The announcement was made on the opening day of Team 8's concert "Team 8 Kessei 2 Shunen Kinen Tokubetsu Kouen in Okinawa Mensore! Haru no Eight Matsuri" held at Nakagusuku Castle in Okinawa.
Natsuki Fujimura & Moeka Iwasaki graduated as of April 3rd. Ai Yamamoto's graduation concert will be held in the coming days at the AKB48 theater.
She continued, "It has become difficult to continue my activities in Team 8. Since I didn't want to cause trouble to the other members, I decided to graduate."
She continued, "After thinking about it very hard, my other dream of becoming an actress became more serious. I want to seriously study acting. It will be a difficult path, but I want to challenge it with my own strength."Lastly, Iwasaki said, "After getting into my first-choice school, I wanted to go after my childhood dream of becoming a doctor."
"In order to make my dream come true, I have to study a lot. Continuing Team 8 activities in that manner isn't possible. I don't think I could commit to both of them wholeheartedly," she concluded.