Haruna Kojima graduates from AKB48 after a career with the group dating back to 2006. Here is another graduation of a famous AKB48 member after Yuria Kizaki announced her intention to graduate from AKB48.
Kojima, 29, expressed her thoughts on the graduation saying that it did not seem real that she has graduated but that it feels like it really has ended. You could say that it is a surreal kind of moment for Kojima. She got a letter from AKB48 producer Yasushi Akimoto. Kojima thinks that he wrote to her because she has been active in AKB48 for so long. Kojima also said that Mayu Watanabe and Yuki Kashiwagi were seen crying even though they do not really cry. This is an emotional moment for these two girls who have worked with her and seen how she has stuck with the group through triumph and tragedy.
Kojima was asked by reporters to say a few words to Minami Minegishi who is now the only first generation member of the group. Kojima apologized for being the member that left the group first. Kojima says that she intends to work in fashion and to become a more lovely woman. She thanked everyone for these last 12 years, saying that although there were many difficult times but after the concert she gave, it made things a little more fun. She thanked everyone that has supported her all these years and she encouraged fans to continue to support her. Haruna Kojima graduates from AKB48 more than three years after the graduation of Mariko Shinoda. She has also posed as a lingerie model for fashion lines such as Peach John. In fact, here is a photo of her posing with model Kana Oya and it really is pretty awesome!