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Lady Gaga Urges Folks to Visit Japan

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(TOKYO) -- Arriving in Tokyo ahead of her performance at a benefit for Japanese earthquake relief, Lady Gaga told reporters that she wants to encourage everyone to come visit the disaster-ravaged country.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Gaga said, "I would like to use my position here today and all week long to run around Tokyo and enjoy the beautiful city...and scream at the top of my lungs that everyone should come and visit this beautiful place.  This is one of my most favorite places on Earth.”

Japan's tourism industry has suffered following the earthquake and subsequent nuclear disaster earlier this year.  Continuing her focus on that theme, Gaga said at a Thursday press conference that it is "important that we remind the world that Japan is now safe, that the doors are wide open for tourists from all over the world to come in and enjoy the beautiful country."

During the press conference, Gaga carried a teacup onstage and sipped from it throughout, according to the Wall Street Journal.  The lipstick-stained cup will be auctioned off, according to the paper, with proceeds going to the Japanese Red Cross' March 11 disaster relief fund.

On Saturday, Gaga will appear on MTV Video Music Aid Japan, which will be broadcast live to 30 million households all across Asia.  The fans vote on the winners, and for every fan vote, MTV will donate about 12 cents to the Japanese Red Cross.

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Gwen Stefani Donates A Million Dollars to Japan Disaster Relief

PRNewsFoto/L'Oreal Paris(NEW YORK) -- Gwen Stefani is one star who puts her money where her mouth is -- she's donated a million dollars to Save the Children's "Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund" to help relief efforts in that country.

In a statement, Gwen said, "I've been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture. The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking and I want to do anything I can to help. I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the love and support of all the fans over all these years.”

But Gwen didn't stop there.  She's also designed a limited-edition T-shirt which will be sold through her band's website,  One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit relief efforts.  The T-shirt is part of Gwen's Harajuku Lovers line, which was inspired by the vibrant youth culture and fashion found in the Tokyo district known as Harajuku.  In addition, plans are being made for a charity auction and fundraising event.

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