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Yokohama, Japan — March 24th, 2011 — After a week of generous support from HearJapan customers we are proud to announce that we have been able to donate $750 to Japan Platform to aid in the Japanese earthquake relief effort.
One of the reasons HearJapan chose to give to Japan Platform was their ability to act immediately to the changing situation. After delivering huge amounts of diapers, toilet paper, heating and cooking fuel, rice, fruits and many other items, they got word that women were in dire need of menstrual sanitary products. They quickly mobilized and got those supplies to the people who needed them.
There have been many reports of donation fraud, even among the biggest organizations, so HearJapan wanted to assure those donating that their money was going directly to those in need. We've included the full receipt for the donation, as well as a look into how the donations have been put to work (and maybe brush up on your Japanese reading skills), in the links below.
All of this happened while there were rolling blackouts across Japan. Customers kept at it, purchasing music despite the outages killing our servers during portions of the day. Everyone helped make a significant difference.
But this is not the end. Not by a long shot. Japan has a very long healing process ahead of it and HearJapan is dedicated to the ongoing effort. To the end, we will continue to donate 5% of all of our sales for the next 6 months.
We hope that, working together, we can return those areas hit hardest by the disaster to their former glory. Our sincere thanks to all who contributed this past week, and to all of those who will continue to help in the months to come. Thank you for your help in spreading the word.
A recent Japan Platform update:
HearJapan is the largest and fastest-growing place on the web to purchase Japanese music of all genres. Featuring over 5,000 artist profiles in English with 40-second samples of all songs. Over 100 releases are added every week to the currently-available 40,000+ songs in the 100% DRM free catalog. HearJapan is a great place to find the hard to find and to explore the unexplored in the world of Japanese music.