This is the comment regarding Takahashi Ai’s graduation from Morning Musume
Thank you for your continual support as always.
As announced directly herself on the stage of January 9th’s show at Nakano Sunplaza,
5th generation member, Takahashi Ai will be graduating from both Morning Musume and Hello! Project in Morning Musume’s concert tour this fall.
When the proposal for Kamei Eri’s graduation was made last year,
I told Takahashi Ai, “It’s about time you should consider the timing of your own graduation and what you want to pursuit afterward” as an advice.
The 5th generation members will have joined Morning Musume for 10 years.
Takahashi Ai is the 6th leader and has been in this position for 3 years and 7 months.
Takahashi Ai holds the record for being the longest in the group and the longest to hold the leader position.
Looking back, she has honestly carried the responsibility for all this time.
(In no disrespect to all former members and leaders of the group…excuse me)
I have talked with her about various things, such as her activities afterward
As announced in the new year concert, her graduation will be in Morning Musume’s Autumn concert tour,
this was the right time to make the announcement.
Since there are still more than half a year to go,
the 9th generation members have to familiarize themselves with Morning Musume’s music
and dances, to become self aware that they are part of the group.
Takahashi plans to properly finish her job as leader in the mean time.
Please be looking forward to what will become of Morning Musume.
Takahashi Ai will continue to be active in music, theater, and live events after her graduation.
Details will gradually be released.
Also, after Takahashi Ai’s graduation, Niigaki Risa will assume the leader position of the group,
and become the longest active member of Morning Musume
Morning Musume Producer
Takahashi Ai’s comment
It has been decided that, I, Takahashi Ai, during Morning Musume’s concert tour this Autumn,
will be graduating from Morning Musume and Hello! Project.
At the time when Kamei Eri, JunJun and LinLin’s graduations were decided,
Tsunku-san told me, “It’s about time Takahashi should think about your own graduation’s timing!”
which has gotten me thinking.
I will have been in Morning Musume for 10 years comes this August,
So I thought it will be a good time! to graduate in the Autumn Morning Musume concert tour.
As there are still around 9 months left, I will do my best as leader until that time to shape up this new Morning Musume.
I will be affectionate to the newly added 9th generation members as I try to teach them various things, everyone please rest assured.
Translation Source: Hello! Online
Takahashi Ai announced at today’s H!P concert that she will graduate from Morning Musume and Hello! Project at the end of the Momusu 2011 Autumn concert tour. An official H!P post and a tweet from Tsunku confirmed the graduation.
After her graduation Takahashi Ai will continue to work around music and live theatre. Niigaki Risa will take her spot as leader of Morning Musume.
Takahashi Ai announcing her graduation
We all knew that Ai-chan’s graduation was the most likely to happen since she has been in Momusu along with Gaki for the longest time out of any other member, but it still is surprising and shocking to find out that she will graduate so soon since she was the leader of the group for so long.
According to what I can make out of the statement Tsunku thought it was a good time for her to graduate since she has been in the group for so long and in a way I have to agree since it seemed like Momusu was basically Ai-chan, but despite that I will miss her a lot in future Momusu singles since she had an incredibly talented voice and was simply the most talented Momusu member there was.
Since she will graduate until the end of the year that gives her plenty of time to be in a few singles while giving fans a chance to attend as many events as possible before she leaves the group, and while it might be a bit too early to announce the graduation it was probably a good idea to do it now rather than wait until the start of the tour since it gives fans a chance to let the news sink in.
I will update the post with translations of the official statements as soon as they are released.
Takahashi Ai will graduate at the end of the Morning Musume 2011 Fall tour (August/October).
EDIT: More pictures of the announcement at the concert have been released:
EDIT: Audio of the announcement has also been released:
Video uploaded by: turbos866
As well as a video of the announcement:
Video uploaded by: mmai7s