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Yohei Sasakawa
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Highly Appreciative of Donation from Yuzuru Hanyu Sticker Sales [2020/02/27]
I am truly grateful that The Nippon Foundation has recently been receiving donations, both large and small, from a wide variety of people every day. 

On the first business day of 2020, or January 6, we received as much as 124,110,000 yen (about US$ 1.11 million) in cash from an anonymous donor, as I reported in this blog on January 28.

Late in December, three former members of the iconic boy band SMAP−Goro Inagaki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi and Shingo Katori−appeared on the AbemaTV video streaming website and asked for donations to support residents in their recovery from damage by Typhoon Hagibis and torrential rains last fall. Their appeal to viewers has resulted in 37 million yen in donations to The Nippon Foundation so far. 

This time, as part of Line Corporation’s “LINE SMILE + PROJECT,” one of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, a total of 33,852,715 yen was donated to The Nippon Foundation’s Special Fund for Disaster Preparedness. The company’s LINE communications application for smartphones features stickers that can be purchased by users, and for this project, all proceeds from the sale of a special series of stickers featuring two-time Olympic figure-skating gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu were donated to the special fund. Yuzuru, a native of Tohoku which was hit hard by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, has been personally supportive of the project.

Part of the donation was used to purchase three light vans and as many light trucks for The Nippon Foundation Disaster Recovery Support Center established late in December in the town of Marumori in Miyagi Prefecture. The vehicles will be lent free of charge to residents there for their efforts to recover from wide-spread damage caused by Typhoon Hagibis in October 2019.
The money was also spent on purchasing eight vehicles for Naganuma district of Nagano City to help support residents and volunteers in their recovery efforts from damage caused by torrential rains last fall.

More recently, we received a donation of 1,072,814 yen from the YouTuber Maizen Sisters for The Nippon Foundation’s projects to help children in poverty and fight incurable diseases.

Of late I get the sense that people have begun to understand that their donations to The Nippon Foundation will be used strictly for the purposes they request, with indirect costs being borne by us. 

I am pleased to pen ever more handwritten thank-you letters to those who contribute 10,000 yen or more to the foundation. This has now become my early-morning work routine. 

One of the three light vans purchased for the disaster recovery support center in the town of Marumori… 

…and one of the three light trucks.

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