Justin McCurry “Japan rejoices as boyband Smap say they are not splitting up “http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/19/japan-rejoices-as-boyband-smap-says-it-is-not-splitting-up
The group’s swift return to the Japanese pop music firmament even drew a response from the prime minister, Shinzo Abe.
“Similar to the world of politics, there must be many challenges for one group to last so long,” Abe said in response to a question by an opposition MP at a budget committee meeting. “It is good that they will stay together, as that is what their fans wished for.”
The chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, applauded the decision, saying it would fulfil the “hopes and dreams of the public”.
Associated Press “Star of anti-dolphin killing film The Cove held by Japanese immigration” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/19/star-of-anti-dolphin-killing-documentary-the-cove-ric-o-barry-held-by-japanese-immigration
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