Jack Johnson donates $50,000 to Japan fund

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Entertainer Jack Johnson is donating $50,000 to GlobalGiving's Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund to help residents of the affected areas.

The nonprofit is distributing funds to Save the Children, the International Medical Corps, and other organizations on the ground to provide relief and aid to victims.

While traveling in Japan as part of the To The Sea tour, Johnson and his crew were in Osaka when the earthquake struck on March 11.

The concert in Osaka took place as scheduled hours after the massive earthquake, as television images of the powerful tsunami began streaming in.

Sendai, one of cities hardest hit by the tsunami, was the next concert stop scheduled on the tour.

The day following the earthquake and tsunami, Johnson canceled plans to travel to Tokyo for a media event because of rising concerns about the safety of the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

The band and crew remained in Osaka until the decision was made to postpone the remainder of the tour due to the tragedy.

"My family and I were in our hotel room on the 29th floor in Osaka when the earthquake hit," Johnson said. "Although it was an extremely nerve-racking experience, it was nothing compared to what those closer to the epicenter are going through. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the families that have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami. We are making a donation to help with the relief efforts and hope to be back in Japan soon to reunite with friends and play more music."

Johnson is encouraging his fans to support relief and recovery efforts in any way they can.

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