Ogawa Saki To Graduate From Hello! Project and S/mileage

23 08 2011

According to an announcement from the S/mileage site, Ogawa Saki will graduate from Hello! Project and S/mileage.

Here’s a translation of the post by Takamaruyo:

This is an important announcement concerning S/mileage.

Thanks for always supporting S/mileage.

We have an important announcement about S/mileage’s Ogawa Saki.

Following the Uchouten LOVE Live Event on August 27th at Higashi Betsuin Hall in Nagoya, Ogawa Saki will be graduating from S/mileage and Hello! Project.

Comment from Tsunku

Thank you gratefully for your continual support of Hello! Project and myself.

Let’s get right to the announcement I want to tell you.

From S/mileage, who has recently gain 5 sub-members, Ogawa Saki will be graduating from S/mileage and subsequently from Hello! Project.

Early in May this year

“Earlier, I have been contemplated and consolidated with staffs, about returning to being a normal middle school student. I feel very strongly about this, please let me quit.”

She has made this request.

Even being the youngest in the group, I have entrusted her with her singing skills.

However, now, from here on and out, as a group and each member individually, their strong desires to improve persist.

Even as a producer, it’s not in the best interest of the group and members to continue to force a member in doubt to endure more group activities, therefore Ogawa’s request has been accepted.

It was officially announced at first that this unit’s member might increase or decrease, it was due this is reason that an urgent S/mileage member audition was held in June this year.

Due to various conditions of the group, herself and other parties involved, as well as terms and conditions on contract, it was not until today that this information and her will can be reported, please accept my apologizes.

Also, she is still an immature student.

A working adult would understand that abandoning work half way is an inexcusable act, but please consider her straight and strong feelings, and watch over her with your warm and love.

Therefore, all fans, please take care of S/mileage which is still in its infant stage.

For this hasty written letter as a report, please excuse me


S/mileage Producer


Comment from Ogawa Saki

Thank you for always supporting me.

As of August 27th 2011 I, Ogawa Saki, will graduate from S/mileage as well as Hello! Project.

Since our major debut last year in May, I have enjoyed every single day as part of S/mileage.

However, somewhere down in my heart, I felt there was a gap between myself and the S/mileage me. I have talked it over with the staff many times and have been constantly worrying about it, and with everyone working their hardest to move forward and myself still uncertain of things, I decided that it was not in the best interest of S/mileage and I will return to being just a normal girl.

I apologize for the last minute announcement.

While there may be feelings of sadness, S/mileage will always be a group with it’s trademark smile!

I’ll be working my hardest to end with a smile until my last event on 8/27, I know there isn’t a lot of time left but I hope you can support me!

The new members will power up S/mileage after I graduate so I hope you’ll continue to support them.

Thank you very much for all your support up til now.


S/mileage Ogawa Saki

This came out of nowhere so I’m really shocked to hear about a graduation, especially from a S/mileage member since they seemed to be among the most stable groups due to their strong bonds, and since Saki is currently the youngest member it seems like she still had quite a bright future as part of the group.

According to the translation it seems that this has been talked about for many months, so much so that it appears that her graduation is also the reason why the audition for new members was announced, although it’s not confirmed since Tsunku only mentions that he said  the number of members in the group would go up or down, but one thing is for sure, Tsunku appears to be really disappointed in her decision.

The explanation for the sudden announcement is also mentioned and it seems that it’s due to her contract so hopefully that answers a few questions since some fans might be wondering why they waited until now, but from what I can tell it has been talked about for quite a while.

Her graduation date, like this announcement, will be sudden as well since it takes place at this weekend’s performance, which doesn’t leave much time for her as member and will most likely be a really fast and unexpected event since the audition for the 2nd generation just occurred a few weeks ago.

Like I mentioned before I’m really shocked since she was a really talented performer but it seems that this is based on her decision so hopefully everyone can support her until her graduation.

Ogawa Saki will graduate on 8/27.

S/mileage Site

Barks.jp Article

Hello! Project Site

Ogawa Saki Blog Entry

EDIT: Comments from Yuuka, Wada and Kanon from their blogs were translated by Takamaruyo, check them out after the break.

Maeda Yuuka

Today, Sakichan…

Announced that

she is graduating from

S/mileage and Hello!Project

on August 27th.

It has only been a short time

since we formed S/mileage

But we’ve been together

for about 7 years now.

Honestly, I have this lonely feeling now but

it’s probably the same feeling

that everyone else has right now.

But this is Sakichan’s life!

Yuuka will definitely

support Sakichan(^-^)

Please don’t forget

how the 4 of us

came to become S/mileage together.

