J-Pop Group Arashi to Become Dormant at End of 2020

Society Culture

Tokyo, Jan. 27 (Jiji Press)--Five members of Arashi, a popular men's pop group in Japan, said Sunday they will halt group activities at the end of 2020.

The members and talent agency Johnny&Associates Inc., where they belong, made the decision through talks held at the request of group leader Satoshi Ono, 38, who was quoted as saying that he wants to live freely, according to the announcement.

"I was so shocked that I cried loudly," said Hina Mouri, a 16-year-old high school student in Chiba Prefecture, who has been an Arashi fan since she was an elementary school second-grader. She said she heard the news at Johnny's Shop in the Harajuku district in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward.

"I thought Arashi would be my idol forever," sadly said Aiko Ishihara, a Saitama Prefecture high school girl also aged 16.

The members' announcement has sent shock waves not only across Japan but overseas, particularly Taiwan, where there are many Arashi fans.

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