Sabtu, 09 April 2011

Quake donations top ¥115 billion as officials study distribution plan

Donations for victims of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan have topped ¥115.4 billion, with more pouring in each day as countless charity events and fundraisers take place across Japan.

The president of Softbank Corporation, the cellular giant, personally donated ¥10 billion to support the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. Masayoshi Son’s donation is the single largest donation by an individual todate. He told officials he’d continue to donate his entire pay package from his position with Softbank group from now until his retirement to provide support for children orphaned by the disaster.

The Japanese Red Cross Society and Central Community Chest of Japan, the nation’s two main relief organizations, say no decisions have been made yet on how the money is to be distributed. They suggest there will be a need for committees to make decisions, as already prefectures, towns and cities are quarreling over who should get what amount of relief money from the organizations.

The governor of Miyagi Prefecture, Yoshihiro Murai, tells NHK it is difficult to distribute money fairly. Speaking as the leader of one of the most severely damaged prefectures, Murai says it’s still impossible to determine damages to each family as the fatality toll continues to climb. At the same time, he notes there’s more of a financial need for families, and different assistance than that to childless families and to elderly people in need of medical care.

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