SKE48 members Mano Haruka (16) and Yamada Erika (16) will graduate from the group at the end of March, it was revealed on Thursday. According to the official announcement, Mano is leaving to focus on school, while Yamada is leaving to undergo treatment for a chronic herniated disc.
Both Mano and Yamada are members of SKE48’s Team E. Mano passed the 2nd generation audition in March 2009 and was promoted to Team E in December 2010.
Yamada passed the 3rd generation audition in November 2009 and was chosen as a senbatsu member for the single “1! 2! 3! 4! Yoroshiku!” in November 2010. She was then promoted to Team E the following month.