Countries That Donated to Japan (Seven Eleven Stats)

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    I recently stumbled across a Seven Eleven press release from late June, summarizing the results of charity fundraising efforts undertaken by its convenience stores. Its summary of international breaks down the 420 million yen ($5.45 million) of donations by countries and regions.

    The results are quite interesting:

    Total Amount of Donations Raised:

    1. Taiwan (4,753 stores) – 303,680,000 yen
    2. America/Canada (6,636 stores) – 65,340,000 yen
    3. Thailand (5,962 stores) – 16,000,000 yen
    4. Hong Kong (949 stores) – 11,880,000 yen
    5. Singapore (550 stores) – 11,270,000 yen
    6. Malaysia (1,235 stores) – 5,280,000 yen
    7. Hawaii (54 stores) – 4,180,000 yen
    8. Mexico (1,240 stores) – 3,870,000 yen
    9. Indonesia (27 stores) – 2,930,000 yen
    10. South Korea (3,404 stores) – 740,000 yen
    11. Philippines (577 stores) – 300,000 yen

    Average Amount Raised Per Store:

    1. Indonesia – 108,518 yen
    2. Hawaii – 77,407 yen
    3. Taiwan – 63,892 yen
    4. Singapore – 20,491 yen
    5. Hong Kong – 12,518 yen
    6. America / Canada – 9,846 yen
    7. Malaysia – 4,275 yen
    8. Mexico – 3,120 yen
    9. Thailand – 2,684 yen
    10. Philippines – 520 yen
    11. South Korea – 217 yen

    The data only reflects donations made through Seven Eleven convenience stores, which were probably only a small fraction of the total charity donations that came from each country. Nevertheless, it does seem to fairly reflect the tremendous outpouring of goodwill from Taiwan (over 20 billion yen ($259 million) in charity donations). It’s also interesting to see that Hawaii, an American state with close ties to Japan, had a very high amount of donations per store.

    The tiny amount of donations collected by South Korean convenience stores might reflect the negative effect that a tantrum of anti-Japanese nationalism had on that country’s charity fundraising campaigns. In one case, millions of yen that Seoul City employees had donated for Tohoku earthquake relief were re-directed and given to ultra-nationalist groups.

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