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  • AKB48 donates $6.2 million USD for disaster relief

    March 15, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    Yesterday it was announced that AKB48 has set up two bank accounts in collaboration with the Japan Red Cross Society in order to give their fans an easy and secure way to donate money for the disaster relief efforts. It was already known that the members of AKB48 and its sister groups have already contributed to the accounts, but the exact amount hasn't been revealed until today. According to Sanspo, Akimoto Yasushi, all the members of AKB

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  • Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda creates T-shirts for disaster relief

    March 15, 2011 @ 1:35 am

    Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda has recently created two charity T-shirts, the proceeds of which will be donated to the victims of the Tohoku Pacific Ocean earthquake. On March 11th, Mike asked his followers on Twitter about which of the two T-shirts they would want to see being used for the tsunami/earthquake survivors. Both shirts were received well, so Mike is now going to sell both of them. The first one is a butterfly made from origami, a

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  • KARA to donate all income from "Jet Coaster Love" towards disaster relief

    March 15, 2011 @ 12:03 am

    Via allkpop: In light of the recent tragedies in Japan, KARA will be donating all their income from their new single "Jet Coaster Love" towards disaster relief efforts. A representative from DSP Media stated, "...for the victims of the earthquakes and tsunamis, all of the proceeds from KARA's new single will be donated." They added,"The KARA members are very hurt for the Japanese people and fans who have showed them so much love. The

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  • GLAY contributes $240,000 USD to disaster relief

    March 14, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

    On March 14th, J-rock band GLAY donated 20 million yen (~$240,000 USD) to aid with the disaster relief through the Asahi Shimbun Social Welfare Organization. Members TAKURO, HISASHI, JIRO, and TERU expressed, "In midst of the continuing aftershocks, we hope we can be of even a little help to the people who are suffering in the disaster ... We will continue praying that the damages don't escalate further." GLAY has actively done charity

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  • UNIQLO corporation donates a total of $17.1 million USD for earthquake cause

    March 14, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

    Fast Retailing owns the casual clothing companies “UNIQLO” and “g.u.”. The company has enjoyed a lot of success and has chosen to donate money to the regions hardest hit by the earthquake: Miyagi, Iwate, Fukushima, Aomori and Ibaraki. Fast Retailing has donated 300 million yen ($3.6 million USD) to disaster relief for the Tohoku Pacific Ocean earthquake and an additional 100 million yen ($1.2 million USD) was tallied from donations from th

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  • EXILE's agency will donate money and drinking water for disaster relief

    March 14, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

    On March 14th, LDH, the agency for popular group, EXILE disclosed their plan to contribute to the disaster relief effort by donating an undisclosed amount of money to the stricken areas through the Japanese Red Cross Society. They will also be sending 50,000 bottles (500ml) of drinking water as material aid. The EXILE members collectively commented, "There may not be a lot that we can do even though many people are still living in unce

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  • AKB48 project groups set up disaster relief donation accounts

    March 14, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    Many celebrities (GACKT, T.M. Revolution, Dear Loving, and YOSHIKI, among others) have been contributing to the earthquake relief effort, and now the AKB48 project groups have followed suit! 2 donation bank accounts have been set up in collaboration with the Japan Red Cross Society by the members and staff of AKB48, SDN48, SKE48, and NMB48. All of these groups as well as the main producer Akimoto Yasushi, have already contributed to the ac

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  • Bae Yong Joon donates $900,000 USD for disaster relief

    March 14, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

    On March 14, South Korean actor Bae Yong Joon, fondly called Yon-sama by Japanese fans, donated 1 billion won / 72 million yen (~$900,000 USD) for disaster relief in Japan. The money was given to the head of the Japan Tourism Agency, who will distribute it to organizations involved in the earthquake/tsunami relief effort. On the same day, the star posted a message to the victims in the disaster on his official website, saying "I am glue

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  • X JAPAN's YOSHIKI is donating his piano for earthquake relief

    March 14, 2011 @ 1:20 am

    [caption id="attachment_136538" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="YOSHIKI, pictured here with the piano he will be auctioning off"][/caption] On March 13th, it was revealed that X JAPAN's leader, YOSHIKI, will be auctioning off his beloved "crystal piano" to aid in the disaster relief effort for Japan. YOSHIKI, who normally lives in Los Angeles, flew to Tokyo in order to oversee his fashion show, as well as to record songs. He felt t

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  • KARA's Hara and Jiyoung break Twitter silence after Japanese earthquake

    March 13, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

    [caption id="attachment_136453" align="aligncenter" width="428" caption="KARA's Hara (left) and Jiyoung (right)"][/caption] Many Japanese celebrities have been using Twitter to reassure fans that they're safe and help spread word on important topics regarding the current earthquake crisis, and just recently, Korean girl group KARA has followed suit. Members Kang Jiyoung and Goo Hara have not used their twitter accounts since mid-January

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