20 May '11, 10am

China Premier Wen to meet J-pop band SMAP

China Premier Wen to meet J-pop band SMAP

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will meet members of chart-topping J-pop band SMAP in Tokyo on the sidelines of a weekend East Asian summit, a press report said on Friday. -- PHOTO: AVEX TRAX TOKYO - CHINESE Premier Wen Jiabao will meet members of chart-topping J-pop band SMAP in Tokyo on the sidelines of a weekend East Asian summit, a press report said on Friday. Mr Wen, known as the 'people's premier' for his populist approach, is due to meet the group late on Saturday as well as a Tokyo university baseball team with whom he played catch during his visit to Tokyo a year ago, Jiji Press said. The two countries are expected to arrange a concert tour to China by SMAP next year to mark the 40th anniversary of the normalisation of their diplomatic ties, the news agency said. SMAP, who started out as a fresh-faced boy band almost 20 years ago and remain popular in Japan and much of...

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