Japanese male pop duo “Tackey & Tsubasa” have officially announced their disbandment as of Monday — 10th September 2018. This follows a year after they announced an indefinite hiatus in September 2017, weeks shy of their 15th anniversary in the Japanese entertainment industry.

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They released a joint statement on their agency website, thanking fans for their support as well as asking for their understanding during this difficult time.

From the Johnny & Associates website

Hideaki Takizawa will retire from performing and will instead be working behind the scenes at their agency Johnny & Associates as producer, talent manager, and trainor. His partner Tsubasa Imai, will leave the agency due to illness; he suffers from Meniere’s disease –making it difficult for him to perform at live concerts.