Namie Amuro has announced that she will be retiring from the music industry on September 16, 2018.
The singer made the announcement on September 20 through a letter to her fans posted on social media.
"I, Namie Amuro, would like to take this opportunity to inform all of my fans of my decision to retire as of September 16, 2018," Amuro said.
Amuro's retirement date will mark the end of the singer' 25th anniversary. She made her debut on Septmeber 16, 1992 through the group SUPER MONKEYS with the release of the single "Koi no Cute Beat / Mister U.S.A.".
During her last year of activities, Amuro plans on releasing a new album and continuing to perform concerts.
Read Namie Amuro's full letter below:
Dear all fans:
Thank you very much for your continuous support.
September 16 marked the 25th year since my debut.
I could not have gone 25 years without your support, for which I am
Today, I would like to write about something that I have carried on my
mind and have decided on the 25th anniversary of my debut.
I, Namie Amuro, would like to take this opportunity to inform all of my
fans of my decision to retire as of September 16, 2018.
I plan to make the last year of my music career meaningful by focusing
my full attention on creating a final album and performing at concerts.
Then, I will welcome the date of September 16, 2018 in the best way I can.
I hope this year will be filled with wonderful memories for me and the
Together, let’s make this coming year the best one possible!