Five-man pop group SMAP broadcast a live special of their Fuji TV variety show "SMAP x SMAP" on Monday night. Although SMAP's variety show is usually a lighthearted affair lasting for around 54 minutes, Monday night's special was a more somber show with different content than usual and lasted for 79 minutes.
The show's theme was "What can we do now?" and featured Takuya Kimura, 38, and company sporting black suits and solemnly discussing their thoughts on the disastrous earthquake and tsunami of March 11.
Group leader Masahiro Nakai, 38, said, "I would like to express my sincere condolences for all those who were lost in this disaster. I'd also like to express my sympathies to all those who lost their homes and livelihoods."
Kimura told viewers how he felt "incredibly moved" at seeing survivors trying to rebuild their lives from the rubble.
Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, 36, said, "Let's all take a moment to think about what a precious gift it is to be able to live in a home with our families." Shingo Katori, 34, called for solidarity saying, "Let's believe in one thing. Let's believe in Japan, in ourselves."
The group then took on the role of panelists and asked for opinions from viewers. They received over 10,000 emails and around 3,000 faxes expressing opinions and ideas to help the rebuilding effort.
"SMAP x SMAP" airs on Mondays at 10 p.m.© Compiled from news reports