Japan's Live 8 concert will be held July 2 at the Makuhari Messe convention center, east of Tokyo. Major Japanese acts and possibly some international performers will feature on the bill of 10-20 act

Japan's Live 8 concert will be held July 2 at the Makuhari Messe convention center, east of Tokyo.

Major Japanese acts and possibly some international performers will feature on the bill of 10-20 acts, according to a spokesperson.

Live Aid founder Bob Geldof conceived Live 8 as a poverty awareness event, built around simultaneous music programs in London, Philadelphia, Paris, Berlin and Rome. He unveiled plans last week for additional concerts in Tokyo, Toronto, Johannesburg and Cornwall, England. The event is intended to influence world leaders ahead of the G8 summit July 6-8 in Scotland.

The list of acts performing at the Japan leg and details on distribution of the 20,000 tickets will be unveiled Wednesday (June 22) at www.live8.jp. "Japan is a very important part of this worldwide series of events," says the spokesperson.

Leading Tokyo-based television network Fuji TV, which will televise the concert from London's Hyde Park live, will also broadcast a two-hour program featuring highlights of the Tokyo show.

Dentsu, Japan's biggest advertising agency, is providing media co-ordination and production-support services for Tokyo Live 8, according to the spokesperson.

Tokyo Live 8 will kick off at 2 p.m. on July 2 and continue until 8 a.m. the following morning.