X JAPAN's YOSHIKI Donates Nearly $90,000 To Flood Disaster Area In Western Japan
After X JAPAN leader Yoshiki received the report of heavy downpours and flooding in July 2018 which has greatly damaged various places around western Japan, he made a donation of 10 million yen (approximately $89,000) to the Japanese Red Cross Society through his own 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Yoshiki Foundation America. The Japanese Red Cross Society also began accepting donations for the ”July 2018 Heavy Rain Disaster Relief Fund” on July 10.
Yoshiki sent the following message via social media, re-posting the article from The New York Times: ”I just saw the news in the U.S. and I pray for those who passed away. I truly hope the damage caused by heavy rain will not spread any more.”
In 2011, Yoshiki donated 11 million yen, the highest bid on his personal crystal piano used in X JAPAN‘s final concert, to support Japanese earthquake restoration through Yoshiki Foundation America. In the earthquake restoration charity auction in 2016, he donated 6 million yen, which was the highest bid on his favorite drum set.
Furthermore, in 2016, Yoshiki donated 10 million yen to earthquake disaster in Kumamoto, and in 2017 $25,000 dollars to aid Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas. He later donated $100,000 dollars to the charity foundation MusiCares of The Recording Academy (presenters of the Grammy Awards) to aid hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. He also donates regularly to the Make-A-Wish America, Points of Light Institute, Grammy Foundation and other organizations.
The members of X JAPAN donated all their appearance fees on the a-nation 2011 to Tohoku earthquake disaster relief. In 2015, they donated total proceeds of 28,289,358 yen from Ishinomaki Disaster Restoration Concert, which was used to support the victims.
Yoshiki established the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Yoshiki Foundation America in 2010 in order to support children who lost family to suicide, since Yoshiki himself lost his father to suicide when he was a child. He says, ”I will continue to engage in charity activities as long as I am working as an artist.”