It was announced that AKB48 has set up two bank accounts in collaboration with the Japan Red Cross Society in order to give their fans an easy and secure way to donate money for the disaster relief efforts.
It was already known that the members of AKB48 and its sister groups have already contributed to the accounts, but the exact amount hasn’t been revealed until today. According to Sanspo, Akimoto Yasushi, all the members of AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, SDN48, as well as their management AKS and the staff of Akimoto’s office have donated a total of 500 million Yen ($6.2 million USD).
The girls commented that it was natural for them to contribute to the disaster relief, but at the same time they are trying to think of more ways to support all the people affected by the calamity. We can probably look forward to various more charity events from the idol groups.
You can find more details about the bank accounts in the Sanspo link below or at AKB48’s official blog here.