Japanese boyband Arashi's hiatus marks the end of an era

The 20-year-old Japanese boyband's indefinite break means that their label Johnny's Entertainment is left without its most successful act

Japanese boyband Arashi announced on Sunday that they will go on indefinite hiatus at the end of next year.

At a lighthearted press conference, the members laughed and joked and group leader Satoshi Ohno, 38, said that he wanted to take a break to enjoy freedom and lead "an ordinary life".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 30, 2019, with the headline 'Arashi's hiatus marks the end of an era Commentary'. Subscribe