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Japan Tsunami Appeal On PSN

Jack Tretton's Avatar Posted by on Mar 18, 2011 // President & CEO


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 America watch the tragic events that continue to unfold, you might be left thinking, “Is there any way I can help?”

Sony Group is aiding the recovery through financial contributions and donations of 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 amount of $2, $5, $10, $25 and $50 from your wallet in the PlayStation Store. With your donation, you’ll get a free theme for your PlayStation 3. In order to make a donation, go to the “Aid Japan” area under the New Releases category on the PlayStation Store.

It’s important to note that your contributions will go directly to the American Red Cross – Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund. Every penny donated 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 brought a sense of community 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.

For more information on Sony’s support of the relief efforts, visit

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+ AndyMP on March 18th, 2011 at 2:32 pm said:

Happy to be able to help in just a small way. Kudos to Sony.


+ Nirvana23 on March 18th, 2011 at 2:34 pm said:

Fantastic, will definitely donate some of my remaining gift card in just a bit!


+ Stoffinator on March 18th, 2011 at 2:34 pm said:

Awesome idea, Count on my $$


+ Moonglare on March 18th, 2011 at 2:35 pm said:

Great great idea!! Will donate right now =D


+ XzreflexX42 on March 18th, 2011 at 2:35 pm said:

Im going to put in 5 but first i need to rack up some money for a PSN card


+ Trixzter7 on March 18th, 2011 at 2:35 pm said:

Donating now!


+ jdizzle84 on March 18th, 2011 at 2:35 pm said:

This is a wonderful idea. I definitely will be donating when I get home. The awesome theme is a nice perk too!


+ Glacier928 on March 18th, 2011 at 2:42 pm said:

Well done Sony and well said Mr. Tretton. I will be more than happy to donate to the truly tragic event that is occurring in Japan. Here’s hoping to a fast recovery!


+ LiquidMetal14 on March 18th, 2011 at 2:44 pm said:

As many times as we can donate, we all have at least a few dollars laying around. Lend a hand! Thank you for putting this together SCE :)


+ Frejim on March 18th, 2011 at 2:45 pm said:

I’d do it, but you wont take my Nicaraguan International CREDIT CARD!!!!!

change that, and I’ll donate!!!!!


+ GraveMatter on March 18th, 2011 at 2:49 pm said:

This is awesome. I’ll be making my donation as soon as I log in to the PSN later.


+ NotoriousGamer on March 18th, 2011 at 2:51 pm said:

This is great for PSN to do this. Japan most needs food for the survivors at this very point. I hope food reaches the people that need it very very soon.


+ andXyetXnotXwant on March 18th, 2011 at 2:51 pm said:

awesome i’ll be sure to do this as soon as i get on tonight. i really like that theme as well.


+ Charles_Surge on March 18th, 2011 at 2:53 pm said:

Brilliant. I’ll donate tonight. Thanks for mentioning that every penny goes to “Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund” — that’s a huge motivator to donate.


+ TheForbiddenOne on March 18th, 2011 at 2:57 pm said:

Japan for the win, I’ll be donating.


+ megamixer on March 18th, 2011 at 2:58 pm said:

…And done. Very cute theme by the way. Perfect for the upcoming Spring season :)


+ Wolf26pack on March 18th, 2011 at 2:59 pm said:

It will be a pleasure to donate, I think I only have $9.00 in my Wallet but I know anything will help. I wish all those that have experienced this disaster a quick recovery.


+ nobopyon on March 18th, 2011 at 3:02 pm said:


I will do it ASAP!

I think it may be a good idea, maybe add “heart” next to your avator like plus for the plus member to show whoever donated…

That way, hopefully your PSN friends who don’t know about donation features will be asking you why you have the heart??

You know, like chain reaction..


+ sNsKid on March 18th, 2011 at 3:03 pm said:

Count me in.


+ Christian399 on March 18th, 2011 at 3:03 pm said:

Well done! I’ll be pitching in soon as I get home.


+ Zilas on March 18th, 2011 at 3:05 pm said:

I don’t like that I had to pay tax on a donation…

    Jack Tretton's Avatar


    + Jeff Rubenstein on March 19th, 2011 at 8:36 am said:

    We will be refunding all taxes to your wallet. Thank you for your donation!


+ Maurisio on March 18th, 2011 at 3:06 pm said:

I already donated 20 but now I get rewarded here comes another 20.


+ RevolutionRC_JR on March 18th, 2011 at 3:06 pm said:

i wouldnt do it for the wallpaper, i would do it for the people of Japan.its even girlish the wallpaper.


+ Izanagi-no-Okami on March 18th, 2011 at 3:07 pm said:

While I did already donate, you can be sure I’ll be doing it again later on today.


+ JFERNANDEZ84 on March 18th, 2011 at 3:08 pm said:

Nous pensons au Japon en France. J’ai donné €10.

Nós pensamos no Japão no Brasil. Eu doei €10.

