December 22, 2009 - S/mileage members to graduate soon.
During Hello Pro Egg's 2009 Hello! Project Shijin Kouen 11gatsu ~ Yokohama Fire!~ TSunku annonced that all members of S/mileage would graduate from Hello Pro egg and become full Hello Project Members and that S/mileage would become and official Hello Project Unit. The graduation is set for some time in spring 2010.
September 19, 2009 - Another Graduation. This time it's Koharu
Today, it was announced that Kusumi Koharu will graduate from Morning Musume and Hello! Project on December 6, 2009 at the end of the current tour. Like Umeda Erika of C-ute who is graduating next month, she plans to go into modeling. Koharu's graduation marks the end of the longest line-up in Morning Musume history, having gone unchanged since the departure of Fujimoto Miki in June 2007.
August 10, 2009 - H!P Eggs Noto & Sawada to graduate
Hello Project Eggs Noto Arisa (age 20) & Sawada Yuri (17) are both set to graduate, it was announced on the official H!P site today. The two were perhaps most well-known as members of the Hello!Project group Ongaku Gatas.
August 1, 2009 - C-ute loses another member
It has been announced that Umeda Erika will be graduating from C-ute and H!P on October 25 to persue a career as a fashion model. News of Umeda's graduation comes only 3 weeks after fellow C-ute member Arihara Kanna's departure and only a week after the graduation of Nakayama Nana of SI☆NA. Umeda is the third member of C-ute to graduate and the first to recieve a proper graduation ceremony. Umeda's departure leaves C-ute as a permanent 5-nin group.
July 10, 2009 - Arihara Kanna leaves H!P
Arihara Kanna left Hello! Project after going on hiatus for several months due to bunions. Kanna's departure leaves C-ute as a permanent 6-nin group.
July 5, 2009 - Nakayama Nana to graduate from H!P
SI☆NA member Nakayama Nana will graduate from H!P to focus on her studies. Her last concert will be on July 25, 2009. She is the first member of H!P to graduate since the departure of the Elder Club earlier this year.
March 25, 2009 - Yaguchi Mari to release solo single
Former second gen Morning Musume member Yaguchi Mari is to release her first solo single, Seishun Boku on March 25th - the first release of her solo career since leaving Morning Musume in 2005. The single is a collaboration with Airband.
January 31, 2009 - Tsuji Nozomi opens blog
Former fourth gen Morning Musume member Tsuji Nozomi has officially opened a new blog. It will contain details about her daily life and events and news of her planned comeback.