All five members of popular boy band SMAP lined up on a stage at Akasaka Sacas this week to promote Softbank Mobile’s new commercial. It was the first time in more than 10 years for all five members to attend a PR event.
The last time all of the group assembled for a PR event was in May 1999, when they lined up to announce an upcoming tour. This time they announced they had finished production of a commercial for Softbank Mobile, and that it was filmed in New York.
When Masahiro Nakai, 37, commented on the comforts of flying first class to and from New York, Shingo Katori, 32, who traveled separately to take part in a musical, appeared surprised and belted out: “I wasn’t in first class!”
The group also declared their “SMAP SHOP 09” open for business. It is the fourth time their limited goods store will open, and this time will be open until Jan 11. Takuya Kimura, 37, said that when he visited the store last year, the staff’s reaction was funny, and Nakai said: “I took my niece and nephew and they bought lots of things, but I was shocked when then the bill came and it was about 100,000 yen.”
The theme of this year’s store is “CHAN TO SHI NAI TO NE,” meaning something to the effect of conducting oneself properly. Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, 35, said he wondered if this year’s theme had anything to do with his unacceptable display of public indecency in Hinokicho Park in Tokyo back in April. He apologized four times during the event, drawing laughter from the crowd.
The new commercial started airing on Saturday.© Japan Today