SMAP and AKB48 will be among 20 groups and singers who will take part in a special music program by NHK to be broadcast on March 10 to mark the 1st anniversary of the March 11 disaster in the Tohoku area.
The program, titled "Toward Tomorrow," will air from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. on NHK General TV and for six hours from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. on BS Premium TV. The program will be broadcast live from two locations -- Makuhari Messe in Chiba and Sugakawa City Cultural Center in Fukushima Prefecture. SMAP singer Masahiro Nakai, 39, will be the MC.
SMAP, AKB48, Perfume and seven other groups will perform at Makuhari Messe, while singers Saburo Kitajima, 75, Fuyumi Sakamoto, 44, Yo Hitoto, 35, and Ayaka Hirahara, 27, will perform at Fukushima.© Japan Today