Update: Actress Han Hyojoo, who is currently in Japan promoting her drama “Dong Yi” has reported that she is safe. Her press conference with NHK in Shibuya was canceled and she was moved to the broadcasting company’s safety facility/shelter. In addition, actor Lee Seunggi was also in Japan promoting his drama, “My Girlfriend is a Nine Tailed Fox”. He was at Tokyo’s TVS and has now moved to a safe location to take refuge. For information on the idols’ activities, click here.
A devastating tsunami has hit the coast of northeast Japan on March 11th after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck the island nation about 80 miles offshore. News reports revealed that air and land transportation are severely disrupted and electricity is being cut off in various regions. The international community is deeply concerned for everyone’s safety in Japan, with aid already on the way to those affected by the natural disasters. Many fans are also worried about Korean idols that have been traveling to Japan for promotions and other activities.
Since 2NE1 came to Japan a few days ago to promote for their debut, worried fans have been sending numerous messages to YG Entertainment about their safety. An official from YG Entertainment reassured fans that the girls are safe, “We are not able to directly contact the members by phone probably due to the earthquake causing problems with transmission. Just now, we received news from another affiliated individual within Tokyo that the girls were safe.”
Although 2NE1 is due to appear on Asahi TV’s popular program “Music Station“ to promote for their upcoming debut, the devastating earthquake and its effect in Tokyo affected a lot of activities in the region and throughout Japan. Representatives stated, “There is no news of whether or not the schedule with ‘Music Station’ will continue.”
Meanwhile, KARA has also been confirmed to be safe. Should airports resume full operations, they will return to Korea on March 12th, as planned. JYJ’s Junsu also tweeted his response to the earthquake. “I have never felt anything like this before. The tremor, I felt it today” He is also worried about returning back to Korea for JYJ’s upcoming first official fanmeet on the 11th. “I have to go to the fanmeeting tomorrow more than anything… (I’m) not sure whether there are flights available.”
The BOSS has also been confirmed to be safe in Japan. On March 11th, management from the boss tweeted “Don’t worry, the members are safe, lots of things are occurring in Japan. Please pray for them. The members also began to tweet to let fans know that they were all right. Mika tweeted “I am alive!” and Injoon also said, “yes yes i didn’t get hurt”. In addition, after being mentioned by Gwangchul in a tweet to stay alive, Karam responded with “@skc_dj really? kekeke”.
Please send out your condolences to everyone in Japan affected by the earthquake. Visit www.redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone. The Huffington Post also has a list of ways you can help: How to Help Japan: Earthquake Relief Options
– via koreaboo.com