Japanese boyband Smap may part ways
JAPAN'S most famous boyband, Smap, may be splitting up.
The talent agency Johnny & Associates confirmed yesterday that some of its five Smap members are in talks to break free, but declined to disclose more details, said Yomiuri Online.
Masahiro Nakai, Goro Inagaki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi and Shingo Katori are considering leaving the company but Takuya Kimura intends to stay, said the report.
The Japan Times, quoting a Sports Nippon report, said the four members' discussion followed their female manager's exit from the agency.
She is said to have played an important role in their careers and is seen as their mentor. Sports Nippon said she had problems with an executive and resigned under pressure.
Formed in 1998, Smap has enjoyed decades of popularity.
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