X JAPAN’s Yoshiki has generously donated 10 million yen (about $93,000) to the Japanese Red Cross Society in support of areas affected by Typhoon Hagibis. The donation was made through the drummer’s nonprofit organization Yoshiki Foundation America immediately after the storm hit on October 12.
Typhoon Hagibis is considered one of the most devastating ones to hit the Kanto region, topping the damage caused by the strength of Typhoon Faxai just a month earlier. As of today, 80 people have been confirmed dead, 10 others went missing, and about 350 people were injured as the tropical cyclone caused heavy floods, and power outages affecting thousands of homes. The typhoon was preceded by a 5.7 magnitude earthquake that hit the coast of the Chiba prefecture about half an hour before Hagibis struck Japan.
Yoshiki was in Japan to attend a concert, and a fashion show at the time of the disaster and personally saw how the natural phenomenon caused struggles also in his own events. This motivated Yoshiki to take action.
I came to Japan for a concert and fashion show around the same time as the typhoon, and I saw the force of the storm with my own eyes. It caused problems with my own recordings and rehearsals, but when I thought about how the struggles reported on TV of those affected by the disaster are infinitely more serious than that, it brought tears to my eyes. I donated in hopes that I could provide even the slightest assistance.
Last month, Yoshiki kindly donated 10 million yen to Japan’s Chiba prefecture which suffered from the previously mentioned Typhoon Faxai on September 10, 2019. Yoshiki also donated 10 million yen in support of the victims, and survivors of the Kyoto Animation fire in August 2019, and 100 million won to aid victims of forest fire in South Korea in April, also this year.
X-JAPAN’s leader is not only helping those affected by natural disasters but also investing in the future of our planet and society. Just this year, he donated $100,000 to the Amazon Forest Fund via Leonardo DiCaprio’s co-founded organization Earth Alliance to help address the urgent threats to our planet’s life support systems, and $150,000 to the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music to support music education.