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Ikoma Rina’s AKB48 Team B Concurrency comes to an end

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On May 14th, Nogizaka46/AKB48 Team B member Ikoma Rina performed her last AKB48 theater performance.

Back in February 24, 2014, Nogizaka46 Ikoma Rina shocked the AKB48G world as the first Nogizak46 member to be a member of AKB48G (while SKE48/AKB48 member Matsui Rena became a concurrent member of Nogizaka46) and was welcomed with open arms by Watanabe Mayu.

Ikoma’s involvement in AKB48 had given her visibility amongst AKB48G fans but also gave visibility to Nogizaka46.

And on May 10th, Ikoma returned to the center position for Nogizaka46 and their 12th CD single:

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Images are courtesy of entamenext.com

Ikuta Erika to go on temporary hiatus from Nogizaka46

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It’s not easy to balance school and career as an idol and for Nogizaka46 member Ikuta Erika, there are things that need to be put into priority.

During a Nogizaka46 in Yokohama, Ikuta announced that she will not be involved with the ninth Nogizak46 CD single and will be taking a temporary hiatus as she focuses on school in order to prepare for college.

As one of the better singers and also a talented pianist, Ikuta’s presence will be missed but she will be return to Nogizaka46 during the fall.