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What should we do to get well known (Satoda Mai)

The other day、
I had lunch with present Berryz Kobo member、
And beyond that, Country Girls Playing Manager Tsugunaga Momoko-chan。

I’m really glad that Momoko will be part of Country、 I feel grateful

And we had a pretty vivid discussion about ‘What should we do to get well known?’

You’d expect no less of Momoko、 member of an idol group with a 10-year history。

She’s really got a good head on her shoulders。

The discussion was so detailed that I can’t write about it here lol

I’ll definitely do so when it’s the right time!

Momoko, thank you for making time in your busy schedule!!


I wanted to take photos、

But Momoko wasn’t doing her business musubi (Two tails, called the Momochi Musubi)、 so it’s just our hands。




Country Girls (Satoda Mai)

As was broadcast on Hello! Sta、 in a sort of a surprise prank, I announced to each and every one of the new members that they’d be joining Country!

It was amusing to see their reactions of surprise、 and their unadorned freshness and honesty was amazing~

I couldn’t meet with Momoko on that day、
But when I met her, I properly conveyed my gratitude。


And in that Hello! Sta、 Shinoda Junko-san chaired the announcement of the joining of the Country Girls’ new members、 thank you very much for cooperating with me!!


Well then、 I’ll introduce the cute, cute members on this blog!



From left

Inaba Manaka-chan

Morito Chisaki-chan

Shimamura Uta-chan


Ozeki Mai-chan


Yamaki Risa-chan


And I don’t have any photos、 but there’s also Playing Manager Tsugunaga Momoko-chan。


The youngest is 12 years old、 18 years younger than me!





Once again、 I look forward to working with all of you (^^)

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A report! (Satoda Mai)

Just as it was announced today、 Country Musume。 has added new members、 and will be making a new start as 「Country ・ Girls」!


For me, who has spent several years as the lone member of Country Musume。、 I’m really glad with how it’s getting lively with the addition of these fresh and cute members、

And I’m truly, indescribably happy that the new members will also get to sing my favourite Country Musume。 songs that we’ve built up so far、 and that those songs will get to the ears of the fans。


My activities next year will be centred in America、 so I’m unable to directly influence the group、 but in my position as supervisor、 even from a distance I’d like seek the members’ point of view and gradually deliver information to help spread news of the girls’ activities。

And! Tsugunaga Momoko-chan, after Berryz Kobo’s indefinite hiatus, has become the playing manager for Country Girls。

Momoko has got guts but actually is a reliable person, and having someone like her inherit the Country spirit、 it’s really promising、 and I’m thankful from the bottom of my heart!!

Momoko、 thank you!!!


Starting with new members、 a supervisor and a playing manager、 somehow the number of stylish positions has increased for Country Girls、 previously Country Musume。

I’m really looking forward to how the group will turn out!

Everyone、 we beg for your kind support!!

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Morning Musume。’14 Live in New York

I was thereー!

I’m happy that all the songs were songs that I love~

Morning Musume’s performance was really stylish、

I like their professionalism!!

The cheers and excitement of the local fans was amazing、 it gave me goosebumps!!

And、 Michishige Sayumi-chan、 who’s preparing for her graduation、 was reliable as usual, a cool leader。

I was deeply moved while watching them on stage!


And、 the day before the concert, I went for lunch with the girls of Morning Musume~

They were all innocent cuties~

I also enjoyed getting to talk with Shige-san, it’s been a while!

I wish I could have talked more with the other members~

Next time、 I’ll try talking more with them!





Photo with everyone。

Morning Musume。’14、 and Country Musume。 and Masao-san。


Sent from my iPhone

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Notice related to the leader of Hello! Project

Presently、 the role of Hello! Project leader is an additional post held by Morning Musume。’14 leader Michishige Sayumi、
However, along with the graduation of Michishige Sayumi from Morning Musume。’14 and Hello! Project on the 26th of November、
From then onwards, ℃-ute leader Yajima Maimi will hold the additional post of Hello! Project leader。

From now on too Hello! Project will be humbly begging for your kindness。

Up Front Promotion

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Morning Musume。’14 New York Performance Ended without a Hitch! (Tsunku♂)

For Morning Musume。, this is their 2nd time on the American mainland、
But compared to last time, I think that the crowd was thicker with fans。

