HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Baseball star Ichiro Suzuki donated 100 million yen-the equivalent of 1.24 million dollars, to the Japanese Red Cross to support relief efforts in Japan. The Japanese player has achieved numerous batting records and has a large fan base in his home country.
Suzuki's team, the Seattle Mariners, have agreed to raise money during the first six home games of the 2011 season to benefit victims of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011.
The baseball team has pledged to match all donations to the Red Cross during the games on April 8-12 with the Cleveland Indians and the Toronto Blue Jays. The Mariner's philanthropy branch, "Mariners Care," promised a donation of $100,000.
Nintendo Co. Ltd., the Mariner's largest owner, also announced that they are giving $3.7 million to support disaster relief in Japan. Nintendo of America, Inc. is the subsidiary of Nintendo Co. Ltd.