translated and edited by Brett Larner
On May 24, comedians Tamori (66) and Tsurubei Shofukutei (60) appeared with SMAP members Masahiro Nakai (39), Tsuyoshi Kusanagi (37) and Shingo Katori (35) at a press event annouｎcing Fuji TV's July 21 "FNS 27-Hour TV 'It's OK to Laugh!' Midsummer Super Unity Special."
Kusanagi revealed that during the 27-hour live broadcast he will run a 100 km ultramarathon. With regard to the program's theme of "unity," Kusanagi said, "I'm going to be number one, thanks to the power of unity! If you all give me your support and hope, that is. I think it's going to be really hard but I'll do my best," promising to deliver an "emotional run."