Hirajima Natsumi, aged 20 and one time member of Japanese idol group AKB48, has announced her return to the entertainment industry.
Natsumi will taking to the stage on October 24 in a production of “GO, JET! GO! GO! ~ I LOVE YOU ga Ienakute~” which will be taking place at Shinjuku SPACE107 in Tokyo. Hirajima had the following to say about the announcement, “I’m looking forward to starting practice”.
It was only in January 2012 that she left the idol group after pics were leaked to the public of her being with a man. Despite this, her contract wasn’t broken but she decided to leave the industry behind. She took this time to commence studies at University which she has said she really enjoys. She has also begun taking English classes in preparation for her travelling abroad.
Another ex-AKB48 member will also be starring with her in the play, Urano Kazumi aged 26, is a former first generation member and close friend of Hirajima.
Hirajima had one final comment on these news, “I am really happy to be performing with Cindy (Urano). It’s been awhile since we’ve been on stage together, so I’m really excited. I’ll work my hardest”.