I decided that this year will be my last year to participate in the general election and so I ran. Since last year, I didn’t do much idol-related works. To tell you the truth, I have thought about graduation. But, at that time, someone cried and told me not to graduate yet, that person was Yokoyama Yui who is the general manager.
— Shimazaki Haruka (AKB48 Senbatsu General Election 2016)