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Mar 18

Japan Tsunami Appeal On PSN

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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 said:

March 18th, 7:23 pm

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

steadydecline said:

March 18th, 7:30 pm

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

Emerald_Swords said:

March 18th, 7:50 pm

Great! I’ll be donating for sure

OldKai said:

March 18th, 7:51 pm

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 said:

March 18th, 7:52 pm

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 said:

    March 19th, 8:40 am

    Tax will be refunded to your wallet.

SHOR73RM said:

March 18th, 8:01 pm

Great idea, I just donated!!

JAHoE said:

March 18th, 8:01 pm

Just did super idea !_!

railbob44 said:

March 18th, 8:06 pm

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

evil9taildog said:

March 18th, 8:08 pm

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 said:

March 18th, 8:14 pm

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

evil9taildog said:

March 18th, 8:16 pm

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 said:

March 18th, 8:18 pm

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 said:

March 18th, 8:19 pm

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 said:

March 18th, 8:25 pm

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 said:

March 18th, 8:30 pm

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 said:

March 18th, 8:41 pm

done and done.

letherclad said:

March 18th, 8:42 pm

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

tom110584 said:

March 18th, 8:42 pm

good work guys! glad to know sony cares…

DarkRecoil said:

March 18th, 8:46 pm

that theme looks gorgeous. cant wait to donate :)

kennyamr said:

March 18th, 8:49 pm

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 said:

March 18th, 8:55 pm

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 said:

March 18th, 9:06 pm

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

TheWrenchNinja said:

March 18th, 9:29 pm

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 said:

March 18th, 9:31 pm

Gladly Donated earlier, nice theme :)

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

Zeer0id said:

March 18th, 10:01 pm

I definitely appreciate this effort. Will absolutely donate.

Zeer0id said:

March 18th, 10:03 pm

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 said:

March 18th, 10:07 pm

excellent. will be donating asap.

SuperTiso said:

March 18th, 10:08 pm

That’s what that is. No prob, done.

Band2eto said:

March 18th, 10:11 pm

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

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

igorrocks2 said:

March 18th, 10:31 pm

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 said:

March 18th, 11:14 pm

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 said:

March 18th, 11:24 pm

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 said:

March 18th, 11:53 pm

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

fuzzyclutter said:

March 18th, 11:57 pm

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

Pentrix said:

March 18th, 11:59 pm

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

Astronica said:

March 19th, 12:01 am

thanks sony =)

zacchi said:

March 19th, 2:22 am


MarkakaJin said:

March 19th, 2:27 am

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 said:

March 19th, 3:10 am

Will be donating once I get home from work.

frogmanmike14 said:

March 19th, 3:16 am

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

siriusbee said:

March 19th, 3:41 am

Just put the motorstorm demo next week.

siriusbee said:

March 19th, 3:42 am

You have no real savvy.

marcindpol said:

March 19th, 4:15 am

great idea

siriusbee said:

March 19th, 4:19 am

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

Lezard said:

March 19th, 5:03 am

I’m Japanese

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

SaberBlade said:

March 19th, 5:12 am

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 said:

March 19th, 5:19 am

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

rejurg said:

March 19th, 6:37 am

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

Chuckbait said:

March 19th, 6:58 am

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 said:

March 19th, 7:02 am

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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