Yes, I do believe it does apply. Even if it’s not actively spoken about like AKB, getting caught by tabloids isn’t very good publicity anyhow, so they do try and maintain their image, especially since Nogi is pretty different image wise compared to AKB.
No, nothing specific has come from Honori regarding her illness. Here is a link to her blog post regarding her decision however.
Ogasawara: Wouldn’t it be amazing if I were popular in B?
Yamamoto: Wouldn’t it be amazing if I were center in K?
Kotani: Wouldn’t it be amazing if I became close with 4?
Kishino: Wouldn’t it be amazing if I could support N from now on?
Yamaguchi: Wouldn’t it be amazing if we made N stronger than ever?
Together: We can make it happen. Because that’s Orera!
Orera is the clique that these 5 call themselves.
This! I’ve tried doing that and they’re really responsive most of the time! Don’t be afraid of reaching out and attempting to communicate with them!
Takamina on radio (probably) said “At concerts, AKB, SKE, and NMB have totally different dressing rooms. The girls in NMB all sit around like yankees and you think they’re scary at first but they’re all really passionate. SKE is pretty separate from each other and quiet. HKT has a bunch of kids so it’s just like Sashihara and kids.”