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Actor Jang Dong-gun donates $180,000 for Japan

2011/03/18 | Permalink | Source

By Kim Se-jeong

To support the United Nations World Food Program (WFP)'s recovery efforts in Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and ensuing tsunami, actor Jang Dong-gun has donated $180,000.

"Jang Dong-gun's gift will be used to provide specialized logistics support in the delivery of relief items to those who need them the most", said the WFP in its press release.

The actor has been the WFP's Ambassador against Hunger in Korea since 2008.

"It is almost impossible to comprehend the scale of this tragedy ― the loss of life, the destruction, the continued fear of those in the disaster zone", he was quoted as saying. "I urge all my fans to do whatever they can to help those affected in this time of great need. My heart is with the people of Japan".

The actor also donated $ 100,000 to WFP's earthquake operations in Haiti last year.

Jang is the latest in the stream of such South Korean "hallyu" stars as Bae Yong-joon, Ryu Si-won, and Choi Ji-woo that have donated to help the Japanese government and its people with relief following the March 11 earthquake. Regular Korean citizens have also rushed to help the quake-stricken neighboring country.

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