Kobushi Factory member Fujii Rio is no longer part of Hello! Project and Up-Front due to a contract violation.
Fujii Rio had announced her graduation recently and mentioned how she wanted to accomplish her dream of becoming a teacher or nurse. Her graduation was set to take place at the end of Hello! Project’s summer concert tour.
However, she was later found to be involved in circumstances that violate Hello! Project rules after the graduation announcement was done. There were talks about improvement, but she failed to fulfill her agreement and it was decided that it was difficult to continue their duty of managing her.
After consulting with her parents it was decided that her contract would be cancelled. There is also mention of how disappointed they are that she did not make any improvements.
Hirose Ayaka, Kobushi Factory’s leader, apologized for the sudden announcement.
This comes as surprising news since Fujii Rio had a few months to go as a member before it was found that she was violating H!P rules. However, no additional details were given related to her situation and what she did to cause such an immediate contract termination.
Regardless, we wish Fujii Rio good luck with her life and hope that the circumstances that led her to leave are not too serious.