Uniqlo CEO Tadashi Yanai, center, poses with Uniqlo and NGO officials at an event to launch the fashion brand's Restoration Support Project for the Tohoku region. Uniqlo has had staff working as volunteers in the devastated area and says there are still great needs. It will open temporary Uniqlo stores in the Tohoku area "to provide daily necessities, the joy of wearing clothes and job opportunities," Yanai says. The company will also invest 300 million yen in five nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) -- EN, ADRA Japan, IVY (International Volunteer center Yamagata), PlaNet Finance Japan and Tohoku Kyoeki Toshi Kikin.
Last year, Yanai made a personal donation of 1 billion yen to the Japanese Red Cross, while Uniqlo donated 700 million yen worth of clothing to evacuees.© Japan Today