It’s been over a week since the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, inflicting serious loss of life and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. The Japanese people, together with support and compassion from the global community, are beginning what will be a long recovery process.
Sony Computer Entertainment’s headquarters are located in Tokyo, and so we’ve heard firsthand of the disaster’s impact from our colleagues and friends. As we here in Europe watch the tragic events that continue to unfold, you might be left thinking, “Is there any way I can help?”
Sony Corporation is aiding the recovery through financial contributions and donating radios, batteries and other equipment that can be used in the relief efforts. Today we’re making it possible for you to contribute directly to the earthquake and tsunami recovery efforts through a medium you’re already quite familiar with – the PlayStation Network.
You can make donations in the amounts of €2, €5, €10, €20 from your wallet in the PlayStation Store. With your donation, you’ll get a free Sunrise Blossom Theme for your PlayStation 3. In order to make a donation, click on the ‘Japan Tsunami Appeal’ banner on the homepage of the PlayStation Store or via the latest category.
It’s important to note that your contributions will go directly to the British Red Cross, part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – Japan Tsunami Appeal. Every penny and cent will go to the fund, which supports emergency relief and recovery efforts, including deploying personnel, sending relief supplies and providing financial resources.
Many gamers in particular feel a special bond with Japan, even if they’ve never traveled there personally. Its ingenuity and innovation have shaped our industry, and its culture and style have spread to communities across the world.
Please join us now in helping the Japanese people during this great time of need. Together we can have a significant impact on the relief process.