After a half-quarter run, Japanese pop band SMAP has chosen to call it quits, announced via its agency Johnny & Associates with a statement released on Aug 14. “[the decision for disbandment] was a painful choice. But we respected the achievements of the five members who continued to do their utmost,” its agency said in a statement. Since the group formed in 1988, it has been the best selling Asian boy band with over 35 million records sold. It currently consisted of five members: Masahiro Nakai, 43, Takuya Kimura, 43, Goro Inagaki, 42, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, 42, and Shingo Katori, 39.