Japanese Music Biz Continues Relief Efforts, HoriPro Launches Fundraising Campaign
Japanese Music Biz Continues Relief Efforts, HoriPro Launches Fundraising Campaign

Efforts to raise money and get relief supplies to the survivors of the massive 9.0 Tohoku earthquake and resultant tsunami and radiation leaks have been continuing in Japan with major management company and talent agency HoriPro, and others, leading the way.

HoriPro previously uploaded to streaming sites animated clips for children to entertain them in the long hours in shelters. The company is also donating 57.5 million yen ($712,000). Now the agency has uploaded pleas for donations from many of its famous actors and entertainers.

One, by actor Yuki Furukawa, was recorded separately in English and Japanese.

English version:

The HoriPro Youtube channel with all the messages can be seen here:

In touring news, Tokyo-based Creativeman Productions announced the Tahiti 80's 4-show mini-tour would be postponed. They were to perform at Liquid Room in Tokyo on the 22nd, Club Quattro in Osaka on the 23rd, Club Metro in Kyoto on the 24th and Yokohama Bay Hall on the 26th. The promoter also announced Black Label Society shows at Shibuya's Club Quattro in Tokyo on April 6th and Shibuya's O-East on April 7th were postponed. At press time Creativeman Productions' touring schedule was unaffected after April 14th.

Tokyo-based promoter Smash Corporation announced the postponement of a show by Ocean Colour Scene on March 25th which was to have taken place at Shibuya AX. On their website they released a message from the band: "We are watching the terrible events in Japan with sadness and dismay and want you to know that we are thinking of you every day."

To find out more about what you can do to help with earthquake relief in Japan, go to RedCross.org.