Fukushima to hold RockCorps global music event in September, first in Asia

10 April 2014

Fukushima Prefecture will hold a RockCorps music event on Sept. 6 to encourage volunteer activities in areas hit by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. It will be staged at the Azuma General Gymnasium in Fukushima City. Volunteers will earn tickets for the rock concert by participating in activities such as visits to help people in temporary residences for evacuees and removal of debris.

Hosting the event will be an executive committee, with the prefectural government acting as a co-host. The event was announced at a press conference in Tokyo on April 9. Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato, who attended the occasion, expressed hope that volunteer activities will expand and help accelerate post-disaster reconstruction.

RockCorps was established in the United States in 2003 as a pro-social production company that uses music to inspire people to volunteer and get involved in their community. It has staged concerts as events closely linked with volunteer activities in a total of 27 cities in nine countries. Musicians involved include Lady Gaga, the American singer and actress committed to philanthropy and other activities. The number of people who took part in previous events totals more than 140,000.

The forthcoming Fukushima concert will be the first RockCorps event to be held in Asia. Four groups of leading artists -- three from Japan and one from abroad -- are scheduled to participate, but the details have yet to be disclosed. The organizers expect some 4,000 people to take part from across Japan.

Photo: Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato (left) and RockCorps CEO Stephen Greene (right) pose for photos at a press conference in Tokyo on April 9.

(Translated by Kyodo News)