Michael Jackson Tickets Still Available, Imagine That

TOKYO (AP) - Promoters said tickets were still available for
Michael Jackson's two exclusive fan events in Tokyo this week,
where well-heeled supporters will get a chance to mingle with the
Gloved One.

Screaming fans greeted Jackson when he arrived Sunday for his
second visit to Japan in recent years. But tickets for a VIP party
and a fan art contest were still available Tuesday, perhaps a
reflection of the high price demanded for a brush with fame.
Organizers declined to say how many tickets had been sold or how
many were left.

The 48-year-old pop star created a stir with an after-hours
shopping binge at one of Tokyo's biggest electronics stores late
Monday. The multistory Bic Camera in downtown Tokyo closed as usual
at 10 p.m. and then gave Jackson the run of the place until shortly
after midnight.

Hundreds of fans waited outside and crushed around the entrance
as a relaxed-looking Jackson, in his trademark black jacket and a
gold-sequined shirt, was ushered from the store, waving to the
crowd, and into an awaiting van.

Guests paying $3,500 to attend Thursday's VIP party will get to
mingle with Jackson and spend up to one minute of exclusive face
time with him, according to organizers. Those on a tighter budget
can pay $130 for Friday's fan art contest, hosted by the singer.

Jackson isn't obligated to perform at either event, and
promoters refused to comment on how much he would be paid.
The events are seen as putting the spotlight back on Jackson in
one of his traditional strongholds following his acquittal on child
molestation charges in 2005.

He made an appearance in Tokyo last year to accept an MTV Japan