September 19, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
YOSHIKI has donated 10 million yen (appx. $93,000) to Japan’s Chiba prefecture which suffered a devastating blow from Typhoon Faxai on September 10, 2019.
YOSHIKI posted his personal message on Twitter after the disaster. “I’m in America now, and I just became aware that my hometown of Tateyama was hit, along with the entire Chiba prefecture, by a typhoon causing massive amounts of damage. I’m very concerned, and I’m praying for a fast recovery.”
YOSHIKI made the donation to the Japanese Red Cross Society through his 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Yoshiki Foundation America. Last month, YOSHIKI donated $100,000 to Leonardo DiCaprio’s Earth Alliance to combat Amazon forest fires and 10 million yen ($93,000) to support victims and survivors of the Kyoto Animation Fire. YOSHIKI has also donated $100,000 to disaster relief for Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas and to numerous other charities.
The internationally renowned Japanese rock star has lived in Los Angeles for over 20 years, but still holds a strong affection for his home country. “I’ve been working abroad for many years, but my feelings for my hometown have not changed. I’m sorry this is all that I can do. Please allow me to lend what little help I can offer by making this heartfelt donation. I am praying for your recovery with all my heart.”
About Yoshiki Foundation America:
Through Yoshiki Foundation America, YOSHIKI has supported many humanitarian causes across the globe, including:
In 2011, YOSHIKI donated 11 million yen to support victims of the Great East Japan earthquake.
That same year, his band X JAPAN donated all performance fees from their festival appearances to the Tohoku earthquake support efforts. In 2015, X JAPAN donated 28 million yen to the earthquake reconstruction of Ishinomaki.
In 2016, YOSHIKI donated an additional 6 million yen to earthquake disaster reconstruction in Japan. YOSHIKI also donated 10 million yen to the victims of the Kumamoto earthquakes and gave $100,000 to the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas through the Recording Academy’s charity foundation MusiCares.
In 2018, he donated 10 million yen to the reconstruction effort after massive flooding in Japan and 10 million yen to victims of the Eastern Iburi earthquake.
In 2019, YOSHIKI donated $150,000 to the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music to support music education and 10 million yen in support of the victims and survivors of the Kyoto Animation fire. He recently donated $100,000 to the Amazon Forest Fund through Earth Alliance, the organization co-founded by Leonardo DiCaprio to help address the urgent threats to our planet’s life support systems.
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.
For more information, visit: https://www.yoshikifoundationamerica.org/.
YOSHIKI Official Website: https://www.yoshiki.net/