Management agency Johnny’s Entertainment announced on Saturday that it is planning to take additional actions in response to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku region. The company’s plans include drastically reducing power consumption for its concerts, the release of a charity CD, and charity events.

Due to the effects of the earthquake, Johnny’s Entertainment canceled all 18 of its remaining concerts for March. A few days ago, the company announced that it would use the transport trucks and power generator trucks that it had contracted for the concerts to send supplies and electricity to the disaster areas instead. The first of those have already arrived at their destination. In addition, Johnny’s Entertainment donated 2,000 liters of gasoline that were stored for use in concerts.

Tackey & Tsubasa’s Takizawa Hideaki (28) and Imai Tsubasa (29) andNYC’s Nakayama Yuma (17) accompanied the trucks to the disaster areas to see the situation firsthand.

So far, the company has sent relief supplies and posted messages of support on its website, but a manager stated that it wants to contribute in ways that only Johnny’s Entertainment can.

Starting in April, the company plans to greatly reduce power consumption for its concerts, since eastern Japan has been facing a shortage of power due to the failure of the important nuclear plants at Fukushima. As long as future concerts don’t get canceled, the company aims to reduce usage to only 10%, from an average of 3,000 kilowatts per concert to only 300 kilowatts.

It is not clear when that plan will go into effect. The company has already decided to postpone its early April concerts – Yamashita Tomohisa in Osaka on April 1-3 and Tackey & Tsubasa in Yokohama on April 2-3.

Besides its energy conservation measures, Johnny’s Entertainment is seriously considering releasing a charity CD and holding charity events. Details are not yet known, but it appears that the charity CD may be an expansion of the J-FRIENDS unit (TOKIOV6KinKi Kids) that was created in 1997 in response to the Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995. Some reports say that the new project may include all of the talents under Johnny’s Entertainment.

 

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