Rumors are running rampant that SMAP has broken up. Four members of the group, Nakai Masahiro, Inagaki Goro, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi, and Katori Shingo, are reported to have left the company due to the resignation of their manager, Iijima Michi. Kimura Takuya is said to be the only remaining SMAP member in Johnny & Associates.
Johnny & Associates have now issued an official statement on the situation.
The statement reads, “Some news organizations are currently reporting on the independence issue of some of the SMAP members and also the resignation of their head manager. It is true that there are currently discussions and negotiations taking place; however, we can not answer any more inquiries about this issue presently.”