Kobushi Factory's Fujii Rio has left H!P (7/6/17)

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Kobushi Factory's Fujii Rio has left H!P (7/6/17)

Postby Amped » Fri May 12, 2017 11:56 pm

Fujii Rio announced she will graduate this Summer from Kobushi Factory and H!P to follow her other dream, becoming a teacher or a nurse. She thought of trying to balance her studies and activities with Kobushi Factory. She decided on graduation to focus on studies at University.

She will continue activities with the new single, the tour, and the movie.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/up-front ... 323244614/
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Re: Kobushi Factory's Fujii Rio to graduate from H!P at end of Summer

Postby aerosuffly » Sat May 13, 2017 3:49 am

Aww. :(

I like her a lot, so it is sad to see her go. But she has been known to be the smarter one in H!P, so I am also not surprised to see her leave to pursue other jobs. I wish she would have tried to manage like Momo though.
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Re: Kobushi Factory's Fujii Rio to graduate from H!P at end of Summer

Postby Denki » Sat May 13, 2017 4:36 am

She did tried, it just didn't worked out. It's not easy to be both a full time student and a full time employee.
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Re: Kobushi Factory's Fujii Rio to graduate from H!P at end of Summer

Postby sukibeam » Sat May 13, 2017 4:40 am

^^ If she goes the nurse route though, that's going to require a lot more effort with labs and residencies and all kinds of weird hours, so it's understandable to just straight forwardly free up her schedule to allow for any possibility. University can be stressful enough without the added load of constant touring/plays/events, and not everyone wants to or is capable of juggling that.

I still think of her as "strange milk-chugging girl", and she has never been high on my list of members, but I've always found her to be interesting with a contagious smile. I respectfully wish her luck and happiness with her future endeavors.
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Re: Kobushi Factory's Fujii Rio to graduate from H!P at end of Summer

Postby Saikio » Sat May 13, 2017 5:03 am

It's just broke my heart u.u I love her so much, and hope we can see more of her in the future, I'll never forget her precious smile.
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Re: Kobushi Factory's Fujii Rio to graduate from H!P at end of Summer

Postby Amped » Sat May 13, 2017 10:20 am

after Fujii Rio graduates, Inoue Hikaru will be the only one left from 19th gen Kenshuusei. Inaba Manaka is not going to come back.
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Re: Kobushi Factory's Fujii Rio to graduate from H!P at end of Summer

Postby 321BreakinOut » Mon May 15, 2017 1:02 pm

Wow :(


I remember back in the S/mileage auditions thinking "ew who is this girl with whipped cream in her mouth" :| to "wow this girl is going to be a star" in such a short amount of time .


She will truly be missed.
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Re: Kobushi Factory's Fujii Rio to graduate from H!P at end of Summer

Postby Amped » Wed May 31, 2017 2:28 pm

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Could it be that Saturday / 2nd day of a month refer to September 2, 2017? :|


Fujii Rio says she will keep a smile till her last day on Sept. 2nd (at the H!P Summer Concert ~HELLO! MEETING~ finale in Hiroshima, which is also Kobushi Factory's anniversary of their major debut single)

Fujii Rio apologizes for her decision to graduate even though they haven't fulfilled their dream of performing in a hall tour together.
http://ameblo.jp/kobushi-factory/entry-12278772280.html
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Re: Kobushi Factory's Fujii Rio to graduate from H!P at end of Summer

Postby Starra » Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:08 pm

Well, this is interesting...

