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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Masa Hidaka
Masa Hidaka, founder of Japan's Fuji Rock Festival, says he never gave a moment's thought - "not even one second" - to canceling it this year after the March 11 disasters scared many, in and out of Japan.
"I really wanted to go inside," he says.
"The people need it," he says, referring to the event set to attract more than 100,000 fans to see Coldplay, Incubus, Wilco and other major artists in Japan this weekend.