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SMAP's 2005 hit 'Triangle' leaps up Japan charts amid Russian invasion of Ukraine

Goro Inagaki is seen in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Dec. 14, 2021. (Mainichi/Emi Naito)

TOKYO -- Amid growing opposition in Japan against Russia's invasion of Ukraine, disbanded Japanese pop group SMAP's 2005 hit single "Triangle" is vaulting up the charts as an anti-war song.

    Its rise comes as celebrities and others wishing for peace champion the song, which treats people suffering in war as its theme to strongly call for peace and respect for the preciousness of life. The interpretation of the song's lyrics relevant to the current situation in Ukraine has fueled discussion online and elsewhere.

    "Triangle" was No. 3 in the Oricon daily digital single song chart based on downloads in Oricon Inc. data for March 1. It also ranked highly on lyrics sites on March 2.

    Interest in the song is believed to have grown rapidly after it was played on a radio program hosted by former SMAP member Goro Inagaki on Feb. 28.

    (Japanese original by Haruka Ito, Cultural News Department)

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