Justin Bieber gives hope to Japanese kids

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Justin Bieber gives hope to Japanese kids

TOKYO - Canadian pop star Justin Bieber met with Japanese children whose lives have been devastated by an earthquake, tsunami and an ongoing nuclear crisis that has forced thousands of families from their homes.

In Japan for several concerts, the 17-year-old singer spoke briefly with nearly a dozen kids, including some from Otsuchi, a northeastern town massively damaged by the March 11 tsunami.

One boy from Otsuchi read a card from the children to Bieber, thanking him for meeting with them.

“We have friends who lost their family and their homes, some have left our school. The town is covered with wreckage and it will take a long time to get back to normal,” he said. “But we will work hard for this. Please give us courage through your music.”

Bieber, who had earlier told the children that they “were an inspiration,” said in return that life would improve.

“Things can get better and things will get better. There are only good times to come,” he said.

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