We think about Japan in France and Brazil. I donate €10 via PSN today.


+ dreddi1 on March 18th, 2011 at 3:14 pm said:

Stay strong Japan!


+ KidCommando on March 18th, 2011 at 3:19 pm said:

Will definitely be contributing to this. The tsunami along with the power plant meltdown is going to have some long lasting effects on the people of Japan. Those people who lost everything will be in my thoughts as I could never imagine having your whole life swept away in a moment.


off topic: Mr. Jack Tretton, you are a stud!


+ Nick_392 on March 18th, 2011 at 3:19 pm said:

I just donated $5, my prayers go out to Japan, I know they will be able to pull through this.


+ MafiaBrett on March 18th, 2011 at 3:20 pm said:

Awesome! im totally gonna donate $25.
I like japanese style themes, but i want a little bit more of a Shogun look to mine :P


+ Zacky-V-A7X on March 18th, 2011 at 3:20 pm said:

Great idea!


+ InsipidVirus on March 18th, 2011 at 3:21 pm said:

I wish I knew this before I used iTunes to donate. I’ll still donate $50 through Playstation Network just to show love for Japan.


+ mojaal on March 18th, 2011 at 3:23 pm said:

Does that mean Sony will eat all the bank transaction fees from Credit or Debit cards? Or does it mean part of the donation will be used for that.


+ AwakenedWithin on March 18th, 2011 at 3:24 pm said:

That theme is freakin’ awesome and I would of donated with my PSN IF PSN ever accepts my bank card. Not to be a heartless or anything it, but my bank is an hour drive, so yeah :( However, I did donated from other means.


+ Squarewannabe on March 18th, 2011 at 3:26 pm said:

This is great. Its always nice to make a donation and just breathe a sign of relief to know that every bit helps. plus this is a great way to contribute to the Earthquake relief.

Thanks Sony for doing this!


+ Nirone226 on March 18th, 2011 at 3:26 pm said:

It makes me happy to be able to donate to help the relief.I am going to donate as soon as I log on to the PSN.
I know we all feel connected by our medium of gaming as Mr. Trenton has stated.I even messaged a couple of my PSN friends in Japan and the way they spoke was more of a life altering experience than the news has conveyed.

God bless you all and you are in my prayers.


+ dragon_night on March 18th, 2011 at 3:26 pm said:

hmmm..that theme is pretty but i don’t think i want to donate to a world of people who are killing themselves with overpopulation and consumption of nonrenewable resources xD that includes the U.S.


+ Bucklesbadass on March 18th, 2011 at 3:29 pm said:

I pray that Japan recovers as much as can be recovered…I cry for what is lost and I give thanks to all who are helping with whatever they can help with..even if only 2 dollars…you can and will make the difference. I thank Sony for there help in making this possible. Come home safe Ash…. Momma Buckles misses you very much…


+ Optimus_Prime on March 18th, 2011 at 3:30 pm said:

Fantastic idea! Just donated and was happy to do it.


+ boxmyth on March 18th, 2011 at 3:31 pm said:

My lord that theme is awesome. Thought I would donate without it, it’s a very nice addition.
Go Japan!


+ x_NiiGHTMARE_x on March 18th, 2011 at 3:32 pm said:

this is awesome. I will be donating tonight. Good work!


+ decimalator on March 18th, 2011 at 3:33 pm said:

While I’ve already donated directly to the Red Cross, I will donate again via the PSN — the Japanese people need the support, and that’s an awesome theme. :)

I’m happy to see another easy way for people to be able to contribute.


+ DeathGazer on March 18th, 2011 at 3:35 pm said:

Done my part. Back to Yakuza 4 :-)


+ MegamiTensei13 on March 18th, 2011 at 3:39 pm said:

I support this …Count me in :D


+ poodude on March 18th, 2011 at 3:39 pm said:

Awesome, I have $3 sitting on my account and I’ll make sure to donate $2 of it to this.


+ anoffday on March 18th, 2011 at 3:40 pm said:

Cool idea. I hope this earns a lot. I like the theme too.


+ Sukianime on March 18th, 2011 at 3:45 pm said:

This theme is freaking sweet. One of my PSN friends who lives in Japan finally got in contact with me the other day to let us know he was safe. So it puts a smile on my face to see that Sony (and other organizations) are stepping in to help out the people of Japan.


+ Dosx001 on March 18th, 2011 at 3:48 pm said:

but i wanted a avatar o well it would of been better u can put the avatar on ur PSN ID 2 show that u donated


+ trustter on March 18th, 2011 at 4:00 pm said:

You got my money, my heart and may pray!


+ phatmercado on March 18th, 2011 at 4:05 pm said:

I donated and put a “Donate in PS Store” comment in my PSN ID card in the XMB to spread the word. Great job Sony.


+ Admiralvic on March 18th, 2011 at 4:10 pm said:

I gave a few bucks, good cause hope it makes some cash.

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