Koda Kumi announces 20th anniversary concert tour in Japan

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TAIPEI, TAIWAN - JULY 10:  (CHINA OUT, TAIWAN OUT) Japanese singer Koda Kumi poses at Taoyuan International Airport after arriving in Taipei on July 10, 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan of China.  (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)
Japanese singer Koda Kumi in Taipei in 2015. Koda just announced a concert tour in Japan despite coronavirus infections spiking in the country. (Photo: Visual China Group via Getty Images)

Sexy-cool Japanese singer Koda Kumi announced on Friday (10 July) that she will be holding her 20th anniversary concert tour from September to December this year. The concert tour will travel around Japan to cities like Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya and Tokyo, and is titled “Koda Kumi 20th Anniversary Tour 2020 My Name Is…”.

The concert will look back on her debut days till now. In her message to her fans, Koda wrote, “20 years have passed. Without fearing change, I have moved forward step by step with my own feet, taking on new challenges. No matter how difficult it may be, I will not give up and will continue to stand on the stage as Koda Kumi.”

As part of her 20th anniversary celebration, Koda also uploaded her past full-length music videos on YouTube. For people who are or were into Mandopop, you may have come across Kumi Koda through her 2006 collaboration with Taiwanese singer Show Luo in the song “Twinkle”.

Since the coronavirus is still looming with daily infection figures on the rise in Japan, Koda’s anniversary concert tour will be prioritising the prevention of the spread by following the guidelines set by the Japanese government and the cities where the concerts will be held. One of the measures is to reduce the number of audience members to half of the venue capacity.

Other measures include the standard procedures like wearing a mask, checking of temperature, washing hands, staggering of entry and exit, and assigning an empty seat in between people. They will also be reducing the number of performers and staff members for the concert tour.

Although fans of Koda were generally thrilled with the announcement, it was noted on the concert tour official website that depending on future updates from the Japanese government, there may be changes to the decision.