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2007-09-21 20:35:48
Tokyo, Sept. 21 (CNA) Taiwan's four-man pop group F4, which has been named tourism ambassadors for the country, attended an evening event in Tokyo Thursday to introduce Taiwan's delicacies as part of their tourism promotion mission, according to event organizers.

F4 members Jerry Yan, Vic Chou, Ken Chu, and Vanness Wu were commissioned by Taiwan's Tourism Bureau earlier in the year to help attract tourists to Taiwan since they have captured the hearts of young women around Asia with "Meteor Garden, " a Taiwanese teen soap opera.

The evening event, held with the goal of inviting media representatives to taste Taiwan's fine food, was one of the group's second round of promotional activities since March.

Speaking at the beginning of the evening gathering, former NHK announcer Junko Kubo jokingly said after hosting a news conference at which F4 promoted Taiwanese tourism in March, she was lured by the charm of F4 and paid a visit to Taiwan, which most impressed her with its delicacies.

At her request, F4 members each recommended their favorite dishes. Their choices included steamed dumplings, Tainan noodles, pearl milk tea and pan-fried eggs with preserved radish.

Taiwan representative to Japan Koh Se-kai also attended the event, saying that last year the number of Japanese visitors to Taiwan reached 1.16 million, while the number of Taiwanese visitors to Japan accounted for 1.2 million, which he described as a symbol of the close ties between the two countries.

Koh said that he was optimistic about a booming exchange of tourists between the two sides in near future, adding that the recent inauguration of Taiwan High Speed Rail, the Hsuehshan tunnel and the tilting Taroko-class trains in Taiwan, as well as the newly launched measures concerning Taiwan-Japan reciprocal recognition of driver's licenses, could help boost further exchanges.

Speaking on the same occasion, Chiang Ming-ching, an official of the Tourism Bureau posted in Japan also said that since F4 began its tourism mission, Taiwan has enjoyed a growing number of Japanese visitors to Taiwan, and expressed hope that the number will jump in the second half year.

Chiang said a TV commercial featuring F4 is slated to be broadcast Sept. 15 in Japan, and the group will perform on Oct. 28 at the stadium of National Taiwan University in a show that is expected to attract 5,000 fans from Japan and South Korea, with a number of limited edition souvenirs to be given away to fans.

F4's last performance at the same venue, on April 22, attracted nearly 5,000 fans from the two countries.

(By Yang Ming-chu and Y.L. Kao)

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source: CNA
credits to Jerry Yan Philippines

F4 join forces in Tokyo To hold concert next year

F4 join forces in Tokyo To hold concert next year

Yesterday, F4 appeared in Tokyo as Taiwan tourism bureau ambassador recommending Taiwan food. They were carefil not to mention the word "country". F4 event on 28 Oct was rumoured to be their last event together b4 disbanding. Jerry's manager Zheng Mao Liang & F3's manager Zhi Xiang Li denied he rumour and expressed the 4 of them will hold concert in Japan next year.

At Japan press conference yesterday, as usual Jerry walked out 1st, followed by Vanness, Ken & Zai. As the theme for the press conference was Taiwan delicacies, therefore the 4 of them recommended some distinctive taiwan snacks. Jerry introduced Xiao Long Bao, he usually enjoys eating snacks and xiao long bao is his favourite. Vanness recommended Dan4 Zai noodles, he feels that it's similar to Japan's ramen. Ken mentioned Cai4 Pu eggs, and Zai praised bubble tea for being Taiwan's specialty.

Zai displayed his cold jokes once again. When Vanness said he likes eating Dan Zai noodles, Zai said to the Japan media: "Do u know why Vanness likes to eat Dan Zai Mian?" Coz i'm ZaiZai, there's "zai" in Dan Zai Mian.

Source: 21.09.2007 http://udn.com
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Wish to see you in Taiwan" F4 international firmer

Wish to see you in Taiwan" F4 international firmer

October 28 at National Taiwan University Gymnasium reappearance

The Ministry of the Tourism Bureau in April following the holding of the "Wish to see you in Taiwan" F4 firmer international success in attracting 5,000 fans to come to Taiwan, Japan and South Korea, have optional set on October 28 (Sunday) at 3 points comprehensive Taiwan University Gymnasium again decide Game 2 , estimates the event will attract more than 5,000 fans in Taiwan, Taiwan will bring at least another 100 million yuan more than the NT tourism revenue.
The Tourism Bureau said that since the invitation of F4 as spokesmen announced after markets in Japan and South Korea led to great effect ,3-Japan and South Korea to Taiwan in August, compared with growth of 4.6% last year, 29,502 more people, an increase tourist foreign exchange earnings forecast of NT 10.14 billion; Taiwan's tourism advertising "Wish to see you in Taiwan" has been in Japan, South Korea and flights in Japan, Korea International Airlines flight line players, it is also aimed at 9-11 in Taiwan tourists to South Korea and India have launched F4 design notebook, passport packs donated goods limited peripheral activities. To publicize these events, also attended the F4 on September 20 in Tokyo GRAND HYATT HOTEL, and September 21 in Seoul SHILLA HOTEL held a press conference, a series of publicity and marketing plan, further spurring visitors to Taiwan.

