Social and Environmental Activities

Activities to Support Recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake

Activities to Support Recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake

With kind support from around the world, the infrastructure for daily life is gradually being restored. Nevertheless, continued support will be required for true recovery to take place.

After the disaster, the BOOKOFF Group donated ¥10 million to the Japanese Red Cross Society, and also launched the Sell to Support and Support for Mobile Libraries in Tohoku (operated by the Shanti Volunteer Association) activities to provide support through books, CDs, DVDs, and game software.

“So that memories of the disaster do not fade away…”

With this thought in mind, the BOOKOFF Group has been providing continuous support with “what BOOKOFF can do” together with our customers, with a sense of closeness to the disaster victims and the people involved in the recovery effort.

Initiative (1)

Sell to Support: Donating proceeds of items that are no longer being used

Sell to SupportThe purchase amount normally received by sellers for books, CDs, DVDs, and game software sold via BOOKOFF Online using the Takuhonbin (home pickup delivery service), can be donated.
Under Sell to Support, the BOOKOFF Group adds 10% to the purchase amount and donates the total amount to the Central Community Chest of Japan, also known as the Red Feather, to be used for support in damaged areas.

Method of support

An application is made through the BOOKOFF Online internet site. (only available in Japan)

Method of support
1Application Reservations are made simultaneously for the number of packages and pickup date.
2Item packaging Please package the items you wish to sell.
Note: Books, CDs, DVDs, and game software are eligible.
3Pickup A parcel delivery service will pick up the items at no charge.
Note: The driver will bring a printed delivery receipt.
4Donation The BOOKOFF Group will retain the purchase amount, add 10%, and donate the total amount to the Central Community Chest of Japan.
Initiative (2)

Support for Mobile Libraries in Tohoku

Support for Mobile Libraries in TohokuThe public interest incorporated association, Shanti Volunteer Association (“Shanti”) operated mobile libraries in areas where public libraries and bookstores suffered major damage from tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
When a customer sold books, CDs, DVDs, or game software via BOOKOFF Online using the Takuhonbin (home pickup delivery service), the BOOKOFF Group added 10% to the purchase amount and donated the total amount to Shanti to fund its activities and for purchases of new books.
In addition, books purchased for use by mobile libraries were purchased as new books from bookstores in the affected areas.

About the Shanti Volunteer Association’s Mobile Libraries in Tohoku

A mobile library service was initiated in July 2011 by the Shanti Volunteer Association in response to the fact that people in areas that suffered damage were not able to enjoy reading.
* Areas of operation: Yamamoto Town, Watari District, Miyagi Prefecture; Rikuzentakata City, Ofunato City, Otsuchi Town, and Yamada Town in Iwate Prefecture; Minamisoma City, Fukushima Prefecture

Picture books, comic books, novels, practical guides, and other books are loaded onto a vehicle that visits temporary housing, and people can borrow the books they want and return them the next time the mobile library visits.

Volunteer participation by BOOKOFF chain employees

BOOKOFF chain employees went to the affected areas and assisted with the operation of mobile libraries. Directing people inside the mobile libraries, helping people find the books they were looking for and lending the books, serving tea, and other activities, gave these employees an opportunity to communicate with the mobile library users in the affected areas.

  • Volunteer participation by BOOKOFF chain employees
  • Volunteer participation by BOOKOFF chain employees
  • Volunteer participation by BOOKOFF chain employees
  • Volunteer participation by BOOKOFF chain employees

Activity Report

As of Feb. 29, 2016

Sell to Support
No. of participants Amount of support
17,572 persons ¥52,195,707
Support for Mobile Libraries in Tohoku
No. of participants Amount of support
1,683 persons ¥8,299,580
BOOKOFF

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