Harada Mayu Quits Keyakizaka46 Before Debut in Light of Underage Dating Scandal

A few days ago, it was revealed that Harada Mayu, a member of Nogizaka46’s soon to debut sister group Keyakizaka46, was involved in a scandal. Pictures had leaked of her and her boyfriend. These pictures went against the group’s ban on members dating. To make matters worse, the 17 year old’s boyfriend was an older man who also happened to be a former teacher of hers.

Today, there was a new development. In a statement on Keyakizaka46’s official website, it was announced that Harada Mayu would be leaving the group effective immediately. A cause was not given, but given the scandal at hand, it’s safe to say that the cause is evident.