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The Nippon Foundation Starts Accepting Donations to Support Coronavirus Response [2020/04/17]
Having received a large number of inquiries regarding our role in combating the coronavirus pandemic, The Nippon Foundation has begun accepting donations to support the operation of makeshift facilities it will build in and near Tokyo to accommodate over 10,000 COVID-19 patients.


The entire amount of donations received will be used to help support the activities of doctors, nurses, and volunteers who will work at the facilities being established in a parking lot of the Museum of Maritime Science in Odaiba, Tokyo, and an adjunct location by the end of April and in a compound of a now-defunct research institute in Tsubuka, north of the capital, by late July. Altogether, the facilities will contain a total of more than 10,000 beds for COVID-19 patients with mild or no symptoms.

I would like to note here that we have decided to use for operating these facilities a donation totaling over 124 million yen sent to the foundation in January.

Considering the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic, we made the decision as the donor, who remains anonymous, said in an accompanying letter: “Please use the money to help support people hit by natural disasters.”

The coronavirus outbreak is the biggest national crisis since the end of World War II, and cannot be dealt with by the government alone. I sincerely hope that as many people as possible provide critical support for our all-out battle against COVID-19.

If you are interested in donating, details can be seen HERE.


The earlier blog on the anonymous donation can be seen HERE.

The earlier blog on the foundation’s emergency measures can be seen HERE:

Posted by Y.Sasakawa at 13:27 | IN THE CAUSE OF LIFE | URL | comment(0)
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