Japanese Pop Icon Amuro Namie to Retire Next Year


Tokyo, Sept. 20 (Jiji Press)—Japanese pop icon Amuro Namie said Wednesday that she will retire from the world of show business in September next year.

"I would like to write about something that I have carried in my mind and decided on the twenty-fifth anniversary of my debut," the 40-year-old singer, who celebrated her milestone anniversary on Saturday, wrote in her blog and indicated her intention to retire.

"I plan to make the last year of my music career meaningful by focusing my full attention on creating a final album and performing at concerts," Amuro said as a message to her fans.

Amuro, from the southernmost Japan prefecture of Okinawa, made her debut as a member of girl group Super Monkey's.

Since becoming a solo singer, her hit songs have included "Don't Wanna Cry" and "Can You Celebrate?"

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