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Thank's to all those American's who donated money to help Japan recover from the earthquake and tsunami.
The Japanese Red Cross Society recently released a summary of countries and territories that sent donations (as of the end of 2012) to the organization following the Great East Japan Earthquake. Topping the list were the United States and Taiwan, number one and two respectively, with donations in excess of 2.9 billion yen (approx. US$29 million) each. A total of 22.7 billion yen was received from 179 countries and territories, including from among the world’s poorest nations. Drawing the attention of some Netizens was the fact that neighboring South Korea failed to make the top 20.
It should be noted that the summary drawn up by the Red Cross represents an aggregate of donations that directly supported victims through local governments and is different from relief funds devoted to the activities of the Red Cross itself.
The top 20 donating countries are:
1. U.S.: 2.99 billion yen
2. Taiwan: 2.92 billion
3. Thailand 2.05 billion
4. Oman 1.07 billion
5. China 910 million
6. Algeria 830 million
7. U.K. 780 million
8. Vietnam 780 million
9. Hong Kong 720 million
10. France 610 million
11. Switzerland 550 million
12. Malaysia 510 million
13. India 480 million
14. Brazil 480 million
15. Papa New Guinea 320 million
16. Singapore 310 million
17. Australia 300 million
18. Mongolia 290 million
19. Philippine 290 million
20. Italy 270 million