Singer Ayaka (23), who went on hiatus in 2009 after being diagnosed with Graves’ disease, has announced that she is launching a new independent label and resuming activities before the end of this year. She has plans for a new release in early 2012, though it is not yet known whether it will be a single or an album.
In April 2009, Ayaka and actor Mizushima Hiro (27) announced that they had married and that Ayaka was suffering from Graves’ disease. She suspended her musical activities at the end of that year, after performing at NHK’s Kouhaku Uta Gassen.
Ayaka is still receiving treatment, but her symptoms have apparently stabilized, so she felt it was time to officially return to her music career. Even during her hiatus, she was already writing new songs in preparation for her comeback.
Although Ayaka previously released her music through Warner Music Japan, her contract expired in March 2010. Instead of signing with a major label again, she decided it was better to launch her own independent label. Ayaka is currently in the final stages of making it an official company. The label’s name is still being determined.