DOWNTOWN : Kobe Relief Fund Surpasses $1 Million

A relief fund organized by several local Japanese organizations to help the victims of the Jan. 17 earthquake in Kobe, Japan, has raised $1.18 million.

The Kobe Relief Fund was created for victims of the earthquake in which 5,357 people were killed and 210,000 were left homeless. The fund was begun hours after the quake.

The money is being distributed through a Kobe-area government agency to earthquake victims. All money raised by the Kobe Relief Fund is being sent to Japan, said spokesman Steve Barth.

The fund was organized by the Japan American Society of Southern California, the Japan Business Assn. and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce.

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