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A Japanese billionaire donates 1 billion yen to Ukraine


Hiroshi Mikitani. Photo source: Bongorama.

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Japanese billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani, founder and CEO of Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten Group Inc., announced on Sunday that he will donate 1 billion yen (about $ 8.7 million) to the Ukrainian government for humanitarian assistance after the Russian invasion, the agency said. Japanese press Kyodo.

“I am deeply saddened by the news that is coming. My thoughts are with you and the people of Ukraine. When I saw the courageous resistance against this unprovoked attack on the Ukrainian people, I thought about what I could do for Ukraine, “Mikitani wrote in an English letter to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky posted on his Twitter account.

The donation is intended to be used for humanitarian activities, to help the Ukrainians who have become victims of a violent and unprovoked attack, he added.

Recalling a visit to Kiev in the summer of 2019, Mikitani said he was “really fascinated by such a beautiful city,” but also by the “deep knowledge of digital technology” that Zelenski demonstrated.

“I sincerely hope that Russia and Ukraine will be able to resolve this issue peacefully and that the Ukrainian people will have peace again as soon as possible,” Mikitani added.

The Japanese giant Rakuten Group also runs a business in Ukraine, with a business hub in the Odessa region and several employees working for the free Viber messaging and calling application operated by Rakuten.