For some fans complained that Taiwan did not decide in the international invitation list B, the Tourism Bureau said that the activities of international tourist publicity scheme B ring, as interludes decide impression DVD player and Taiwan, Korean introduce Taiwan tourism resource, primarily for the purpose of promotion of Taiwan tourism, and use government budget, to attract more foreign tourists to come to Taiwan to consumption, increasing foreign exchange and economic growth targets. Apart from South Korea and visitors spent more than 20,000 yuan NT tour to Taiwan to participate in activities, but also paid a visit around the scenery and experience in the food and caring for domestic aviation industry, the hotel sector and the related tourist industry has brought remarkable opportunities that contribute to domestic economic growth. Remember to repay its fans, expected to be broadcast via the Internet decide whole way, please come to the scene could not participate in the experience with fans through the Internet F4 charm.


Kindly Credit KensWorld for the translation.
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Ken Chu, Vanness Wu flies to Japan to attract Taiwan tourism

Ken Chu, Vanness Wu flies to Japan to attract Taiwan tourism

Being Taiwan tourism ambassador for Japan & Korea region, F4 wiill hold a press conference in Tokyo & Korea next few days.
Yesterday, Vanness Wu & Ken Chu almost couldn't make it to Japan due to typhoon. Their manager Zhi Xiang Li said they have "risked" their lives, to do their part for Taiwan tourism.
Jerry had arrived 2 days ago, and Zai arrived the day b4. But Jerry's make up artise & hair stylist departed from Taiwan yesterday. The crew self consoled by saying: "Don't worry, typhoon will be over soon, won't be affected."

Vanness & Ken took the Cathay 12:50 flight to Japan, together with 5 crew. Upon reaching the airport, they worried that flights will be cancelled. Chih said: "Heard that the direction of the typhoon is the same as the route to Japan, so we were racing with the typhoon."

Yesterday, as weather reports stated that typhoon rain will be heavier, many Japan flights were cancelled. Although Vanness & Ken's flight successfully took off, there was a slight turbulence. They felt relieved after the safety belt alert lights went off.

Chih expressed, as their Japan schedule is very tight, Japan crew were nervous, worried that Vann & Ken might delay in reaching Japan, thus affecting the work schedule. Last night, they tried on their outfits for Tokyo press conference.

Early September, Jerry faced the strong typhoon during White Tower promotion. This time, he arrived in Japan just b4 the typhooon. His manager Zheng Mao Liang said: he was fate with typhoon. Until today, his make up artise & hair stylist have not reach Japan. Zheng Mao Liang explained, Japan side has prepared make up artise & hair stylist too, it won't be a problem.

When Zai arrived Japan on 17th, there were almost 300 fans waiting at the airport. Even Zai himself was shocked as his flight schedule was a secret. 2 hours after reaching Japan, Zai tried on at least 30 sets of outfits. After that, it was a photo shoot for official fanclub merchandise. Following, a series of interviews with Japan media, regarding his new album which will be released in October. The new album will be released in Japan too, but he won't have time to visit Japan again for promotions as he is busy filming Taiwan tourism drama.

F4 will be holding a fans session on 28 Oct. As the event is said to be favouring Japan & Korea fans, Jerry, Zai & Vanness have plans to hold another fans session to meet up with Taiwan fans. Zai's is said to be held on 27th, and different from previous dinner session, this time he will be singing his new song from his new album

Source: 19.09.2007 http://udn.com/

credit: Michi@OnlyF4.com

Translated News - September 19

Sep 19, 2007

According to Lian He Bao, Jerry arrived at Japan 3 days ago. It was reported that Jerry met the typhoon both when he promoted for TH earlier this month and these few days. His make-up artist and hair stylist didn't join him until today.

It was also reported that Vanness and Ken arrived at Japan yesterday. On the other hand, ZZ arrived at Japan 2 days ago. According to Lian He Bao, ZZ was surprised when he saw the 300 fans at the airport as his trip was kept a secret. However, according to Laoli, a fan, who saw information from other F4 fan sites, ZZ posted the following on his official website himself: "Will arrive at Narita Airport at 17:00 on Sep. 17".

credits to kkla@nbbbs.com

Shibuya Station in June 2007

F4 CREA (magazine) Poster in June / placed at JR East Tokyo Area

Shibuya Station in June 2007

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