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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 20, 2011
by Anonymous

well done justin!<3

i honestly dont see why people are hating on Justin? He hasnt done anything wrong and there's nothing to hate on, hes a NORMAL 17 year old living his dream, and not letting people get in the way of that. He's not only got talent but he is a brilliant son to Pattie and not a lot of people can be credited for that. Pattie had Justin at a very young age and after Jeremy leaving when Justin was little, they grew up under the poverty line.. but look where that got him, he learned not to take advantage and be greatful for what you have, and hes greatful for all his fans and whats he's been able to achieve under the past 4years..he cares for his fans cause with out them, with out there support, there love and there votes, he wouldnt be here so dont even think of saying he doesnt love his fans. Justin is so loyal to everyone he meet's even haters, like he says even if you dont like them "kill them with kindness". Yes im not a fan of Selena Gomez but i respect their in love and Justin is happy with her, im sure if she was 'changing' him then he would realise and do something about it, he doest need people sending death threats to her, making things worse, especially fans, cause one day it would be either or and he doesnt want to choose over his fans cause im sure he loves everyone equally. I have a lot of respect for you Bieber and your career and yes haters are going to hate but dont ever let there hate get in the way of your goals the only person that can get in the way is you so tell them "well why dont you come back when you sell out Maddison Square Garden in 22minutes." see what they have to say because Justin i KNOW there are 20million people out there that you inspire to chase there dreams so well done.

May 20, 2011
by Anonymous

LATIN BELIEBER

I just wanna say: THANKS STEVE LEVENSTEIN! That is just Justin wants to read when he search himself on the news! #RESPECT! THANKS STEVE

May 20, 2011
by Anonymous

ivon

justin is so divine is what love is all their songs justin oiie to see when you come to mexico and stay 4rever porfa

I love you baby

bye

May 20, 2011
by Anonymous

Fraanbelieber11

You're the one with heart open
everyone should be proud of you
for daring to make your fans happy "Japon"
I admire you
JUSTIN BIEBER ARE THE BEST

May 20, 2011
by Anonymous

Hi

u are my best singer JB.

May 20, 2011
by Anonymous

jb

jb

May 20, 2011
by Anonymous

jb

hi jb i am waleed from pakistn u are my favourite singer in the world

May 21, 2011
by Anonymous

Ur really kind n cute!

Oh Justin!! U wouldn't believe that ur my inspiration.........and wen ever I wake up in the morning, I take ur name and sing ur songs, and my day goes well for the whole day. I love u allot, u can ask my school mates too that how much obsessed I'm with u, n they'll ve a long note to tell u that I'm really obsessed with u! Ur soooooooo HOT and CUTE!!! And ur also VERY kind! When I saw this, I was shocked! I mean, no one has ever done this since they became singers n u, u did wat no one even cared to do! Ur a passionate artist, n u created 1 Bieber Nation, which no star, actor or singer ever did! Ur really talented, n ur the president of Bieber Nation, n all the Beliebers own u! And wen ur book,''First Step To Forever:My Story'' was released.....I was totally gone crazy for I wanted that! But it was sadly not available here at my place, so 1 day wen my friend brought it to skool, I was like eating her brain to give it to me, but she was saying that she gave it to smone else. Boy was really angry.........but later she did give it to me....n wen I read dat bk, it left me crying!!!!! I mean I read it in 1hr, and saw ur pix for da whole day! U were lookin sooooooooo cute in dat bk! Btw, u also look cute in every pic, & u always brighten my day!!!!! Cuz u r just........well no one can describe u in wrds cuz ur un describable!! Only a common hater will describe u in wrds.....but a true Belieber will nevr describe u in wrds! Ok I kno I'm talking rubbish........but I just.....cant resist u!!!! Ur soooooooooo.........I dont kno but.....ok I gotta go otherwise my computr will be damaged bcuz of praising u!! loll.... <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 ~bieberscrazyfan!

May 21, 2011
by Anonymous

hi justin

i love ur songs

May 21, 2011
by Anonymous

FLOPI

HOLA SOI FLOPI DE ARGENTINA AMO A JUSTIN BIEBER ES ÚNICO NO TENGO PALABRAS PARA DECIR LO QUE SIENTO CUANDO LO ESCUCHO CANTAR <3;J

May 21, 2011
by Anonymous

HI JB

hi justin i love your all songs and you come to india i want to see your consert special girl

May 24, 2011
by Anonymous

John Lewis Sales

He is a kool kid. I read somewhere that his crew refused to go to Japan but nothing stopped Bieber from going.

May 25, 2011
by Anonymous

Bieber #1 FAN!!!..(Dr.bieber <3)

The haters of justin should STOP hating him!!! -.-'' i just really dislike haters... i mean justin bieber has done nothing wrong to them people that are not fans of him... I dont even think he should be hated he is a 17 year old boy thats just living his dreams so he hasnt done anything wrong for you to hate him.. (like i say to people in my school.. to stop hating him because he has done nothing wrong or bad to them ).. AND IM A BIIIIIIGGGGGGGG!! FAN!!!!! MUCH LOVE!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 AND NEVER SAY NEVEEEERRR!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 ...

May 27, 2011
by Anonymous

Im Sorry But IM Mrs Bieber

Im Sorry But IM Mrs Bieber :)

Justin, ive been a fan of you since day 1 and that will never change!
i think its so special and great what you do to help people. your truly amazing!
And to all the haterz. i hope they see this video because it proves how wrong they are about justin, he's amazing and i love him more than anything! <3

Signed The ONLY Mrs Bieber :D <3!

May 27, 2011
by Anonymous

pleaseee

jb pleace come in to Kosovo Prizren pleaccccceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

May 29, 2011
by Anonymous

Justin Bieber in Japan

Justin Bieber i love u for wat u r doing by helping people in japan it makes love u more beause of wat u r doing! I HOPE U COUNTIN HELPING THEM!!! WISH THEM THE BEST OF LUCK REBUIDING THE ROADS AND Watever was distred and I Love u JUSTIN BIEBER!!!!

May 29, 2011
by Anonymous

I've never heard anything like it!

I didnt ever think of a celeb like you doing what u did! OMG! Normally celebs are just spoilt and keep asking for more things and ur not a single bit like any of them! ♥

Jun 7, 2011
by Anonymous

I did not hear aniting like it

I never new you like your fhans a lot justibiber

Jun 7, 2011
by Anonymous

I am a big fan of justin

helow justin i am jadezammit i am 9 years old I live in malta My sisstr and i lisn to your songs every day WE like the most songs are love me and baby

Jul 23, 2011
by Anonymous

I agree, good but bad as well

I agree that he is good and best in music. I admire his music although im not totally his fan. I love hearing his song and learning how successful such kid is. However, this kid gave a scar that every filipinos would never forget. He should behave like a real superstar next time.

Jan 29, 2012
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