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Yuko Oshima, a frontline member of the all-girl pop group AKB48, has announced she will leave the band to pursue a solo career.

After finishing “Koisuru Fortune Cookie” (“The Fall-in-Love Fortune Cookie”), one of the group’s million sellers from the past year, on NHK’s “Kohaku Utagassen” yearend music show Tuesday night, the 25-year-old Oshima said, “This was the last time I’ll be invited to perform like this on ‘Kohaku Utagassen.’ “

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