Two members of AKB48 Team 8 Hirose Natsuki and Mogi Kasumi have announced their graduation from the group today, November 26, 2017.
In the announcement, Hirose Natsuki said, "Me, Hirose Natsuki will graduate from AKB48 Team 8". Regarding the reason, Hirose explains, "At my age of 20, I started thinking about my future and I think it's a wonderful opportunity to realize what I want to achieve - to go to the country and study abroad."
While Mogi said, "Me, Mogi Kasumi will graduate from AKB48 Team 8". Regarding the reason, Mogi explains, "At my age of 20, I think more and more about my future, thinking about what I want to do, I think to achieve my dreams by my own strength, not just staying here."
Regarding the graduation schedule, both Hirose and Mogi have not decided the exact date.
Hirose Natsuki joined AKB48 Team 8 as Kouchi's representative in April 2014 and Mogi Kasumi joined at the same time as Fukushima's representative.