Breaking: 4 SMAP members leave Johnny’s, disbandment next?

13 Jan


SMAP faces disbandment after their manager Iijima resigned from Johnny’s Entertainment. She will leave next month. With this move, 4 members(Nakai Masahiro, Inagaki Goro, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi, and Shingo Katori) also indicated their intentions to leave, with Kimura Takuya being the only one staying. A disbandment seems unavoidable.

When contacted by Sponichi, Johnny’s lawyer said that the reports of Iijima resigning are generally correct.

The group is supposed to welcome their 25th anniversary this year.


Other than TOKIO’s Kokubun Taichi saying that he knows nothing and is simply shocked, i have no further updates. Follow my twitter for faster updates.

Update: Why is Kimura Takuya the sole member remaining in Johnny’s?
Update: Iijima’s coup d’etat fails, will the 4 members return to Johnny’s?

4 Responses to “Breaking: 4 SMAP members leave Johnny’s, disbandment next?”

  1. dev_null January 13, 2016 at 11:30 pm #

    Is SMAP the most popular group that is signed to Johnny’s? Or is Arashi bigger now?

    • allthingsjpop January 14, 2016 at 12:54 am #

      I think Arashi is bigger in terms of music sales, but SMAP is more influential in ratings and in the industry. For example, they’re always roped in for 24hr or 27hr TV and get A-lister guests for their variety shows. Well, both grps excel in different areas.


  1. Why is Kimura Takura the sole member staying with Johnny’s? | allthingsjpop - January 14, 2016

    […] the rest of SMAP are leaving because of gratitude towards longtime manager Iijima, who resigned from Johnny’s and is […]

  2. SMAP manager’s coup d’etat fails, will the 4 return to Johnny’s? | allthingsjpop - January 14, 2016

    […] manager Iijima’s attempt to turn independent has failed. She has expressed intentions to retire from showbiz, so all eyes are now on whether the […]

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