It was an unlikely and slightly surreal match during an otherwise somber trilateral summit in Japan: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met aging Japanese boy-band SMAP and asked them to sing him a tune during a visit to Japan, adding resonance to his calls for harmony between the two countries.
The meeting, which highlighted Mr. Wen's efforts to maintain an avuncular public image, could also prelude better fortunes in China for SMAP, whose plans for a debut concert in the country last year were blocked twice.
Mr. Wen, accompanied by China's commerce minister and the head of its economic planning agency, told the band on Saturday they are welcome to come to China and inadvertently leaked news that they have new plans for a concert there.
'I hope you bring with you seeds of China-Japan friendship that take deep root and blossom in China,' Mr. Wen, who is 68 years old, told the four of the band's five members who were present. 'I am old and I haven't heard your songs. I hope you could sing for me.'
于是SMAP演唱了《世界上唯一的花》（The Only Flower In The World）这首人气歌曲，并与温家宝合影留念。
SMAP responded by launching into a rendition of their popular song 'The Only Flower In The World' and posing for a photo with Mr. Wen.
温家宝到访日本是为了参加与日本首相菅直人（Naoto Kan）和韩国总统李明博（Lee Myung-bak）的峰会。他在日本期间再三呼吁两国应加强友好关系和合作。上周日，受日本核危机的推动，三国领导人誓言增进在核安全及防灾准备方面的合作。今年3月，日本遭到大地震和海啸袭击后面临严重核危机。
Mr. Wen, in Japan for a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, repeatedly called during his trip for more friendly relations and cooperation between the countries. On Sunday, the three leaders pledged further cooperation in nuclear safety and disaster preparedness, a move prompted by the nuclear crisis in Japan has faced since a powerful earthquake and tsunami struck the country in March.
SMAP has been an unwitting victim of China-Japan diplomatic spats before. Relations between the two countries soured last year after the collision of a Chinese fishing boat with two Japanese coast-guard vessels in disputed waters. Among China's responses to the incident was a suspension in September of ticket sales for SMAP's debut performance in Shanghai. The concert didn't go through.
Earlier, SMAP was scheduled to perform at the Shanghai World Expo in June, but organizers canceled the event citing security concerns.
SMAP's members are the titans of Japan's entertainment industry. They have performed for about two decades, releasing their first group album in 1991, and they appear regularly in TV dramas and on Japan's colorful variety programs.
2011-05-25 10:41 编辑：典典
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