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Pokémon, Capcom and More Donate to Relief Efforts After Major Earthquake in Japan

On the first day of the year, Japan suffered a major magnitude 7.6 earthquake, referred to as the Noto Peninsula earthquake. About 100 people are reported to have died as a result of the quake, and rescue efforts continue. Several big names in otaku culture have said they’re donating to relief efforts.

The Pokémon Company is giving the Japanese Red Cross Society (as well as some other related orgs) 50 million yen (which is approximately $346,000). Besides money, they’re also donating time and energy through the Pokémon With You Foundation to help impacted kids with activities. This foundation was originally created because of the 2011 Tohoku quake.

Cover Corporation of hololive opened their pockets to offer 5 million yen (approximately $34,570). The report didn’t specify who the money went to. Video game company Capcom also got in on the giving, and gave 120 million yen (approximately $828,400) to local authorities in places most impacted.

Individuals like YOSHIKI of X Japan wanted to help, and YOSHIKI put 10 million yen (approximately $68,800) toward relief.

The Japanese Red Cross Society wrote about the earthquake:

-On 1 January 2024 at 16:10 (Japan Standard Time), a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. As the epicenter was very shallow, large tremors were observed in many places and a tsunami warning was issued. Since then, 1,385 aftershocks have followed the main shock.

– The tsunami damaged at least 100 hectares in Suzu City and Noto City. Power and water supplies were still cut, communications were disrupted.

– Some districts are isolated with roads cut off and food, water, blanket and fuel, basic needs are still in short supply.

– The quake caused fires in some cities and it is estimated that hundreds of houses were burnt down.

If you would like to donate to the relief effort as well, you can check out the Japanese Red Cross Society’s page here.

Source: ANN


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