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4:16 pm - 03/15/2011

AKB48 groups pledge 500 million yen for earthquake relief + AKB48 appeals to fans for earthquake don



Members of the AKB48 idol franchise announced on Tuesday that they plan to donate 500 million yen towards the ongoing earthquake relief efforts. The group also announced yesterday that they are collecting donations from fans on behalf of the Japanese Red Cross.

The 500 million yen was gathered from the members of AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and SDN48, as well as others who are managed by AKS and producer Akimoto Yasushi’s own agency.

AKB48 also announced on Tuesday that they are delaying the release of their album “Koko ni Ita Koto” (originally scheduled for April 6).

On Monday, idol group AKB48 updated their official blog to announce that they have opened a bank account for receiving donations for earthquake relief, which will be passed on to the Japanese Red Cross.

In the blog post, it was revealed that some of the members of the AKB48 family (which includes AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and SDN48) were affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami. The groups felt that they wanted to do something to help all the victims of the disasters, so they decided to work with the Japanese Red Cross for accepting donations.

For those who can pay by bank transfer and would like to donate, details are available in the blog post.



Sources: 1, 2
polluxme 15th-Mar-2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
*like*
dorkiilove 15th-Mar-2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
<3 yay. Who was affected in the group? I heard one of the SKE48 girls was evacuated or something

I don't mean for this to sound insensitive if it does- but akbingo is canceled this week right?
taylorniw 15th-Mar-2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
A kenkyuusei and a 12th gen one so no one knows who it is apparently.
omnipresentdmat 15th-Mar-2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
HOMG SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS WHOLE FRANCHISE RIGHT NOW ;~;
taylorniw 15th-Mar-2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
As nice as this is, there's always a nagging feeling inside of me when celebrities feel the need to announce their good deeds. idk. it just makes it seem... less sincere I suppose.
lovelylaura003 15th-Mar-2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
I get what you mean maybe it's just so then they can't be criticised?
If they don't say anything people would probably assume they don't care
liime_arix 15th-Mar-2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
Well it's a way of getting others more aware of the situation. "If -- did this, so should I."

As well as some people might wonder if they were going to put money in their own bank account they set up for the situation.
nhbsakakude 15th-Mar-2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
i second that~
i mean its already good that they announce they're donating but i don c why they must say how much.
feel_my_mind 15th-Mar-2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
Its a way to get the ball rolling. Lots of people follow after celebrities.

Plus, if they didn't mention it, they would be highly criticized. Its a damned if they do, damned if they don't, damned if they say anything about it.

But, I've also noticed, that you've made this comment in very post about a celebrity donating (both here and omona). What happened to you that made you so cynical? At the end of the day, money is going to victims and i celebrities are influencing others to help. Win-Win.
b0nkrz 16th-Mar-2011 04:17 am (UTC)
its called putting your money where your mouth is. they want people to donate, so why not set an example. people are more likely to follow if you backup your talk.
nuerulez 16th-Mar-2011 07:31 am (UTC)
If this is facebook, I already 'like' your comment.
agree with you.
animefreak42 16th-Mar-2011 01:33 am (UTC)
Awesome. Hopefully some JE artists will follow suit!
liime_arix 16th-Mar-2011 01:39 am (UTC)
Well there's reports of them using concert trucks to carry relief items to the victims.
animefreak42 16th-Mar-2011 08:32 am (UTC)
Just saw the new post on this. That's really good to know, the decadence of those concerts does seem really out of place in this situation and it's good that JE is putting the excess resources to good use. :) Thanks for letting me know!
buyme_arashi 16th-Mar-2011 07:15 am (UTC)
i think its something of a rule that JE talents should donate anonymously or not reveal the sum of donation. for all the years they've been supporting NTV 24hr charity program, non of them ever revealed how much they contributed to the charity. they would only say they have contributed.
animefreak42 16th-Mar-2011 07:56 am (UTC)
Oh, interesting! I don't follow Arashi/JE coverage as closely as some do so I'm always glad to learn new info like this. :)
cassio87 16th-Mar-2011 05:14 am (UTC)
Fabulous! Go girls!
laaab 16th-Mar-2011 06:47 am (UTC)
*A*
alee5a 16th-Mar-2011 11:58 am (UTC)
Good for these girls~
conga10fury 16th-Mar-2011 01:02 pm (UTC)
came here because of the photo actually... they look adorable. is it their promo shot for their upcoming album? *sorry if my comment is unrelated to the post* xD
ilove_ryo 16th-Mar-2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
it is the promo for their album
convenience93 16th-Mar-2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
500 million yen~!!! THAT'S A CRAZY AMOUNT OF MONEY!!
Great job girls and management...

This is really AKB giving back ehh? YAY <3
visionfactory1 16th-Mar-2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks!!!!! I think I like AKB more now :)
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