Red Cross

Heading to Comiket this year? Be sure to donate blood for a special gift!

Nothing goes better with a weekend in costume than a bag of blood for the Red Cross.

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Out-of-cash otaku? In Japan, you can exchange your blood for cool anime posters this summer

If you’re an anime fan, it turns out you’ve got red gold pumping through your veins!

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“Escape from the Abandoned Blood Lab II” event to be held in Osaka

No money is needed to take part in this survival game — all the organizers want is that precious blood of yours.

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Japanese gamers debate Red Cross’s call for virtual crimes to be punished

The International Red Cross has recently been pushing for so-called “hyper realistic” video games to follow international humanitarian laws and penalize players for their in-game crimes, such as gunning down civilians. Last month, the organization on its Japanese site posted an explanation about why it decided to press for this. As expected, gamers had mixed reactions to the announcement with some decrying the “over-regulation” of their hobby, while many thought it was a much-needed change to the industry.

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US Tops Japan Earthquake Donor List, Neighboring South Korea Fails to Crack Top 20


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.
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