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Idol group Arashi, pianist Tsujii to perform at enthronement festival

Japanese Emperor Naruhito, right, and Empress Masako arrive at a rehabilitation center for disabled people in Niigata, on Sept. 17, 2019. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- All-male idol group Arashi and pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii will perform at a festival celebrating the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito, a group of lawmakers and business leaders organizing the event said Tuesday.

"We hope to give our best performance wholeheartedly so we can add to the celebratory mood at the gathering," said Sho Sakurai of Arashi, which has announced its plan to go on hiatus at the end of next year.

The five members of the popular Japanese group will perform a song written by playwright Yoshikazu Okada at the Nov. 9 festival, organizers said.

Emperor Naruhito ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1, following the abdication of his father, former Emperor Akihito, the previous day.

The organizers have requested, through the Imperial Household Agency, the attendance of the emperor and Empress Masako at the festival. The event will be held in the Imperial Palace Plaza, with a government-sponsored ceremony being held separately.

Arashi's members are known not only for their music but also for appearing in movies, Japanese dramas, variety shows and commercials since making their debut in 1999. Their announcement in January to go on hiatus has shocked fans at home and abroad.

Members of the public can apply for tickets through the event website until Oct. 2, with organizers expecting a total of 60,000 people to attend.

Other notable figures appearing at the event include Kabuki actor Matsumoto Hakuo and actress Mana Ashida, who are scheduled to give congratulatory speeches.

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