In a significant move, actor and dancer Tomoyuki Yara will bid farewell to 'SMILE-UP' on January 31, 2024. The announcement, made on the company's website on the 9th, places Yara as the fourth talent to seek independence following the company's name change, joining the ranks of actor Junichi Okada, Arashi's Kazunari Ninomiya, and actor Toma Ikuta.
According to the website, Yara expressed his desire for a fresh challenge around the spring of this year, coinciding with the milestone of turning 40. Respecting his intentions, SMILE-UP has chosen to support Yara in his pursuit of new horizons.
The company's philosophy, as outlined on the site, emphasizes, "We believe it's crucial for each talent to thrive in an environment of their choosing. Hence, we strive to fulfill roles that align with the choices made by each individual talent."
The website's message continued, expressing gratitude to everyone who has supported Yara thus far. As Yara embarks on this new chapter, SMILE-UP looks forward to continued support from fans and well-wishers.
Additionally, he has served as a choreographer, contributing to numerous stage performances featuring talents from his previous agency.
This announcement comes alongside the company's assurance to adapt and support each talent's individual choices for long-term success.
As Tomoyuki Yara embarks on a new chapter by parting ways with SMILE-UP, we wish him a smooth journey filled with meaningful experiences and achievements.