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Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japanese artists, including Jackie Chan, fourth left in front row, Andy Lau, third right, Alan Tam, second right, and Agnes Chan, far left, perform during the concert "Artistes 311 Love Beyond Borders" in Hong Kong on Friday night. The Hong Kong entertainment industry staged the charity concert to raise funds for victims of Japan's massive earthquake and tsunami. Japanese all-girl group AKB48 also took part.

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People standing together for a common cause regardless of nationality. Fantastic.

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It's nice to see these stars rallying behind their fellow Asians.

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I think this is just going a bit overboard.

Japan would never so something like this for China or Korea.

For America yes, For Europe Maybe.

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Agnes Chan is a big star in Japan, she is really nice

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zstar6699: "Japan would never so something like this for China or Korea." I seem to remember that when Taiwan was afflicted by typhoons, Japan held events and raised money to help.

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The hidden secret of humanity.

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zstar6699 at 08:28 AM JST - 2nd April I think this is just going a bit overboard. Japan would never so something like this for China or Korea. For America yes, For Europe Maybe.

Fund raising for refugees is "going a bit overboard"? And you are now knowledgeable of what a nation would and would not do for another? Maye you should be encouraging cooperation and a united spirit instead of bringing up whatever racist or negative slant you can possibly think of. Thanks to the Hong Kong people!

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I hope this gets a lot of exposure in Japan. I'm not sure that we locals know how much other countries do care, especially our neighbours. Thank you for informing me JT.

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Thanks to many people who care about Japan!! We have to appreciate the support from close contries such as China and Korea!! ARIGATOOOO!!

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Awesome stuff.

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Sometimes it takes the mother of disasters to bring out the best in people and nations.

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zstar6699: "Japan would never so something like this for China or Korea."

"Japan began extending aid to China in 1979 and had provided a total of 3.32 trillion yen in loans, 154.4 billion yen in grants and 170.4 billion yen in technical cooperation by fiscal 2009. Japan stopped offering fresh loans in fiscal 2007.

In the fiscal year through March 2010, Tokyo disbursed 1.3 billion yen in grant aid and 3.3 billion yen in technical cooperation in such areas as environment protection and energy-saving projects."

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TOKYO, May 13 2008 (Xinhua) -- The Japanese government has decided Tuesday to give 500 million yen (about 5 million U.S. dollars) of emergency grants in aid to China to support the earthquake disaster relief efforts, Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura announced in the evening.

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It is interesting that in the asiaforjapan website, everyone was showing sympathy for Japan except a group of Chinese saying it is revenge for what Japan did to China during the war. All of the comments from Chinese have been deleted from the site. So who really represents China?

And zstar6699, if you check asiaforjapan, you'll see hundreds of comments from Asian countries thanking Japan for the help they received when disasters struck their countries. So who really represents China?

Moderator: All readers back on topic please.

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You see that is what people here in today's world need to start doing. Especially over here in Asia. Stop bickering over what happened before our time, and not wait to see who will lend out their hand first.

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Japan would be just fine to do a fund raiser for China for the same reasons that China is quite happy to do a fund raiser for Japan.

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Great

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In all honesty, I do think the Japanese authorities and NPO have been generous with assisting others in times of need, eg during the Sichuan earthquake. However, very little charity was seen from rich Japanese celebrities before this large tsunami. I don't recall many of them doing anything during the SE Asian tsunami a few years back or anything for the Sichuan earthquake (or even Haiti). It's a shame it's taken a disaster like this for them to do something. Celebrities from other countries, even those from poorer nations like the Phil. were out in force as they are now for Japan. I hope the Japanese celebrities learn a thing or two about real neighbourly love.

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Big stars from Hong Kong. Kudos!

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Pukey2 at 02:53 PM

"very little charity was seen from rich Japanese celebrities before this large tsunami. I don't recall many of them doing anything during the SE Asian tsunami a few years back or anything for the Sichuan earthquake (or even Haiti)."

Speaking from what I know, charity or gift-giving in Japan is considered most graceful when done with humility, docility, or sometimes even with silence. So when given a choice, I think most Japanese person will choose to do a good conduct anonymously, which may be why celebrities here appears to be uncaring towards others.

Also, according to the Japan Red Cross webpage, Japan raised over two billion yen to support relief efforts in Haiti. Surely some part of the total must be from celebrities?

jrc.or (dot) jp/contribution/l3/Vcms3_00001559.html

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glad to see this..

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There are two songs from the concert on youtube. The first one is a song from a Japanese poem, if you read the comments on youtube, someone has posted the poem in English. Ame ni mo Makezu-Succumb Not to Sorrow video by suweig sung in Japanese by Chinese celebrities. The second one Believe in Yourself by Jackie Chan video by semjase76 sung in Chinese, but read the words. both are such moving, touching tribute to the Japanese.

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