Pokémon Company Donates 50 Million Yen to Quake Victims on January 1
The Pokémon Company declared on Friday that it intends to donate 50 million yen (equivalent to about US$346,000) to the Japanese Red Cross Society and other related humanitarian organizations. This is aimed at aiding and restoring areas impacted by the Noto Peninsula earthquake that occurred on January 1.
Furthermore, the Pokémon With You Foundation has pledged to continue providing support to the young ones affected by the earthquake by engaging them in various activities. This initiative was initially launched back in 2011 as a response to help children in the wake of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.
A severe earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6 hit the western coastline of Japan, specifically targeting the Noto Peninsula in the Ishikawa Prefecture, on the first day of the year at 4:10 p.m. (2:00 a.m. EST). The effects of this tremor were felt as far off as Tokyo and Osaka which sit on the opposite coast of Japan. As per the updates provided at 2:00 p.m. local time (12:0 a.m. EST) on Friday, the national broadcasting company NHK has reported that confirmation has been received of 94 individuals losing their lives in the earthquake, with 55 of these being from Wajima alone. Rescue operations are presently still in progress.