Guests include Actor George Takei, Consul General Junichi Ihara, LA Deputy Police Chief Terry Hara, among others with special pre-taped interview with NHK's Gene Otani
WHAT: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will appear live on KCET's special Live 3-hour Japan Relief benefit--the first live televised fundraiser for Japan Relief in Los Angeles--with special guests including Consul General Junichi Ihara, LA Deputy Police Chief Terry Hara and actor George Takei, among others. KCET is working with U.S.-Japan Council to disburse the money raised during the show to NGOs in Japan, including Japan Platform and the Center for Public Resource Development. 100% will go toward Japan relief efforts.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
MORE: Full list of special guests scheduled to attend includes:
• KTLA Newsman Frank Buckley (host)
• Fox 11 News anchor/reporter Susan Hirasuna (host)
• Japanese American Actress/filmmaker Lily Mariye (host)
• Japanese American Actor George Takei
• Consul General Junichi Ihara of the Consulate-General of Japan Los Angeles
• Terry Hara, Deputy Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department
• Bryan Takeda of the U.S.-Japan Council
• Chris Komai of the Japanese American National Museum
• Lalit Acharya, International Relations officer from Riverside, sister city to Sendai, Japan
• Dr. Kozue Shimabukuro, a pediatrician who was working on the Peds disaster team in Japan.
Gene Otani, the lead anchorman for NHK World, participated in a special pretaped interview with KCET's Val Zavala. Otani was in the NHK news room in Tokyo when the earthquake hit and rushed to the anchor desk with live reports. Clips from that interview will be aired throughout the night of the show.
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