Johnny’s Entertainment launches charity project Marching J (Updated)
Johnny's Entertainment has just announced the creation of a charity project called Marching J, which will reportedly involve all of its managed artists. The project, first hinted at earlier this month, was established in response to the recent Tohoku earthquake and will work towards providing support to the affected areas.
Marching J’s first activity will be a fundraising event outdoors at Yoyogi National Gymnasium on April 1-3. Almost all of the major Johnny’s artists – including Kondo Machihiko, Shonentai, and SMAP – will participate in the event. Even Johnny's Jr. members who have not yet debuted will be involved, pushing the total number of participants to over 100 people.
The event is planned to take place between 10:00am and 6:00pm for each of those three days, involving talk sessions and other activities. Donations will be accepted until 5:00pm each day. The artists will show up at the venue as their schedule permits, though it is said that about 10 artists will serve as the main hosts and be there the whole day. The event’s catchphrase is “Denki o tsukawazu genki o tsukaou,” which roughly translates as “Let’s use energy without using energy (electricity).”
It was also announced that a charity baseball tournament will be held at Tokyo Dome on May 29, mainly involving Johnny’s Jr. members.