Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster Relief Project
Thanks to the generous support of many, Johnny’s Group was able to carry out disaster relief activities under the project name “Marching J”, following the outbreak of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011.
Once again, all of the artists and staff at Johnny’s Group would like to express our sincere appreciation to all who helped. “Marching J” is a disaster relief project involving each and every one of Johnny’s Group’ artists. Starting in March 2011, over the course of about one year, we ran fundraising activities and charity events in support of disaster recovery.
The project came to a close in September 2012, when we presented all monetary donations, along with profits from charity events, to affected areas.
Please refer to the following for “Marching J” activity details.
[“Marching J” Activities]
|March 19 – 25, 2011||All concerts and theatrical performance featuring our artists were temporarily suspended, and heavy-duty trucks meant to transport equipment for these performances were diverted to transporting disaster relief supplies. Power-supply vehicles and tank lorries filled with diesel were also dispatched to the affected areas to help supply power.|
|March 29, 2011||Launched “Marching J”- Great East Japan Earthquake recovery support project|
|April 1 – 3, 2011||Fundraising activities at Yoyogi National Gymnasium. All affiliated artists participated in the event, drawing approximately 390,000 attendees over 3 days.|
|April 2011 – March 2012||Fundraising activities at theater performances and concerts where our artists were performing.|
|May 4, 2011||Exclusive online release of SMAP’s single, “Not Alone, Let’s Be Happy”. 100 yen was donated for every download on Chaku-Uta Full.|
|May 29, 2011||“Marching J Johnny’s Charity Baseball Tournament 2011” (Tokyo Dome)|
|June 26, 2011||“WAKU-WAKU SCHOOL OF ARASHI (Tokyo Dome)” in support of Great East Japan Earthquake recovery. * The event has since been held every year, including 2018.|
|August 17, 2011||Best of SMAP album, “SMAP AID”, released on a limited basis through December 31. 200 yen was donated to the affected areas for every album sold.|
|August – September 2011||SMAP meet-and-greets held in 5 cities nationwide. All profits from 4 of these meet-and-greets were donated to affected areas.|
|March 11, 2012||Final fundraising event for “Marching J” held at Tokyo Dome, with approximately 170,000 people in attendance.|
|March 25, 2012||All monetary donations collected through “Marching J” activities, together with profits from charity events, were presented to three Tohoku prefectures: Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima. As representatives of the team of artists, Tackey & Tsubasa visited Iwate, Hey! Say! JUMP went to Miyagi, and TOKIO to Fukushima.|
|September 3, 2012||The final donation—comprising all monetary donations received after March 25, 2012, and a portion of concert profits—was presented to Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures. Having delivered all donations along with profits from charity events to affected areas,” Marching J” project was brought to a close.|
[“Marching J” Donations]
Total funds raised from March 2011 to September 2012: 925,583,839 yen
*All donations were transferred in full to affected areas as of September 3, 2012.
We are pleased to announce that all the donations were given to three Prefectures in the Tohoku area – Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima – to help bring smiles to the children in the disaster-stricken areas, and to assist victims with recovery efforts.
We will continue to work diligently both in entertainment and with the “Johnny’s Smile Up! Project”, and look forward to your ongoing support.