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sayumi michishige graduation 2014
Morning Musume band leader Sayumi Michishige prepares to graduate after more than a decade with the group.

Sayumi Michishige Graduation Details: Part 1

The Sayumi Michishige graduation will be the next graduation of a high-profile Morning Musume member in more than two years. It will be the first one of this magnitude since the Risa Niigaki graduation. In all fairness, I think Risa Niigaki is cuter than Sayumi Michishige but that’s a different topic for a different day.

sayumi michishige graduation 2014
Morning Musume band leader Sayumi Michishige prepares to graduate after more than a decade with the group.

Japanese pop music singer and member of Morning Musume 14 Sayumi Michishige will be graduating from the group as well as Hello! Project in the fall. The news was made public during a concert in Yamaguchi on April 29, 2014. Michishige, 24, is a member of the group that was known as Morning Musume and she is the member that has served the longest time in the group. She said that when she became the band leader 2 years ago, she had the goal of wanting to return Morning Musume a favor. The group is coming from the success of five consecutive number one singles and through various activities, she feels that she was able to return the favor little by little. There were discussions with the producer TSUNKU and Michishige’s agency and this year’s fall concert was the time for her to graduate. Michishige is the latest member of the idol group to announce her intention to graduate. I’ve followed Morning Musume for a few years now and this event is hardly a surprise, considering that these members move on to other activities after their career with the group is over. As part of a tribute to Michhishige, here is a video slide show of images!

The Sayumi Michishige graduation follows that of Risa Niigaki

Sayumi Michishige joined Morning Musume back in 2003 as a sixth generation member of the group. She was in the same generation of members as Miki Fujimoto and Reina Tanaka. Tanaka graduated on May 21, 2013. Michishige took over as the leader of Morning Musume when then band leader Risa Niigaki graduated from the group on May 18, 2012 following a concert at the venue called Nippon Budokan. At the time, eighth generation member Aika Mitsui also graduated from Morning Musume due to health problems. Specifically, Mitsui had had an ankle fracture which made it very hard for her to dance and because she could not work at her usual level, she had to leave the group. Michishige calls herself the cutest member of Morning Musume. While she definitely is cute I don’t think that her cuteness matches that of former AKB48 singer Atsuko Maeda. It is tough to top Maeda because Atsuko has also shown that she can be very sexy.

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