Fujii's contract with UF has ended because she was breaking the rules.
http://www.helloproject.com/news/7320/
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Re: Kobushi Factory's Fujii Rio to graduate from H!P at end of Summer

Postby resop2 » Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:35 pm

^
I hope it wasn't because she was smoking (or was voted off the island in the first round of H!PS.'17).
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Re: Kobushi Factory's Fujii Rio to graduate from H!P at end of Summer

Postby Amped » Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:56 pm

Kobushi Factory leader Hirose Ayaka apologizes about Fujii Rio leaving so suddenly due to contract violation.
http://ameblo.jp/kobushi-factory/entry-12290276806.html

I think it was probably the attitude she was giving lately. She didn't look like she was giving her all and management probably was not happy.
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Re: Kobushi Factory's Fujii Rio to graduate from H!P at end of Summer

Postby Celedam » Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:12 am

^ I think her attitude was a symptom, not a cause. Something was happening in her life, and we'll probably never know what.

That being said, yeah, her lack of enthusiasm was pretty clear in recent photos.
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Re: Kobushi Factory's Fujii Rio to graduate from H!P at end of Summer

Postby AyuHikaru » Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:52 am

I wonder what happened. She didn't seem super happy lately so it doesn't seem like it was a boyfriend. Smoking/Drinking maybe? She's around the same age Kago got busted for it, so it's possible. Fishing for another company maybe? I hear that's against the rules for some companies while you're still under contract.

Whatever it was it couldn't have been good, she was eventually leaving and they still went "Nah."
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Re: Kobushi Factory's Fujii Rio to graduate from H!P at end of Summer

Postby boinsie » Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:28 am

Thank you for always supporting Hello! Project.
This is an abrupt announcement, however,
We are giving notification that, at this time, we have ended our exclusive management contract with Kobushi Factory member Fujii Rio.
It was previously announced on 5/12 that she would graduate with this summer's Hello! Project concert tour,
But afterward, it came to light Fujii was involved in circumstances violating the rules of Hello! Project.

We talked about improvement, but during that time she did not fulfill the agreement,
and we concluded it would be difficult for us to continue in our duty managing her, so
once again, we conferred with her and her parental authority, and during this time it lead to cancellation of her contract.
Regarding this decision, again, we are very disappointed she did not make improvements.


As for Kobushi Factory, their involvement with the Hello! Project concert tour, the movie "JK Ninja Girls", and summer performances and solo lives will go on as planned.
The members will come to grips with this, and continue to face forward with their activities, so
We will continue to support everyone as we advance forward.

To everyone, and those fans who habitually lend their support,
For being bothersome, and once again causing concern, we offer our deepest apologies,
and we hope you continue to support and cooperate with Kobushi Factory.

2017年7月6日

Translation of the announcement at H!O
http://www.hello-online.org/index.php?a ... topic=3052

So the announcement is saying that her contract violations were discovered -after- the grad announcement? So weird to not just sweep this under the table for a month or two... unless they're afraid that whatever it is would come to a head and look bad on them as a company.
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Re: Kobushi Factory's Fujii Rio to graduate from H!P at end of Summer

Postby Amped » Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:38 am

So they gave her a bunch of chances to change (most likely her attitude) but she didn't fulfill her end of the agreement. She only hurt herself doing things half heartedly.
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Re: Kobushi Factory's Fujii Rio to graduate from H!P at end of Summer

Postby boinsie » Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:42 am

It just feels like "You're not trying hard enough" isn't something they would fire her for, especially when she already has a grad date scheduled.

But all speculation aside, it's unlikely we'll end up learning what happened.
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Re: Kobushi Factory's Fujii Rio to graduate from H!P at end of Summer

Postby Amped » Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:56 am

Obviously the media doesn't know the whole story about what rules she violated, but they guess it could be her "motivation to work" was a factor because she her graduation was coming up.
https://www.daily.co.jp/gossip/2017/07/ ... 7395.shtml

In her May statement, she promised "I will work hard with all my strength until graduation, I will make an effort" but she leaves the entertainment industry without fulfilling it.
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Re: Kobushi Factory's Fujii Rio to graduate from H!P at end of Summer

Postby Shabranikuduu » Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:59 am

I wonder if part of the reason it took so long (they seem to have given her several chances, and who knows how long this has been a problem) is so that it wouldn't, not necessarily overshadow, but not take away from the positive events that were the graduation of °C-ute and Momoko.

