― In 2017 there was both ℃-ute's disband and your graduation from Hello! Project. On June 2018 you started a solo career. Looking back on this past year, please tell me what you think have changed from the Airi back then.
I spent a whole year like everything was new to me. Because it was the first time for me to experience all the things I've done until now, for example give an interview, completely alone. I didn't really realize it myself but, one of my friend who I haven't met in a long time told me "Were you a girl that express her opinions that much ?". "I thought you were more a person to be dragged by someone else's opinion". That's when I heard this that I noticed it, but being alone helped me to express what I really wanted for myself, and I think made me strand stronger.
― "As I'm alone, I must work hard" or something ?
I wonder if that's because of that ? Anyway, even during live, I end up talking too much (laughs). Even though a lot of people have told me "My biggest fear is that you won't be able to do MC alone" and that I thought that myself, too. But in a certain way, it feels like my true self came out.