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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Japanese, Korean stars in quake relief drives


From left: Bae Yong-Jun, Amuro Namie and Kim Hyun-Joong
From left: Bae Yong-Jun, Amuro Namie and Kim Hyun-Joong

Soon after news of Japan's strongest earthquake shocked the world, artistes from the country and South Korea joined in various quake relief drives to help the victims.

Among them were Ayumi Hamasakii, Namie Amuro, Yoshiki, Gackt, Bae Yong-Jun, Kim Hyun-Joong and Jang Keun-Suk.

South Korean actor Bae donated the most. He has sent one-billion Won (RM2.7mil) to a charity foundation under the Japanese government.

Bae is known for his kindness in helping the needy. He had donated 3mil Yen (RM112,958) respectively to the Mid Niigata Prefecture Earthquake and South Asia Tsunami in 2004.

Boys Over Flowers star Kim Hyun-Joong gave out 100mil Won (RM269,809) while Jang donated 140mil Won (RM377,733) to the Red Crescent Society.

Hamasaki Ayumi has been accused of being stingy for her RM188,264 aid to the earthquake-tsunami victims
Hamasaki Ayumi has been accused of being stingy for her RM188,264 aid to the earthquake-tsunami victims

In Japan, pop star Namie Amuro was speculated online to have donated 50mil Yen (RM1.88mil).

Rock star Gackt has launched the "Show Your Heart" campaign to raise fund for the victims and Yoshiki - the leader of X Japan rock band - donated his limited edition piano for the event.

Veteran singer Masatoshi Nakamura and actor Hayato Ichihara have joined the rescue team at the scene.

These artistes were highly praised by netizens for the good deeds.

But Ayumi Hamasaki received an opposite respond although she also donated 5mil Yen (RM188,264).

The billionaire pop queen was accused of being ungenerous as she was reported to have spent 10mil Yen (RM376,528) a day on clothing and other expenses last year.
Source: Agencies

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