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Aflac donates $1.2 million to Japan earthquake relief efforts

A Columbus company that employs about 5,000 people in Japan has donated $1.2 million to disaster relief efforts following a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami there today.

Aflac, headquartered on Wynnton Road in Columbus, made the 100 million yen donation to the International Red Cross.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Japanese people during this very difficult time,” Aflac Chairman and CEO Dan Amos said in a statement. “We stand ready to assist in the healing process and are pledging these funds to ensure that basic needs are cared for during this crisis.”

There have been no reports of injuries to the company’s employees in Japan or significant damage to the firm’s office buildings,” said Aflac spokesman Jon Sullivan.

The magnitude-8.9 quake occurred offshore and generated a 23-foot tsunami. There also have been dozens of aftershocks.

“All of the reports are good in terms of the safety of Aflac employees there,” Sullivan said.

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