Miyawaki Sakura, Yabuki Nako, Honda Hitomi exclusively with IZ*ONE for 2.5 years

HKT48 members Miyawaki Sakura and Yabuki Nako and AKB48 member Honda Hitomi will be members of IZ*ONE from ‘Produce 48‘ exclusively for the next 2.5 years until April 2021, according to an official statement from IZ*ONE’s company Off The Record.

Off The Record released an official statement on September 24 and stated, “This is regarding IZ*ONE’s three Japanese members, Miyawaki Sakura, Yabuki Nako, and Honda Hitomi and their future activities. “As announced in Japan as well, the three members will be halting all AKB48 Group activities for two years and six months until April 2021, and will be focusing completely on their IZ*ONE activities. All of the IZ*ONE members are currently working hard to wrap up preparations for their official debut, and all twelve members will be giving their all to IZ*ONE.”

Before they leave they will participate in AKB48’s 54th single, “No Way Man”, with Sakura as the center and Nako and Hitomi at her side.

Their last single includes a lot of ‘Produce 48’ contestants, which has to be on purpose.

Honestly, this will make things easier for the trio in terms of scheduling, but I do wonder about the future of HKT48 now, as well as the trio’s careers in Japan. Definitely feels like a significant risk, but perhaps one worth taking if they can get the best of both worlds.


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