It was announced that popular idol group AKB48 has created another charity song titled “Tenohira ga Kataru Koto” and will begin distributing it for free starting on March 8th.
AKB48 previously established a reconstruction support project ”Dareka no Tame ni” right after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami occurred on 11 March 2011. In addition to donating money, they have also been supporting the cause in various ways, for ever since in May of 2011, 6 ~ 7 members from the group (including the sister groups) visit the disaster areas in turns once every month, and hold mini live concerts, handshake events, Christmas event, Valentine event, and so on.
Previously, AKB48 released a digital charity song “Dareka no Tame ni -What can I do for someone?-“, and they donated all profits to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami relief. They also donated a part of profit from their 23rd single “Kaze wa Fuiteiru” (released in October 2011) for the disaster areas.
“Tenohira ga Kataru Koto” will begin distributing on the project’s site (here) starting on the 8th at 6:00 pm (JST), and they will also collect contributions. It will be donated through Japanese Red Cross Society.
Additionally, AKB48 (Akihabara, Tokyo), SKE48 (Sakae, Nagoya), NMB48 (Namba, Osaka), and HKT48 (Hakata, Fukuoka) will hold charity performances at each group’s theater on March 11th which will be exactly 2 years since the disaster. The details on the charity performances will be announced at a later date.