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Live 8 accounts: Tokyo

We asked readers of the BBC News website to tell us about their day at a Live 8 concert.

Freelance journalist Chie Kobayashi got a ticket for Makuhari Messe, Tokyo, at the last minute but was disappointed to see no real commitment to the cause.

Bjork performs on stage at 'Live 8 Japan" at Makuhari Messe on July 2, 2005 in Chiba, east of Tokyo, Japan
Bjork's songs were "full of emotion"
Cheering and shouting is not usual for a Japanese crowd. We're often a bit more reserved.

But the atmosphere during the two main acts, Bjork and Dreams Come True was amazing. The crowd was so excited.

Bjork kept everyone waiting. The band had to keep playing songs to fill in the gap. Then she made her big entrance and it was worth the wait.

She said that she was happy to be here and her first song was so full of emotion that I cried. Lots of people around me were crying as well.

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Some of the less well known acts, like McFly and Good Charlotte, were not very well attended.

The bands were probably disappointed with the crowd's reaction, people were listening but not really responding to their calls. But that's the way we Japanese are at concerts.

The crowd was a good mix. There was a lot of young people but also families and older people. I saw a few babies with their mother's hands covering their ears as the music was so loud.

'Pathetic' donations

Live 8 here has not been well advertised.

You could apply for a ticket on a website and through a radio station. But that was it. I heard that nearly everyone who had applied got a ticket.

The ticket was free but you were asked to make a donation to the Make Poverty History campaign.

Some people gave around 2,000 yen (around US$20) which is pathetic.

I didn't see any real commitment to the cause. I didn't hear the words "peace", "poverty" or "change the world" nearly enough.


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