And、 I really felt、
That they were looking forward to the current, new type of Morning Musume。’14。

I may be singing my own praises、 but to for my music to be booming in the heartland, America itself、
Seeing the enthusiastic response with my own eyes、
It let me confirm my belief that I wasn’t wrong in what I had done so far、 what I had created。

The moment the concert started、 as the members appeared on-stage, the venue was filled with screams of encouragement。
There were also many female fans、 and the feeling of everyone cheering them on, Japanese-style
It was great, it was truly heart-warming。

Having said that、 it’s like something new will begin from now on、
That’s the hunch I have。

Until Michishige Sayumi graduates、 and for Morning Musume。 beyond that
I humbly beg for your kindness!





Overly stoic idol Miyamoto Karin talks about being an 「Idol Cyborg」

Juice=Juice have released their new single 『Senobi / Date janai yo Uchi no Jinsei ha』 about 2 months after their last release。

Based on how successful they are, you wouldn’t think that these girls were newcomer group hardly a year from their formation last year、 armed with their high performance quality。 This time, let us listen to Miyamoto Karin, known as the「Idol Cyborg」、 talk about Juice=Juice、 and about her personal activities。


-The new song『Senobi』、 is the most heart-rending song that Juice=Juice has done so far。 Please tell us about the highlights。

The songs we’ve had up to now have been songs about girls who are mature beyond their years、 but 『Senobi』 is a song about a girl like us who’s trying to stretch herself further、 so we sympathise with it differently、 but we understand the feeling。 For the chorus、  the words are lined up、 and expressing that was enjoyable、 if difficult。

-The chorus is distinctive。

At the chorus, the fans sing 「Whoa、 whoa、 whoa」 at the same time, so there’s this sense of unity。

-When you performed it LIVE、 how was the response?

We got a lot of opinions on the lines of 「It was mature, how wonderful」 through radio messages and blog comments。 Also、 there were a lot of people who liked our aqua-coloured outfits。 I enjoyed it since I hardly ever pile on the aqua in my personal dressing、 and it feels fresh since we haven’t had any outfits so far where all of us are dressed the same。 Since usually our clothes are all over the place。

-Please tell us about the highlights for 『Date janai yo Uchi no Jinsei ha』 too。

We unveiled this song at a concert、 but I’m happy to say that all the members enjoy this single。 At the intro and the outro、 everyone goes 「Oi! Oi!」 to get pumped up、 and part of the choreography has us jostling with our arms, which the fans do together with their neighbours、 it’s a song that pumps you up。

-It’s been 1 whole year since Juice=Juice was formed。

We commemorated it this time around by holding a fan club event、 but there were a lot of unplanned surprises、 like when the foods we disliked were lined up, we would help each other out by telling one another to「Eat」、 and I think that our teamwork is gradually getting better。  Even at MCs, we’re all helping each other out。

-Foods you dislike?

At the fan club event、 we were really expecting to get a 「reward」、 but actually as a「false reward」, we got the foods that we hated…。 I hate celery and bitter melon… But、 it did my best to eat them! I thought I’d be okay at challenging myself at celery、 but it really was impossible… Midway through I had to sprinkle pepper in my mouth。

-You also got a 1st year anniversary from the staff as well。

We were appearing in the 「Nama Tamago Show!」 , the recitals for the Hello! Pro Kenshuusei、 but after we were done with the rehearsals, the teachers brought us all together for a meeting… That scene had us feeling hopeless。 However、we were talking amongst ourselves 「Ah、 what did we do wrong?」… And with that、 the dance teacher said 「How about you guys try watching it?」、 and the singing teacher had criticisms for us、 and the teachers told us that we should watch our performance on the screen behind us. When we had a look, it was a video of the Hello! Pro Kenshuusei dancing to 『Are Kore Shitai!』… And when they went 「Happy 1st anniversary!」 , which had all of us members crying aloud。

-And talking about Miyamoto-san、 there’s the Engeki Joshibu Musical Koi suru Hello Kitty! So、 Miyamoto-san will become Hello Kitty!

