Morning Musume’s Mitsui Aika has announced that she will be graduating from Morning Musume on May 18th. Last May, she was diagnosed with a stress fracture on her left anklebone, and had been doing rehabilitation after, making her unable to fully join Morning Musume’s performance.
Mitsui Aika expressed, “I have been thinking that I could heal completely someday and return to Morning Musume’s activities 100%. However, I received the diagnosis that the stress fracture might happen again, and I’ve been worried about it. I discussed with my mother as well. Even with my ambition for Morning Musume still unfulfilled, due to not make fans, members and staffs worried about my condition, I asked graduation as soon as possible.”
In addition, she commented, “I would like to decide after discussing with Tsunku♂-san and staff that if I can do some activities in Hello! Project after graduation.”
On May 18th in Nippon Budokan, she will be in the concert ‘Morning Musume Concert Tour 2012 Haru ~Ultra Smart~Niigaki Risa Sotsugyo Special‘ and will graduate with fellow member Niigaki Risa.