Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is currently in Japan, and on Saturday he met with boy band SMAP. Looking to improve relations between China and Japan, he asked the four members present (Katori Shingo, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi, Kimura Takuya, Nakai Masahiro) to sing a song for him, and they obliged with “Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana.” During the event, Wen revealed that SMAP plans to have a concert in China this summer.
According to Johnny’s Jimusho, SMAP aims to hold a concert in Beijing on September 16. This will be their first concert in China, as long as it does not get canceled like their two previous attempts last year. They had been scheduled to perform at the Shanghai World Expo last June, but the show was canceled due to safety concerns. SMAP then planned for two shows at Shanghai Stadium in October, but those were canceled after the Senkaku fishing boat incident.