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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A private Japanese company that’s long supported 5th Air Force functions has made another substantial contribution to the cause.

Yoshiki Kanazawa, company president of Yamakin, which manages the American Village in Tachikawa and owns the Olympic Shopping Center in Mizuho Town, presented a $50,000 check on behalf of his company to Brig. Gen. Joseph M. Reheiser on Monday for the 2005 Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas.

“Sometimes people think that maybe they can’t help that much but really the donations add up with everyone giving from their heart,” David Knight, CFC-O Pacific director, said Monday. “Today’s donation means even more people will be helped.”

The Japan and Okinawa campaigns, which began Oct. 17 and end Dec. 15, had generated almost $1.2 million by Tuesday afternoon, said Air Force Maj. Richelle Dowdell, a U.S. Forces Japan spokeswoman. Of that, the 5th Air Force has chipped in more than $514,000.

Contributions benefit more than 1,700 aid organizations sponsored by CFC-O, she said, but only those chosen by donors receive money. Allotments start Jan. 1 and last for a year.

Interested people may visit for more information on specific charities.

Yamakin’s Monday donation will support servicemembers and civilians on Yokota, Misawa and Kadena air bases.

USFJ officials said it’s not the first time the company has given to the command.

During the Vietnam War, Yamakin, then owned by Kanazawa’s father, donated money to purchase comfortable furniture for injured servicemembers staying at Yokota until they returned to the United States. Following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America, the company again made a sizeable donation to 5th Air Force for safety and quality-of-life projects.

“We are thankful to Mr. Kanazawa and the Yamakin company for their continuous record of good will and their lasting friendship with the 5th Air Force community,” Reheiser said during the presentation. “We look forward to watching the lasting effects of your contribution on the military members, civilians and their dependents throughout 5th Air Force.”

The CFC-O is part of the larger annual Combined Federal Campaign program, the world’s second-largest philanthropy campaign, netting almost $15 million in 2004.

A year ago, USFJ collected just less than $3 million as Pacific Command raised more than $4.7 million for charities, according to Dowdell.

Individuals who wish to donate should contact their CFC-O unit representatives or e-mail Monetary gifts are accepted on a one-time basis or through payroll allotments.


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