Morning Musume’s Mitsui Aika to Graduate Alongside Niigaki Risa

A surprise announcement came that Mitsui Aika(19) will graduate on May 18 alongside current leader Niigaki Risa(23) due to a previous foot injury. She first injured her ankle in May of 2011 and had been on the road to recovery, but recently received a doctor’s diagnosis that she was at risk of re-injury if she kept putting stress on it.

She will graduate from the group but will stay in Hello!Project and will discuss future roles and options with management.

Source: Hello!Project , Nikkan Sports