Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Stefani digs deep for Japan aid

Gwen Stefani has donated one million dollars to help victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami

Gwen Stefani has donated one million dollars to help children caught up in the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

The No Doubt star announced on her band's website that she had given the money to Save The Children's Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children In Emergency Fund.

The singer and fashion designer, 41, said: "I've been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture.

"The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking and I want to do anything I can to help. I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the love and support of all the fans over all these years."

Gwen "immediately" fell "in love" with Japan when she first toured the country with No Doubt in 1996.

A Tokyo district known as Harajuku inspired her clothing line Harajuku Lovers and the song Harajuku Girls. Gwen also named her backing dancers The Harajuku Girls.

As well as her personal one million dollar donation, the singer is holding a charity auction and designing a T-shirt which will raise funds for the relief effort.

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