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Justin Bieber's Japan Tour Sends a Positive Message to the World


Justin Bieber didn't just say “The show must go on!”, he made it happen – May 17th and 18th in Osaka and Tokyo, respectively.

By going ahead with the long-planned shows and taking the time to visit children affected by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, the Canadian pop superstar showed a level of maturity and depth of feeling that must have surprised those who judge him only by what they read in tabloid newspapers and critical online forums.

Before I go any further, let me state that I'm not a fan of Justin Bieber's music. I'm also turned off by the cult of celebrity that seems to have surrounded him, though I understand it's something that goes with the territory when Forbes.com rates you third on their list (after Lady Gaga and Oprah) of the World's 100 Most Powerful Celebrities.

Just turned 17, Bieber earned $53 million over the past year from music sales, concerts, and “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never”: a 3-D documentary film that grossed $100 million worldwide. Bieber first rose to prominence though videos posted at YouTube by his mother beginning in early 2007. Fast forward 4 years and “Baby,” his first hit song, has established a new YouTube record by virtue of being viewed an astonishing 500 million times!

But you already know that, Beliebers or not. You also can't fault Bieber for letting some of the relentless adoration go to his carefully coiffed head. Did he really need the hassle of flying to Japan to perform the final two concerts of a two-year long tour that he probably wished was over long before? Probably not, especially after a few members of his concert crew balked at going to Japan out of irrational fears over radiation leaking from the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant. Fellow pop stars Avril Lavigne and Slash had already canceled concerts planned for Japan, so it wasn't as if he'd be the only one.

But he didn't blow off the concerts, or his Japanese fans, and you'd better believe every single person in attendance at Osaka Zepp and the Tokyo Nippon Budokan appreciated Bieber's presence. Then he went the extra mile, appearing on Japanese TV shows and meeting with children affected by the disaster. I don't think he did these things because his managers told him it would be good for his career, which is humming along just fine, thanks. He went the extra mile, both literally and figuratively, because he's a good kid at heart who knows what's right and insists on showing it.





During one of Bieber's meet & greet sessions with some kids affected by the disaster (see the video above), American ambassador John Roos shook his hand and told him, “You're a very special young man sending a message to the entire world”.

I have to agree, even though for Justin Bieber being “special” is just being himself and letting his unaffected humanity show through. Watch the video and you'll see it. As strange as it might sound, the world needs more Justin Biebers... or at least, a lot less of sanctimonious, self-centered celebs who show time and time again they're all show and no substance. (via Japan Probe, main image via Justin Bieber Zone)

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Steve Levenstein
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Comments
May 19, 2011
by Anonymous

i agree

I agree completely. This kid gets critcised by mass media forums of grumpy teens and old folks who can't stand that a person at such a young age can have success. You can tell from the videos of his Japan visit that these are not just PR stunts. Granted, they may be to some extent but mostly, he has true compassion for issues of worldly importance and it is nice to see someone so young, with so much influence, make good decisions. Big ups to you Bieber, haters are going to hate, but never let their hate stop you from chasing your dream. I personally don't really enjoy your music, although i must admit One less lonely girl has been the soundtrack of my life for the past few months. But i hope you read comments like these that lift your spirits and assure that the vitriol and hatred slushed your way all the time is not a reflection of your capabilities and your talent. It is God's way of telling you with every success, there are difficulties and obstacles and those can only make you stronger and keep moving. I am going to see your movie for the first time, but trust me, I don't need any reassurance about your talent and how brave you are for facing the world everyday despite their criticisms. Know that you have fans from young to old, and that the only person that can stand in your way is you. Never say never and keep encouraging those of us who live in poverty-stricken areas to chase our dreams. Who knows, one day, i"ll leave Ghana and be the biggest movie director ever. Never say Never right?

May 19, 2011
by Anonymous

The hell no.

His so brat. You will get karma because of what you've done on the Philippines !!There too many witches here in the Philippines so beware !.

May 19, 2011
by Anonymous

reply

what you wrote almost made me cry. I am a fan ot Justin. and for months now i cant express in writing how other people can bring him down. but what you wrote was just perfect! thank you for writing that. i do hope some of his haters will read this. and see beyond his "justin bieber" career and see what he is doing for others in need.

May 19, 2011
by Anonymous

Show the world, Bieber!

Bieber, I have to say that I am very impressed of your success just over 4 years! You truly cares about your fans and the world. You are just a great person, inside out. I will support you, and your music forever. All my friends said that I am going crazy for you. But you know what, you're totally worth my adulation and time! Keep doing what's right and eventually those people who hates will realize that you're actually a sincere, talented young singer! Best wishes to you!

May 19, 2011
by Anonymous

exactly

he really is a good kid, and people are being jerks like making up things saying that Selena is changing him and that he's starting to hate his fans. If Selena was changing him, he would probably realize it and see that he needs to brake up with her, they're happy together, so why cant his fans be happy for him ? And how can he hate his fans when he goes out of his to do things like this ? Risking sickness from the radiation. When others canceled he stayed because he's just really devoted to his fans. He understands that without their support, their views, their love that he would not be where he is today ! So why dont you just leave him alone ? He just wants to entertain and make people happy. So why cant you let him do that ?