I really love Hello Kitty、 and I often went to the Sanrio shop when I was small. I enjoyed the 「lucky draw」 so much that it was a must-do every time I visited!  I have no idea how I’m supposed to feel, becoming that beloved Hello Kitty、 it feels really strange。 In my mind, she’s the true 「idol」 。 However、 I’ve seen Mano Erina-san’s previous performance of Hello Kitty、 but I’d like to do a just-right Hello Kitty in  my own way。

-What preparations have you made in order to become Hello Kitty?

I’m really being careful about the way I use my words、 I’ve got to be courteous。 I occasionally inflect my words strangely、 so I’ve got to be careful。 Also、 I’ve got to improve the smoothness of my speech and speak clearly。

-It’s amazing how deeply you’ve thought about becoming Hello Kitty!

Doesn’t Hello Kitty come out in all sorts of forms, like dolls or in anime? And so、 because I’m going to be part of that、 I have to become like Hello Kitty。

-A lot of little girls will be coming to watch it。

Since Hello Kitty’s fans will be coming、 I have to do my best and not let them think 「This is no good」。

-Kanazawa Tomoko-san is looking cool playing the male role。

Since I like cute, stylish people…。 I thought she was cool when I first saw her at the photo shoot for the pamphlet、 and I thought the same seeing her at the event (blushes)。

-You’ll only be able to see that cool appearance during the duration of the musical。

That’s right! It’s really valuable, so I definitely want you to see it。

-Is Kanazawa-san usually boyish?

She’s really open hearted about it、 saying「I guess among the members, it’s got to be me if we’re acting」。

-And you’re on tour。

It’s really fun、 and I look forward to how places differ from one place to another every time。 The venues too have many unique characteristics、 like there are ones that span quite a distance from front-to-back、 or venues that have blind spots… We want the fans to enjoy themselves no matter what the venue、 and it’s fun when the members are all enjoying it。

-Do you alter every performance based on how the venue is like?

We make minor alterations、 like standing positions。 I’m short、 so I’ve got to attract attention if we’re doing somthing like getting on a platform。

-Compared to the halls used for Hello! Project concerts、 are there any differences with the concert halls for this tour?

They have their own strong points、 but where I really feel the difference is it that our expressions change depending on whether or not there is a screen。 Like your hands should be in this position if you’re being filmed by a camera、 or conversely, you put your hand in a different position at livehouses since you want everyone to follow the moves… It’s only a difference of several cm, but it drastically changes how it looks。 It’s something small、 but the members discuss it。

-Do those meetings get wrapped up by leader Miyazaki Yuka-san?

Well、 everyone contributes their opinions! Rather than Yuka-chan forcefully leading、 Yuka-chan’s the type of leader who checks to see ‘Is this girl doing all right? ‘ or notice if we’re not cheerful。 A leader that’s like a mother。

- Speaking about leaders、 Morning Musume。’14′s Michishige Sayumi-san will be graduating from Hello! Pro、 and Morning Musume。’14。 Do you have any memories with Michishige-san?

I really was under Michishige-san’s care at my first play。 I was a clueless primary school student and did nothing but be a bother to her、 but she introduced me on her blog、 giving me kind advice and taking photos with me… She really was nice to me。 At the Sapporo Hello! Project concert、 each and every member got a message card from Michishige-san… It surprised me that it was handwritten!

-Switching topics、 Miyamoto-san has been referred to as the 「Idol Cyborg」。 At our last interview, you made a sensation for having an overly stoic lifestyle, doing things like immediately doing yoga after getting up。

Fufu (laughs)。 Yoga’s a daily routine。

- Has anything been added to your 「Overly stoic lifestyle」 recently?

Yu~p、 recently I’ve been eating germinated brown rice! I’ve definitely got to have germinated brown rice for breakfast。 It seems that sugary stuff doesn’t really go well with me、 so I don’t really take it。 After that、 I’ve been reading and learning from health-related books。

-Germinated brown rice is good for the body?

It raises your body temperature! I get so warm that the members ask 「Are you all right?」, mistaking it for a fever。

-So you’re learning from health-related books。

I just read a book about 「Suturing the cranium」。 You can bind the cranium to make your head smaller!I was wondering how I’d get through the book since it was filled with extremely complicated kanji characters… But I’ll put it into practice somehow。 Also, since I’m short、 I’ve have to be careful about not getting bow-legged。 There’s also methods to loosen up the shoulder blades、 and I use dumbbells…。

-Eh? You have dumbbells in your room?

