Ayumi Hamasaki donates 35 million yen to relief efforts in Japan
The pop artist has been active in relief efforts in Japan
by Lei Jin
Date Published: 03/22/2011
Post Japanese earthquake and tsunami, singer Ayumi Hamasaki has been very active in contributing to disaster relief, donating money and spreading messages to her followers on her Twitter account (including retweeting victim's posts, emergency numbers, and safety information). On Friday, March 18, her record label Avex disclosed that she donated 30 million yen to the Japanese Red Cross. She previously donated 5 million yen, totaling in 35 million yen (approximately $450,000) to relief efforts in hard-hit areas. In addition, she also collaborated with well-known fashion magazine ViVi in selling charity T-shirts that she designed herself. The sales from the T-shirt (at 1,500 yen each) will all go towards alleviating victims of the disaster. According to Ayumi-hamasaki.net, she has released this statement: "From the bottom of my heart, I wish for Japan to recover as quickly as possible, and I pray for the health of the many who have been affected by this disaster. As a human being, I will do my best at what I am able to do."
Prior to the earthquake and tsunami, the artist had a forthcoming March 30 simultaneous release of seven CDs, as well as concerts scheduled at the Saitama Arena on April 9-10. The activities have been postponed until further notice.
Charity T-shirt designed by Ayumi Hamasaki and ViVi. Photo courtesy of Tokyohive.com