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Japanese game publishers announce plans to support relief efforts following Friday’s earthquake

On Friday, March 11, Japan was hit by the largest earthquake in the country’s history. In light of the recent tragedy, many Japanese game publishers have announced plans to support relief efforts for victims of the natural disaster.

Nintendo announced their plans to donate 300 million yen (about $3.6 million) to various aid groups. Sony has promised to donate the same amount, as well as 30 thousand radios for victims of the disaster. Sega is donating 200 million yen ($2.4 million). Namco announced donations totaling 100 million ($1.2 million) and that they were also accepting donations from its staff. Tecmo Koei has pledged 10 million yen ($122,000) and is also accepting donations from fans.


Above: The remains of houses in Fukushima prefecture

All the companies listed are urging fans to join them by supporting relief efforts through donations. If you want to help, you can donate to the Red Cross via iTunes, or directly on the official website. Those in the UK can donate on the British Red Cross' website.

[Source: Famitsu]

Mar 14, 2011

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18 comments

  • alexfranco60 - March 15, 2011 2:06 a.m.

    @Tobio @shenronzodiark @Andyjoe You guys are damn right! My only purpose sharing that link was to express my angry with that kind of people. Regards.
  • moh82sy - March 14, 2011 11:30 p.m.

    what about Capcom ?
  • Andyjoe - March 14, 2011 11:09 p.m.

    @alexfrancco60 What the heck is this crap! It was 70 years ago people,GET THE *censor* OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Major respect for these companies by the way.
  • shenronzodiark - March 14, 2011 9:34 p.m.

    @alexfranco60 just read the link you provided and i have no idead as to what the fuck is wrong with these people.these dumbasses are the reason why many people around the world hate america.so wake up people and support the people of japan or you may never know when this might happen to you to.
  • Tobio - March 14, 2011 9:16 p.m.

    @alexfranco60 This... is like... Fuck... How could there be people like this...? Blaming a full population for a 70 year old thing... for which they already got 2 nukes back... I want to punch some dumb Americans in the face now... Nothing against rationalistic Americans though
  • TheHowetzer - March 14, 2011 8:55 p.m.

    Very nice to see these companies lend their aid and money in this time of Japans need. I can't help but say though its pretty funny to see some of you comment on this espeacially when usually most of you people are trying to tear down all these large "evil" companies, maybe now you will think twice before you throw crap like that out of your mouths? But I'm betting probably not.
  • alexfranco60 - March 14, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    It really pisses me off watching these dumbs... http://i.imgur.com/rGpqY.jpg
  • R-Ape - March 14, 2011 7:21 p.m.

    I donated to the cause. It pisses me off hearing people making hiroshima or pearl harbor jokes. I am sure Japan will bounce back from this disaster, especially with the AID of America and it's allies. I am also happy to see the generosity by these companies. And it is not just the japanese developers also. I saw that Bungie will also be donating to the relief effort.
  • kingdom - March 14, 2011 7:17 p.m.

    I really agree that this is a great thing for these companies to do, always makes me feel a bit better about the future of humanity when I see this sort of reaction from companies and individuals in times of crisis and after terrifying natural disasters.
  • Junpeihermes - March 14, 2011 7:05 p.m.

    im happy that the companies are helping them when i saw that on tv i was shocked,like the other posted said i just cant imagine how much that would be horrible
  • db1331 - March 14, 2011 6:35 p.m.

    Great to see companies and individuals donating money which will actually help, instead of just offering their thoughts and prayers which do absolutely nothing. I can't imagine what it would be like to watch your entire town get washed off the face of the earth. It has to remind you how insignificant we all are in the grand scheme of things.
  • DVTClark - March 14, 2011 6:19 p.m.

    aaaa it's always nice to see others giving help to those who needs them. One of biggest industries in gaming is helping the society and environment, a good way to get respects and reputation from society. man,, nature can be an a**hole sometimes.. I hope Japan recovers from the damage.
  • humpiedumpie - March 14, 2011 6:17 p.m.

    Nintendo, Sony, Sega, Tecmo/Koei and Namco definately earned my respect. And to quote another user: No one deserves something like this. Its heart breaking to see people that just lost everything. Just now i saw a 18 year old boy who watched all his friends and family get taken away by the water. I simply can't imagine how that can be.
  • DEsMONd - March 14, 2011 6:16 p.m.

    I really feel for these people as well, but earlier today I was talking to someone who said that they deserve it because they chose to live in a dangerous location! Suffice to say I feel no longer able to talk to said person anymore.
  • Ironarm - March 14, 2011 5:51 p.m.

    I'm thankful that there are actually large masses of groups and people out there that care enough to do this. It was a tragedy, and like F4G1TR0N said (I laughed as I typed that name out) no country deserves what happened to Japan.
  • FoxdenRacing - March 14, 2011 5:48 p.m.

    Very, very classy. Nintendo, Sony, Sega, Tecmo/Koei, and Namco have earned a heap of respect. for this.
  • rabidpotatochip - March 14, 2011 5:48 p.m.

    That's a pretty awesome thing for these companies to do. My heart goes out to everyone who's affected by this.
  • F4G1TR0N - March 14, 2011 5:45 p.m.

    I am applauding said groups. No country deserves what has happened to Japan

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