Daisuke Kikuchi

Daisuke Kikuchi is a staff writer at The Japan Times. When not trying to keep up with the country’s myriad music scenes, he is tracking current political trends.

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Love 'em or hate 'em, the end of SMAP marks the end of an era

Dec 25, 2016

Love 'em or hate 'em, the end of SMAP marks the end of an era

The Olympics have always been popular in Japan, and this year’s games in Rio de Janeiro were no exception. While NHK was broadcasting the games in the early hours of Aug. 14, a breaking news message flashed across the screen: “SMAP to disband Dec. ...