Kusumi Koharu to graduate from Hello! Project / Morning Musume

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It was announced today at Morning Musume’s first concert of the Nine Smile tour that 7th generation member and former soloist Kusumi Koharu will be graduating from both Morning Musume and Hello! Project at the end of the current tour.

I’m rather surprised by this news as Kusumi is a pretty important member in Morning Musume and although her talent is somewhat questionable she’s a fan favourite.

I’ve never really been a fan but I’ll be sad to see her go, if only for Morning Musume’s sake. Kusumi will graduate on 2009-12-06.