- Blogcchin (Goto Maki's blog) is overloaded due traffic.
"it's hard to access now because the server is overloaded. Sorry for the inconvenience and try to access again later."
- It has been reported Goto Maki will still be part of UpFront but not in Hello! Project.
- Tsunku comments about Goto Maki's graduation on his blog:
"It seems that Goto Maki determined the commencement of a new life.
If i remember correctly, she joined when she was 13 years old, entering into the world of celebrity, almost nine years ago.
Many works have been made.
This artist named Goto Maki excited me with her imaginative power.
Various productions were able to be sent out to the world.
With more than just a bit of a man's boldness, like something out of a fairy tale story, she makes me think, "That's so cool, let's rock!"
Since there were so many ways for her to express herself, we were able to do various works.
That's why it was determinated that Goto Maki had to graduate Hello! Project.
This decision will bring new productions with the new Goto Maki and will bring her in contact with more people.
I'll truly keep on supporting her.
Sorry for this long speech. Also, keep fighting!"
- UpFront makes Goto Maki's graduation from Hello! Project official via its homepage. After writing a brief description of who Gocchin was inside H!P, there is a comment from her:
"On October 28th, I graduated from Hello! Project. I'm sorry for this sudden announcement.
I became part of Morning Musume at the age of 13. It'll be almost the 9th year by the end of this year. I've come to meet a lot of people and lots of feelings have matured within me.
Little by little, I was visualising the things I really want to do.
I wanted to be ready, in the proper time, to face things by myself once again, so I opted for graduation.
Although my future is not clear yet, it will depend on what I'm able to do. Regarding my career as a singer, I want to absorb many different things, to change and keep going with my own power, and to progress more than now.
It had been stressful, thinking about what to tell all of you. Since so many fans were there, I can be here smiling now.
This feeling of gratitude cannot be expressed with words.
Sincerely, thank you very much.
I want to be together with everybody from now on., since all of you out there are my support.
Not as a member of Hello!, but as Goto Maki, in a more personal way, I'll give my best.
Please keep supporting me from now on."