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Support Kumamoto Earthquake Relief with One Piece Merchandise

posted on by Eric Stimson
Donations accepted as "hometown taxes"

Anime News Network's merchandise coverage sponsored by Tokyo Otaku Mode.

Over seven months after the earthquakes that devastated Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu this year, the area is still rebuilding. As Eiichiro Oda, the creator of One Piece, is from there, he is pitching in to help with a campaign using One Piece artwork. The campaign, which also includes One Piece-themed trains and stamp scavenger hunts, involves donating money to the hard-hit town of Mashiki.

If you donate more than 10,000 yen to Mashiki, you can receive one of these gift packages. "A Course" is a blanket while "B Course" is a reusable bag, hand towel and clear file. The campaign lasts until March 31. Goods are given on a first-come first-serve basis and supplies are limited.

Donations are accepted via Mashiki's Furusato Choice website. Rural areas in Japan often raise money as taxes from non-residents, who are compensated with fancy gift packages. March comes in like a lion and Girls und Panzer are other anime that have boosted rural municipal revenue this way.

Source: Comic Natalie

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