Ones that you can add up to 100 levels of water!

-You hardly ever hear about idols having dumbbells in their room。


-How would you like to be in the end?

I’d like to give good performances、 and as much as possible, I’d like to enchant  people when I’m in tip-top condition。 Also、 I’d like to become an actress who can do musicals in the future!

- By the way,  when did you start being called 「Idol Cyborg」?

It started from when we got mail from the fans through our radio show、 and it got mentioned quite a lot after that。 The first time I said 「I am Idol Cyborg」[sic]  was when Chouno-san came to an event。

-So you’re definitely aware of acting as an idol cyborg?

Well、 that’s not completely the case、 but it would be fine that way。 The fans hold expectations beyond what we ourselves hold、 so I’d like to pursue perfection as an idol。 In my mind, Michishige-san’s an idol cyborg too、 so I definitely would like to aim for that!

-In Miyamoto-san’s mind、 are there any other cyborgs besides Michishige-san

For me、 I love Matsuda Seiko-san, and I think she was magnificent as an idol! Her singing ability is superb、 and I’d like to aim for that!

-What’s your favourite song by Matsuda Seiko-san?

Ones like 『Denwa de Date』, 『Mizuiro no Asa』、 『Miami Gozen 5ji』…。

-That’s quite the enthusiast’s selection!

I’ll definitely sing them when I go for karaoke! Although there are times when they aren’t in the song selection…。 However、 when I go with the members, we sing Hello! Project songs (laughs)。

- Well then Miyamoto-san、 please give a message for your fans!

Juice=Juice is celebrating our 1st anniversary、 and we’re doing our best to slowly improve our teamwork。 For our previous single, we were labelled as 「Super aggressive pure-type idols」、 but while the aggressive parts、 the mature parts still remain, we won’t part with our pure, fresh parts either、 and I think it would be great if we’d do our best, recklessly, in our 2nd year。

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An announcement from S/mileage

4 and half years have passed since S/mileage made their major debut。
We initially started with 4 members、but after Ogawa and Maeda graduated one after the other in 2011、the survival of the group was in crisis。
During that time, the 2nd generation members joined. The 6 of us have overcome many things as a group and were even able to succeed at our dream of performing at Budokan。
That was a very big thing for S/mileage、and it was due in part to our confidence in ourselves。
We’re eternally grateful to our 4 2nd generation members。
Rather than stopping at our Budokan success, we want to make S/mileage even bigger。

From time to time, the 2nd generation members have expressed their anxiety about what will happen to the group when us two original members graduate. And so, after consulting with the staff,  it has been decided that members from Hello! Project Kenshuusei will be added to the group.
We hope that new members joining will be good motivation for everyone。
In order to establish ourselves as a brand new group, we’ve decided to change our name as well。We will be taking ideas for a new name from all of you。
If the S/mileage up until now was our 「First Chapter」、then we’d like to carve out the start of our 「Second Chapter」with the new members with a fresh new name。
We think we’ll be able to accomplish things we were unable to do in the past,  so we’d like to gradually challenge ourselves to new things。
Please continue to give us your support。

S/mileage’s Fukuda Kanon and Wada Ayaka
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Berryz Kobo Concerning their Suspension of Activities Next Spring

Thank you for always supporting Hello!Project、as well as Berryz Kobo。

Though it’s sudden、I have a report for everyone。
As was already announced by the Berryz Kobo membersduring the Hello!Project2014 summer concert『KOREZO!』held on (8/2)、
Berryz Kobo in spring 2015 will be entering an「indefinite suspension of activities」。

Though it’s extremely unfortunate as their producer as well、
the members who have been together for the same length of time since they were little talked about their futures among themselves、and this is the result they came to。
For me、I’ve been watching them grow along the way as I’ve developed many compositions for them。
And so、I think the next steps for them will be a great opportunity。

At the time they almost all debuted as elementary students、
since they were intent with the amazingly pure emotions of「I love to sing!」「I love to dance!」「I wanna try wearing cute clothes!」and jumped into this world、
I think they’ve been able to come to now remaining in the same group the whole time。
I’ve also supported these pure feelings from my heart、
and am very grateful to all the fans who have raised them to this point。

