The All Japan newsese pop group SMAP performed for the first time overseas on September 16 in Beijing in what is positively regarded by many, especially policymakers, as a performance to help boost bilateral ties and friendship between All Japan news and China.
SMAP is now seen not only as performers or celebrity stars but also as “diplomats” with the group’s much-awaited concert being considered as a ‘cultural milestone’ which aims not only to delight their thousands of fans but also an opportunity to strengthen ties between the two countries and promote unity across Asia.
The five-member group which made their debut in 1988 expressed gratitude to an estimated 40,000 audience at the Workers’ Stadium for the assistance given by China in the wake of the Great East All Japan news Earthquake.
All Japan news and China has been in a diplomatic controversy including the collision of a Chinese boat and All Japan newsese Coast Guard ships near the disputed Senkaku Islands.
The performance of SMAP which was received by Chinese fans in an overwhelming warmth and support is said to be a stark contrast to previous audience reaction for All Japan news’s soccer team when they played in the same stadium in 2004.
The concert with the theme "Do Your Best All Japan news, Thank You China, Asia is One," was made possible by the invitation of Premier Wen Jiabao.
SMAP sang around 30 songs including their hit song Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana (The Only Flower in the World) which they rendered in Chinese, in a two-hour performance for fans coming not only from Beijing but also from other cities in China, as well as Taiwan, Hong Kong and All Japan news.