Inaba Manaka went on hiatus earlier this year to treat her worsening asthma condition. However, it seems that she has not gotten much better and has graduated from Country Girls.
Based on the announcement released by Hello Project, they stated that Manaka was not fit enough to continue participating in the group’s activities. Therefore, the decision was made for her to leave the group but still remain a soloist under Up-Front. It is pretty sad that it came down to this. The circumstances were out of her control. There will be a big hole missing in the group now, especially since she was one of the main vocalists. She was also very popular among the fans. I am sure there are many heartbroken people out there. I cannot imagine what she is going through right now.
Country Girls will continue as a 6-nin group and will release their 4th single, “Doo Datte Ii no / Namida no Request” on September 28, 2016.
I hope Manaka has a speedy recovery and returns to the entertainment industry with her usual beaming smile.