Michael Jackson arrives in Tokyo

The Associated Press

Michael Jackson arrived Sunday in Tokyo, and fans paying more than 400,000 yen a ticket will be able to spend 30 seconds with the pop icon, an organizer said.

A relaxed-looking Jackson in trademark sun glasses and black leather jacket was ushered by guards past hundreds of screaming fans at Narita airport in the afternoon, some carrying signs that read “We love Michael” and “Welcome to Japan.”

It is Jackson’s second visit in recent years. He made his first official foray back into the spotlight after his 2005 acquittal on child molestation charges with an appearance last year to accept MTV Japan’s “Legend Award.”

A fan art contest will be held for Japanese who cannot afford VIP tickets, organizer Broderick Morris said in an e-mail.

Three winning artists chosen by Jackson will have brunch with the star and their picture taken together.

Jackson, one of the best-selling artists of all time, has lived abroad since his acquittal, forsaking his Neverland Ranch in California for residences in Bahrain, France and a castle in Ireland.