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Japan is now 'very safe' to visit, says tearful Lady Gaga

June 24, 2011 - London

An emotional Lady Gaga has urged the world to visit Japan, which she says is now very safe following the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown at Fukushima.

The flamboyant singer - known as Lady Gaga-san in Japan - is in Tokyo this week for a benefit concert for tsunami victims.

She has given more than 3 million dollars to the relief effort.

"I can't say enough to people all over the world that the majority of Japan right now, Japan in general, is very safe. It's fine to come here. It's beautiful," The Telegraph quoted her as saying.

Many performers and athletes have cancelled appearances in Japan after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that caused widespread destruction and set off a crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant 140 miles north of Tokyo.

Tens of thousands of people were forced to leave homes near the plant because of the radiation danger, but even far from the evacuation zone, Japanese tourism has suffered because of the disaster.

"The most important thing, and the best thing, we could do for Japan right now is to boost tourism, and so everyone come to Japan and come enjoy the beautiful country," Gaga said.

The singer received a certificate from the commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency on Thursday, thanking her for her support and money-raising efforts.


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