Oman, GE Pledge Aid for Japan

    Japanese men help unload food supplies from a helicopter. Oman and U.S.-based multinational General Electric Co. have pledged aid for Japan. Photo by: Dylan McCord / U.S. Navy / CC BY

    Oman has given $10 million to the Japanese Red Cross Society while U.S.-based multinational General Electric Co. said it would contribute up to $10 million for ongoing relief efforts in the earthquake-struck Asian country.

    Oman is believed to be the first member of the Gulf Cooperation Council to donate money to Japan, ArabianBusiness.com reports.

    GE, on the other hand, said in its website that it has delivered more than $5 million of the total sum it committed through cash donations from the GE Foundation to the Japanese Red Cross and the Miyagi Prefecture Disaster Response Fund. The company said it also provided $700,000 worth of health care products to Japan’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team. GE’s chief executive Jeffrey Immelt told Reuters the company will be donating up to $10 million for aid efforts in Japan.

    Meantime, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano has suggested streamlining the process of providing cash handouts to families affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Edano’s call came as the approximately $1 billion worth of donations received by the Japanese Red Cross has yet to be distributed directly to survivors.

    “Normally donations are disbursed through local governments that rely on independent committees to decide on the conditions for dividing up the money,” The Los Angeles Times quotes Edano. “But this time, the central government has a role to play in setting up an independent committee” that will determine how the donations will be split up.

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