May 22, 2017 - Buono! have disbanded
On May 22, 15,000 fans gathered at Yokohama Arena for Buono!'s last concert Buono! Live 2017 ~Pienezza!~.
Suzuki Airi will be leaving Hello! Project when ℃-ute disbands on June 12, leader Tsugunaga Momoko will also be graduating and retiring from the entertainment industry on June 30 to become a school teacher, and Natsuyaki Miyabi formed a new group, PINK CRES., last April. As a result, Buono! has effectively disbanded.
May 12, 2017 - Fujii Rio to graduate from Kobushi Factory and Hello! Project
On May 12, it was announced that Fujii Rio will be graduating from Kobushi Factory and Hello! Project at the end of the Hello! Project 2017 SUMMER concert tour.
Fujii, who is currently in her first year of university, has decided she wants to continue her old dream of becoming a teacher or nurse. In order to focus on her studies, she has decided to graduate at the end of summer vacation and the start of the new school semester.
Source: Hello! Project, UP-FRONT LINK
May 5, 2017 - New Hello Pro Kenshuusei section, leader, and debuts announced at the spring test
On May 5, during the Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2017 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~, UP-FRONT PROMOTION representative director Nishiguchi Takeshi made a surprise appearance on stage and made several announcements.
Nishiguchi first announced that Takase Kurumi and Kiyono Momohime have been selected to be debut in a new theater section, different from Engeki Joshibu.
The second announcement was that Inoue Hikaru has been appointed as the new leader of Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
Lastly, Ichioka Reina, Danbara Ruru, and Kawamura Ayano will debut as Hello! Project members in the near future. It will first depend on a sit down discussion with their parents to decide if they want to form a new unit or join an existing one.
More details on the five members' debuts will be revealed at a later date.
Source: Hello! Project, Kumai Yurina Blog, Hirose Ayaka Blog
April 29, 2017 - Kudo Haruka to graduate from Morning Musume '17 and Hello! Project
On April 29, during the daytime show of Morning Musume '17 Concert Tour Haru ~THE INSPIRATION!~, 10th generation member Kudo Haruka made a sudden announcement that she will be graduating from Morning Musume '17 and Hello! Project at the end of their fall 2017 tour.
Kudo first joined Hello! Project as a Hello Pro Egg in March 2010 and joined Morning Musume in September 2011. During these seven years, she has had the opportunity to star in several Gekiharo and Engeki Joshibu theatrical productions and found it enjoyable. Now after fulfilling her dream of joining Morning Musume, she wants to devote herself to acting.
Hello! Project, UP-FRONT LINK
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