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SMAP to disband (UPDATED)

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Earlier in the year, when news hit that SMAP were on the verge of breaking up, many fans were relieved that they weren’t.

But Johnny’s Agency has now confirmed that the group will be breaking up with their final day on New Year’s Eve. According to the statement from their agency, “Some members have expressed their wish to disband, rather than to suspend activities as SMAP.  It was a very difficult decision, but we have judged it would be difficult for (SMAP) to continue their activities as a group, although it was not a unanimous choice by the members.”

There are no details if there will be a farewell concert or farewell “SMAP x SMAP” episode.  But judging by the comments by each of the members, the group are not on the same page and have no choice but to break up.

Kimura Takuya has released the statement, “In regards to us breaking up, I honestly have nothing but regret. But a 25th anniversary live and group activities just can’t happen if all of us are not on the same page, so I have no choice but to accept this situation. Despite all of the support from all of our fans and staff, we’ve come to a pathetic resolution like “disbanding.” I can’t really find the right words to say right now.”

Nakai Masahiro released the following statement, “Dear fans and everyone involved with SMAP, I am informing you that SMAP will be disbanding. We’ve caused a lot of trouble, we’ve made you all worry, and you’ve supported us for so long. Please forgive us for ending up with this result. We are truly… Very sorry.”

Inagaki Goro released the following statement, “To all of our fans and all of our staff, I apologize for making you all worry. We thought it would be hard for the five of us to continue together in this situation, so we’ve come to the very painful decision to disband. We ask you to please understand our decision. Thank you very much for the last 28 years.”

Kusanagi Tsuyoshi released the following statement, “SMAP has chosen the path to disband. To all of the fans who cheered us on and all of the staff who have supported us the last 28 years, thank you. We’re still going to diligently continue on, so if you could continue to kindly look over us, it would make me very happy.”

Katori Shingo released the following statement, “To all of our fans and all of our staff, we, SMAP, are going to disband. I thank all of those who have supported us from the bottom of my heart. And I am deeply sorry for the very sudden announcement.”

Translation by Michelle Tymon, J!-ENT

SMAP’s Nakai Masahiro, comedian Okamura Takashi and Shofukutei Tsurube

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SMAP’s Nakai Masahiro, 99’s Okamura Takashi and actor Shofukutei Tsurube were in Kumamoto to visit people at shelters, who lost their homes during the earthquake. The trio visited the shelters in secret, working in the soup kitchens and also donating Nintendo 3DS to the children.

SMAP’s big hit “Sekai ni hitotsu dake no hana” surges back in the top 20 in celebration of SMAPxSMAP’s 20th Anniversary

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In 1996, SMAP’s variety show “SMAP x SMAP” debuted on television.

And now the group is celebrating their 20th anniversary and the their single SMAP’s big hit “Sekai ni hitotsu dake no hana” has returned strong on the Oricon charts.

Despite the single doing remarkably well (over 2.6 million copies sold), the single placed third on the Oricon Weekly Charts on February 1st when rumors ran rampant, that the group was going to breakup.

But currently, the single has re-surged back into the top 20 of the Oricon CD Singles charts at #11.

SMAP’s 2003 single “Sekai ni hitotsu dake no hana” jumps to #1 on the Oricon Daily Single Charts

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Never underestimate the buying power of the SMAP fan.

Their single “Sekai ni hitotsu dake no hana” which was released back in March 5, 2003 jumped to #1 on the Oricon Daily Single Charts.

With public sentiment in support of SMAP but anger towards how their apology to fans seemed forced by the agency last week on “SMAP x SMAP”, viewers called and complained to television station after seeing SMAP’s presentation.  Comments on Twitter compared the apology as SMAP looking like hostages and were forced to give an apology, which many psychiatrists in Japan evaluating the video felt it seemed rather forced.

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SMAP will continue

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During the live episode of “SMAP X SMAP”, SMAP gave a speech and announced they will continue as a group.  The group will also stay with the Johnny’s Agency.

Surprisingly, the captain Nakai Masahiro didn’t do the announcement and Kimura Takuya was in the center this time around.

Also, during the apology, SMAP was trending on Twitter and even temporarily took Twitter down.

In the speech, members reinforced how they are happy to be together and want to continue to make people smile and that they will keep moving forward.

What is even more interesting is a comment from Kusanagi Tsuyoshi that because of Kimura Takuya, it made it possible for the four to apologize to Johnny Kitagawa, the president of Johnny & Associates.

SMAP to have live “SMAP x SMAP” tonight on FUJI TV to address public

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Will they break up?  Will they stay together?

It has been a stressful week for Japan’s popular boy band, SMAP.

After a week of news that four members were leaving the Johnny’s agency after their manager announced she would be retiring (other articles point a heated blowup of the VP and their long-time manager), while Kimura Takuya was going to stay.

Then came news that Nakai Masahiro decided that he wants to make sure that SMAP continues.

And yesterday’s news that SMAP will stay together but now, it has come to the Monday night LIVE episode of “SMAP x SMAP” as the five members will address the public.

We are hours away until the episode is shown in Japan.

[UPDATED] The End of SMAP?

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The entertainment industry in Japan has been rocked by news that Johnny’s group SMAP has broken up due to a management spat.  This is what we know of from various sources:

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There are three major factions within the Johnny’s Jimusho agency.  Each in charge of various groups.   One resigned after a heated exchange with the VP.

According to news reports, the manager of SMAP (a female manager) who helped the group become popular throughout their career was forced to resign due to problems with a company executive.

Four of the SMAP members Nakai Masahiro, Goro Inagaki, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi and Katori Shingo are leaving Johnny’s, while Kimura Takuya will stay.  Making it impossible for SMAP to continue.

Is this the end of SMAP? As of right now, there is no confirmation that the group is ending and the four members have bolted out of Johnny’s.  There is no public statement from any members of SMAP at this time.

But because of this news, expect to see major updates coming soon!

TOKIO’s Kokubun Taichi (41) was on a TBS variety show and when asked about the news reports, all he had to say was that he was surprised when he saw it on the morning paper.

UPDATE:

Johnny’s confirmed in a fax that they are in negotiations with the four SMAP members.

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SMAP and Kobukuro take the #1 spot in Japan for Oricon singles and album charts (December 18, 2013)

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Today in Japan, SMAP has taken the #1 spot on the Oricon Daily Charts with their latest single “Shareotsu” with 122,098 copies sold, UVERworld was #2 with “Nano Second” with over 28,492 copies sold and boy band U-KISS takes the #3 spot with “Fall in Love/Shape of your heart”.

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On the album charts, Kobukuro took the #1 spot with “One Song from Two Hearts” which sold 45,974 copies for the day, BENI’s “COVERS 3” was #2 and sold 9,203 copies sold and CODE-V was #3 with “Yoyogi” which sold 9,058 copies.

NOTE: Because Johnny’s Entertainment forbids their images from being used on Amazon and Oricon, if you see this big black box as an image, it’s because it’s a Johnny’s group.