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Japanese Idol Mizuki Fukumura seen here back in 2010. Even back then, she was cute!

Japanese idol Mizuki Fukumura has been with girl group Morning Musume (now Morning Musume 16) for more than 5 and a half years. She rose to prominence because of being named its next group leader and this next post will focus on the importance of this leadership role. But first, how did Japanese idol Mizuki Fukumura get become the next leader of Morning Musume 14 (the name that the group had in 2014)?

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Japanese Idol Mizuki Fukumura seen here back in 2010. Even back then, she was cute!

How Japanese Idol Mizuki Fukumura Became Leader (the story in brief)

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Japanese Idol Mizuki Fukumura swims during her photo session for MIZUKI on the island of Guam. So hot!

Mizuki Fukumura, the Japanese idol singer that is part of the 9th generation of the girl group Morning Musume 16 was named as the group’s next leader. This is because member Sayumi Michishige has now officially graduated from the group following a concert that the group did. It is a common practice for these Japanese idols to hold graduation concerts before leaving the group. Their last show on this tour was at the Yokohama Arena. The Sayumi Michishige graduation happened following a fall concert that Morning Musume did. Michishige who is now 27 years old joined Morning Musume back in 2003 as a sixth generation member of the group. At the time, the other members that joined her were Miki Fujimoto, Eri Kamei, and Reina Tanaka. In October 2013, Michishige became the member with the longest tenure in the group’s history, surpassing Ai Takahashi and Risa Niigaki. During her graduation ceremony, Michishige revealed that she was not initially interested in show business, nor did she want to sing or dance. She said that she was here and stayed in the group because she loved Morning Musume. The arena was packed with 12,000 people in the audience. This marked the end of a career for Sayumi Michishige who has been with Morning Musume since she was a teenager. She announced that she would be taking a break from the entertainment industry for an indefinite period. Haruna Iikubo and Erina Ikuta were chosen as the sub-leaders for Morning Musume 14. Yuko Nakazawa and Reina Tanaka were there on the stage to celebrate the graduation of Sayumi. Also in attendance at the concert were Morning Musume producer Tsunku, Mai Satoda and her husband Masahiro Tanaka.  Tanaka is one of the followers of Japanese idol singer Yui Yokoyama on her Twitter account. During this concert, Morning Musume 14 had a huge set list. They performed 32 songs including Shabadaba Doo which is Michishige’s solo song. Other songs that were performed include TIKI BUN, Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai No Joke and Akai Freesia. This was the set piece for the audition that selected the 6th generation members. Maimi Yajima, member of the girl group called C-ute was named as the new leader of Hello! Project then.

 

A group photo of the group Morning Musume 16. This photo was taken back in 2014 during the filming of their DVD Alo! Hello! 7.
A group photo of the group Morning Musume 16. This photo was taken back in 2014 during the filming of their DVD Alo! Hello! 7. Mizuki Fukumura is on the far right of the bottom row. Top row: Haruna Iikubo, Masaki Sato, Sakura Oda, Erina Ikuta, and Kanon Suzuki. Bottom row: Haruka Kudo, Ayumi Ishida, Sayumi Michishige, Riho Sayashi, and Mizuki-Chan.

Japanese Idol Mizuki Fukumura And Her Importance As Band Leader

Why is it important to mention that Mizuki has been named as the then new leader? First of all because she was only 18 years old and for this to happen, it is a big step for her at this young age. This is a great accomplishment for Fukumura who was coming off her first successful photo book release. She has now released three photo books as of 2016. Her latest one is called Kagayaki. Here are several gorgeous shots from that photo book! She is really cute and has grown up so much in just a few years!

Japanese Idol Mizuki Fukumura has also done gravure modeling!

By doing so, she has joined Aki Takajo as another Japanese singer to have done modeling on the island of Guam. The title of her first photo book is called MIZUKI. Mizuki Fukumura has released a photo book  shot in Guam and is now a leader of one of the biggest pop music groups in the world.

 

 

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