To me, it does sound like an attitude problem, like boinsie said, not trying hard enough, but I also agree that given that she had a graduation date set and in less than 2 months, it's strange that they would fire her. Must have been some problem. It's a shame too, because this was probably just some form of teenage/young adult rebellion/not caring, but the fact that H!P fired her so publicly may be a pretty serious problem in her future professional life, especially as she wants to become a teacher or a nurse.
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Re: Kobushi Factory's Fujii Rio to graduate from H!P at end of Summer

Postby Amped » Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:07 am

Amped wrote:Kobushi Factory leader Hirose Ayaka apologizes about Fujii Rio leaving so suddenly due to contract violation.
http://ameblo.jp/kobushi-factory/entry-12290276806.html


Good evening everyone。 This is Hirose Ayaka。



Just as was announced on the Hello! Project Official Site today、

The contract of Kobushi Factory member Fujii Rio has been terminated。



I believe that this sudden announcement must have all of you in disarray。

And I am truly sorry to have a member be removed in
Such a way。

Honestly、 we too are really frustrated。

Essentially、 Fujii was slated to graduate in about 2 months, on the 2nd of September。

After having set on her graduation、 spending what precious little remaining time the 8 of us had without any regrets
Is something that I guess we’ll no longer be able to do。



However、amongst the fans

I think that there are many of you are working hard at your jobs or school、 and not coming to our concerts and events at the moment、

In order to make time closer to Fujii’s graduation。

I truly am sorry

That things have happened in this way、 without you being able to properly bid her farewell。



I think that all of you must be going through all sorts of emotions、

But from now on、 the 7 member Kobushi Factory will shift our gears、

And we’ll give it our all in our activities、 even more than before

So that we’ll be able to bring smiles to all your faces、 and so that lots of people will know about Kobushi Factory。



Starting with the summer Hello! Project concerts、 and the stage greetings for 「JK Ninja Girls」、

All of our activities from now on will be with the 7 of us。

However、 it won’t change the fact that Rio is a member that’s precious to us、

And that Kobushi Factory was made up of the 8 of us。

I love the 8 member Kobushi Factory。

And that’s why even when it’s just the 7 of us

I’d like to be proud of my love of the Kobushi Factory that we all built up together with Rio。



Right now I will keep my memories and tears to myself、 and run on forward as a 7 member team。



I think that

The people who read this blog are surely people who love Rio。

It’s possible that you haven’t sorted out how you feel、 and can’t move forward。

However、 once you’ve calmed down。

Please come again to watch us。

We love Rio, just as you do。

Up until the time that you come to see us

I’d like to become a group that makes you think ‘I want to support them again。’

It will be the first time for us to stand on-stage at a Hello Project Con
cert as a 7 person Kobushi Factory。

Up until then、 we would like to deliver performances in our own way

Performances that we feel are in a way, flawless。



We hope for you continued support for Kobushi Factory。





At first、 I and the members

Were helped out a lot by Rio。

I am truly grateful to Rio。



From now on, as a friend, I would like to support Rio on her new path。



Thank you very much for reading to the end。



Hirose Ayaka


http://blog-project.net/hirose-ayaka/258834
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Re: Kobushi Factory's Fujii Rio to graduate from H!P at end of Summer

Postby Celedam » Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:55 am

I'm going to say it again: I think her attitude was a symptom, not a cause. There are a million possible reasons why she couldn't or wouldn't do her job properly. I speak from experience. So let's maybe try not to treat this like spectator sport. Let's maybe try to remember she's a human being with a life of her own that we know almost nothing about, even more so now that she's out of the business and a private citizen again. Let's maybe try to remember the agency and the media and her fellow members are all saying what they must say because it's required by their culture. Let's maybe try not to be so selfish and arrogant that we simply dump on her from afar for "not trying hard enough" or whatever.
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