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Fans of Arashi still haven’t come to terms with the news that the J-pop group will go on a hiatus at the end of 2020, bringing a close, at least temporarily, to one of the 21st century’s most popular Japanese acts.

While supporters might not want to think about life without Arashi — and with nearly two years of tributes likely planned before the break, they won’t have to for a while — this does offer a good chance to contemplate where male pop projects move next. Especially as it signals a potential paradigm shift for J-pop.

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