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Lady Gaga lands in Japan ahead of benefit concert

Lady Gaga has arrived in Japan well ahead of her scheduled appearance on Saturday for MTV’s Music Aid Japan benefit concert.

Gaga told reporters at a press conference in Tokyo:   “I would like to use my position here today and all week long to run around Tokyo and enjoy the beautiful city. ”   

Gaga went on to say that she wants to, “kiss all the beautiful little monsters and scream at the top of my lungs that everyone should come and visit this beautiful place. This is one of my most favorite places on earth.”

The singer previously contributed a song to the “Songs for Japan” charity album and contributed $1.5 million to relief funds from the sales of a wristband on her website

A large crowd met her off the plane on her arrival at Narita airport, and her landing made prime time TV news programs.

At the press conference, Lady Gaga talked about tourism in Japan and said:  “It is important that we remind the world that Japan is now safe, that the doors are wide open for tourists from all over the world to come in and enjoy the beautiful country.”

Hiroshi Mizohata, the director of Japan’s Tourism Agency, presented Lady Gaga with a gift from Fukushima, which visibly moved the singer.

In her inimitable style, perched on a high stool, Gaga carried a porcelain tea cup on stage for the conference and sipped from the cup throughout.  The lipstick stained cup will then be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the Red Cross’s March 11 relief fund.

Presenting Lady Gaga with a thank you gift, Mr Mizohata, in slow and careful English, said: “Thank you. We will be Tokyo little monsters. Okay.”

Watch this Lady Gaga interview below: