NHK Chairman Katsuto Momii is confident that popular "boy band" SMAP will appear on the New Year's Eve program "Kohaku Uta Gassen" (Red and White Song Contest).
The group, which announced that they would disband on Dec 31 after 20 years, has not said whether they will appear on "Kohaku," despite being invited to by NHK. They have been a fixture on the program for years.
Momii told a news conference that he had spoken with the group's management to try and convince them that SMAP should appear on the program. When asked why he was so confident, Momii stated that it was just a "hunch," but added that he will be persistent in trying to convince SMAP to appear.
However, Momii told the press that negotiations are still in the early stages.© Japan Today