This is SMAP. Sorry, SMAP. Last night, the pop stars appeared on television to apologize, garnering massive television ratings, and resulting in a comment from the Prime Minister of Japan. This is a very big deal.
What other boy band in the world could cause so much of a ruckus? SMAP is a pretty big deal in Japan, making this a big story for even thoes (like me) who couldn’t care less for boy bands.