Johnny’s Entertainment released a statement on the report that legendary J-pop group SMAP would be disbanding, and it was essentially the death knell for screwed groups.
“Recently, there was a report regarding some SMAP members’ leaving and their manager’s resignation from a directors position. It is true that we are having consultation and negotiations about the matter, however, we cannot answer any detailed inquires yet.”
If it’s not true, companies generally say so immediately, but this whole “nothing is decided” or “we’re still in negotiations” stuff is usually a strong indication that something is amiss.
Of course, regardless of what Johnny’s say, there was no greater indication that things were heading to an end than SMAP’s manager ditching the company.
According to Sponichi Annex, on the 12th, the group’s 58-year-old female manager who is often described as their ‘foster parent’, resigned from the position of director from J Dream, Inc., a subsidiary company of Johnny’s & Associates, inc., and she will also be leaving Johnny & Associates, Inc. next month.
RIP In Pieces