Juri Takahashi, the captain of AKB48‘s Team B, has announced that she is graduating from the group.
The idol made the announcement during a theater performance on March 4.
Takahashi was a contestant on the South Korean reality competition Produce 48. Although she did not ultimately win a spot on IZ*ONE, she continued talking with Korean officials and decided to pursue a career there.
After leaving AKB48, Takahashi will debut in South Korea under Woollim Entertainment. The company manages groups such as Infinite and Lovelyz.
Dates for her graduation and her debut with Woollim Entertainment have not been set at this time.
Juri Takahashi joined AKB48 in April 2011 as a 12th generation member. She has ranked as a Senbatsu member for the past 3 years.