Friday, 15 January 2016

SMAP Disbanding & Fans Raise Campaign to Prevent It

SMAP to Disband After 27 Years

SMAP will be disbanding after 27 years, leaving fans upset. In response to this, some fans are starting up a campaign to prevent the group from coming to an end. 

On January 12th it was reported Johnny & Associate's most popular group, SMAP, would be disbanding. The exact date wasn't specified due to the group's commercial contracts. 

The report claimed Masahiro Nakai, Goro Inagaki,Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, and Shingo Katori would leave the agency. The only remaining in the company would be Takuya Kimura.

In addition to this news, Michi Iijima, SMAP's chief manager, resigned from Johnny's Board of Directors on January 12th. The resignation will go into effect next month. 

Fans weren't too happy with the news, as can be imagined. In an attempt to convince the group and agency otherwise, fans petitioned a campaign to reach three million sales of "Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana", which is the group's best-selling single to date. 

The single currently has 2.6 million sales, meaning 400,000 more copies need to be sold in order for the goal to be met. On Twitter the campaign's hashtags have become one of the top ten trending topics. 

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