2015 – present (3 years)
Kobushi Factory (こぶしファクトリー; Magnolia Factory) is a Japanese pop group under Hello! Project, originally formed with eight members from Hello Pro Kenshuusei in early January 2015.
Kobushi Factory released their first indies DVD single, "Nen ni wa Nen / Survivor," on March 26, 2015.
Their major debut single, "Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan / Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta / Nen ni wa Nen (Nen'iri Ver.)" was released on September 2nd, 2015.
On May 12th 2017, sub-leader Fujii Rio announced she would graduate from the group and Hello! Project at the end of the Hello! Project 2017 SUMMER concert tour. However, on July 6th it was announced that her contract had been terminated due to her lack of compliance in the rules, and she had subsequently been fired from both Kobushi Factory and Hello! Project.
On September 6th 2017, after being on hiatus since July due to anxiety neurosis, Ogawa Rena decided to graduate from Kobushi Factory and Hello! Project.
On December 6th 2017, an update on the Hello! Project website stated that Taguchi Natsumi's contract with UP-FRONT PROMOTION had been terminated due to her lack of self-consciousness and responsibility as a member of Kobushi Factory.
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