Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid tribute to SMAP’s forced apology yesterday through the gift of song in the national diet.
“I’d like to extend my warmest sympathies to SMAP for having to apologize for something they never did, and show solidarity in the form of karaoke,” PM Abe told the diet.
The prime minister chose to sing a rendition of SMAP’s 2015 hit single ‘Magnificent Counterattack’.
PM Abe reportedly spoke with SMAP group members Shingo Katori and Tsuyoshi Kusanagi advising them on the advantages of a forced apology.
“Sometimes you have to say sorry when you don’t mean it, just pretend like it never happened – history can always be rewritten,” PM Abe reportedly said.
Several phone calls were made between the Prime Minister’s office and Johnny Kitagawa, the president of the powerful talent agency Johnny&Associates, according to parliamentary reporters.
The prime minister is reportedly taking credit for SMAP’s back flip informing close colleagues that he secretly used his third arrow to save the group from dissolution.