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#1 Mar 18 2011 at 4:13 AM Rating: Good
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March 17, 2011
SQUARE ENIX GROUP Support for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Efforts



Tokyo, Japan (March 17, 2011) — Square Enix Group (the Group) today announced that, following the Tohoku Pacific Earthquakes and Tsunami, the Group will donate 100 million Japanese yen to help relief and recovery efforts in the affected regions. Additionally, the Group will collect charity donations from employees worldwide for the disaster relief fund.

The Group also plans to host several support programs through select Square Enix online services and the amusement facilities that TAITO operates across Japan.

We send our deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims, and we sincerely pray that those injured will have full and speedy recoveries.


I. Support from the Square Enix Group

1. Donation in the amount of 100 million Japanese yen from Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

2. Donation collections from Square Enix Group employees worldwide

Both donations will be sent for the relief and recovery efforts in the affected regions through the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami fundraising campaign launched by The Japanese Red Cross Society.


II. Support programs through services and amusement facilities of the Square Enix Group

1. SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.

1. Donation program started on March 14 through the online game service SENGOKU IXA. The donations are collected through the placement of a special charity item. All sales of the item will be donated through Yahoo! Charity Fund.
SENGOKU IXA website: http://sengokuixa.jp/

2. Square Enix will also host a donation program using Square Enix Crysta®, the billing system in many of Square Enix's online services. The details of this program will be announced through the Square Enix account website at a later date.
Square Enix Account website: http://www.square-enix.com/jp/account/

2. TAITO CORPORATION

1. TAITO will collect donations from the customers at the amusement facilities that TAITO operates across Japan. The details of the program will be announced on the TAITO website and at the facilities at a later date.

2. TAITO will also collect donations by placing special charity items in its social games for mobile phones, and all sales of the item will be donated. The details of the program will be announced on TAITO website at a later date.
TAITO website:http://www.taito.co.jp/

3. SMILE-LAB CO., LTD.

1. The virtual life community Nicotto Town will collect donations by placing a special charity item in its service, and all sales of the item will be donated. The details of the program will be announced on Nicotto Town website at a later date.
Nicotto Town website: http://www.nicotto.jp/


About The Square Enix Group

The Square Enix Group leads a diverse range of content and service businesses as an integrated entertainment group. The Group develops, publishes, distributes and licenses entertainment content around the world under its internationally renowned brands including SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® and operates a global network of leading development studios located in North America, Europe and Japan. The Group also boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 97 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 57 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®.

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I post this here as a FFXI player. There is a possibility of an in-game item to purchase for charity or buying with real money through POL to donate. To me, I doubt they'd not give the the option to FFXI players too.
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#2 Mar 18 2011 at 4:32 AM Rating: Decent
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Perhaps a ribbon that would dispense a flower every so often, or a miniature cherry blossom for your mog house. I'd glady pony up some extra cash for something like that.

I'll probably end up donating the $5 in crysta I have laying around too. Not because I don't plan on playing FFXIV again mind you, but if it can be put to use right now for a good cause then why not right?
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I will donate my free month + a paying months worth of XI to the cause.

Thank you SE.
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ok, the links are in Japanese, any info of ways the rest of the Play online community can do this?
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DO NOT DONATE MONEY.

I have been hearing on the news today that many of the charities won't be sending the money to Japan. They all have realized that Japan doesn't even need the donations.

Japan was smart, they are very prepared for this disaster, over 140 countries have pledged their support and Japan has only accepted 14 of their help and its more for equipment, expertise type stuff.

Charities like Red Cross I believe was one of them, are going to end up diverting the funds to other needs around the world. So if you are going to donate to Japan, just know it most likely not go there. We will probably see this more on the news in the coming days. This was reported on my way in today.

I have even read some interviews from some Japanese officials that have said the aid has actually been more of a hinderance then a help. I guess they must really be on the ball there in Japan and have everything planned. I guess us stepping in is actually interfereing with their fans.


Wierd , but interesting to see more info on this.

Edited, Mar 18th 2011 12:16pm by xbobbobx
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#6 Mar 18 2011 at 9:01 AM Rating: Excellent
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I guess it is like when a millionaire gets his ford focus stolen and we , who have little money donate to him to rebuy another car.


Only it definitely isn't like that. You can see that with the plenty of people(not in millionaire communities) who lost everything and at best were just lucky enough to keep their loved ones. We don't need to be complacent and think,"Oh yeah don't worry their government will do everything." Oh and of course, some charities does not equal all charities.

And of course, with any claims, "I read.." is a poor substitute for, "In this link to a trustworthy source(link) it was said"
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#7 Mar 18 2011 at 9:26 AM Rating: Good
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http://goodintents.org/disaster/why-waiting-to-give-to-japan-is-a-good-idea

Not sure if it's trustworthy, but what they're saying makes sense.

