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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 http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/csr/groupcsr.html.

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+ Butters360 on March 18th, 2011 at 7:23 pm said:

Just donated my $50. More on the way soon.


+ steadydecline on March 18th, 2011 at 7:30 pm said:

Thanks Sony been looking to donate this was an easy way to do it!


+ Emerald_Swords on March 18th, 2011 at 7:50 pm said:

Great! I’ll be donating for sure


+ OldKai on March 18th, 2011 at 7:51 pm said:

My credit card still won’t re-accept on PSN for some reason but I’m not here to complain about that this time, I’m going to buy some PSN cards online and donate ASAP.


+ Bogg1000 on March 18th, 2011 at 7:52 pm said:

I am fully willing to donate this way, but your trying to charge me tax on a charity donation.
if it’s cause im getting a theme? If so can you make a way for me to donate without getting the theme and not be taxed? Cause honestly i shouldn’t be getting a tax on a donation.
Well if you can’t fix it it’s fine, and I will donate some other way that doesn’t tax me.
Taxing a real game is fine with me, but not a charitable donation.

Haven’t been able to play much of anything lately cause of this horrable disaster. My worry for the people of Japan is too high.

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    + Jeff Rubenstein on March 19th, 2011 at 8:40 am said:

    Tax will be refunded to your wallet.


+ SHOR73RM on March 18th, 2011 at 8:01 pm said:

Great idea, I just donated!!


+ JAHoE on March 18th, 2011 at 8:01 pm said:

Just did super idea !_!


+ railbob44 on March 18th, 2011 at 8:06 pm said:

I will definitely donate. I’m happy they are doing this.


+ evil9taildog on March 18th, 2011 at 8:08 pm said:

will i only got 1 dollar and some cent’s left after my last transaction so will donate and hopefully i get another psn card by this weekend to donate again . sorry for the small change but will help . thank you sony from all of us . NOW TIME TO GO DONATE . BYE


+ madhi19 on March 18th, 2011 at 8:14 pm said:

Truly great idea what ps3 gamer does not have a few bucks sitting in their psn wallet!


+ evil9taildog on March 18th, 2011 at 8:16 pm said:

i take that back . 70 cent to short to donate . i should of check the store before blogging . but will donate when i get another psn card . thank you playstation.


+ ElektroDragon on March 18th, 2011 at 8:18 pm said:

I complained about the same thing on the last page, Bog1000, but no one seems to care. You’re not supposed to pay tax on charitable donations!


+ ElektroDragon on March 18th, 2011 at 8:19 pm said:

I actually think Sony could be taken to court with a lawsuit for charging tax on charitable donations. I would fix this if I were them.


+ siriusbee on March 18th, 2011 at 8:25 pm said:

If you can stop delaying games because of the Japan quake and aftermath, maybe I will find a small soul because I realize you are not a just a one-faced corporation. Maybe I will feel a pang of camaraderie.


+ Jedah_PR on March 18th, 2011 at 8:30 pm said:

Count me in Mr. Tretton. I don’t care about the PS3 theme, but I do care in helping in any way I can the Japanese people. God Bless!


+ ziggurcat on March 18th, 2011 at 8:41 pm said:

done and done.


+ letherclad on March 18th, 2011 at 8:42 pm said:

Great job Sony, this is pretty awesome! I made my donation!


+ tom110584 on March 18th, 2011 at 8:42 pm said:

good work guys! glad to know sony cares…


+ DarkRecoil on March 18th, 2011 at 8:46 pm said:

that theme looks gorgeous. cant wait to donate :)


+ kennyamr on March 18th, 2011 at 8:49 pm said:

I do have a strong feeling for Japan! I luv that country! they’re so awesome! Thank you Sony for giving us this easy way to donate! I’ll do it right away! :D


+ LionsguardAgrias on March 18th, 2011 at 8:55 pm said:

Just donated again. I was hoping Sony would do something like this. It’s great and to see the reaction makes me proud to be a gamer!


+ hush404 on March 18th, 2011 at 9:06 pm said:

There, another $10 for Japan from yours truly, hope it helps in some small way.


+ TheWrenchNinja on March 18th, 2011 at 9:29 pm said:

I only had two bucks in my PSN wallet and I couldn’t donate because they were charging tax on it. What the hell Sony? Isn’t that illegal?

I suppose I’ll have to get a PSN card later.


