Photo: Courtesy of Yoshiki
Yoshiki Donates 10 Million Yen To Disaster Relief In Japan
International music superstar Yoshiki has sprung to the aid of his native country in the aftermath of heavy downpours and flooding that has caused extensive damage in western Japan. The celebrated musician has donated 10 million yen to the Japanese Red Cross Society through his own charitable foundation, Yoshiki Foundation America.
"I just saw the news in the U.S. and I pray for those who passed away," Yoshiki said in a statement. "I truly hope the damage caused by heavy rain will not spread anymore."
The damage in western Japan is staggering, with a death toll surpassing 210 victims and warnings circulating of even more landslides to come. The devastation has been intensified by a heat wave that hit southern Japan, meaning Yoshiki's generous support is coming at a critical time for those battling to survive the disaster.
This is far from the first time Yoshiki has opened his heart and his wallet to help in the wake of a natural disaster. Last year he donated $25,000 to aid Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas, and he lent another $100,000 to the Recording Academy's MusiCares for disaster relief for hurricane survivors in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. In 2016 he donated 10 million yen to earthquake disaster relief in Kumamoto.