The first official SMAP magazine, published by Magazine House and titled THE SMAP MAGAZINE, went on sale on Wednesday. The 176-page volume was developed this year in collaboration with the editing teams behind popular magazines Popeye and anan.
"SMAP are a national phenomenon who are always leading the pack and have won fans of all ages. Why do they endlessly attract fans like that? We wanted to explore the secret of their immense appeal, so we concentrated all of our efforts on creating this magazine," explained a Magazine House spokesperson.
The magazine covers a lot of ground including photography from fashionable new shoots overseen by popular stylists as well as a wide variety of shots from the 1990s spanning most of the band's career. It also features conversations between the band and other celebrities. Actor Takuya Kimura and Softbank President Son Masayoshi appear and Goro Inagaki chats with manga artist Naoki Urasawa.© Japan Today