TOKYO (majirox news) — Heartthrob performer Takuya Kimura promised SMAP will give a performance “to show how far Japan has recovered” when the hugely popular band has its first-ever overseas concert in Beijing next month.
“We received warm support from the people of China after the (March 11) disasters,” Kimura, known widely by his nickname Kimtaku, told a news conference at a Tokyo hotel on Aug. 16. “I’ve wanted to have a concert in China for ages. If possible, I’d love to be able to perform together with some Chinese actors now we’ve got this chance after we couldn’t go last year.”
SMAP was originally supposed to play at the Shanghai World Expo in June last year, but the Chinese organizers called off the show amid fears that it would cause too much trouble at the expo site.
Another concert was scheduled for Shanghai in October, but that was called off as Japan’s relations with China soured due to a collision with a Chinese fishing boat in waters off the disputed Senkaku Islands.
About 40,000 are expected to attend SMAP’s Beijing concert scheduled for Sept. 16.