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Haruka “Paruru” Shimazaki to graduate from AKB48

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Haruka “Paruru” Shimazaki (22) appeared at an event for “Baitoru NEXT” in Akihabara.

She announced that she will be graduating from AKB48 at the end of the year.

Shimazaki has done well as an actress and said that she also has dreams of becoming a Studio Ghibli voice actress.

Her final handshake meeting will be on December 24th at Makuhari Messe in Chiba and her final performance at the AKB48 Theater in Akihabara will be on December 26th.

Paruru joined AKB48 in 2009 and became the center after winning the “the third Janken senbatsu tournament”.

For AKB48’s 46th single to be released on November 16th, she will be the center.

Paruru’s reply back to Nakai on “UTAGE!”

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Interesting now (because of the latest AKB48 single) that Shimazaki Haruka a.k.a. “Paruru” has to be the person having to answer questions from the host, Nakai Masahiro (also the leader of SMAP) on television…but a lot of people on Japanese forums who are not familiar with Paruru (she is not very talkative) were surprised of what she said to Nakai, and her reply to him to not talk so much.

Nakai laughed it off saying it’s not his job to not talk.

It’s funny and cute, so I think Paruru can get away with it.

Paruru promotes the SDF

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Haruka “Paruru” Shimazaki is known for her “salty” behavior and despite not being a talkative member of AKB48, the idol member was selected to promote Japan’s Self-Defense Forces recruitment campaign for high school graduates.

In a 30-second commercial, Haruka explains how people can work in the land and the sea and ends with Paruru showcasing a “You AND PEACE”.