I think xbob is right even if he does take it a little too far. It's a great idea to donate because even if your money doesn't get to Japan, it will still likely go to disaster relief in other parts of the world. If you're someone that's completely hung up on donating only to Japan, then you've got to be incredibly careful about who you donate to.

Edited, Mar 18th 2011 11:54am by xypin
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Edited the one part out.

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And of course, with any claims, "I read.." is a poor substitute for, "In this link to a trustworthy source(link) it was said"


And as I said I heard it on my way in. So unless you can show me how to link to a radio broadcast I heard a couple hours ago, i cannot link it. Hence why I said we will probably see more news about this in the coming days.

Edited, Mar 18th 2011 12:18pm by xbobbobx
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DO NOT DONATE MONEY.

I have been hearing on the news today that many of the charities won't be sending the money to Japan. They all have realized that Japan doesn't even need the donations.

I have even read some interviews from some Japanese officials that have said the aid has actually been more of a hinderance then a help. I guess they must really be on the ball there in Japan and have everything planned. I guess us stepping in is actually interfereing with their fans.




You're full of crap. One of my friends/coworkers here recently met with the Japanese consulate (his wife is from Japan and they have a lot of family there and work with a local group that promotes ties between this community and Japan) and they said nothing about not needing aid.

In fact they told my co-worker a few things they would like the local group to fundraise for specifically.

Japan has one of the world's highest debt to GDP ratios and the clean up for this disaster will cost billions - insurance will only cover a fraction of that. There are hundreds of thousands of people living in emergency shelters or crouched amoung the ruins. Nuclear power plants may still go chernobyl and people can't even get out yet.

No, Japan wasn't prepared for a once-in-ten-thousand-year size earthquake. They were more prepared than a lot of countries would be - but no one is prepared for a wave to come wipe out tens of thousands of homes and damage several nuclear power plants.

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It is the worst disaster since the Second World War. An earthquake and a tsunami hit Japan, damaging the ********* nuclear power plant.

The cost is hard to quantify yet, but Goldman Sachs believes it could be as high as $200bn.
And the rest of the world will feel the knock-on effect. Japan, the world''s third-largest economy, is an important engine of growth for the rest of Asia and the world, and is facing a huge challenge in raising the money to fund its rebuilding.

Just how will debt-ridden Japan pay for the earthquake and tsunami recovery?
http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/countingthecost/2011/03/2011317145811723806.html


Edited, Mar 18th 2011 9:43am by Olorinus
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Perhaps a ribbon that would dispense a flower every so often, or a miniature cherry blossom for your mog house. I'd glady pony up some extra cash for something like that.

I'll probably end up donating the $5 in crysta I have laying around too. Not because I don't plan on playing FFXIV again mind you, but if it can be put to use right now for a good cause then why not right?
25000+ dead, bodies washing up on shores, possible meltdowns.

It's great to see someone who will pony up some cash to help, so long as they get an in game item.
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SQUARE ENIX GROUP Support for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

This title could easily be misinterpreted in a bit of dark humor ;D

Let's please have everyone realize now that paying for FFXI puts money into Japan, and now at least some portion of whatever anyone has paid for FFXI is going towards relief efforts over there.

Not like those FFXIV cheapskates ;D
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#12 Mar 18 2011 at 10:44 AM Rating: Decent
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And as I said I heard it on my way in. So unless you can show me how to link to a radio broadcast I heard a couple hours ago, i cannot link it. Hence why I said we will probably see more news about this in the coming days.


Not what I was talking about. Since I was talking about reading one would normally assume I was adressing this out of your post:

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I have even read some interviews from some Japanese officials that have said the aid has actually been more of a hinderance then a help. I guess they must really be on the ball there in Japan and have everything planned. I guess us stepping in is actually interfereing with their fans.


I would like to read these interviews and I am sure plenty of others who see this claim would like to as well. I would like to know in what context he is saying this, what aid he refers to or if he means all forms of aid somehow make things worse. Now, do you think you can at least provide us with trustworthy links to these interviews you read?
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#13xbobbobx, Posted: Mar 18 2011 at 10:49 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Read the article the other poster posted, it is very interesting and kind of sums up everything I was saying. Japan has actually kicked out Britsh Red cross out of their country and not allowing any of their donations.
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Maybe he is listening to some right wing nutjob on the radio...

LA weekly notes there has been some of that on American radio/tv

http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/03/japan_donation_backlash.php


Edited, Mar 18th 2011 9:53am by Olorinus
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25000+ dead, bodies washing up on shores, possible meltdowns.

It's great to see someone who will pony up some cash to help, so long as they get an in game item.


