would announce it during the live today." However, as she did not want the members to be surprised she discussed this with them the night before the concert.
Michishige joined the group in 2003, becoming a 6th generation member and later (May, 2012) became the leader.
Thank you for your continuous support of Morning Musume ’14.
Today, at the concert held in Shuunanshi Bunka Kaikan in Yamaguchi, leader Michishige Sayumi announced that she will be graduating from Morning Musume ’14 as well as Hello! Project in the final day of their Autumn concert tour this year.
Michishige CD debuted as a 6th generation member in 2003 with the song “Shabondama”, in August 2012 she became leader, pushing Morning Musume forward. She holds the record for being the longest lasting member with over 4100 days in the group. Contributing vastly to the group and it was during her reign that she lead Morning Musume to a record breaking 5 straight Number 1 on the Oricon Single’s chart.
After repeated discussion about the matter, with respect to her own intentions, we have come to this conclusion.
There is still time before the graduation, so I humbly ask you to please continue your support for Morning Musume ’14 and for Michishige Sayumi.
April 29, 2014
I, Michishige Sayumi, will be graduating from Morning Musume on the final day of Morning Musume ’14′s 2014 Autumn concert tour.
I have said roughly two years ago when I was appointed leader that I would “pay my debt of gratitude to Morning Musume”.
During it all, it has not been by my efforts alone that we were able to achieve 5 consecutive Number 1s, but through all our various activities, little by little, I feel that perhaps I was able to pay off the favor.
Therefore, after consulting with Tsunku-san and the company, it was decided the graduation will take place in this year’s concert tour.
Nevertheless, there is still time left, I still have things I want to teach and to show my juniors.
I would still like to create precious memories with all the fans as well.
And now, from here on is when I truly pay back the favor.
I would like to graduate from Morning Musume in its best form,
as I pass the baton over to the next generation.
Best regards until Autumn.
April 29, 2014
Morning Musume ’14 leader
Hello everyone, this is Tsunku♂.
I have been working hard at my own pace even during my recuperation.
So, let’s get right to it. Today at Morning Musume ’14′s concert in Shuunanshi Bunka Kaikan in Yamaguchi, 6th generation member, current leader “Michishige Sayumi” has announced herself that she will be graduating in the 2014 Autumn concert tour.
She has been a member of Morning Musume for “4118 days” (Up to April 29, 2014), and has been the longest standing member in the group’s history.
The precious 6th generation members holds experiences from the full bloom era and the idoling era.
Since then the group has returned to a pyramid scheme where she took top spot as leader. She has been vastly active in many sense.
It is true that from 9th generation down the group is filled with young members, certainly there she feels a bit uneasy. Also, there are still lots of things she wants to teach the upcoming members as well. However, she says that, “Before the phrase, “Great! I’m cute as well today!” becomes a gag, I want to graduate in a cute way for real”. And so, “Since the group is all the buzz now, I feel my graduation time is ‘Now’.”, just as what you would expect from her.
I really like this kind of “rock” thinking. Actually we had talked about what the plan would be for the coming 2 years. The result was, since various records have been recently broken, this year was the best timing for Michishige to graduate, in the Fall of this year.
As per her wishes, the other members were told the night before, face to face, instead of being told on the concert stage suddenly. And for fans, she wanted to deliver this news in her hometown of Yamaguchi so it came down to announcing it in today’s concert.
The graduation may seem soon, but we still have some time left until then.
For Morning Musume to build on top of the legend that has been achieved so far going into the graduation I ask everyone to please up your game for her until she leaves the group!
Those who want to become a member of Leader Michishige’s of Morning Musume ’14,
We are currently recruiting members! You can still make it!
Please give it a try! We’ll be waiting!
April 29, 2014
Morning Musume ’14 producer