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Artist:   SMAP  
Source:  press release
The news of SMAP breaking up was a big shock to everyone in Japan. After 31st December 2016, we hadn’t seen the five members act together. Although the fans were eager to know each member’s future plans, nothing had been clarified.

On the 18th June 2017, Jonny & Associates sent an official announcement that three members of SMAP, Goro Inagaki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi and Shingo Katori, will end the contracts while the other two, Takuya Kimura and Masahiro Nakai, will stay with the agency. The rumor about this act was always around, yet most fans were uncertain about Nakai’s decision. Apparently, the group leader Nakai was the one who endlessly fought to prevent SMAP to split up. Some media suggested that one of the reasons for Nakai's remaining with Johnny’s is to keep the possibilities for SMAP to reunite again in the future.

The confusion continues. Although Johnny & Associates has released the announcement and sent out a special statement from Johnny Kitagawa, written below, there isn’t any specific directions the members will take.

Johnny Kitagawa’s comment about SMAP:

SMAP broke up on the 31st December last year. I believe we had special fate between us and each member so even after they disbanded, we continued to work together. This time, three of the SMAP members made their decisions to part ways. I will continue thinking about them wherever they are and whatever the relationship we’ll have. They put in a lot of effort and worked with us for a long time. I am certain that they will bring many people true entertainment and happiness in the future as well.
In addition, the name SMAP (SPORTS, MUSIC, ASSEMBLE, PEOPLE) means more to all of us now. I’d like to express it with: S for SUBARASHII (=amazing), M for MEMORIES, A for ARIGATOU(=thank you) and P for POWER.
The SMAP members are extremely talented and their names will be marked in their fans hearts, as well as my heart, forever.
-Johnny Kitagawa

Author: Meiko K.
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Artist:   SMAP  
Source:  Sync Music Japan
SMAP's concert in China will be held on 9/16 at Beijing Workers Stadium.

This very first overseas concert of SMAP is expected to attract an audience of 40,000. The theme for this concert is Hang in there, Japan / Thank you, China / Asia is one.

During East Asia Summit, SMAP was the very first Japanese artist group to meet Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on 5/21/2011. Wen Jiabao welcomed SMAP full-heartedly and expressed his hope for their songs and friendship to reach out to many Chinese people. As a gesture of gratitude, SMAP performed the Chinese version of Sekai ni hitotsu dake no hana on the spot.

Concert Information
Date & Time: 9/16 (Fri) START 19:30 (local time)
Venue: Beijing Workers Stadium

Official Website: http://www.johnnys-net.jp/j/artists/smap/
Author: Sheila
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Date: 2007.09.13
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Artist:   SMAP  
Source:  Sponichi / LJ
It has been decided that SMAP'S Kimura Takuya (34) will star in European collaboration movie "I COME WITH RAIN" (directed by Tr?n Anh Hng )which is to be released next autumn.

It will also star Amercian actor Josh Hartnett, Korean actor Lee Byon Hon and Hong Kong actor Shawn Yue. It is a collaboration between Hollywood and Asian stars, (Kimura) aiming for Cannes Festival after '2046" in 2004.

Kimura will star as Shitao, the son of a rich man, who has gone missing. According to the director, " ( The character) has a mysterious presence like the 2nd coming of Christ. It is a present day saviour like role". It is a suspense,set in Hong Kong where traids are active secretly and Hartnett acts as a private inverstigator/detective looking for Shitao.

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Author: sheila
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Date: 2006.10.05
  
Artist:   SMAP  
Source:  Cdjapan
Arigato is the new single release, on October 11, from SMAP and theme song to the Japanese series "Boku no Aruku Michi" starring Tsuyoshi Kusanagi!

Author: Sheila
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Artist:   Kimura Takuya  
Source:  J!-ENT
Kimura Takuya(SMAP) and Matsu Takako are back with an upcoming one episode special of the popular drama "HERO". The special is planned for an early July release.
Author: Sheila
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