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SMAP fans mourn as Japan pop idols leave 'final stage'

Group spans boy band to TV stars in decades-long career

The "SMAP 25 Years" musical compilation, released last week, is about to become Japan's top seller for 2016.

TOKYO -- Japan's beloved pop idol group SMAP bowed out Monday with the final episode of the long-running television program "SMAPxSMAP," disheartening many fans.

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