In a bizarre turn of events on Tuesday, one of Japan’s oldest boybands has gone on record to clear up rumours that the group was splitting up.

Japan’s entertainment scene was rocked last week by rumours that one of its longest-running bands, SMAP, were breaking up.

Talks of the split came about when local media outlets reported that four of its members, Masahiro Nakai, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Goro Inagaki and Shingo Katori were leaving their talent agency, Johnny & Associates, to join their manager Michi Ijima at his new agency. This departure would have left behind its most popular and loved member, Takuya Kimura, who shot to international fame after he endorsed Levi’s and Gatsby. Read more…

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Even Japan’s prime minister is relieved that SMAP is not disbanding