Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Expresses Relief That SMAP Is Not Disbanding
Tuesday 19 Jan, 2016 - 03:17pm UTC
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The Japanese public has been strongly supportive of SMAP
's decision not to disband, including Japan's most powerful person, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
During a budget committee meeting, Prime Minister Abe was asked about his thoughts on the SMAP situation.
"Similar to the world of politics, there must be many challenges for one group to last so long. It is good that they will stay together, as that is what their fans wished for
," he said.
Other politicians expressed positive sentiments towards SMAP's decision to stay together. The statements highlight the magnitude of the situation and the group's importance in pop culture.
Reaction to SMAP's decision to stay together was met positively by the Japanese public. Twitter crashed as netizens flooded the site with displays of support for the group.
Last week, it was reported that SMAP would be disbanding
after the group's manager decided to leave Johnny's & Associates
. Only Takuya Kimura
was said to be staying with the company while the other 4 would leave with their manager.
, during the group's weekly variety show "SMAP x SMAP
", the group announced that they had been on the verge of breaking up, but in the end decided to stay together.
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