Many celebrities (GACKT, T.M. Revolution, Dear Loving, and YOSHIKI, among others) have been contributing to the earthquake relief effort, and now the AKB48 project groups have followed suit!
2 donation bank accounts have been set up in collaboration with the Japan Red Cross Society by the members and staff of AKB48, SDN48, SKE48, and NMB48. All of these groups as well as the main producer Akimoto Yasushi, have already contributed to the accounts. Fans who wish to donate through the AKB48 project can find details on how to do so on their official blog.
Apparently, some members within the AKB48 project have also been affected in the disaster. The members and staff expressed their sincere wish for a quick return to normalcy in their blog post.