Concluding the controversy over Johnny’s Entertainment using the proceeds from their Marching J charity drive to buy pandas, the company officially confirmed that they would be borrowing pandas from China to bring to the tsunami-stricken Sendai region.
The label proposed at the end of last year that they would aid the invitation of pandas to Sendai. Marching J’s board chairman Sato Shunichi personally delivered a document stating that Marching J would be providing the funds to pay for a panda habitat and other expenses to mayor Okuyama Emiko.
He stated, “Next year we’ll be building a home for the pandas… we’d like to make the child disaster victims smile, and to grant their dreams and wishes.”
According to Marching J, in addition to paying for the pandas’ habitat, they will also take the responsibility of paying for the panda rental fee, their transport costs, and their feed costs. The sum total is estimated to be approximately one hundred million yen (approximately $1,280,000 USD).
You know what would really make them smile? Rebuilding their fucking homes.
But hey, anytime you get the chance to bring pandas to kids who need housing, clothing, and medication, you absolutely have to do it.