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Arashi’s Masaki Aiba thanks Taiwan and Hong Kong for supporting Japan

17:42 JST December 5, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

(photo thanks to movie's website)

At the world premiere of his upcoming movie, Arashi’s Masaki Aiba said he appreciated all the donations coming in to help victims of the March 11 earthquake, reports Sports Hochi and Chunichi Sports.


Aiba is the main navigator in the upcoming nature documentary film “日本列島 いきものたちの物語 (Nihon-retto Ikimono-tachi no Monogatari)“, which follows families of animals found in Japan.  More than a thousand fans were waiting for Aiba when he touched down at the airport in Taiwan on December 2, where the film had its world premiere.  Another 2000 fans welcomed the pop star in Hong Kong on December 3.


It has been reported in Taiwan, the Arashi star thanked people for donating money towards victims of the March 11 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident.  More than 18 billion yen has been raised.

“I’ve been told that you have supported Japan in so many ways following 3/11.  Thank you so much,” he said.


After landing in Taiwan, Aiba visited a number of primary schools which had been collecting donations and finding ways to help the region.

“It touched me to hear that these children had been donating their pocket money, and writing letters to cheer on victims.  I don’t know whether I would’ve been capable of doing the same when I was in primary school,” he said.


Aiba also got one of the children to draw a picture of their favourite animal, and got the class to start talking about the picture.

“When I was a kid, I wanted to become a teacher so, this was a dream come true,” he said.


At Aiba’s request, more than a hundred students from local primary to high schools were invited to watch the movie.

“As a way to say thank you to Taiwan, I hope Arashi can hold a concert,” he said.


The movie itself has had several requests to be shown in countries across Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

“I hope people will be able to appreciate how beautiful Japan is, regardless of whether I’m the navigator or not.  I also hope I can visit Taiwan and Hong Kong again when it opens in cinemas,” he said.

Fans in Taiwan (photo thanks ti Movie Walker)

Fans in Hong Kong (photo thanks to Movie Walker)

photo source here.



Aiba was asked, “what animals would Arashi members be?”

His answer was:

“Jun Matsumoto would be a tiger.  I think Sho Sakurai would make a smart zebra, don’t you think?  Kazunari Ninomiya would be a dog.  Lastly, Satoshi Ohno would be a tuna fish maybe?  I might get told off later (laughs).”

As for Aiba, the film’s director Mr Ideta said he was like one of the film’s animals.

“He’s like Pon, the slightly clumsy baby bear in the movie,” he said.

“Pon is really clumsy,” Aiba said.

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