SMAP members Nakai Masahiro, Inagaki Goro, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi, and Katori Shingo have been revealed to be leaving Johnny’s Entertainment, which effectively disbands the group. Of the five members, only Kimura Takuya will remain with the company, according to today’s report by Nikkan Sports.
In the past few minutes, Nikkan Sports has reported that 4 of the 5 members of SMAP have left Johnny & Associates, resulting in a de facto disbandment of the group. Nakai Masahiro, Inagaki Goro, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi, and Katori Shingo are reported to have left the company, with Kimura Takuya being the only remaining SMAP member in Johnny & Associates.
If I’m being honest, I don’t care about this a ton because I’ve never liked their music. Mainly I like the members for their television dramas and variety shows, so there’s (hopefully) going to be minimal effect here.
Still, it’s hard not to feel weird about a legendary group potentially disbanding, and that’s doubly true if the rumors about this happening over company disputes is accurate.