It’s recently come to light via the AKB48 blog that member, Kasai Tomomi, will graduating from the massive J-Pop girl group on May 3rd. Kasai’s final performance with her other group members will be at the Shinoda team A performance at AKB48 theater.
She had given prior notice of her intention to leave as far back as December 17 2012 during the “the 2nd AKB48 Kohaku Taikou Uta Gassen”. Her last handshake event will be on April 20th which will be held at Makuhari Messe. A few days after her graduation, May 8th will see her release her 2nd single, which as yet doesn’t have a name, but will be used for the ending theme for the drama, “Meshibana Deka Tachibana“, in which she plays a lead role.