Johnny & Associates Inc held a fundraiser from April 1 to 3 for survivors of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The collection point in front of Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Shibuya was visited by over 10,000 fans per day for the duration of the event, at which Tokio, Arashi, Kat-tun, SMAP and others worked together to collect money for the stricken region.
SMAP member Takuya Kimura told assembled fans, "For the past three days, so many of you have visited here to donate and I want to say a sincere thank you to each and every one of you."
His sentiments were echoed by bandmate Shingo Katori who said, "I think what you all did today is going to be remembered and felt by a lot of people."
Tsuyoshi Kusanagi then clowned for a while to get the crowd worked up before the band launched into acapella versions of their hit songs "The One and Only Flower in the World" and "Beyond the Night Sky."
The attendees numbered around 101,000 on the first day of the event, 127,000 on the second and 161,000 on the third and final day. In all, it is estimated that around 389,000 people donated money to the recovery effort.© Compiled from news reports