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Japan Tsunami Appeal On PSN

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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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Chuckbait said:

March 19th, 7:10 am

Good question, rejurg…. Receipt would be nice. I just donated a measly two dollars. 16 cents for tax. Good bless the citizens of Japan.

Chuckbait said:

March 19th, 7:11 am

**God Bless

TheTwelve said:

March 19th, 8:05 am

I’m all over this.


halowars7 said:

March 19th, 8:23 am

I would love to donate!

RavenSPe said:

March 19th, 8:24 am

Thank you for making this option available to us. I will tell my friends about this and hopefully together we can all help the people of Japan.

EggySong85 said:

March 19th, 8:42 am

time to go add funds to my wallet! This was one of the best ideas to pop up on Blog.share, I’m thrilled to see it enacted so quickly.

Guillemots said:

March 19th, 8:47 am

Just Donated with both my EU and US account :-)

Hellman said:

March 19th, 8:52 am

Fantastic idea Sony I just donated some money.

DeathMoJo said:

March 19th, 8:59 am

I am glad to see Sony putting effort forward to help. I am in the US Military and i know that a few of my friends are stationed over there a few more on their way to assist.

I pray for those over there and their families, my donation is just a small fraction and if my ship gets called upon to go help, i’ll gladly go.

jimmyfoxhound said:

March 19th, 9:01 am

I hope & pray this is all true, that every penny will go to relief efforts. I know I’m making an appeal to a large faceless corporation but please watch over these donations and make sure it ALL goes to those in need and those who are on the ground. The thought of anyone skimming a single cent off these donations depresses me beyond belief. PLEASE make sure this all goes to where it needs to go.

beastbarbour said:

March 19th, 9:31 am

good job sony, i will most certainely help

nv_Los said:

March 19th, 9:33 am

Donated, glad i could help

Armyless said:

March 19th, 10:04 am

I am donating this instant. I will donate again as needed as help is needed.

Budapesti said:

March 19th, 10:10 am

Thank you for doing this Sony. I’ve already made a donation to the Red Cross, but I think this will encourage many people who probably didn’t know how to help, to get involved and do what they can in the aftermath of this terrible natural disaster.
I think Sony have behaved exceptionally sensitively over this event, and we should applaud them. They don’t always get it right, but this time the business of making money has taken second place to the feelings and needs of a nation.
And to my fellow PS Blog users, please donate what you can. If everyone who comes here donates just $2, it really could make a difference between life and death for someone – perhaps a fellow gamer like yourself. Plus you’ll get not only a cool theme, but a nice warm fuzzy feeling for the rest of the day. (^_^)

dragoon_slayer12 said:

March 19th, 10:11 am

i’ve done my share. hopefully with all the psn users in the world, the “lil” bit that we do makes a huge impact.

Butters360 said:

March 19th, 10:15 am

You guys should really make a banner to put up on the Blog in real-time showing how much money worldwide PSN users donated.

Jake20202 said:

March 19th, 10:25 am

Very, very nice. ^_^

danike007 said:

March 19th, 10:33 am

all i can say is courage to Japan people. ‘Francis Lopes’ from Angola


March 19th, 11:57 am

Its great that we can donate through the PSN for Japan. Just donated $10. But I have a big problem with PSN making you fund $5 to the wallet if you want to donate $2. Sony is making $3 off this relief effort. Thats not cool!

austinite04 said:

March 19th, 12:07 pm

I like this idea, please release more theme’s with charitable causes in future disaster relief efforts. I’ve already texted a $10 donation on my iphone, and I downloaded this theme for $5.00…. I hope there aren’t any future epic disasters but who’s to say there won’t be?? So, Thank you Sony for finally putting up a Theme with a cause, I would have loved a Haitian Theme after their earthquake disaster as well… This isn’t marketing, it’s just giving me the consumer the option of donating to the Red Cross through a different medium. I would have paid $50 for this theme if I had that money laying around, but I gave what I could..

austinite04 said:

March 19th, 12:09 pm


No, your wrong, your wallet contains money that is in limbo.. Not in Sony’s wallet.. it’s still in your wallet so to speak.. Until you spend it.. The main reason I donated $5.00 was to resolve any such issue.. But no, Sony isn’t making any profit off of you leaving money in your wallet.

austinite04 said:

March 19th, 12:11 pm

@214: I agree I wanna banner showing semi live results… of what we’ve put up…

crunchmonkey said:

March 19th, 12:41 pm

I just made a $50 donation… but I was taxed! That’s really not cool.

Still, I’m glad I could contribute something.

Blyskis said:

March 19th, 1:26 pm

It’s great to see this kind of support, how long will we the option to donate be running until? I need to save up for another PSN card and don’t want to miss the opportunity to contribute to the relief efforts

Kirkpad said:

March 19th, 3:35 pm

Yeah, I got taxed as well. That’s kinda lame. Hopefully it will be returned by the time I want to make purchases on Tuesday.

wU-sOLdiEr210 said:

March 19th, 3:49 pm

good thing to see sony get involved with this relief effort. but i have one compliant. how are you going to charge a tax for a donation? if im donating money that should tax free.

