Paul McCartney Invites Nuclear Disaster Victims To Tokyo Concert

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November 19, 2013 | 11:13am EST

Sir Paul McCartney showed his support for victims of Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster by inviting a group of those affected to his concert in Tokyo on Monday night.
Around 300,000 residents were evacuated from the area around the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in March, 2011 after a deadly earthquake and tsunami caused equipment failures at the site and led to the release of radioactive material.
McCartney is currently touring Japan, and he met with 10 survivors of the Fukushima disaster after inviting them to watch his concert at the Tokyo Dome on Monday night.
The Beatles star shook hands with the lucky attendees and listened to their stories, while also insisting he hopes his music can help the country heal.
He says, “At this time, we are focused on a lot of the problems that Japan has had, particularly in the last year or two. So, I always like to think that our concerts can have a healing effect, that they can help people through crises.”
During the show, the first of three at the Tokyo venue, McCartney reportedly dedicated Beatles hit Yesterday to the victims of the Fukushima disaster.