Takeshi Kobayashi and Yellow Magic Orchestra's Ryuichi Sakamoto have organized a charity project titled “JAPAN UNITED with MUSIC,” in which 30 Japanese music artists will cover The Beatles' hit song “All You Need Is Love," with all profits donated to help reconstruction efforts and child victims of the earthquake.
On the Japan United with Music website, Kobayashi explains that he was at first hesitant to do a foreign song instead of a Japanese one. However, after several days of thought, he came to a conclusion:
“Certainly with the way things are in Japan now, people may feel a little disconnected from Western music like The Beatles. But within a mainstream scene that has come to focus on domestic music over Western music, we want to present a creative and contemporary cover of this rock and pop masterpiece. I thought that if we could pull that off, then maybe the song could represent the future possibility and hope for a chaotic Japanese society that has lost sight of leadership. I thought that for that purpose, we could look to the help of Western music.”
An abridged version of the official music video is on YouTube.
The cover was released digitally as a charity single on January 25. A CD and DVD package set will be released on March 7. The digital single is available for purchase on iTunes as well as a number of other Japanese music distribution sites.
Participating artists are: AI, Miki Imai, ATSUSHI (EXILE), TAKAHIRO (EXILE), Crystal Kay, Kj (Dragon Ash), Kyoko Koizumi, Kobayashi Takeshi, Kazuhisa Sakurai (Mr.Children), Salyu, JUJU, SUGIZO, Superfly, Matsumoto Tortoise, GAMO (Tokyo Ska), Masahiko Kitahara (Tokyo Ska), NARGO (Tokyo Ska), Atsushi Yanaka (Tokyo Ska), Naoto Inti Raimi, Akihiro Namba, VERBAL (m-flo), Yo Hitoto , Ryota Fujimaki (Remioromen), Tomoyasu Hotei, BONNIE PINK, miwa, Gota Yashiki, and Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yukihiro Takahashi, Haruomi Hosono (all of Yellow Magic Orchestra).