Japan Declines Most Offers Of Relief Aid

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In the aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami, donations to relief organizations have topped $130 million. The amount is not as large as money raised for other disasters, but Japan has declined many offers. Out of 102 offers for help from different countries, the Japanese government only accepted 15.


In the aftermath of Japan's tsunami, donations to relief organizations have topped $130 million, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. That is with the help of some celebrities. This week, Lady Gaga will start selling $5 wristbands that say: We pray for Japan. She'll donate the proceeds.

Charlie Sheen pledged $1 to Japan for every ticket sold to his new stand-up tour. Even "American Idol's" Ryan Seacrest joined in.

RYAN SEACREST: You can text for the Red Cross for relief in Japan to 90999 and help those affected by that terrible tragedy. We thank you for that support.

INSKEEP: Even after all that, the amount raised so far pales in comparison to the amounts donated after Haiti's earthquake or Hurricane Katrina, and that is at least in part because Japan has declined many offers of relief. Of 102 offers for help from different countries, the Japanese government only accepted 15. They've got money.

More than a dozen organizations contacted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy said they were not actively raising money for Japan. Some say they're waiting until the needs are more clear.


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