July 13, 2017 - Kobushi Factory's Ogawa Rena hiatus
On July 13, it was announced that Kobushi Factory's member Ogawa Rena had been diagnosed with anxiety neurosis, and therefore won't be able to participate in the group's activities at least until mid-August.
July 12, 2017 - Update on ANGERME's Aikawa Maho hiatus
It was announced on July 12, 2017 that Aikawa Maho, who had been diagnosed with panic disorder on January 11, 2017 and ever since has been absent from ANGERME's activities, will continue resting until the end of ANGERME 2017 fall tour.
Although the doctor diagnosed that Aikawa is able to spend her daily life without any trouble, she still needs to be careful about straining herself under times of pressure.
On July 6, it was announced on the Hello! Project website that UP-FRONT PROMOTION has decided to terminate their contract with Fujii Rio after discovering she was breaking their rules and continued to do so when given another chance, and as a result she has been fired from both Kobushi Factory and Hello! Project.
She previously planned to graduate from the group and Hello! Project voluntarily on September 2, 2017 at the Hello! Project 2017 SUMMER finale to focus on her college education.