13:12 on January 26, 2013
Around 50 coffee shops across the country are working to donate a portion of their drink sales to local charities on Tuesday to help Australia keep forest fires alive.
A series of fires in Australia, especially in the southeast, have destroyed more than 170,000 square kilometers of forests and farmland, nearly half of Japan's area, and killed more than 30 people since September last year. Is.
A coffee shop in Minato-ku, Tokyo, which operates using beans purchased from Australia, has set up a donation box about a week ago to help the affected area, and on the 26th, one more drink sales. We donate 50 yen per charity to local charities.
The initiative is being carried out at approximately 50 coffee shops in 15 prefectures around the country on the 26th at the call of the owner of the shop, which lived in Sydney until 10 years ago.
"I'm very worried because I have a friend in Australia. I hope this kind of activity spreads as much as possible," said owner Tomomasa Shibata.
A woman in her twenties who visited the store said, "I feel responsible for what happened because people say that warming is a cause of the fire. "