And so, I think it is my duty to keep watching over them as they flap their wings and turn toward their next new dreams。

Furthermore、concerning details about their upcoming schedules or what they’ll do after the suspension of activities、
we’ll announce them as soon as they’re decided。

For now, I’ve reported this right away。
From now on as well、please support this summer’s Hello!Project concert as well as the Berryz Kobo fall tour。

Berryz Kobo Producer

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℃-ute’s Okai Chisato talks about Morning Musume。’14 and her thoughts about Himuro Kyousuke

℃-ute’s 25th single 『The Power/ Kanashiki Heaven (Single Version)』 is now on sale。

This double A-side that has gone on sale contains 『The Power』, a single different from ℃-ute’s usual fare、 and a rerecording of fan favourite 『Kanashiki Heaven』 as 『Kanashiki Heaven (Single Version)』。 With a Nippon Budokan performance slated for this year as well, making it 2 years in a row、 ℃-ute are expected to make even greater strides。 We talk with one of their members, Okai Chisato, about their new songs、 as well as ℃-ute from now on、  and even more, her respect for Himuro Kyousuke。


-『The Power』 smacks of the Middle East, doesn’t it? It’s a song that’s unlike any of ℃-ute’s singles。

The first time I listened to it, I honestly went 「So this is going to be a single?」 in surprise。 For ℃-ute、 we’ve got a lot of songs that range from the extremes of ballads to intense numbers、 so how different this song was became the topic of discussion amongst the members。 But having taken a good look at the lyrics、 it leaves a girlish impression、 so I think it’s very much like the recent ℃-ute。 Also、 the Middle East? Me、 I can never remember that term, the Middle East!

- What do you mean?

At other interviews, I hear the members talk about 「Middle East」、so I thought 「I have to remember the Middle East」、 but I end up forgetting it。 Speaking about the Middle East、 basically、 I can’t remember it because 「It isn’t in my head at all」。 And so I explain it as being 「Oriental」。

- You can remember Oriental?

I remember Oriental thanks to Oriental Radio-san!

- You could probably remember the Middle East…。

Well、 I really don’t get the Middle East、 I think of it as technical jargon, like 「Kurikinton」 (potatoes mashed with chestnuts)。 But、 since you’re mentioning that it’s Middle Eastern、 it definitely is Middle Eastern!

- Okai-san、 rather than explaining the song, we’ve been just talking about the Middle East (laughs)。

I think that there’s all sorts of genres in music。

- You concluded it loosely (laughs)。

I can sympathise with the lyrics、 it’s a story about a person who can’t do anything, yet still talks big。 You know、 that’s just like my papa! While he says「After 3 years, I’ll have a house built~」, it’s already been close to 10 years and nothing’s been built…。

- However、 don’t the other members have different, strong feelings about the song?

Their thoughts are completely different! Maimi-chan  (Yajima Maimi) and Airi (Suzuki Airi) were saying that the guy in the lyrics is a person who’s really working hard~。

- Well then、 how about Suzuki Airi-san and Okai-san’s wildly popular twin-vocal song 『Kanashiki Heaven (Single Version)』?

This song was originally a coupling track for 『Aitai Aitai Aitai na』, but I never thought that it’d become a single track! I love this song、 and other groups can’t pull it off. I love it because it’s an individualistic song where Airi and I are constantly harmonising while singing! Now that it’s turned into a single, there’s a lot more chances for us to sing it、 so I’d like make this song even more widespread。

- Okai-san stands out a lot in the song, right?

Well、 it seems that way based on our LIVE performances of the song or from the MV、 but actually the dancing leaves a great impression, since everyone’s impression is 「℃-ute can dance at that level?」。 It seems that the 3-person dance stands out、 and even my mother mentioned that 「The dancing at the back stands out」。

- What are the differences between the original song and the current recording?

For this one (the Single Version)、 it’s more mature。 Tsunku♂-san told us that it was calmer since ℃-ute have become adults… so I guess he made the song that way。 The 「singing」 stands out more than the music、 and at the beginning, when it starts, and  also at the end, there isn’t any music, just our singing vocals. That was really nerve-wracking。 There are lots of idol songs、 but I think this song is pretty awesome since there aren’t really any songs like it。

- To match Suzuki-san、 how much practice did you need?

