On 16th, Nako Yabuki posted her long announcement on her own official SNS, saying, "I announced the graduation of HKT48 at the live held today."
She had previously announced that she was Yabuki Nako and she was graduating from the team at the HKT48 11th anniversary concert she held on the same day. At the time, she announced that her next single would be the last to graduate from her team, and that she would pursue her dream as an actress after graduation.
In this regard, Yabuki Nako said, "I'm sorry for the sudden announcement." "After joining HKT48 when I was in 6th grade, I was able to work as an idol thanks to the support of so many people. Thank you very much."
She said, "I want to take a step forward so that I can become an actress who can act that resonates with people's hearts."
She said, "I hope that I will make many memories with you for about half a year from now until graduation. I will do my best until the end so that I can repay the love you have given me and express my gratitude properly! Thank you very much."
Yabuki Nako debuted as HKT48 in 2013. After that, she debuted as a member of IZ*ONE (Kwon Eun-bi, Miyawaki Sakura, Kang Hye-won, Choi Ye-na, Lee Chae-yeon, Kim Chae-won, Kim Min-ju, Yabuki Nako, Honda Hitomi, Jo Yu-ri, Ahn Yu-jin, Jang Won-young), which was born through Mnet's audition program 'Produce 48' in 2018. After her IZ*ONE promotions ended in April of last year, she backed to Japan and worked as a member of HKT48.