The recent souring in relations between China and Japan has led to the cancellation of several events, but Japanese singer-songwriter Aska is going ahead with his concerts in Shanghai and Macau. Aska, who was in Hong Kong to promote his new tour earlier this week, believes music can bring the two peoples together. 'This is a national issue. I know many events have been cancelled because of the tensions,' said the 52-year-old, whose real name is Shigeaki Miyazaki. 'I did worry a little before but I think music has no boundaries and it can help connect people of both nations. I'm very lucky being a musician to be able to do that. I think there will be no problem.' Aska's new tour, dubbed FACEs, kicked off in Japan late last month, and he will play in Shanghai next month. He was the principal songwriter for the popular Japanese duo Chage & Aska, who produced a string of hits during the 1990s, including Say Yes and Love Song. They have sold more than 31 million albums, and many of their songs have been covered by Chinese singers such as Andy Lau Tak-wah and Emil Chau Wa-kin. Last year, however, Chage & Aska announced an indefinite break while each pursued their own projects.