+ WillPG1212 on March 18th, 2011 at 9:31 pm said:

Gladly Donated earlier, nice theme :)

think it shouldve been an avatar tho, to show others your suport, and spread it around.


+ Zeer0id on March 18th, 2011 at 10:01 pm said:

I definitely appreciate this effort. Will absolutely donate.


+ Zeer0id on March 18th, 2011 at 10:03 pm said:

Hrm. Read some of the comments above. Why are we paying taxes on this? Please fix that, Sony, if possible. I really do want to support the cause.


+ XenoNative on March 18th, 2011 at 10:07 pm said:

excellent. will be donating asap.


+ SuperTiso on March 18th, 2011 at 10:08 pm said:

That’s what that is. No prob, done.


+ Band2eto on March 18th, 2011 at 10:11 pm said:

Awww, that’s too bad! I wanted the theme!

I already donated all I can ($50) to the Canadian Red Cross.


+ igorrocks2 on March 18th, 2011 at 10:31 pm said:

it was my idea… Jack Tretton: Good to see someone is listening.. AKA Igor Valianski @ facebook and I was rise up this question couple posyts back… Only togrther with cooperation we will make world a better place to live in.. Japan MUST stand up as always it metters to our near and long term futture ( just don’t biuld terminators guys! ;) ) will donate you another 15 dollars along side with my Unicef donation


+ waranabatokwa on March 18th, 2011 at 11:14 pm said:

i was browsing through the store a while ago and looking for games to buy.. i’m glad i read this first before i made a purchase..


+ DirjelJunshin on March 18th, 2011 at 11:24 pm said:

This is fantastic. I was actually thinking about making a donation this morning, but this makes it much easier for me.

Good job, Sony.


+ MuguiPab on March 18th, 2011 at 11:53 pm said:

Muy buena la idea Sony me gusta esto de ayudar a los demas :)


+ fuzzyclutter on March 18th, 2011 at 11:57 pm said:

nice try elektro… but state gov and federal laws charge tax , scea is doing what it’s mandated to do ,


+ Pentrix on March 18th, 2011 at 11:59 pm said:

I donated. :) Pray for Japan, guys. :)


+ Astronica on March 19th, 2011 at 12:01 am said:

thanks sony =)


+ zacchi on March 19th, 2011 at 2:22 am said:



+ MarkakaJin on March 19th, 2011 at 2:27 am said:

I was surprised when I saw it at the Playstation Store. Nice move there, Sony. Appreciate it that you guys care much and support all the way Japan’s back after their dreadful incident.


+ Ringwraith on March 19th, 2011 at 3:10 am said:

Will be donating once I get home from work.


+ frogmanmike14 on March 19th, 2011 at 3:16 am said:

nice job guys. I’ll send what I can over.


+ siriusbee on March 19th, 2011 at 3:41 am said:

Just put the motorstorm demo next week.


+ siriusbee on March 19th, 2011 at 3:42 am said:

You have no real savvy.


+ marcindpol on March 19th, 2011 at 4:15 am said:

great idea


+ siriusbee on March 19th, 2011 at 4:19 am said:

Is motorstorm really that *bad*? That you have to use a horrible earthquake to send it out?


+ Lezard on March 19th, 2011 at 5:03 am said:

I’m Japanese

Thanks!!  All People and SCE
Home Charity Events impossible?
The world gather in one’s heart
(Google translate)


+ SaberBlade on March 19th, 2011 at 5:12 am said:

Don’t have enough funds on my main UK account to make any donations to the British Red Cross, but have funds on my US account so donated to the American Red Cross this morning.


+ Teepo_64 on March 19th, 2011 at 5:19 am said:

Donating when I wake up later. I applaud your effort Sony. The theme is cute too.


+ rejurg on March 19th, 2011 at 6:37 am said:

If I donate, how do I get a receipt for my taxes?


+ Chuckbait on March 19th, 2011 at 6:58 am said:

Awesome. I saw someone suggested this on the Share site. Nice to see it being implemented already (though I’m sure this was in the works and not related to the share idea).

I have five bucks left in my PSN wallet for a while now, I think I’ll donate it. Thanks Sony, and don’t drink the water in Tokyo.


+ Chuckbait on March 19th, 2011 at 7:02 am said:

If there is a tax charge, then obviously I won’t be donating. Sorry, but not really. You cannot charge state tax on a charitable donation. You legally cannot do it. Period.

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