SMAP is a very popular Japanese “idol” group, formed by Johnny & Associates. Originally, there were six members in the group, current members are Masahiro Nakai, Takuya Kimura, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Goro Inagaki and Shingo Katori. (Names are given here in personal name-family name order.) The members of SMAP have dominated the Japanese pop cultural landscape from their musical debut in 1991 until the present time (as of 2006), showing incredible longevity for a manufactured group. They produce not just numerous hit singles, but also star in numerous television variety shows, dramas, commercials, and movies. They are almost unrivaled in their immense popularity among younger, and especially female, Japanese.
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