May 19, 2011
by Anonymous

I LOVE YOU

I LOVE YOU J.J.J.U.U.U.S.S.S.T.T.T.I.I.I.N.N.N BIEBER I WANT TO BE MISS BIEBER

May 19, 2011
by Anonymous

Justin (:

Justin i'm a big fan of your's.. I'm happy that you found your dream.. You are doing a wonderful job !.. Don't let "anyone" tell you that you ant!!.. Let those haters hate because there jealouse because your famouse and there not.. Keep up your work and "Never Say Never".. I watched your movie and i had tears it was cute though..(:
I Love You Justin Drew Bieber!<3

May 19, 2011
by Anonymous

BIEBER

BIEBERRRRRRRRR LOVEEE U !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 19, 2011
by Anonymous

From Alicia Munn xo

Wow. This article really highlights exactly how I feel about Justin. Before earlier this month I had never heard any of his music, except the extremely overplayed in Australia - Baby, and thought that he was just another teen pop idol soon to be forgotten about. It was only recently that I started paying attention to him after I chaperoned a 12 year old to the Adelaide concert in Australia on May 5th – I myself am 22. After the concert I ‘liked’ his FB page (which is what in-fact led me to this article) and sussed out his Twitter page a bit because I was actually quite surprised that he didn’t lip sync at his concert and showed that he really is very VERY musically talented (showcasing not only his voice but his guitar, drum and piano skills at the concert). What shocked and surprised me at first was the (how you perfectly explained it Steve) ‘CULT’ following he has. What shocked and surprised me even more was reading about all the things he’s done for his fans in the 4 short years that he’s been famous. From meeting sick fans to people devastated by natural disasters; and giving away free tickets to his concerts to people that can’t afford them to visiting countries on his world tour that other celebs wouldn’t normally venture too; he’s really proved that he hasn’t lost himself or his beliefs within the music industry. I really do wish him all the best with his career and hope he keeps living his life doing what he believes in, not just what’s good for his career. It’s hard to imagine where he’ll be in another 4 years after all the things he’s already achieved. What really amazes me is one of the lyrics in his touching song ‘Pray’- “Can someone tell me how to make a change?” I would love to grab him by the shoulders and shake him into seeing he’s done so much already and made so many more young people aware of the troubles in the world, just through that ONE film clip. Amazing, just amazing what a 17 year old can do in our day and age.

May 19, 2011
by Anonymous

love you Justin!

Justin you are a a very very good guy
all the thinks that you do makes
people happy :D
Justin y really love you thanks for
all.
kisses and hugs!
Eli <3

May 19, 2011
by Anonymous

I'm so sick of people

I'm so sick of people judging Justin Bieber and saying negative things about him only because he is famous. For someone to say anything bad about a 17 year old (or 16 or 15 as he has been famous for a few years) is really disgusting. And that Marge woman from CSI calling him a brat is completely uncalled for.
If you watch his documentary, you will see that this guy has talent. And it's not from someone auto-tuning his music. He can play instruments, he can sing, he can certainly dance, and he genuinly cares about his fans. He's also a good son to his mother, which not many teenagers can be credited with.
Give the kid a break. People need to quit picking on a child.

And by the way, I'm not a teenage fan. I'm a 37 year old mom of 3 and I've seen his movie 5 times.

May 19, 2011
by Anonymous

He's just doing it to get

He's just doing it to get his name out there on TV and such.

May 19, 2011
by Anonymous

What an amazing inspiration! =)

He is such an amazing kid! I wasn't a fan either last week, but after watching his movie Never say Never, I'm totally in love with him! Since the first time I heard Baby I couldn't take that sweet song out of my mind, and God knows how many times I have seen that video. I am not a girl that falls in love with the commercial figures, in fact I'm very picky in my taste, but after seeing so much talent, and the most important so much determination in doing things, I can say that I don't see Justin as a kid - even when he is still a minor. I see a man, who knows exactly what hes doing when pursuing his dreams, I see a man that it's so self-conscious about all his talents, and that he could be the only person that can really get against him...After watching his movie, I went to his Youtube site, and play the video where he is singing "With You" by Chris Brown, and I looked at the date when this was uploaded...February 2008, and I can't be more amazed that I am! because... what we been doing since February 2008? A kid just show us that if you put your mind in to something, you will achieve your dreams! He have achieved so much in less than 4 years! now I don't see Justin as another teenager-pop singer...I see him as an inspiration! this kid who's turning into a better man, inspires me in a way that now I am working towards my goal every single minute...3 years, and now he is the king of the world in his field! you should never say never Justin, feel very proud every single day that you wake up! because every single minute you are changing the world! I am an honored to be a Belieber now! and can't wait to go to your next concert here in Texas! and just like the writer in this article mentions, the world needs more Justin Biebers!, he really do! You are my perfect man...even when you are just a kid! I wish you success throughout your career, but I know that you don't need it...cause you have what it takes! and hear me on this...not all the people can say that about themselves. So whenever you feel down, look for that amazing Justin that lies beneath, and smile, cause he exists!

