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Love Pocket Fund to Donate 30 Million Yen to Help Displaced Ukrainians Come to Japan [2022/04/28]
Love Pocket Fund, established by The Nippon Foundation and three former members of the iconic boy band SMAP−Goro Inagaki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi and Shingo Katori−has decided to donate 30 million yen (about $234,000) to help some 100 displaced Ukrainians come to Japan.

This is part of the 5.08 billion yen (about $39.7 million) in humanitarian assistance that the foundation has pledged to help Ukrainians displaced by the Russian invasion of their homeland.

Under the plan announced on April 21, Love Pocket Fund will provide those who have already arrived in Japan or booked air tickets with up to 300,000 yen (about $2,340) each to cover their travel expenses.

Those who have yet to book their flights will be given e-tickets and money to cover their travel costs in Japan. If necessary, the foundation will make arrangements for domestic flights and Shinkansen (bullet train) tickets.

On April 20, The Nippon Foundation Humanitarian Assistance Team for People Displaced from Ukraine started to accept applications for support with the tentative deadline set at March 31, 2023. A Ukrainian resident of Japan who now works for the foundation will handle inquiries via email and telephone in Ukrainian.

There are almost 1,900 Ukrainian residents of Japan and nearly 1,000 of their family members, friends and acquaintances are said to be seeking to join them.

Mr. Goro Inagaki commented: “Looking at tragic scenes in Ukraine every day, we would like to begin now by doing what we can for them together with you.” Mr. Tsuyoshi Kusanagi said: “I would be delighted if our warm feelings would help those in difficult situations. I pray for peace,” while Mr. Shingo Katori said: “We are sending your love and support to heartbroken people displaced from Ukraine.”

Love Pocket Fund was established in April 2020 by The Nippon Foundation and the trio with an initial aim of supporting doctors, nurses, healthcare staff and volunteers working on the front lines battling the novel coronavirus.

Out of the total donations of 490,410,785 yen (about $3.8 million) the fund has collected as of March 28, 2022, it has supported 43 organizations and hospitals across the nation mainly in their fight against the coronavirus. It stopped accepting applications for COVID-19 support at the end of March 2022.
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