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Gwen Stefani donates $1 million for Japanese disaster relief

March 23, 2011 | 11:52 am

No Doubt-Kennedy Center Honors 
No Doubt singer and songwriter Gwen Stefani is donating $1 million to Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund to assist with the relief and recovery efforts following the recent disaster.

Stefani has been a devotee of Japanese culture and people since the band first toured the country in 1996, and has held a special affinity for the Harajuku art-fashion-music district in Tokyo. She wrote and recorded the song “Harajuku Girls” for her 2004 debut solo album, “Love.Angel.Music.Baby,” and named her fashion clothing and fragrance line Harajuku Lovers.

"I've been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture,” Stefani said in a statement issued Wednesday. “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.”

Additionally, she’s launching a charity auction next week on the band’s website, where fans can bid to join her at a fundraising event in Los Angeles. She also has designed a limited-edition Harajuku Lovers T-shirt to be sold at Nodoubt.com, with 100% of proceeds going to the Japanese relief efforts.

"Save the Children has been in Japan for 25 years,” said Charles MacCormack, the organization’s president and chief executive, “and we are working closely with our teams on the ground to address the immediate and ongoing needs of children and their families whose lives were turned upside down by this tragedy."

-- Randy Lewis

Photo of No Doubt in December at the Kennedy Center Honors saluting Paul McCartney (from left): Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal, Gwen Stefani and Adrian Young. Credit: Kris Connor / Getty Images.