This hit me as kind of a surprise upon waking up this morning. I've translated the entry from her blog below the cut. Be forewarned, it is long, so if you're hoping to read it all, make sure you've got a little time (or that you read really fast XD).
Today, I have an announcement.
It's a sudden announcement, and I feel this is really inexcusable to the fans who have supported me.
Recently, because of poor health, I have decided to take a break from SDN48 and show business.
To everyone who supported me, I'm really, really sorry.
I have always wanted to be in a profession where I could sing and dance, so I moved to Tokyo when I was in high school, but I couldn't seem to make my dream come true, and then this year I was finally able to fulfill the dream that I really, really wanted to do, and become a part of SDN48's 2nd generation.
While being under so many lights during stages, I was able to dance and sing songs, which I love, along with making a stage with my beloved members and the staff, so I was really, really happy being able to perform in stages.
And, thanks to all of you, I was able to take 12th place in the senbatsu vote, and get even closer to my dream of having a CD debut.
For everyone who supported me, thank you very, very, very much.
Even so, I'm very, very sorry that it turned out like this.
I feel like this is completely inexcusable for the people who supported me.
And I'm full of vexing feelings myself.
When I think that I can't stand on that stage that I was so close to, I'm sad, lonely and it hurts.
But, even if I'm separated from SDN48, I love SDN48.
As I said in the theater before, I really want SDN48 to become the #1 group in the world, from the bottom of my heart.
So, while I heal my body, I will also cheer SDN48 on with all my power.
And, in order to have my dream again, I want to become stronger in both body and soul.
Being able to work with SDN48, and do what I really wanted to do, made this the happiest half-year for me.
I will never, never forget.
Thank you very much.
I will treat each show, and each song preciously, and dance them with full power, in my own style, until my break begins.
Please be kind to me.
Well, hopefully she can get better soon! She doesn't explicitly state it here, but according to Togasaki's blog*, it is more like retirement than just taking a break (although she could possibly come back?). Speaking of, he also wrote a bit in that entry, so here's that:
*He's basically in charge of the AKB48 Theater in case you're joining us and haven't been an AKB48 fan.
Here's hoping for Sakuran's recovery and eventual return to the spotlight!