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Japanese idol group Arashi hints at possibility of Taiwan concert

2019/11/11 16:34:13

From left to right are Kazunari Ninomiya, Masaki Aiba, Jun Matsumoto, Satoshi Ohno and Sho Sakurai.

Taipei, Nov. 11 (CNA) Japanese boy band Arashi made a quick stop in Taipei on Monday as part of its promotional tour "Jet Storm" and hinted at the possibility of a concert in Taiwan next year.

It was the first time since 2008 that Arashi -- comprised of members Masaki Aiba, Satoshi Ohno, Jun Matsumoto, Sho Sakurai and Kazunari Ninomiya -- had visited Taiwan as a group.

At a press conference Monday, the group briefed fans on their upcoming plans, including scheduled performances at New National Stadium in Tokyo on May 15-16, 2020, and a concert in Beijing next spring.

Sakurai said the group is also considering the possibility of a concert in Taiwan before it disbands at the end of 2020.

He said he was deeply impressed by Taipei Arena and the audience in Taiwan when he attended a concert at the arena earlier this year.

The brief promotional tour has been held to celebrate the group's 20th anniversary, which occurred on Nov. 3, and has taken the five-member group to four cities in three days.

It visited Jakarta on Saturday and Singapore and Bangkok on Sunday before its stop in Taipei on Monday.

In conjunction with the group's anniversary, it also activated official social media accounts on five platforms -- Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and Weibo -- and made available all 65 of their singles on music streaming sites.

(By Chen Ping-hung and Chiang Yi-ching)
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