Namie Amuro, the “Queen of J-Pop,” announced retirement and shocked the Japanese nation.

The details of her announcement were even reported as a top news by NHK, Japan’s national public broadcasting organization.

Namie Amuro announced her decision to retire on September 16, 2018, on her official website on September 20, 2017 (JST), which was her 40th birthday.

Amuro said she resolved to retire on that day when she celebrated her 25th anniversary in the entertainment industry on September 16, 2017.

Namie Amuro was born on September 20, 1977, in Okinawa, Japan. With the influence of Janet Jackson and Lauryn Hill, together with her own sophisticated looks, and singing, dancing, and fashion styles, Amuro breathed new life into 1990’s Asian music scenes. Her phenomenal popularity not only changed Asian pop music style but also significantly influenced girls’ fashions and lifestyles. (Many girls even got married in young age being influenced by her.) XD

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The fashion followers of Amuro were called “Amurers.”

Amuro has survived several personal hardships such as divorce, single-motherhood, and her mother’s murder, and has remained as a pioneer among top artists.

Amuro stated that she was aiming to make the last one year of her artist-life as meaningful as possible, by making albums, doing concerts, and doing her best to connect with her fans.

Personally, I love her voice and style and hope she will come back to sing for us again in the near future.