[EN] Concerning Haruka Kudo
UP-FRONT LINK·SATURDAY, 29 APRIL 2017
Thank you for your continued support towards Hello! Project and Morning Musume。'17. Haruka Kudo will, at the Autumn Tour, graduate from Morning Musume。'17 and Hello! Project.
During the activities as a Hello! Pro Kenshusei, and Morning Musume。, she realized the charms of acting and that it was enjoyable, and by understanding it was difficult, she naturally made the request of "I want to devote myself to acting". By thinking of the balance of work with the activities of Morning Musume。, she was worried but by becoming 18 years this year, we understood her strong decision of devoting herself with all her might and challenging herself. This is not at all a smooth road, and she decided the graduation more than the resignation. We hope to support her as much as possible after the graduation.
From now on regarding the schedule, it will be reported as soon as it will be decided. First of all, the current Spring Tour will continue, as well as the play (Engeki Joshibu) in June and the Tour Final at the Nippon Budokan on June 23rd.
Haruka Kudo will continue to devote herself so please continue to support her as well as Morning Musume。'17.
UP-FRONT PROMOTION Representative Director Takeshi Nishiguchi
I, Haruka Kudo, After the Autumn tour, Will graduate from Morning Musume。 as well as from Hello! Project.
It has been 6 years since I became a member of Morning Musume。 It has been 8 years since I get into Hello! Project. During this time, I had lots of experiences, Thanks to lots of people, I grew up to this level since I was a common and audacious primary school student. And because I became a normal high shcool student for a little while, I began to wonder "What do I want to do in the future now that my dream of Morning Musume。 became true?"
My answer came out quite early. Or, I think I already had it.
I want to try the genre I found here in my career, "acting".
I don't want to do things halfway, So even by saying "I want to act", by singing and dancing as an idol as well, I somehow thought it was disrespectful to the members and to the fans to say I do both things.
I told this feeling to the company and to my parents, I thought a lot, "I want to bet on what I want to do" and then decided to graduate.
During the remaining time, I want to create many memories with the members and all the fans, I want to be able to say "See you again!" without any regret at the end.
Please support me until the end.
Morning Musume。'17 Haruka Kudo
PS: The translation may not be perfect/accurate, thank you for your understanding.