Here’s the comment from UFP’s representative Director:
Thank you for always supporting Hello! Project. This has become a sudden report, but we have to announce the midterm cancellation of Country Girls member Shimamura Uta’s contract.
Shimamura Uta, when Country Musume changed its namme to Country Girls, started performing with the group last November. And on March of this year she accomplished her major debut single with Country Girls.
After that, as during this time we had difficulty in the process of discussing her future with her family numerous times, including the matter of continuing her life with the idol group Country Girls, it has become obvious that we would not be able to complete our discussions. During this time, her family has said that they do not want her to continue, so as a result the management of our firm will be taking the responsibility to decide that her family’s wishes be proceeded with. As of this current time, her contract has reached the stage where it is to be cancelled.
For this reason, with the exception of Country Girls’ lead supervisor Mai Satoda, Country Girls will become a 5-person group. The remaining members have accepted that this has become reality, and have decided that they will work harder from now on.
For all of our fans who have become worried about this, we are extremely, very sorry that this has become a problem. From here on, we sincerely hope you will continue to support Country Girls.
Up-Front Promotions Representative Director, 大濱 稔
Though UP-FRONT LINK’s facebook group did translate it as well, this one is from H!O from the user Dan-chii due to the fact that it’s not so confusing to read.
I was getting a bit nervous concerning Uta since the rumors seemed pretty real. To see today that the rumors of her leaving are indeed true, it’s quite sad to see someone as cute and popular as Uta is to leave Country Girls and Hello! Project so soon. She wasn’t my top fave or anything but like many others I couldn’t help but to really like Uta. It’s really sad to see her leave so soon since Country Girls has only released one single so far but in whatever she decides to do with her life now, all I can do is wish for her to be happy and healthy.
Thank you for all your hard work Uta ♡
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