Michael In Japan, Visiting U.S. Troops: March 10, 2007
Michael Jackson read a statement to service members, their family members, U.S. civilian, and local national employees during a visit to Camp Zama. MJ thanked troops and their family members for their service to their country.
On March 10, 2007, Michael Jackson greeted thousands of U.S. troops and their family members at an Army base south of Tokyo.
About 3,000 troops and their family members gathered at a fitness center at Camp Zama. Michael walked around shaking hands and exchanging words to thank them for their service.
“Those of you in here today are some of the most special people in the world,” Jackson told the crowd, reading from a statement. “It is because of you in here today, and others who so valiantly have given their lives to protect us, that we enjoy our freedom.”
- Michael Jackson fans await the arrival of the self-proclaimed “King of Pop” at Camp Zama on Saturday. Jackson greeted thousands of U.S. troops and their family members Saturday at the base, which is located south of Tokyo.
Jackson, 48, arrived in Japan on March 4 for his second trip in less than a year to attend parties including an extravagant gala held March 8 in Tokyo.
MJ was the guest of honor at the lavish party aimed at a well-heeled business crowd — roughly 400 people who showed up were die-hard fans, and more than 100 orphans and handicapped children who were invited for free.
The paying guests each paid $3,500 for tickets, which included a buffet dinner, a show featuring several Japanese Michael Jackson impersonators and a chance to meet, greet and take photos with MJ. On March 9, he made an appearance at another party for his less affluent fans. More than 1,000 people crowded a popular night club. He did not perform at either party.
- Col. Robert M. Waltemeyer, left, garrison commander of Camp Zama, presented Michael Jackson with a certificate of appreciation to thank MJ for visiting about 1,600 service members, their families, and U.S. civilian and Japanese national employees at Camp Zama, Japan.