AKB48’s Maeda Atsuko is ready to graduate and she has revealed her formal announcement through a YouTube video on April 4th.

When Maeda first announced that she was graduating, she did not provide any details about her actual graduation, but now she’s ready to make that announcement. During this video message, she stated “At this point and time, a concrete date for my graduation has not yet been decided, and we are still discussing when is the best time to do so. However, I will be withdrawing from the general election. I’m sorry.”

Maeda concluded, “Although I only have a short time left as an AKB member, I hope you will support me even after my graduation. I would be happy if you can. Above all else, please support AKB48 with me.”

In addition to the video, it was announced that Maeda will be at the Fukuya Shoten in Shinjuku Subnard for the ‘Bukiyou’ photo album handshake event.

Check out her formal announcement below.

More details on her graduation sound like they are coming soon…

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