As expected there's finally a bit of news about Morimoto Ryutaro now that things have settled a bit more. Members of Johnny's Family Club are reporting that in the latest round of news sent out to them it addresses Ryutaro's status. It has a message that of course apologizes again for the scandal and the fact that Ryutaro is still on hiatus. What's most likely the most important bit in this message is that it says he's thinking about what he's doing and will start again from the beginning. This signifies that he is still with the agency at least but it's vague enough not to let on how he will return when his suspension is through.
Personally I don't think Ryutaro is coming back to Hey! Say! JUMP and we're going to have to get used to a nine member group. I say this based on the fact of what happened with Uchi Hiroki and his underage drinking scandal. Uchi was a popular member of both NEWS and Kanjani8 and while he's back as a Junior and still has a good deal of popularity, which can be seen with the concerts he's done and drama roles he's landed since then, he has not returned to either of his groups and at this time I think it's safe to say never will. Ryutaro does not share the kind of popularity Uchi has which is what makes it even harder to imagine him being returned to HSJ if the group manages to do fine without him.
Of course Johnny's hasn't said this outright though I'm sure they know this is how it'll end. So until at least a couple of years from now when the issue will probably have little to no effect on the group they're going to keep continue being vague on the matter and hope that people will start getting used to the new status quo even if they initially believe it to be a temporary thing.
Also, I plan on making a second entry today with happier news for HSJ fans as I actually had meant to make this entry last night but forgot about it.