It seems surprisingly shocking that Rena Matsui plans to graduate.
That article that the TV report refers to the fact that Rena is going to appear on the 2015.06.10 episode of the Japanese radio show "All Night Nippon" (which, as of this post, will basically happen within the next 12 hours), and that Aki-P has stated that Rena is planning on making an announcement during the show. He does not specifically state what the announcement is about, so no one knows for sure what it will be. However the article (and thus the TV report) is making an assumption/guessing that they think that she's going to announce that she will graduate from SKE.It seems surprisingly shocking that Rena Matsui plans to graduate.
- http://nihongogo.com/2015/06/rena-matsui-to-graduate-from-ske48-in-august/Rena Matsui to Graduate from SKE48 in August
By Jeremy Suskin on June 10, 2015
The news is official as Rena Matsui confirms she’ll be leaving the J-pop idol group in only a matter of months.
News outlets around Japan have been reporting an impending graduation announcement from SKE48′s very own Rena Matsui and it seems as if the rumors of her departure hadn’t been exaggerated. At the top of the show this evening Matsui confirmed the rumors on tonights broadcast of All Night Nippon.
Fans lit up the social media ahead of the announcement nearly unanimous on their decision that the rumors were a ploy to gain a ratings boost for the radio talk show. Comments included dry acceptance ”We’ll see if today is finally the day” to righteous indignation “Regarding Rena Matsui. Though she might graduation someday, why would they report it in advance? I think they’re just trying to boost ratings. I don’t think she’ll be announcing it at all.” and even the light hearted “Yeah.. [graduate] from Nogizaka46.”
Rena Matsui [松井玲奈] born July 27, 1991 in Toyohashi, Aichi is a member of the Japanese idol girl group SKE48 and held a concurrent position in Nogizaka46. She originally joined as a member of SKE48′s Team S but on April 2013, she became the leader of team E. She has participated in the main lineup of not only SKE48 but also AKB48 singles. Matsui is often paired with Jurina Matsui of Team S who, despite sharing the same last name, share no familial relation.
More updates as they happen.
All Night Nippon [オールナイトニッポン] is a Japanese radio program broadcast by Nippon Broadcasting System and other radio stations from 1–5 am (JST). It preempts broadcasts from TBS Radio’s programming heard on stations under both JRN and NRN (TBC Radio, CBC Radio, etc.).
Rena made her announcement. It's confirmed.
- tokyohive.com/article/2015/09/fujita-nana-wins-akb48s-annual-janken-tournament-Fujita Nana wins AKB48's annual 'Janken Tournament'
September 17, 2015
On September 16, AKB48 group held their annual "Janken Tournament" at Yokohama Arena, and the title of the 6th Janken queen went to AKB48 team K member Fujita Nana. Thanks to this, Fujita will be making a solo debut.
Fujita's opponent for the final round was Nakanishi Chiyori. Before the match, Fujita was making aggressive comments like, "I feel like I could win if it's Chiyori," but at the moment she secured her victory, she covered her face with her hands, and dropped on her knees.
When she received a trophy from the MC Fukuzawa Akira, she said while bursting into tears, "What have I done? Please buy my CD," and continued, "but it's a chance I obtained after 5 years, so I will do my best," which brought a big cheer from the audience of 12,000 fans.
As mentioned earlier, the winner gets to make her solo debut, while the members who ranked 2nd place to 16th, will be singing a coupling track for the CD, and the center of the coupling song will be the runner-up, which is Nakanishi this time.
The top 16 members are as follows;
Fujita Nana (AKB), Nakanichi Chiyori (AKB), Nomura Nao (AKB), Sato Kiara (AKB), Nishino Miki (AKB), Kondo Moeri (AKB), Fukuoka Seina (AKB), Jonishi Kei (NMB), Yokoyama Yui (AKB), Kojima Natsuki (AKB), Yokoshima Aeri (AKB), Iino Miyabi (AKB), Kizaki Yuria (AKB), Abe Mei (AKB), Aigasa Moe (AKB), and Watanabe Miyuki (NMB / AKB).
The winners of the past Janken Tournament include Uchida Mayumi, Shinoda Mariko, Shimazaki Haruka, Matsui Jurina, and Watanabe Miyuki.