Actor, director, and Hollywood luminary Clint Eastwood has joined Lady Gaga and other celebrities offering their support for Japan. The catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that hit eastern Japan last week has killed at least 6,000 people and left several hundred thousand homeless. In the wake of this disaster, Japan has been in dire need of financial support.
Eastwood’s recent film ‘Hereafter,’ which contains a scene of 2004’s Indian Ocean tsunami, was recalled from Japanese theaters due to its sensitive content. In light of this, Eastwood and Warner Bros president Kevin Tsujihara have offered to donate the film’s DVD sales to relief efforts. The Matt Damon-starring film was released on DVD on March 15th.
In addition to the lives claimed by the earthquake and tsunami, the disaster also caused a nuclear meltdown that continues to grow in severity. Eastwood described the loss that the Japanese people face as “almost incomprehensible”— an accurate assessment, considering the staggering number of casualties. Recovery has begun as donations begin to reach Japan, but efforts from celebrities like Eastwood are just the start of a long process.
Many companies are offering unique ways to donate to Japan’s ongoing recovery. LivingSocial, a website that typically provides daily deals on local dining and entertainment, has a different kind of deal going on today: donate $5 to Japan relief, and they’ll double it. Though $5 may not seem like much, it certainly adds up; about $900,000 has been donated thus far, for a total donation of over $1.8 million. The offer lasts through tomorrow, so if you have $5 to spare, donate now.