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Friday, 18th March 2011
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Japanese musicians look to give something back

Several major Japanese bands have started to do their bit to help raise funds for the earthquake relief effort, while many international acts have pulled out of performing in the country.

Jack Johnson and Slash have both decided to cancel upcoming tour dates in Japan, according to Japan Times, while the Go!Fes and A-Fes music festivals have also been called off.

However, many Japanese artists have shown their desire to help, with J-rocker Gackt spearheading a drive for musicians to speak openly about the need for donations.

The musician has set up a dedicated website, Show Your Heart which calls on fans and artists alike to donate to the Japanese Red Cross.

Meanwhile, T.M.Revolution (aka Takanori Nishikawa) is setting about organising a charity event and auction in Tokyo, which is planned to take place at Zepp on March 30th.

Many other events have had to be called off, however, with Club Unit in Tokyo's Daikanyama district among the worst affected.

Club Unit floor manager Atsushi Hara said: "We have to consider audience safety. Also, in times like this, we wonder if it's right for us to be thinking about entertainment at all."

Written by Mark Smith