Justin Bieber lifts spirits in tsunami-hit Japan

Youve likely heard the idiom, "politics makes strange bedfellows." In Tokyo, at the U.S. Ambassadors Residence, the saying came to life as teen heartthrob Justin Bieber, the American and Canadian ambassadors to Japan and nine children from the tsunami-ravaged region of Japan gathered in a small room in front of the international press.

The 17-year-old Canadian pop star walked into the room with the children and squeezed onto a couch with them. The girls and boys, all representatives of some of the hardest-hit communities in northeastern Japan, shyly peered at Bieber as he made small talk with them.

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Musicians Put Forth Tracks for Japan

The 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that rattled Japan on March 11 has spawned many donation efforts around the world. This week, a new type of donation became available that might help raise even more money for the severely damaged country.

PR Newswire reports that a digital music compilation is available through iTunes starting today in an effort to raise money for Japan. The digital album, "Songs for Japan," features hit songs by star-studded musicians and is available for $9.99. All of the money raised will go to help the Japanese Red Cross Society. The album compiles songs from hit artists such as Rihanna, Sade, U2, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

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Justin Bieber gives Japan kudos as one of favorite places in the world

Canadian teen singer Justin Bieber has named Japan as one of his favorite places in the world after a recent promotional tour in the country.

Speaking to Japanese morning show Sukkiri, the Baby singer said that he did not know very much about the country before he arrived.

He commented: “When I thought of Japan I thought of sushi and ninjas and now I just think it’s a really nice place and people are pretty nice.”

Bieber, who was in Japan to promote his album My World 2.0, added that the country is “one of my favorite places I’ve ever been to”.