January 26, 2009 / 11:40 PM / in 9 years

Janet Jackson postpones shows in Japan

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Janet Jackson has postponed the Japanese leg of her tour, blaming the slumping economy, the singer’s representatives said on Monday.

<p>Singer Janet Jackson speaks on stage at the 8th annual BMI Urban Awards at the Wilshire theatre in Beverly Hills, California September 4, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>

Jackson, who launched her Rock Witchu Tour in September, was scheduled to play five shows in Japan in February.

“It’s unfortunate but the world’s economy does not allow Janet to make a trip at this time,” the singer’s manager, Kenneth Crear, said in a statement.

Jackson’s representatives offered no other details about the postponement, including any plans to reschedule.

She had postponed six North American shows after falling ill with migraine-associated vertigo. In November, the singer announced those shows would not be rescheduled.

Jackson, 42, is the younger sister of pop icon Michael Jackson. Her tour, which opened on September 7 in Vancouver, was the first time she had gone on the road in seven years.

Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and John O'Callaghan

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