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Yokono Sumire, a member of Japanese girl idol group NMB48, has quit the group after she was embroiled in a scandal involving two boyband members.

The 20-year-old, who debuted as NMB48's sixth generation member in 2019, announced her departure from the group in her blog on Sunday (May 23). She also apologised to fans for “making the sudden announcement in this way”.

“From now on, I will move forward on my new path with gratitude in my heart," she wrote. 

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