A Second Generation Member of AKB48, Ayaka Umeda Announced Her Graduation from NMB48
NMB48’s Ayaka Umeda announced to graduate from the group on January 23rd, during “AKB48 group Request hour Setlist best 100 2016” concert.
Umeda got #22 at AKB48 General Election in 2011, and the song “Dakishimecha Ikenai” which she takes a center was ranked in #51 at this years’ “AKB48 group Request hour Setlist best 100 2016”. Before starting the song, she said “I have to talk something to you” and announced to graduate from NMB48.
She commented “Thank you for making me keep sparkling for 10 years. I met great fans. I also met great members who can talk about dreams. Here is the important place for me from now on too. I appreciate your support until I graduate.”, with quavering her voice.
Umeda is originally one of the 2nd generation members and made her debut as Team K with members sucha as Yuko Oshima and Sayaka Akimoto in 2006. In 2012 she took the captain role of Team B and moved to NMB48 in 2014. As Sae Miyazawa and Kana Koybayashi have already announced graduations from 48 groups as well, so all the 2nd generation members will be disappeared.
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