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SMAP have personally donated more than 400 million yen

21:27 JST March 28, 2011 2 comments

The Daily Sports Online has reported Johnny’s group SMAP have made personal donations of more than 400 million yen to help victims of the 3/11 disaster, it was revealed on March 27.

It has been reported the five did not donate as a group, but individually, so donation amounts vary from person to person.

As well as this, the five have donated their salaries from March 21’s SMAP x SMAP show to the Red Cross, and Tsuyoshi Kusanagi has donated his salary from March 27’s FNS music special.  So far the total amount has been estimated to be more than 400 million yen.

The group used their SMAP x SMAP show to discuss what everyone could do to help relief efforts, and plan to talk about helping victims again on their April 2 show “SMAPがんばりますっ!! (SMAP Ganbarimasu!)”.

The group also star in the latest AC commercial with the message, “you’re not alone, we’re all with you”.

To top things off, SMAP have also announced they’ll take part in the upcoming Johnny’s relief project.

A representative from Johnny’s had said the exact amount of money would not be made public to respect their talents’ privacy.

“We can confirm donations have been made, but it is something they did personally so we will not make a public announcement.”

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Koki Tanaka helps out earthquake victims in Miyagi

10:52 JST March 28, 2011 4 comments

KAT-TUN’s Koki Tanaka (25) personally delivered food supplies and checked up on old friends in Miyagi prefecture over the weekend, it was revealed on March 27, reports Daily Sports Online and Sponichi Annex.

 

Tanaka had met Shouya Takeda, a boy living in Miyagi, through the charity TV show “24時間テレビ (24-hour TV)” back in 2006 and had been in contact with him since.

 

The Johnny’s talent had been worried about how things were after the earthquake and drove up to Shouya’s hometown in his car.  It has been reported Tanaka had stocked his car up with rice supplies, water, and canned foods.  He had arrived at night on March 26 and managed to find Shouya was okay.  The following day, he, Shouya, and Shouya’s father went to the Tagajo city evacuation centre to donate his food supplies.

 

Once back in Tokyo, Tanaka had said he was relieved Shouya was alright, but he got sad looking at how hard life was for those living in evacuation centres right now.

 

Tanaka’s agency Johnny’s had said the talent had the weekend off and must’ve made the choice to go up to Miyagi by himself.

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