Recently NHK News reported the following:
Ms. Mao Inoue with the white group, the popular five-member team "Arashi" would continue, following last year.
For the NHK Kohaku Song Contest it would be the 62nd time by the end of this year, the contest chairmen were announced in the NHK Broadcasting Center in Shibuya, Tokyo on the 19th. It was Ms. Mao Inoue who had acted as the chairperson of the Red Team, and who was a popular actress that had played an active part in the teleplay and in the movie etc., and who had earned popularity for the role as a heroine in the drama series "Mr. Hi" broadcasted this year. In the press conference Ms Mao Inoue said about her ambitious hope in that "I think of seeing if it can help by the drama to get the people all over the country to be happier; because of the disaster I think this year more people are feeling uneasy but are still holding hope in the future, and to hold hope up to the end of the year." On the other hand, Arashi the popular five-member group would continue to act as the chairman following last year. As a member Mr. Sho Sakurai said "In the previous one year, I sometimes felt the power of singing, and Arashi has been active with believing the power of singing, I would like to tell the thought in the position of a chairman."
Moreover, a member Mr. Jun Matsumoto was saying "Although many people felt this year was tough, I would like to use the bright, pleasant red and white so that every day next year may turn into a pleasant day." The New Year's Eve song show this year would also add in the "sing for tomorrow" theme that would carry the meaning of recovering from the East Japan great earthquake and from the typhoon disasters which succeeded one after another. It would be broadcasted in all television together with the number one radio from 7:15 p.m. on New Year's Eve.
The Red and White Singing Contest is a big event in Japan. This year, besides for entertainment, the event would have additional meaning: to promote the country's unity in face of the natural disasters and the continuing sluggish economy.