UPDATE: Translation of article “Don’t Give Up Japan” Jang Keun Suk Once Again Touched Japanese Fans’ Hearts.
English Translation: SukkiefanNCUSA
I would like to share this article with you as I think is a very touching one that to show the special bonds Jang Keun Suk has with his Japanese Fans. Since it was for the same topic as Tenshi Akuma posted early and also her personal blog with her experience in the earthquake was the facts that proved this article and make is more meaningful. So I added here. -SukkiefanNCUSA
“Don’t Give Up Japan” Once Again Jang Keun Suk Touched Japanese Fans Heart
Mar 11 was the 1 year anniversary for the most serious 9.0 degree earth quake in Japanese history. The Japanese government and people are still doing the recovery work. The effects from the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant incidents are still there.
Last year at this time, people from all over the world provided helps to Japan. In those people there also includes Japanese and overseas stars who gave supports and donations.
As a new Hallyu star who is gradually growing popularity in Japan, Jang Keun Suk also involved this kind of events. At that time, he was in Europe shooting his new photobook and movie, with the message “Don’t Give Up Japan” as a start, on March 14 he donated 10 million yen (120,000 USD) to Japanese Red Cross, also with 5000 blanket with encouraging message “Don’t Give Up Hope, Japan” on them.
And, during his arena shows, he set the donation box instead of receiving gifts from fans. The money donated from that was about 180 million KRW (160,000 USD), this money will be all used for the children who lost their parents during the earthquake. All these deeds were deeply touched Japanese fans’ heart.
The new KBS drama “Love Rain” which will be aired on March 26 finished site shooting at Hokkaido Japan on March 11, Jang Keun Suk followed by fans when he came back to Korea, but his face looked serious, because it was March 11, he left airport quietly.
In Hokkaido, they have worked for 13 days in the severe cold weather -15C degree. Jang Keun Suk was really tired, but even in that condition, he was still thinking of his fans, when the car stopped at the traffic light, he opened his window, put his head out and waved to the fans.
After he went back to Korea, his Japanese eels (his fans called eels) posted lots of moving comments on twitter. Jang Keun Suk also wrote a long message on his Japanese Official Website as soon as he came back home. The following is part of it:
“One year ago, when I was shooting Budapest Diary, I woke up in the morning and learnt about the earthquake from TV news. I was thinking was this for real? Only a few days ago, I was in Ibaraki, my memories kept flashing back, I felt a pain in my chest. Now after a year, coincidentally I came back to the same land and be with you. That day a year ago, was not a desperate day, it was a day full of hope. For those who are still working hard on the recovery from the disaster I want to express all my sincere respect to them.”
Recently the attacks from Japanese right wing to Kim Tae Hee are still going on. There are Hallyu Stars that have universal love and would like to share the pain with normal Japanese people, Jang Keun Suk is one of them.
UPDATE: Mediafire link for downloading the hard-sub vid
English subs: tenshi_akuma
This is the video message Jang Keun Suk gave out for the 1 year anniversary of earthquake in Fukushima.
Again, I’d like to express my thanks for his thoughtfulness and continuous support to victims in Japan. When the earthquake happened, Sukkie was on his shooting tour of “Budapest Diary”. But after he knew the news, he sent Japanese eels his heartfelt video message and pic below.
The place I live, Tsukuba in Ibaraki is one of the disaster areas. Luckily my residence was newly developed and my condo is a seismic isolated building, so the damage was very little. But my neighborhood was damaged badly such as cracks in roads and collapse of roofs. As for me, I was at office when the earthquake happened. My office is located in the center of Tokyo. It’s quite far from my home, so I couldn’t return home after two days of the disaster. Our company requested employees not to go to office for a week. I worked at home without heating… checking TV and radio all day long.
Tomorrow is the very day the earthquake happened a year ago. At 14:46 on March 11, 2011. It was just a week later Sukkie held press conference of “You’re My Pet” at Ibaraki airport. Because of the earthquake, YMP wasn’t shot in Ibaraki… But it’s reasonable not to be shot here, considering the security of YMP crews.
Time flies. But I won’t forget this experience and love and support given by others. We really appreciate them. Honestly we still have earthquakes almost every day. But as Sukkie said in the video, we shouldn’t forget our smile. Let’s unite together for better world. Peace! 🙂