May 19, 2011
by Anonymous

Stop the Drama in Manila

To accidentally decline an authograph or accidentally tapping the CD away from an employee of the airport in Manila, while one was walking quickly through a narrow gate on his way to board a plane, surrounded by security, does not qualify one as a brat. If that is your measurement for a brat, how do you measure your own undesirable thoughts of offering your witches from the Philippines, just because an anxious fan did not get what he wanted as a result of his own perceived arrogant entitlement for an authograph.
With that attitude, it shows emotional immaturity, and lack of education in civility and sophistication. Is this what the Philippines want the world to know?
It's time for the Phillipines to grow up, get those chips off its shoulders, no feeling sorry for yourselves, no blaming other people or countries for insecurities and for not attaining your goals and dreams.

May 19, 2011
by Anonymous

yeah!!thats great!!!we love

yeah!!thats great!!!we love you dont forget justin!!!youre my inspiration!!!!love ya!!!!!!!!!

May 19, 2011
by Anonymous

so sweet

thats right what justin said things will get better

May 19, 2011
by Anonymous

Inspiration

Justin your my inspiration, Love you all the world xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Please come back to liverpool xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

May 19, 2011
by Anonymous

Hey Justin i want your next

Hey Justin i want your next concert it will be in Missoula, Mt.

May 19, 2011
by Anonymous

Hello

Hi Justin I'm from Tajikistan but now leave in Missoula, Mt. Please come to Missoula... I want to see your concert...
special girl... :)

May 19, 2011
by Anonymous

hello justin im adnan nadeem

hello justin
im adnan nadeem from pakistan .
im fain u.........................................

May 20, 2011
by Anonymous

It's funny how...

I think it's amusing how the American Ambassador (whatever Roos) kept shaking Justin's hand while he was talking. Speaking of the Ambassadors, however do they talk to people (the Canadian and American), they are sooo awkward.

May 20, 2011
by Anonymous

y love you

you are my love of my life I love you

May 20, 2011
by Anonymous

Justin Bieber in Japan

Well done Steve Levenstein!!! I want to say to the haters all over the world: don't be envious of a talented person only because you aren't. Daniela (mom & Belieber)

May 20, 2011
by Anonymous

hello

JUSTIN BIEBER I Love You .You are so kind and famous and cute and everything I just love you so much......We Love You Justin Bieber!!!<3 We are always Bieliebers. Love ya
!!!

May 20, 2011
by Anonymous

He Is Amazing

He really love his fans so don't judge him he was not feeling well so he was masungit in that time

May 20, 2011
by Anonymous

AUSTRALIA BELIEBER

Exactly Justin youve changed the world and your so amazing we appreciate and love you..
Selena makes you happy us fans are happy :)

xoxoxoo

May 20, 2011
by Anonymous

hey justin love the song

hey justin love the song never say never wish i had the dvd but mum said no ahaaha mums ehhy ehehehehehehehh love all your music and mostly i love u xx

May 20, 2011
by Anonymous

Stardom

I completely understand why he would do this. Every celebrity going to Japan cacelled. But Justin Bieber is the only one seeing the bigger picture. He has helped the world out so many times. He wants change and he is trying to make it. The haters can hate but they are not seeing past the name "Justin Bieber" to what really makes what he is doing amazing. I myself am a fan but the haters should not go to trash him about it, because he is a good person and is obviously not gay and his music is actually really good so what is there to trash him about? He loves his career and music so why should we bring him down when he is trying to help the world? I am so proud that someone so caring for nature and adoring is from Canada :D. His stardom has clearly not got the best of him, because he visited sick children gave concert tickets to people who couldnt afford them, and now hes helping children devastated by the earthquake. Stars dont get more grounded than that. Love you Biebs and Beliebers

May 20, 2011
by Anonymous

NEVER SAY NEVER

HI, WHEN I HEARD IN TV WHAT HAPPENED I CLOSE MY EYES AND I WANTED TO CRY, I AM IN ARGENTINA AND THE FIRST THINK I HAD WAS PRAY SONG. I SANG IT LIKE 2 TIMES AND I PRAY FOR ALL THESE PEOPLE WHO HAD TO BE ON THIS SITUATION. I AM SO SAD FOR IT BAD BUT NEVER LOWER YOUR ARMS ALWAYS KEEP TO FORWARD DESPITE ALL.
AND ALL THIS WILL HAPPEN AND JAPAN WILL GO AHEAD!!
JUSTIN I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU TO GO THERE AND YOU MAKE THE PEOPLE HAPPY!
GO AHEAADD JAPAANN!!

May 20, 2011
by Anonymous

great person

wow this person how much i talk about him its not enugh for him i respect him for the way how he treat his fans and all the people he didnt want to let them down .