12th generation kenkyuusei Saeed-Yokota Erena has announced her graduation from AKB48 via a message on the official AKB48 blog. She debuted in May 2011 and it seems her departure is immediate.
She recently participated in the janken tournament to determine AKB48's 29th single senbatsu, after winning the kenkyuusei preliminary rounds. However, she was eliminated in the first round by Takajo Aki. She appeared wearing a costume similar to that her sister Saeed-Yokota Nina wore when she participated in the London Olympics representing Japan in the rhythmic gymnastics.
Saeed-Yokota Erena's Graduation Announcement
Translated by emptystring
This is Saeed Yokota Erena, 12th generation kenkyuusei.
I hereby tender my resignation from kenkyuusei.
It has been 1.5 years since I joined AKB48 and I have experienced a lot of precious things that I normally would not have had the chance to. There were a lot of happy, frustrating and sad things that happened.
I wanted to balance school work with this, but it didn't go so well. This year I will concentrate on my studies and take my exams. My experience as a kks will help me in my future endeavor. Thank you for everything. I was fortunate to be a kenkyuusei and those days were great.
Until we meet again.
Thank you very much.
AKB48 12th generation kenkyuusei
Saeed-Yokota Erena (15)
Saeed was my favourite of the kenkyuusei from the last few generations who haven't already graduated or been promoted, so it is sad to see her go. Maybe if she had succeeded at the janken tournament things would be different. She was always a great performer and will be missed.