Honestly、 we only had a single practice round for the original song. What’s more, we had no idea that the song would require us to sing in harmony before that practice。 And so、 I think that there probably are parts of the original song where we slipped up。At the beginning、 I was nervous about singing this song, so I made a ton of mistakes。 Airi has an amazing sense for sound, so she didn’t make mistakes、 but I made plenty of blunders…。 It’s a song that caused a lot of anxiety, with me often being asked 「Okai-chan, are you all right?」。 And so、 it was a pretty hard-fought battle。

- Drawing on from your experience、 did the recording for this 「Single Version」 turn out better?

Yes! Airi shouts out a 「Wao!」 in the second part、 but she seems to have regrets about it in the original song. So she was happy that the 「Wao!」 she does this time around is more like the 「Wao!」 she was aiming for (laughs)。

- By the way、 Okai-san has turned 20, right?

I haven’t really changed much though…。

- Have you drank any alcohol?

Alcohol… I drink it! Basically I do drink it、 I mean, wouldn’t it be a loss to not drink, since I’ve turned 20! I’m drinking to make up for the 20 years I’ve missed out on until now!

- What drink do you recommend?

The first drink that I ever had was champagne at my birthday, but that was bitter…  I drank Cassis and Orange after that、 but my mother was like 「You’ll get fat, stop it」… Recently I’ve been drinking oolong tea highballs。

- You’ve abruptly turned into an old man。

I brainwashed Nacky (Nakajima Saki) into drinking oolong tea highballs!Actually, I get embarrassed when ordering drinks at a bar since it looks like I’m putting on airs、 but when Nacky orders, I can order by just going 「I’ll have the same」。 But、 I basically drink alone at home。

-For ℃-ute no Hi、 you’ll be continuing on from last year with a Budokan performance。

I’m thankful for the Budokan performance、 and it seems like the members of Hello! Project are having a lot of chances to perform there。 There were times when hardly any spectators came around、 so I’m really happy! However、 we’re all rivals in the end、so I want people to say that ℃-ute is the best。

- After the Budokan、 the next step would be Arena class venues。

That’s right… The challenge is to see if we can completely fill up the Budokan this time around。 I feel like we had fans who came mainly because they wanted to congratulate us the first time around、 so the battle this time around is to see if we can sell out our 2nd Budokan。 It’s really nerve-wracking! I’d love to say that arenas will be next、 but I think I shouldn’t ask for too much。 I’d like to move forward steadily, step-by-step。

- The summer Hello! Pro concerts are starting in Fukuoka。

Honestly、 we’ve got lots of girls、 so I think that with that, we’d get more girls coming。 With guys and girls coming、 I think that’ we’d get to spread our influence further。 Even from our point of view、 Hello! Pro’s idols are pretty stylish! So far、 our juniors have been called 「Cute!」、 but recently they’ve increasingly been referred to as 「cool」。

- Hasn’t ℃-ute contributed a lot to the acquisition of female fans?

Doesn’t it seem like that? For Morning Musume。’14 and the others too、 their intensity is amazing。 I think that if they really come and have a look、 they’ll come to like them…。

- You don’t have a sense of rivalry with Morning Musume。’14?

We’ve got a burning sense of rivalry! I want to assimilate all of Morning Musume。’14′s good points。 For me、 I’m in charge of Sayashi’s position in my dance unit, Team Okai。 When I danced Sayashi’s part、 my body was completely sore the next day、 so I think that she’s really amazing。

- Please tell us about Team Okai。 Recently、 there’s been the 「Hello! Sta Dance Club」。 What’s the difference?

Team Okai hasn’t been active recently! Actually、 quite a number of girls from Team Okai have joined the Hello! Sta Dance Club!

- And so、 you’re in crisis mode。

Quite a number have joined them! Plus、 new members aren’t coming in…。

- The members who joined the Hello! Sta Dance Club should be completely cut off!

That’s right、 that’s on the nose! Since the girls who’ve gone to the other side have become our rivals。 For me、 I didn’t join the Hello! Sta Dance Club because I had Team Okai!

