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EXILE's HIRO to retire from being a performer

April 3, 2013 @ 10:17 am
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EXILE leader HIRO has announced that he will retire from being a performer this year. While he's still a part of EXILE, he plans to concentrate on his work as LDH's CEO and producer.

HIRO, who has been a performer for 24 years, will be turning 44 years old this June. In his comment to media outlets, he reported, "I'm sorry this is a personal matter, but as of 2013, I have decided to put an end to my career as an EXILE performer, and take a step forward to a new stage in making EXILE's future."

He continued, "However, at the same time, I feel this is a new start for EXILE's chapter 4. As the entire EXILE family share their dreams, inherit pride and ambition, and as new blood from the younger generation join in, the capacity of our entertainment will expand..."

HIRO debuted in 1989 as a member of ZOO, and later in 1999, he created J Soul Brothers and became the leader of the group. J Soul Brothers changed their name to EXILE in August of 2001, and they've been releasing hit songs one after another ever since.

HIRO has been serving as the CEO for LDH since 2003. Currently, EXILE, Sandaime J Soul Brothers, GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE, E-girls, DEEP, Sada Mayumi, Iwahori Seri, Hasegawa Jun, RIKACO, and others belong to LDH.

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