Saturday, SMAP, one of Japan’s oldest and most beloved pop idol bands still together, broke up. Though fans attempted to convince the group not to break up, even taking out newspaper ads worth $342,000 USD, the band decided to break up.
The group formed in 1988 and was composed of Masahiro Nakai, Takuya Kimura, Goro Inagaki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, and Shingo Katori. The group gave no explanation on why they have decided to disband.
[via The Mainichi]
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