Japanese promoters try to restart live concerts

Developers in Japan are currently in dire straits due to the protracted COVID-19 pandemic. Ticket sales lost due to cancellations and postponements of the pandemic totaled approximately $ 333 million (36.3 billion yen) in 2020.

Earlier this month, Japan extended a emergency state until the end of May for Tokyo and three other regions in the midst of a fourth wave of coronavirus cases, which particularly hit Tokyo and Osaka. Japan, where more than 12,100 people have died from COVID-19, recorded 216 deaths on May 18, the highest number since early January, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The members of the new IPAJ are Avex Entertainment Inc., Creativeman Production Co., Hanshin Contents Link Co. (Billboard Japan), Hayashi International Promotions Ltd., Kyodo Tokyo, Inc., Live Nation Japan GK, M & I Company Ltd. , Promax Inc., Smash Co., and Udo Artists, Inc.

After the 10 promoters of IPAJ appealed to the Japanese government earlier this year, concerts by foreign artists were finally included in the J-LODlive (Japan Content Localization and Distribution Live Entertainment) grant after nearly one year of ineligibility.

But while large-scale concerts and festivals have gradually started to pick up in the US and UK, where vaccinations are advancing at a faster rate, concerts by international artists in Japan are not even on the heels just yet. drawing boards. Just over 3% of the Japanese population has been vaccinated. The country is ban foreigners from most countries to enter Japan, including the United States, Canada and Europe.

The recent virus spike is once again putting the Tokyo Olympics at risk, which was slated for last year and is currently scheduled to start on July 23. Japan does not grant visas to tourists to attend the games. And the organizers have yet to announce the musical compositions for the opening and closing ceremonies. (Japanese boy band Arashi was scheduled to perform at the opening ceremonies in 2020.)

Although health experts and public opinion strongly call for the cancellation of the games, the International Olympic Committee has continued to insist that the games go as planned. Last week the Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga for the first time he seemed to bow to pressure of public opinion, saying that the government “will not put the Olympics first”. But he added that in the end, the IOC would make the last call.

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