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Concerts by Ayumi Hamasaki, Kumi Koda postponed or canceled

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Music industry giant Avex Group announced this week that performances by some of its artists, including Ayumi Hamasaki and Kumi Koda will be postponed due the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

The company says it is trying to find ways to provide some of the electricity required for live performances in order to reduce the strain on local resources. A spokesman also said that Avex is planning to use stage lighting more economically in an attempt to keep power consumption to a minimum.

In all, eight of Hamasaki's performances in four venues have been postponed, including those at the Saitama Super Arena on April 9 and 10, as well as those at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya on April 16 and 17. Hamasaki's Japan tour is now scheduled to begin on May 7 in Hiroshima. Replacement dates for the canceled concerts have not yet been decided.

The planned Japan tour by Koda has also been affected. The performances scheduled before April 21, which include 13 dates in nine locations will all be canceled. The tour will now start with the Nagano performances on April 23 and 24. Replacement dates have not yet been decided.

AAA's tour start date will be postponed, with all performances scheduled before April 17 canceled. The tour will now begin with the Sapporo show on April 24. Organizers say that replacement dates will be announced soon.

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It could be a temporary solution of using big generators and other alternative electricity generators from solar and wind powers. All businesses have been impacted by shortage of electricity powers.

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How about open-air concerts during daylight hours? And ladies, please add some performances up in Aomori to the list so I don't have to drive past Fukushima to see you!

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For lightening effects, the organizers like to pick up night live shows, but it burns more electricity then. For a total power consumed by music equipments, amplifiers, speakers and others, one or two big generators are sufficient.

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I got a great idea why don't these 2 clowns go around the tsunami hit areas and perform a toned down concert for the evacuees.

Or why won't she make a charity concert on the beach somewhere - example Kasai Rinkai Koen ???????????????????????????????????????????????????? 400x

Me thinks both of these fools have stockpiles of yen somewhere in japan.

So me thinks they should do a free concert or charity concert

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OK, as long as they don't postpone or cancel any concerts by Namie Amuro.

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do them in the day to save electricity and donate the profits to the victims. dont just cancel

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good that is canceled. ayumi and kumi are garbage anyways

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whisk:

I got a great idea why don't these 2 clowns go around the tsunami hit areas and perform a toned down concert for the evacuees. Or why won't she make a charity concert on the beach somewhere - example Kasai Rinkai Koen ???????????????????????????????????????????????????? 400x Me thinks both of these fools have stockpiles of yen somewhere in japan. So me thinks they should do a free concert or charity concert

My thoughts exactly. I would have thought that these two, especially Hamasaki, were two of the richest 'entertainers' in Japan. We've seen so many famous people (be they Jp or NJ) giving something in support. Haven't heard anything from these people and those who love to flaunt their wealth (eg Dewi or Kanda). They probably don't want to get their nails dirty. And we haven't heard anything from the music companies and tarento agencies - these are the companies with loads of money.

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Pukey2

Actually, I think that many celebrities will donate big amounts to quake relief, only it won't always be accompanied by press releases, such as what happened with AKB48, Yon-sama, Clint Eastwood and so on. Koda and Hamasaki will probably do their bit by donating the proceeds from a song sale to charities.

It has nothing to do with "getting their nails dirty," as you put it. They'll certainly do more to help than you will. If you'd show a little less cynicism (and bile), you would understand that.

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They'll certainly do more to help than you will. If you'd show a little less cynicism (and bile), you would understand that.

Yes, and I don't earn anywhere near as much as them.

This is NOT being cynical. In times of less tragedy, it is so difficult to across charity events with famous people in Japan. I never see prizes going to charity on TV quiz programmes. In many other countries (including those in the rest of Asia), famous people are linked with certain charity organizations. I remember the SE Asian tsunami a few years back and there were so many campaigns all over the world raising money. TVs (one again including those of Japan's neighbours) had special programmes to raise money. Maybe I missed the ones in Japan, but all I remember where boy scouts collecting money in the middle of Tokyo. I certainly don't remember famous Japanese people getting out there to raise money.

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Pukey2

You don't remember Japanese celebrities "getting out there" to raise money?

How about yesterday's story about Norika Fujiwara standing in the lobby after every performance of her musical to collect donations? Just looking at JT's Entertainment section for the past few weeks, I see stories about Hiro Mizushima, Becky, Horipro talent, Topcoat talent, Superfly, Miho Nakayama, Oscar Promotions, Hiroshi Kume (he gave 200 million yen), AKB48, Gackt, Ken Watanabe, Yoshiki. Those are just the ones JT reported. And I'll bet there are many more that haven't been reported on Japan Today. There have also been several special TV programs. SMAP did one.

In future, please do some research before you post comments like the above.

Moderator: Readers, back on topic please. The subject is the postponement or canceling of concerts by Koda and Hamasaki due to power blackouts.

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Agree with others; I'm sure people would be fine with them performing in the day and losing a few lighting effects as opposed to having the ladies cancel their concerts. Would still draw power, but a lot less of it.

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I want to see these so-called talents with their hordes of money to give a FREE concert and to personally donate some of their cash to help with this disaster and then go more South and have all the concerts they can muster and donate all the proceeds to the victims, surely even in this tragic situation, these talents can afford to be giving!

Moderator: Readers, as we have reported many times, Japan's celebrities are giving and are involved in fund-raising events.

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bass4funk.

You mean like the 4+oku Yen that SMAP alone gave?

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When does it ever become ok to perform?

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Yeah, like that.

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Folks most people work during the day, might work on Sat/Sun or a holiday.

And many big shows have to use generators in normal times to supply power to big gigs, smaller ones can do without

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Agree with the idea that both of these "so-called" performers should give a free concert or give the proceeds to the EARTHQUAKE/TSUNAMI/RADIATION victims.

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Smithinjapan:

I'm sure people would be fine with them performing in the day and losing a few lighting effects as opposed to having the ladies cancel their concerts.

Of course. However, with all the lighting effects gone, people will really start focusing on the entertainer's singing voice. Koda can get away with it, but Hamasaki can't. ;p

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Probably the artists wants to do it, but their promoters will just say we'll give 10% of the earnings. Both artists are hand puppets because of Music industry giant Avex Group.

Has Kumi Koda & Hamasaki watched AC commericals recently ?

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go on with the concerts under simple lighting to emphasize the need to conserve, and then donate even last yen to help families who have lost everything they own. help the people who lost family with the cost of funerals. you two ladies are making much more than you are worth. time to put that your as ses to real work.

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You don't remember Japanese celebrities "getting out there" to raise money?

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I think the other reader meant the J. celebrities did not go out and raise $ for tsunami/disaster that happened in SE Asia ( like Indonesia, Thailand )in the past.

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finally some good news!!!!!!!!

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