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Michael @ MTV Japan Awards

 
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In Japan, Jackson makes rare appearance

 
 
TOKYO – Michael Jackson made his first public appearance in nearly a year, choking up as he thanked Japanese fans at an award ceremony Saturday.
 

"I’m honored to be in Japan again and I’m very happy to be among the Japanese people because I love them very much," Jackson said in a brief appearance at MTV Japan’s "Legend Award" ceremony at Yoyogi Olympic Stadium. "Thank you for your loyalty."

The pop star plans to visit orphanages, tour Tokyo and meet with businessmen during his trip to Japan, said Broderick D. Morris, chief executive of Positive Productions Yokohama, an entertainment promotions company.

Jackson arrived Friday night with his three children and will stay through Wednesday on the first leg of a swing through Asia that will include stops in Singapore, Shanghai, China and Hong Kong.

"I’d like to say to the Japanese people from the bottom of my heart, I love you very much," said Jackson, wearing a fitted tuxedo with a short jacket.

Responding to his fans screaming "I love you!" Jackson replied: "I love you more."

He flashed a victory sign to the crowd.

Morris told The Associated Press before the event, "He’s in good spirits, and he loves it here.   Japanese fans still love him.  It’s like a second home for him."

AP/Yahoo! News

Jackson thanks fans on Tokyo trip

Michael Jackson received a "Legend Award"
at the MTV ceremony
 
Michael Jackson thanked fans and "all the people who believed in me" in his first public appearance in almost a year.

Jackson, 47, received an honorary "Legend Award" at MTV’s Japan Music Video Awards in Tokyo.

"I thank all the people who believed in me. I believe in you," he said. "I thank my children, Paris, Prince, and Blanket, who have been there for me."  

‘Peace’ gesture

 

Introduced as "the king of pop, the king of rock and the king of soul," Jackson made a "peace" gesture as he walked onstage at the Yoyogi Olympic stadium to the sound of his hit song Thriller.

"I’d like say to the Japanese people from the bottom of my heart, ‘I love you very, very much,’" he said.

"I thank the fans around the world and I thank the fans in Japan. I promised myself I wouldn’t be emotional when I got up here," he added as his voice cracked and faded.

"I think you are very sweet, generous and kind people. I thank all the people who believed in me. I believe in you."

Backstage, Jackson was asked by reporters if he had a message for his fans.

"I love you and thank you for your loyalty," he said, bowing and putting his hand to his heart.

Heavy rain

Several hundred fans greeted him as he arrived at the venue, surrounded by a team of bodyguards.

Fans braved the rain to catch a glimpse of Jackson

Jackson, wearing a jewellery-embroidered black blazer with tight black trousers and a white t-shirt, did not speak as he arrived, but waved and raised a forefinger to acknowledge reporters outside the venue.

The crowd, who were not deterred by heavy rain, held up signs reading: "We love you, Michael," and "Welcome to Japan."

 BBC/ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/5023290.stm

Jackson thanks fans for believing in him

TOKYO: Pop star Michael Jackson appeared in Tokyo yesterday, accepting a music award and thanking "all the people who believed in me."

Introduced to an adoring crowd at a Tokyo stadium as "the king of pop, the king of rock and the king of soul," Jackson flashed a quick "peace" sign as he walked onstage to the sound of one of his biggest hits, Thriller.

"I’d like to say to the Japanese people from the bottom of my heart, ‘I love you very, very much’," the 47-year-old entertainer said.

Receiving a "Legend Award" at MTV’s Japan Video Music Awards ceremony, Jackson said, "I thank the fans around the world and I thank the fans in Japan.

"I promised myself I wouldn’t be emotional when I got up here," he continued, as his voice cracked and trailed off.

Then he added, "I think you are very sweet, generous and kind people.

"I thank all the people who believed in me. I believe in you.

"I thank my children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, who have been there for me," he added.

In a brief appearance backstage with reporters after the ceremony, Jackson was asked if he had a message for his fans.

"I love you and thank you for your loyalty," he said, making a light bow and putting his hand to his heart.

Voice of Bahrain/ http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=144728&Sn=WORL&IssueID=29069

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