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Samsung sending additonal relief aid

Samsung Group said Sunday it will make an additional donation of supplies to Japan amid a near rush by businesses here to help people in the neighboring country hit by the powerful earthquake and tsunami.

The nation’s largest business group earlier gave 100 million yen ($1.23 million) and 2,000 sets of emergency relief supplies, worth about 30 million yen, to Japan’s Red Cross Society.

The group will provide an additional 490 million yen worth of supplies, including some 28,000 items of clothing and 2,400 units of its Galaxy Tab tablet computer, to 2,400 shelters in Japan, group officials said.

Lotte Group, the country’s fifth-largest conglomerate, is also going all-out to help the Japanese people, hit by the 9.0-magnitude quake and ensuing tsunami on March 11 that are believed to have killed at least thousands of people while displacing tens of thousands more.

The group donated 100 million yen to the Japanese Red Cross with its liquor-beverage unit Lotte Chilsung delivering 117,000 bottles of spring water to Japan, according to their officials.

“We are sorry to see the Japanese people continuing to suffer due to aftershocks and the radiation crisis,” a group official said. “We sincerely hope Japan will quickly recover from the disaster.” 

(Yonhap News)
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