Berryz Kobo announce indefinite hiatus

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Berryz Kobo have announced that they will be going on indefinite hiatus in spring of 2015.

The announcement was made at the 2014 Hello! Project Summer concert. A full statement concerning the decision has been posted on UP-FRONT LINK.

Thank you for your continued support about Berryz Kobo.

Today, Berryz Kobo members have announced the indefinite suspension of their activities during the Hello! Project Concert at Nakano Sun Plaza.

Concerning the future of the members, they have talked with the staff and decided to suspend their activities after the Spring’s tour on 2015. Concerning the exact date, it will be announced later once decided. Berryz Kobo have grown like this with all the support they received until now. And to be able to reach this level of accomplishment in their activity, all the members have the feeling this is thanks to everyone and feel gratitude.

From now, there will be the live at Nippon Budokan on September, the Autumn’s tour and new songs released. Members as well as the staff feel gratitude to everyone and ask everyone for their support.Thank you for everything from now concerning Berryz Kobo.

Representative director
Ohama Minoru

Hello! Project producer Tsunku, who has not made public appearances these last few months due to his treatment for laryngeal cancer, has also made a statement, a translation of which has been posted on UP-FRONT LINK

Thank you for your continued support towards Hello! Project as well as for Berryz Kobo.
I would like to report now something to everyone.

Berryz Kobo members have just made an announcement before during the concert of Hello! Project Summer “KOREZO!”. Berryz Kobo will suspend indefinitely their activities after Spring 2015.
As the producer, this is really regretful but since their childhood  and after all the talks we had about their future, it came to this conclusion.
I have followed and seen their evolution and growth through many works.
For this reason, I think it is not a bad thing to take this opportunity to reach another step.

When they debuted they were in elementary school, they were determined with their pure feelings like “I like songs!”, “I like to dance!”, “I would like to wear cute costumes!” to jump into this world. I think they really came long while being in the same group for this long.

I feel gratitude for all the support which raised from the heart of all the fans.
It will also be my duty to watch over all those girls flying to their new dream.

Furthermore, I will inform you later on about the schedule of the suspension and each of their activity when it will be decided.

Here it was the announcement for the moment.
I would like to thank you for your continued support towards Hello! Project and Berryz Kobo’s Autumn Tour, etc.

2nd August 2014
Berryz Kobo Producer

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