Lau­per re­turns to Ja­pan for con­certs, sup­port

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Cyndi Lau­per is ad­mired in Ja­pan for not run­ning away af­ter last year’s dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake and tsunami. Now the Amer­i­can singer is back to show the Ja­panese peo­ple that she hasn’t for­got­ten them.

Miss Lau­per ar­rived in Tokyo on March 11, 2011, just as the mas­sive quake struck north­ern Ja­pan. She stayed to per­form her con­certs as planned, even though fears of ra­di­a­tion from a tsunami-stricken nu­clear power plant in Fukushima caused many other per­form­ers and vis­i­tors to flee. She said she stayed to con­sole sur­vivors with her mu­sic, ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press.

She’s back in the coun­try to per­form again. Miss Lau­per said Mon­day that she is urg­ing peo­ple to buy things from the dis­as­ter-hit ar­eas to help peo­ple there get back on their feet.

Miss Lau­per, who ar­rived ear­lier this month, trav­eled to the tsunami­hit ar­eas, in­clud­ing an el­e­men­tary school to do­nate cherry trees and play with the chil­dren; vis­ited a tem­ple; and ex­plored a mu­sic store whose el­derly owner fixed a tsunami-dam­aged pi­ano.

She said she was struck by how peo­ple in Fukushima seemed to be shaken by ra­di­a­tion fears and feel iso­lated. She also raised con­cerns about a de­cline in vis­i­tors in the north, es­pe­cially Fukushima.

The gov­ern­ment has been crit­i­cized for con­fu­sion, de­lays, mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion and at­tempts to play down the sever­ity of the nu­clear ac­ci­dent, the worst since the 1986 dis­as­ter in Ukraine’s Ch­er­nobyl. The earth­quake and tsunami de­stroyed vi­tal cool­ing sys­tems at the plant, re­sult­ing in the melt­ing of three re­ac­tor cores and a large re­lease of ra­di­a­tion, forc­ing about 100,000 peo­ple to evac­u­ate.

Many res­i­dents of Fukushima are con­cerned about the ef­fects of the ra­di­a­tion, es­pe­cially on chil­dren.

Miss Lau­per said the gov­ern­ment “should come clean with what the real deal is” so peo­ple know the truth. “When you don’t know, you are fear­ful, and you feel pow­er­less. In­for­ma­tion is power.” houses a few hun­dred peo­ple.

The Dream co-wrote and co-pro­duced Bey­once’s mas­sive hit “Sin­gle Ladies (Put a Ring on It).” He also worked his magic on Ri­hanna’s “Um­brella,” Justin Bieber’s “Baby” and Mariah Carey’s “Touch My Body.”

He per­formed a num­ber of his own hits Sun­day night, in­clud­ing “Shawty Is a 10,” “Falsetto” and “I Luv Your Girl.” He’ll re­lease his fourth al­bum, “Love IV MMXII,” later this year.

The Grammy win­ner thanked the crowd for com­ing out, say­ing: “I know some of ya’ll got kids at home.”

Bey­once and Jay-z have a daugh­ter, Blue Ivy Carter, who was born in Jan­uary. dive about what could go wrong. When you are ac­tu­ally on the dive, you have to trust the en­gi­neer­ing was done right.”

Later, he ac­knowl­edged that the bone-crush­ing pres­sure at five miles and seven miles deep “is in the back of your mind.”

Mr. Cameron is us­ing a one-man, 12-ton lime-green sub that he helped de­sign called Deepsea Chal­lenger. He is part­ner­ing with the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic So­ci­ety, where he is an ex­plorer-in-res­i­dence.

“The deep trenches are the last un­ex­plored fron­tier on our planet, with sci­en­tific riches enough to fill a hun­dred years of ex­plo­ration,” Mr. Cameron said in an ear­lier state­ment.

Mr. Cameron, who has been an oceanog­ra­phy en­thu­si­ast since child­hood, has made 72 deep-sea submersible dives, in­clud­ing 33 to the Ti­tanic, the sub­ject of his 1997 block­buster. A 3-D ver­sion of “Ti­tanic” comes out April 4, timed to the 100th an­niver­sary of the ship’s sink­ing. said he has been treated for in­juries af­ter get­ting in “a lit­tle ski ac­ci­dent” in Idaho.

Pa­trick Sch­warzeneg­ger tweeted Satur­day that he had re­ceived stitches “down the back and but” af­ter the ac­ci­dent, and he also thanked doc­tors who he said cared for him in Sun Val­ley.

He pro­vided a link to a photo he posted to the so­cial-net­work­ing ap­pli­ca­tion In­sta­gram, show­ing a deep cut on his lower back. He also said he had been bruised in the ac­ci­dent but did not pro­vide de­tails on how he got in­jured.

A spokesman for Ms. Shriver did not pro­vide de­tails.

In 2006, Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger broke his leg in a ski ac­ci­dent at Sun Val­ley while he was gov­er­nor of Cal­i­for­nia.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger and his son Pa­trick sit in a cof­fee bar in Graz, Aus­tria, in Oc­to­ber. Pa­trick Sch­warzeneg­ger, 18, tweeted Satur­day that he had re­ceived stitches down his back fol­low­ing “a lit­tle ski ac­ci­dent” in Idaho.

Terius “the-dream” Nash

James Cameron

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