AKB48's Sashihara Rino is ill

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AKB48's Sashihara Rino is ill

15 Nov – It looks like it has been a bad week for the AKB48 members, following the announcement that member Kashiwagi Yuki was being treated at a hospital, Team A's Sashihara Rino has reportedly fallen ill as well and did not attend the "Kaze was Fuiteiru" meet and greet event on 11 November, according to the Tokyo Hive website.

The idol was scheduled to be at Makuhari Messe hall along with the other members of AKB48, but was forced to withdraw from the event due to her health.

Sashihara wrote in her blog, "I was able to rest today. I'm really sorry to everyone who was looking forward to today. I wanted to appear at the event, but it was hard for me to stand. This is such a busy time for us and I didn't want to cause more problems by infecting the other members [with what I have]. So, I decided to rest. I'm really sorry."

Sashihara was chosen as a trainee for AKB48 in Oct 2007. She was then promoted to a regular member of former Team B. She was chosen as a "Senbatsu" member for first time on the single "Ōgoe Diamond", followed by other songs, including "Under Girls". On Aug 2009, it was announced that she would transfer to Team A. She transferred in July 2010.