Square Enix donates $457,000 to Japan Red Cross Society

The Final Fantasy developer aims to help relief and recovery efforts following Japan's back-to-back earthquakes last week.


Two earthquakes devastated Kumamoto last week. The first hit at a magnitude of 5.4; the second measured 7.3. Twenty-nine people were killed and thousands were left injured. Now famed Japanese developer/publisher Square Enix has stepped up to help the affected regions recover and rebuild.

In a statement published on its website, Square Enix disclosed a donation of $457,000 (or 50 million yen) to Japan Red Cross Society. "Square Enix Group extends its deepest sympathies and condolences to all those affected by the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake," per the online statement.

According to CBS, the two epicenters were rather shallow; since the quakes hit nearer the surface, significantly worse shaking caused greater damage than might have occurred had the epicenters been deeper below the surface.

Square Enix made the donation "with the hope to support the earliest possible relief and recovery of affected regions."

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at davidlcraddock.com and @davidlcraddock.

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