Japanese major media reports SMAP will
break up due to the corrupted relationship between Masahiro Nakai (leader, one
of 2top of SMAP), Goro Inagaki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, and Shingo Katori -vs-
Takuya Kimura (one of 2top).
However, fans and some
anonymous staff from the Japanese entertainment industry are beginning to
question and raise their voice on the internet that this whole thing was set up
by Johnny’s agency (the vice president of Mary, her daughter Julie, and their
supervisor, Ryuzo Kosugi- those who has ambition to take over Johnny’s agency
after president Johnny Kitagawa).
People are beginning to say
that SMAP (and just like their former manager Mrs. Michi IIjima) had been
left at the altar by them.
Johnny’s agency had a plan
to break up SMAP from beginning. They gradually cancelled each of the members
work schedules for this year.
According to Johnny’s agency, while Takuya Kimura (one of 2top of SMAP) was out
of the country, and the leader Nakai was absent due to his tasks as a Rio
Olympic official MC, the decision was made by the strong claim of the youngest
member, Shingo Katori who could no longer work with Kimura (and Kusagagi and
Inagagi supported Katori’s request).
This huge decision was made
so quickly without 2top member’s appearance and was officially announced only
few days after the acceptance of their request.
I won’t translate now about
what fans are discovering regarding the false facts that Johnny’s agency are
reporting to media here, but the more I research the more I discover the
darkness of Japanese entrancement industry, and how most major media are not
covering the truth.
Each Japanese major media
has representative staff to deal with Johnny’s agency. And because of the
relationship, they are controlled by Johnny’s command on what they are allowed
to report. Therefore, most of the information that the media covers is
biased by the agency. Until this moment, SMAP has never explained about what is
But many fans are aware that
SMAP had always said that they are not going to end SMAP no matter what
happened, until very recently. Each one of SMAP’s member often said how they
felt the importance of being SMAP and the existence of SMAP for people.
Some might say that they that
they are idols, and therefore they can act professionally and positively about
their identities as stars and icons.
I think that is true too. But no one knows
what SMAP are really thinking about. Being a symbolic icon for a longtime
without knowing the retiring deadline is tough— This maybe be similar to how
Heisei era might end soon, with Japan’s emperor possibly abdicating his
But Japanese people have long sensed that SMAP had been always fighting against
something big. And because of that, their bond and teamwork continued to appeal
to people’s minds and allowed them to exist for a long time.
This group has been active in the front-lines of the major entertainment scene
for 28 years. I cannot recall any other bands or group that existed for such a
long period of time being number one. It’s amazing and an unshakable
Also same for SMAP fans…
SMAP fans have been professional idol fans for 28 years. Because of the length
of fandom, their knowledge about each member is very keen. Fans will read, see
and think about each members of SMAP all the time, and appreciate the bonds and
their team work.
I hear more voices on internet from
anonymous identities saying that perhaps this could be the first and last
chance to change the corrupt industry of the Japanese entertainment world if
fans react and fight back by raising their voice.
This reaction may still be small to fight against a monster. And this idea of
rebellious action sounds very non-Japanese. But this is very interesting phenomenon.
SMAP has always been the pioneer of breaking the “stereotype” idea of
idol in the industry. In fact, this is why they became such huge stars.
So maybe now SMAP will revolutionize idol fans and
their behavior toward Japanese traditional media.
I would share this interview of cognitive science professor, Dr Tomabechi, who
talks how Japanese socially has never been changed since Moromachi ear no
matter how civilized system has been introduce into this country.
the world of entertainment industry especially, he says, is the world without
basic human rights. The relationship between the idol and their agency, are
same as Geisha and patron form the ancient time.
There is a petition at Change.org that makes the following request to the Japanese government and Tokyo mayor:
“Let’s withdraw the breakup of SMAP! Let’s demand normal management!”
This text on this Change.org page clearly explains how Johnny’s agency is one of the best articles that explains what really happened in chronological order with clear facts. Someone should really take the time to translated and distribute this text…
Happy 23rd Birthday to Hey! Say! JUMP’s amazing Yamada Ryosuke! As the center, there is a ton of responsibility and pressure on you, but you still manage to keep up a smile and make fans happy. Thank you for all of your hard work! Thank you for being part of HSJ. Wishing you continuous success. Hoping you have a wonderful day!