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Breakup of beloved band SMAP highlights the state of J-pop

SMAP performs at Beijing Concert Hall on Sept. 16, 2011, in Beijing. It was the band's first performance outside Japan.   © Getty Images

SINGAPORE The recent announcement of the breakup of SMAP, Japan's most enduring boy band and a beloved cultural icon, is highlighting the declining state of J-pop. The industry has been hurt by the rise of K-pop from South Korea, as well as by the failure of the Japanese entertainment companies to adapt to changing times.

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