Posted by: hinaichigo1713 | July 5, 2013

[UPDATED] Otsuka Aina Graduates from Juice=Juice

This is not a joke. This is real.

Otsuka has graduated from Juice=Juice and Hello! Project Kenshuusei today. Her parents did not agree with contract matters. They saw H!P Kenshuusei as a extra curricular activity and not a pathway to a career as Otsuka saw it.

Therefore, she withdrew from the group without a graduation concert, similar to how Ogawa Saki did from S/mileage.

I’m sad to see her go as I quite liked her and she had so much potential. I’ll continue to support five-member Juice=Juice from here on out, and I hope you do the same.


Hello! Project’s official statement on their website:

According to Hello! Project’s official site, “We have held various talks with Otsuka Aina herself, and with her family regarding the contract, however unfortunately, we were unable to come to an agreement for the terms of contract. There was also a request to turn down the contract from her family. Therefore, as of July 5th, Otsuka Aina withdrew from Juice=Juice, and also from Hello! Pro Kenshuusei. From now on, Juice=Juice will continue their activities with 5 members. We ask for your kind understanding, and please continue to support them.”

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