Kai_Hiwatari1992 said:

March 19th, 4:57 pm

This is an excellent way to give support to Japan. Great idea sony!!!!
My heart goes out to all those affected by the disaster. I have total faith that Japan will soon recover.
So everyone please donate, every donation regardless how small makes a difference.
I love you Japan!!!!!!!!!!

arcadean1 said:

March 19th, 5:23 pm

I am glad to finally see a section of the blog cater to the crisis in Japan,and a way to donate as a playstation fan, thanks for listening Playstion! Will make a donation soon.(gotta get me some PSN cards)

TheLastNinja- said:

March 19th, 5:39 pm

Great stuff, Sony! I’ve been wanting to donate for a while.

You should add a feature to the PSN Store that allows us to donate to a charity in any amount we wish. Sometimes people will have like, 20 cents left over after some purchases and can’t really put it to use, allowing us to donate the spare change would be awesome. It’d be better going to a charity rather than just sitting in our virtual wallets. :)

Le_Crotale said:

March 19th, 6:09 pm

Perhaps there is an issue with UK account but I cannot get my donation to be processed on any credit card. I get ‘An error has occurred. 80023103’

Any idea what this may be?

Many thanks!

Korbei83 said:

March 19th, 6:20 pm

If you’re upset about the tax, remember that your government has likely already contributed millions of dollars in aid. Just think of it as your personal share.

If your government hasn’t, go rattle their cages about it.

dirtybender98 said:

March 19th, 6:59 pm

good job to help them out,add me!

Angelshadow_7 said:

March 19th, 7:24 pm

DONE! Congrats on the iniciative and the theme its AWESOMETACULAR!!!! I Only wish it would be a Dynamic Theme…but its ULTRA NICE AND GORGEOUS! :D

Akfu_TheOriginal said:

March 19th, 7:37 pm

Thank you PSN for giving us the opportunity to help those in need. I will continue to send positive thoughts to the people of Japan in this tough time, and this background will be a reminder to do so.

Enigma777 said:

March 19th, 8:04 pm

Well, I’ve got $2 sitting in my wallet anyways, so I might as well use them for something good.

doctorsub1 said:

March 19th, 8:22 pm

Thank you for influencing our lives in a positive way in the 80’s. I hope my donation can help a family or someone in need now. As a kid growing up I didn’t have a babysitter, I had a NES, I didn’t have a brother, I had a Sega Master System, and lastly in middle school I didn’t have that many friends but I had a PlayStation. Thank you for growing with me.

taehyunnie said:

March 19th, 8:54 pm

yeah, i’m hoping you can set up a donation with the Canadian red cross. I’m holding back until we can donate as part of canada from canada. thanks.

driver4_ said:

March 19th, 9:38 pm

Great idea, SONY! I hope all goes well in Japan.

jimmyfoxhound said:

March 19th, 9:57 pm

My gosh, if you want to give to a specific thing as the Canadian Red Cross then just do it, don’t wait on Sony!


March 19th, 10:14 pm

@219 actually you’re still wrong. Sony has possession of the $3 in your wallet. Its counted as an earning and thats why its non refundable. What you have is a $2 credit in your wallet and thats why YOU donated $5 to resolve any such issues.

ziggurcat said:

March 19th, 10:21 pm

@198: as it was stated above you, tax will be refunded to your wallet, so you are not paying tax on the donation. seriously, people… read.

Jensen082 said:

March 19th, 10:23 pm

Without Japan the gaming industry will not be were is today. My love and prayers go to them

ElektroDragon said:

March 19th, 10:59 pm

Thank you Sony for listening and addressing the tax problem with the donations. Now if only you has addressed this to begin with, I would have donated more than $2, but I donated in other places as well, so it will have to do.

itsmeAlex said:

March 19th, 11:01 pm

Even giving just $2 can make a difference :D

SLD_SNK said:

March 19th, 11:26 pm

It’s great to see the Playstation community coming together for such a great cause! Hopefully more people join in and we can get Japan back on it’s feet and get people the help they need.

SPOPS said:

March 20th, 12:21 am

I just donated…. I can’t believe the devastation in Japan right now.

elementsk8er13 said:

March 20th, 1:23 am

Great Idea! Just donated, and I will definitely donate more soon.

BLACK_X68 said:

March 20th, 6:54 am

This theme has won reputation in Japan.
It is because a design is excellent and very pretty.
And it is a design with Japanese likeness.
I want you to also make a selling point of PS Store of Japan for the assistance to a disaster area.
And I appreciate the kindness of everybody as one of Japanese.
Very very thank you.

Ramms said:

March 20th, 7:16 am

Count me in ! =D

Jin_Kusanagi said:

March 20th, 8:20 am

You have my support =)

“Many gamers in particular feel a special bond with Japan, even if they’ve never traveled there personally.”
Very true.

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