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Tuesday, 29th May 2006

Michael Jackson visited an orphanage in Tokyo today, a day after his first official public appearance since last year's trial when he picked up a 'Legend Award' in the Japanese capital.
Accompanied by his children Prince and Paris, (pictured left hugging her Father) Michael was greeted by dozens of fans as he entered the downtown gymnasium according to the Associated Press.

Michael shouted to the fans, "I love you," before conferring with a translator and stating, "Aishiteru!"

When inside, he met 160 children between the ages of 3 and 18 as well as the nuns who took care of them.

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Tuesday, 27th May 2006

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Michael Jackson has made his first official public appearance since last year's trial by attending the MTV Japan Music Video Awards in Tokyo today.
He accepted a 'Legend Award' for his magnificent contribution to the art of music video.

Hundreds of fans braved the pouring rain to get a glimpse of their hero according to Reuters, holding signs such as "We love you, Michael" and "Welcome to Japan."

When Michael eventually turned up to the Yoyugi Olympic Stadium, he walked up the red carpet acknowledging fans and reporters accompanied by his spokesperson Raymone Bain before being ushered in to the ceremony.

The presenters, referring to him as "the king of pop, the king of rock and the king of soul," introduced Michael to an adoring crowd. Not surprisingly, he gave a 'peace' sign to fans while walking on stage.

"I'd like to say to the Japanese people from the bottom of my heart, I love you very, very much," he said when accepting his award. "I thank the fans around the world and I thank the fans in Japan."

As was almost expected being his first official public appearance since he was acquitted on all charges last June, Michael became a little overwhelmed at the admiration received from those within the Olympic stadium.

"I promised myself I wouldn't be emotional when I got up here," he said as his voice started to break up, "I think you are very sweet, generous and kind people."

"I thank all the people who believed in me. I believe in you," he said while getting through his speech, "I thank my children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, who have been there for me ... I love them very much."

Michael also gave a brief interview to the backstage VJ's from MTV Japan, and was asked if he had a message for his fans all around the world, "I love you and thank you for your loyalty," he said while having his hand to his heart.

This will not be the end of Michael's visit, as he also plans to visit Asian territories such as Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Some outlets are reporting he plans to visit an orphanage tomorrow.

Check out May 2006 Tokyo Gallery which has lots of great pictures of Michaels public appearance.

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Tuesday, 25th May 2006
Michael Jackson will make a public appearance at the MTV Japan Music Video Awards in Tokyo Saturday May 27th to receive a 'Legend Award.'
The award ceremony will be held at the Yoyugi Olympic Stadium and Michael also plans to visit other Asian areas such as Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong, according to the Associated press.

Michael's spokesperson, Raymone Bain, has released the following statement about the visit;

"Music Superstar Michael Jackson will visit Tokyo, Japan, in what will mark his first official public appearance since June 2005

"On Saturday May 27, 2006, Mr. Jackson will receive MTV Japan’s 'Legend Award,' at the MTV Japan Video Music Award’s ceremony, for his extraordinary and record-breaking career in the music industry. Mr. Jackson is a trailblazer, who set an unprecedented standard with music videos like Thriller, Bad, and Smooth Criminal.

"While in Japan, Mr. Jackson, whose recordings consistently topped charts, with over 100,000,000 albums sold in Japan alone, will visit orphanages, tour the city of Tokyo, and meet with members of the Asian business community, spearheaded by Broderick D. Morris, CEO, Positive Productions Yokohama, one of Asia’s most reputable and successful entertainment promotions companies. Mr. Jackson's trip to Japan kicks off the first in a series of Asian visits. Says Mr. Morris: "We are delighted that Mr. Jackson has accepted our invitation to visit Tokyo. Michael Jackson is a legend. What he has accomplished as a world renowned artist is unequaled. He loves Japan, and we love him. We look forward to welcoming him."

"Says Michael Jackson: "I look forward to my visit to Japan because I have so many fond memories of my visits there. I thank MTV Japan for this honor, and Mr. Morris for spearheading this visit. I look forward to seeing old friends, and saying hello to my huge fan base in Japan, who, like my other fans around the world, have for so many years consistently shown their love and support to me and my family."

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Tuesday, 27th May 2006

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Michael Jackson is in the U.K. on business and an interview with him has appeared in today's Daily Mirror newspaper.
The interviewer was Showbiz Reporter Fiona Cummins (pictured left meeting Michael) and although it was short, it was revealed he is looking for a place to live within the U.K.

Michael, who greeted Cummins like an old friend according to the reporter, has arrived in London relatively quietly with only a few whispers and rumours about his whereabouts. "I'm here in London on business for a couple of days. I love it here," he said.

"I'm looking for a place to live. I've always liked the U.K. and I just love the fans here," he continued. The interview took place in the famous Harrods superstore, which is of course owned by Michael's friend Mohamed Al Fayed. "I'm also visiting my good friend Mohamed," he said, "'cos he's the man."

While attending business meetings, Michael is also said to be seeking out places in Scotland and Ireland for a possible funfair-style ranch like his Californian Neverland.

Cummins enquired about Michael's health after already stating earlier in the article that she noticed a vast improvement from last year. "I'm fine," Michael replied, "very well thanks. I'm feeling good."

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