Amuro Namie announced her plan to retire on September 16 of next year in a letter to fans, which I don’t think many saw coming.
“Dear all fans:
Thank you very much for your continuous support.
September 16 marked the 25th year since my debut. I could not have gone 25 years without your support, for which I am eternally grateful.
Today, I would like to write about something that I have carried on my mind and have decided on the 25th anniversary of my debut. I, Namie Amuro, would like to take this opportunity to inform all of my fans of my decision to retire as of September 16, 2018.
I plan to make the last year of my music career meaningful by focusing my full attention on creating a final album and performing at concerts. Then, I will welcome the date of September 16, 2018 in the best way I can.
I hope this year will be filled with wonderful memories for me and the fans together. Together, let’s make this coming year the best one possible!
So a legendary career filled with hardship, reinvention, and going against convention has less than a year left in it. Though I hope that since she specifically mentions her music career that she stays involved in entertainment somehow.
Also, rest in peace to a wonderful meme: