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Johnny's Entertainment Fundraising Initiative

Hi All

I guess most of you should have known that JE artistes have appeared on our local papers yet again. This time is about the 'Marching J' event.

With that i shall present you with the translated version of this article.

Touted as the 'Idols' Empire' in Japan, Johnny's Entertainment has finally begun a brand new initiative to aid in fundraising efforts, after the super quake which happened in Eastern Japan.
'Marching J', consisting of participation from all 83 artistes under Johnny's Entertainment, will champion a 3-day fundraising event starting from today, at Tokyo's Yoyogi National 1st Gymnasium. This is to appeal to fans from all over Japan to do their best to contribute generously to the quake relief efforts.

'March' in 'Marching J' stands for 'moving forward' and it also means the month of March, while 'J' represents 'Johnny's'. Put these two words together, and it means 'Johnny's will continue to march along with Japan towards the path to recovery'.

The leader of the 'Marching J' initiative is none other than the 46 year-old most-respected JE (Johnny's Entertainment) artiste, Masahiko Kondo (left). Raring along with him are famous groups such as Shounentai, SMAP, ARASHI, NEWS, etc. These 27 groups totalling to 83 artistes will participate in the biggest event in JE history, since its establishment in 1962.
Member of popular group V6, Inohara Yoshihiko, and former KAT-TUN member, Jin Akanishi, will not be participating in the event, citing work reasons.

Just for today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, from 10am to 6pm Japan time, JE artistes will begin the fundraising event at Yoyogi National 1st Gymnasium. The artistes will be arranged in slots and each slot will consist of at least 10 artistes, to talk to the fans and give verbal encouragement to spur them to donate more. These will be restricted strictly to talks only and no performances will be allowed during their appearances.

Johnny's spokesperson also expressed that such fundraising efforts will be held monthly, which might be a bid to make up for criticisms against the agency for delaying and not doing their best to help in the quake relief efforts earlier on.

Johnny's Entertainment also announced that they will be holding a charity baseball match in Tokyo Dome on 29th May. Parts of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to charity for the relief efforts as well.

01 April, 2011

Translation credits to

JE on local newspaper...My Paper on 22nd Mar 2011

For those who had gotten your hand on today's issue of MyPaper would have known by now about the article above talking about our favourite JE guys. SMAP, Arashi and Tackey & Tsubasa and also other J-artistes like Juju and Chemistry and K-pop artistes too.

Anyway, here's a translation on the article [excluding the K-pop part] for those who can't read Chinese.
Credits to chaesorim for the translation.

SMAP Donates Proceeds from Downloads of New Single to Help in Relief Efforts

The Japanese Entertainment scene finally mobilised their artistes and TV stations to appear on special programs to urge everyone to join in the donation and relief efforts to help Japan, nearly a week after the Super Quake.

During Fuji TV's 'Smap x Smap' broadcasted at 10pm yesterday, the usual 1-hour long program was converted into 1-hour LIVE program hosted by SMAP (shown on the right), to urge citizens to contribute their best to the relief efforts.

SMAP also did a Chinese remake of their famous single, 'Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana', and uploaded the single on the internet for Chinese netizens to download. All proceeds from this 'pay per download' movement will be donated to the Japanese quake refugees.

Also under Johnny's Entertainment, popular 5-member boyband ARASHI also expressed their deepest condolences and comfort to the citizens of Japan during broadcast of one of their variety shows 'ARASHI NI SHIYAGARE', on 19th March, last Saturday.

On Asahi TV's popular music programme, 'Music Station', artistes such as Tackey and Tsubasa (Hideaki Takizawa and Tsubasa Imai), Juju, Chemistry, etc, also beseeched the citizens to do their best for charity, and contribute to the current relief efforts.

-MyPaper, 22 March 2011