You seem to be missing the point. Its about like "buying" a $200 cake from a charity. What it really is is just a cute "Here put up some trivial item for sale and we'll throw money at it". Kind of for some little this or that, mostly to put money towards a cause. This isn't some unique incredibly selfish thing the poster is saying, I've seen a number of fundraisers do this before.
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You're full of crap


Read the article, then come back and apologize to me.
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Xbob is right as usual. If you don't give, it will translate to more help.
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#18 Mar 18 2011 at 10:55 AM Rating: Excellent
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You're full of crap


Read the article, then come back and apologize to me.


I read the article. It had some American pundit theorizing that Japan didn't need the money and it points out that Japan wants to work with the Japanese red cross more than the American Red Cross. So I will donate to the Japanese Red Cross not the american.

It doesn't have a quote from Japanese officials saying they don't want help.

Where's that quote?

My government donated 500,000 yesterday. No one is sending back the check.
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#19 Mar 18 2011 at 10:58 AM Rating: Excellent
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Actually every source I can find on google suggesting we don't donate to Japan links back to one pundit named Felix Salmon who is probably just trying to score noteriety doing it.

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#20 Mar 18 2011 at 10:58 AM Rating: Excellent
First off, I know, who wants to hear from someone with so little posts, but you guys just crack me up!

I actually ready somewhere a few days ago (and I have searched for the past 15min and couldn't find it) that Japan was refusing help from international sources as well. In fact the website directly linked to the Japan Red Cross and said the best place to make donations is there, because they are taking the funds from the Japan Red Cross.

I don't think not donating is necessarily the answer, but if you are going to donate, make sure you are very careful with the organization you donate to.

Here is a link for the US Red Cross FAQs on the current situation. This is a good one, since they are not only sending support to the Japan Red Cross, but they are also looking to help anyone affected in the Pacific Ocean. So we are helping out our own, as well as Japan.

http://summitcounty.redcross.org/custom/11/1120/misc/JEPTFAQ031511.pdf

My apologies if this is a duplicate link.
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#21 Mar 18 2011 at 10:59 AM Rating: Good
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Maybe he is listening to some right wing nutjob on the radio...

LA times notes there has been some of that on American radio/tv

http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/03/japan_donation_backlash.php


Maybe, but could you provide some sort of better link? I couldn't find anything on there that warrants us having to say, "Well surely its these right wing nutjobs." No need to try to force politics into this.

Edit: And here ( http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/03/14/dont-donate-money-to-japan/ ) would be Felix Salmon's article for one to fully read his views. People can make their own decision on him after reading that.

Edited, Mar 18th 2011 1:03pm by AlexanderrOfAsura
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Japan has refused very specific forms of help. For example - we have a Canadian emergency response team that we sometimes send to disasters that they didn't want.

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"They only requested specific assistance from specific countries," Ablonczy said. "The Japanese government has a very experienced emergency-response mechanism in place. So we want to collaborate and let them take the lead on what might be necessary and when."

http://www.globalmontreal.com/Canada+assistance+teams+idly+wait+deployment+Japan/4436128/story.html



That said it appears people wanting to donate to Japan should be very careful because some aid organizations ARE NOT sending the money there. That is the real problem.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/asia-pacific/are-charities-taking-advantage-of-the-urge-to-help-japan/article1946825/


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Edited, Mar 18th 2011 10:03am by Olorinus
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Maybe he is listening to some right wing nutjob on the radio...

LA times notes there has been some of that on American radio/tv

http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/03/japan_donation_backlash.php


Maybe, but could you provide some sort of better link? I couldn't find anything on there that warrants us having to say, "Well surely its these right wing nutjobs." No need to try to force politics into this.

Edit: And here ( http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/03/14/dont-donate-money-to-japan/ ) would be Felix Salmon's article for one to fully read his views. People can make their own decision on him after reading that.

Edited, Mar 18th 2011 1:03pm by AlexanderrOfAsura


Yeah I jumped to conclusions a little quickly - but the comment that "oh they can just print more money" irked me. It still does. If we could all just print more money to get out of debt, no country in the world would be in debt - they would just "print more money" - it doesn't work like that.
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Honestly, if I give $10 for Japan but the organization spends it on Haiti instead, I'm not going to be that upset.
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Honestly, if I give $10 for Japan but the organization spends it on Haiti instead, I'm not going to be that upset.


yeah, that's a good point - As long as the people in Japan are not being left out in the cold when that happens.
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Yeah I jumped to conclusions a little quickly - but the comment that "oh they can just print more money" irked me. It still does. If we could all just print more money to get out of debt, no country in the world would be in debt - they would just "print more money" - it doesn't work like that.


Perfectly understandable. Many people are feeling a little sensitive when it comes to some of the ridiculous comments made. I just figure we shouldn't try to bring politics into this if we don't have to. If nothing else we don't need this to devolve into someone that needs to be sent to the asylum.

That said, anyone who thinks the solution ever is to print off more money is an idiot. As you said, it doesn't work like that(Then again, with my college debts coming up, I sure wouldn't mind if things were so simple).
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