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Gwen Stefani joins Sandra Bullock in donating $1 million to Japan earthquake and tsunami relief

March 23, 2011 |  1:30 pm

Gwen Stefani and Sandra Bullock have each given $1 million to Japan relief. Gwen Stefani on Wednesday donated $1 million toward relief and recovery efforts in Japan, joining the likes of Sandra Bullock, who last week gave $1 million to the Red Cross.

"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," said Stefani, who gave the cash to Save the Children's Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund, Pop & Hiss reports.

"I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the love and support of all the fans over all these years," said the No Doubt singer and clothing designer. Sales of a special edition T-shirt in Stefani's Harajuku Lovers line — available next week at the No Doubt website — will also benefit the fund.

Bae Yong-joon, a South Korean actor very popular in Japan, made a big donation to earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. Among other celebrity efforts in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami: Demi Lovato was out urging fans to "Help Japan," Lady Gaga designed a $5 "We Pray for Japan" bracelet with all proceeds going to relief and Charlie Sheen has announced that $1 from every ticket sold on his Torpedo of Truth live tour will be donated.  

Justin Bieber and Rihanna are among the names associated with a benefit compilation album, and Ne-Yo is in Japan playing charity shows.

Famous Americans such as Stefani and Bullock — who also donated $1 million to Haiti earthquake relief, did a PSA after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and supported efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and in Tennessee after last year's flooding — are hardly the only stars offering financial support.

Any number of South Korean actors and singers, many of whom have large Japanese fan bases, have already kicked in. Among them was actor Bae Yong-Joon, who gave 1 billion won, or about $900,000.


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Top photos: Sandra Bullock, left, on the Oscars red carpet on Feb. 27, and Gwen Stefani, right, backstage during her New York Fashion Week show on Feb. 17. Credits: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, left; Jason Kempin /Getty Images, right.

Left photo: Japanese travelers walk past a portrait of South Korean actor Bae Yong-Joon, who gained fame in Japan with his hit TV show "Winter Sonata," at a shopping district in Seoul on March 15. Credit: Jung Yeon-Je / AFP / Getty Images.