LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--YOSHIKI has donated 10 million yen (approx. $100,000) to the Japanese Red Cross this week in commemoration of the ninth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
The disastrous event, which occurred on March 11, 2011, was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan. YOSHIKI responded to the devastation and loss of life in his home country with charity performances with his rock band X Japan and a series of donations which continue through the present day.
YOSHIKI made the donation through his 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Yoshiki Foundation America. He commented on the need for continued support of the still-recovering Tohoku region as well as countermeasures for the current coronavirus outbreak.
"The coronavirus is spreading across the globe and has the world's attention. At this moment, we need to carefully consider what can be done and what needs to be done. Battling against an unknown virus, the need for coexistence is greater than ever. While we are looking for a solution, I think it is necessary to carefully consider what actions we should take now," YOSHIKI said.
"In the meantime, nine years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake, and support for restoration is still needed – 3/11 is not over yet. We hope that continued support will be provided in areas where reconstruction has not progressed and for those people who have not been able to heal mentally and physically. With the little I can do, I hope that the continued charity activities with my fans can help the world as much as possible. I pray for everyone's health and safety."
The Japanese Red Cross has extended the reception of donations for Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery until March 31, 2021.
About Yoshiki Foundation America
Through Yoshiki Foundation America, YOSHIKI has supported multiple humanitarian causes across the globe, and was named one of Forbes Asia’s 30 Heroes of Philanthropy in 2019.
In 2019, YOSHIKI donated $100,000 to Leonardo DiCaprio’s Earth Alliance to combat Amazon forest fires, 10 million yen to support victims and survivors of the Kyoto Animation Fire, $90,000 to disaster relief for forest fires in South Korea, 10 million yen to Japan’s Chiba prefecture which suffered a devastating blow from Typhoon Faxai, and 10 million yen to aid Typhoon Hagibis Victims in Eastern Japan, and $150,000 to the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.
In 2018, YOSHIKI donated 10 million yen in 2018 for heavy rain disaster in western Japan and 10 million yen the same year to victims of the Eastern Iburi earthquake. In 2017, YOSHIKI donated $100,000 to disaster relief for Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas through the Recording Academy’s MusiCares® Foundation.
In 2016, YOSHIKI donated 10 million yen to the victims of the Kumamoto earthquakes. In 2015, his band X JAPAN donated 28 million yen to the earthquake reconstruction of Ishinomaki. In addition, YOSHIKI has also contributed to numerous other charities since creating his foundation in 2010.
YOSHIKI’s ongoing charity work includes supporting the Japanese Red Cross, the Make A Wish Foundation, the Grammy Foundation, and multiple other organizations including the Pablove Foundation, which supports children with childhood cancer.
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