I definitely won’t forget!

The 27th will be the last event

for the 4 of us but

With all our strength, we’ll be

as excited as we can be!

Maeda Yuuka Blog

Wada Ayaka

Ogawa Sakichan has announced her graduation.

Even after she graduates

I want Sakichan to push forward

with a smile on the path she chooses.

As for me feelings,

to power up S/mileage even more than before, I’ll be trying my best!

The last event with the 4 of us will be at Nagoya.

I’ll do my best.

Bye bye.

Wada Ayaka Blog

Fukuda Kanon

S/mileage’s Ogawa Saki-chan’s graduation has been announced

I was with Saki everyday since we were elementary school students back as Hello! Project Egg, always working together aiming to major debut

Both as a friend and a rival

To be honest, she is my best friend

So Saki

on August 27th

will be graduating from both S/mileage and Hello! Project

At first I was very puzzled and sadden by this

The path that Saki has decided to take

as a fellow member and friend

I will support her.

For the event on the 27th

I hope it can be the best performance where it ends in smiles.

Please support us to the very end everyone.

Fukuda Kanon Blog



84 responses

24 08 2011

too soon….just now im stated to like smileage…but now she is leaving….just good luck for her…

24 08 2011

She wasn’t that old too! But I guess she was just having trouble finding what was egzatly right for her…, she was a good member too! I can’t belive she is leaving in 3 days… :( Bye-bye Saki…

24 08 2011

I kinda knew that they were just going to hold an audition because somebody would graduate, though this is a really short period of time for fans to get used to it =/

24 08 2011

Yeah me too.

I wish Saki-chan good luck in the future.
I started listening to smileage last year, and saki and kanon caught my eyes.
I have to say that I am really going to miss saki.
And I think that I am also going to miss the four smileage.
But i is saki’s life and it is her decision.

I still can’t belive it little beautiful saki is leaving.
I wish good luck in the future<3


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24 08 2011

This is totally saddening. I am already TRULY missing the first generation of S/mileage. All the girls that were so happy, smiley and energetic. They were shining.. They were like a family – a 4-nin happy family. And they all managed to make their way to our hearts. And if someone of this happy family doesn´t belong there anywhere.. What do we think? We feel somehow really sad and lonely. It is a feeling of emptiness..

I will always love you and I hope that you made a right decision –
Ogawa Saki ♥

24 08 2011

I feel really sad about this. I really loved Saki!! TT I hope that she will be able to do what she wants with her life and I fully support her in anything that she wants to do… I’m still upset though…

24 08 2011

Well this is bullshit….

She gave up the opportunity of a life time! Does she have any idea how many girls want to be in her shoes?

S/mileage will never be the same, and even if she wants it, she could never get a normal middle school life….

27 08 2011

Yeah and thats why Tsunku gave 5 other girls that chance. Its sad, but it is her decision. But who knows why this new Smileage will bring. I really loved the 4 of them together, but I wouldn’t force Saki to stay an idol if she really didnt want to.

Also being a member of Smileage rather than say AKB gives Saki a much better shot. Plus celebrities in Japan don’t get the media hassle like they do in the US. I’m sure Saki will be fine.

24 08 2011

i went on vacation and i knew just knew that something bad happened to hello!project while i was away!!
i just got back and now i am finding out that my fav smileage member and one of my favs in hello! project is leaving… I’m too upset for words…
Saki, you were really talented! I was wishing that us fans could see you really take off on your career in the idol buisness!
But, I’m happy that she’s doing what she really wants to do. I jsut hope that she dosen’t eventually regret it. I am really going to miss her!

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25 08 2011

Sakichy Smile Campaign! Give her a warm send off with a smile, just like how S/mileage has been giving us theirs all this time. Send in a 150×200 photo of your smiling face to sugoiidolkiss@yahoo.com by Saturday! Please continue to support Saki and S/mileage. More information can be found here: http://sugoiidolkiss.blogspot.com/2011/08/sakichy-smile-campaign.html

25 08 2011

WHAT?!?!?! NOOOO… :( she was my favorite….

26 08 2011

;_; This is just too sad, she was my favorite S/milage member!

27 08 2011
Nele Mannsfeldt

You guys just don’t know how sad I am.
I feel so empty and I like to be death now, even Sakitty is not my fave S/mileage member!
This is the very first time I feel so emotional about a graduation, even my beloved Eri wasn’t a disaster like this.
Saki, I accept your decission but you really made the wrong decission.
Really. I won’t love S/mileage as before. Never.

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