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J-pop giant Johnny Kitagawa dies at 87

Boy band hit-maker behind SMAP and Arashi helped shape Japanese music scene

Members of SMAP, one of Johnny Kitagawa's biggest J-pop groups, perform during their concert in Beijing in 2011.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Johnny Kitagawa, the music mogul who created Japanese supergroups SMAP and Arashi, died here Tuesday of complications from a stroke at age 87.

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