- So、Team Okai can’t grow careless。

I’d like to resume activities immediately、 but it’s pretty hard to line up the members’ schedules… Hello! Sta Dance Club gets to immediately perform at a Hello! Con、 that’s amazing。

- The Hello! Sta Dance Club has also appeared on TX’s The Girls Live。

Eh!? Is that so? Well、 we haven’t even got to appear…。 Team Okai doesn’t need cash for photo shoots or a warehouse。 We don’t want to be a bother to the company。 And so I’d like it if they could make more use Team Okai! But our military prospects、 Miyamoto Karin-chan and Takagi Sayuki-chan have also gone to the other side… Once we’ve replenished ourselves with new members、 we’ll catch up where we left behind!

- Recently、 the topic of Okai-san working with Dainoji Otani-san has come up、 please tell us about your future activities in the world of variety。

I’m doing well with Otani-san、 but he supports Maimi-chan、 and recently he’s been supporting Nacky as well… While on the other hand, he refers to Chisato as 「Keema Curry」。 Meaning that I’m something that’s good to have once in a while (laughs)。 But、 I’m sure that he likes Chisato! He just shows his affection in an opposite manner。 For variety、 I’d like to come up with a programme for ℃-ute! I’d like to come out with a programme like 「Shabekuri 007」 where we can just show each and everyone’s good points。 All of us in ℃-ute usually end up getting nervous and unable to talk。 And so、 I hope we get to appear on all sorts of shows、 and I want us to grow accustomed to it。

- The issue of who’ll succeed Michishige-san as Hello! Pro leader once she graduates has been garnering attention、 what are Okai-san’s thoughts about that?

Shouldn’t it be Captain (Berryz Kobo’s Shimizu Saki)? It’s kind of a bit too early for our leader (Yajima Maimi) ~ Since she immediately panics、 we can’t really leave it to her。 Basically、 when we have activities together with Berryz Kobo、 everyone looks for Shimizu Saki-chan。

- It’d be difficult for Yajima Maimi-san?

Because she has to fully focus on doing her own thing (laughs)、 and she’s also got air-headed tendencies、 so it’s kinda… However、 she’s perfect as ℃-ute’s leader。Everyone in ℃-ute resolves their own problems on by themselves、 so someone like Leader is great。 However、 occasionally Leader makes proper declarations、 and in those cases, Leader’s decisions are absolute。 Since she only says things like that once in a while、 we make sure to carry it out。

- Changing topics、 regarding Okai-san’s favourite Himuro Kyousuke、 he’s declared that he’s done with LIVE performances。

If he’s going to retire、 I’d like it if he settles on exactly how many days there are until his retirement! Since I need some time to brace myself! However、 that part of him is cool too (blushes)。 Well、 since Himuro-san has said it, there’s nothing I can do about it、 but、it’s really worries me since it was just so sudden! Just DVDs don’t do enough for me! I want to see it to the end with my own eyes!

-一 Yes、 but it seems like so far he’s only said that he’s retiring from doing LIVE performances…。

You know、 that’s the big question! Although he hardly appears on TV、 where should we go to see the real thing! We want to see him! We want to feel his presence! Isn’t this what happened during BOOWY’s time as well! Wasn’t everyone like ‘With this sort of timing!?’ when he quit? For me、 I wasn’t around for BOOWY’s breakup、 but now it’s definitely a 「With this sort of timing!?」 situation。 Yesterday、 I was keeping a constant eye on his official homepage。 Since I think that whatever I hear might not be accurate、 I definitely won’t believe anything until I hear a proper explanation straight from the horse’s mouth!

- But an explanation has come out on the official homepage、 hasn’t it?

Well、 if it’s not words from the man himself, I won’t believe it! Although it was posted by Himuro-san’s staff、 until I see the words from Himuro-san himself、 I still won’t believe it…。

- How passionate… Let’s end this talk about Himuro-san. To conclude、 can you please tell us what are Okai-san’s personal goals。

I think that Momochi’s appearances on television are spreading the word about Berryz Kobo。 So I too would like to become active in the variety circuit、and spread ℃-ute’s name! All of the members are doing their best at all sorts of things by themselves、 so I’d like to properly work hard on variety! First our new song、 then the Budokan! I’ll do my best!

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