Japan’s Idol Crisis of the Century Averted as Boy Band SMAP Confirms It is NOT Disbanding

While the Mandarin speaking countries and Korea spent last week chattering about the Tzuyu snowballed political brouhaha, Japan was oddly absent from the fray because it had its own near national crisis to deal with. Thankfully it appears to be crisis averted, so let’s take a look back at what went down in the span of 7 days. Last week J-ent was thrown into the biggest tizzy since god remembers when due to the reliable gossip leak that all was not well in Johnny’s kingdom and the biggest boy band in Japanese history SMAP may be disbanding. Quelle horreur!

The whole thing started because SMAP’s long time manager, who has been feuding with two directors within Johnny’s, resigned her position and was leaving the agency. That would be fine but for news that four out of five SMAP members were leaving with her, and for the record it was the four not named Kimura Takuya. But SMAP isn’t just a KimuTaku one man affair even if he’s the most prominent member of the group, there’s also Inagaki Goro, Nakai Masahiro, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi, and Katori Shingo. After nearly a week of radio silence from the group, all five appeared somber and serious on their TV show SMAPxSMAP and released official statements denying the disbandment and bowing low to apologize for making so many people worried and upset. Continue reading