Sunday, February 5, 2023

Japan’s Iconic Rock Star YOSHIKI Announces His Holiday Wish & Donation to Help All Refugees Affected by War in Ukraine

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Legendary Japanese composer YOSHIKI, leader of both X Japan, and the new international rock band THE LAST ROCKSTARS, announced today that he is making a donation of 10 million yen to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), bringing the total amount he donated to 20 million yen. This donation will enable IOM to further support all those affected by the war in Ukraine and will directly support emergency relief operations in Ukraine and neighboring countries.

YOSHIKI said,

“It’s hard to celebrate the holidays when I know there are people suffering. I hope this gift will support people in need and hope this charity movement will continue to spread and inspire others to help. I’m praying for all those people affected by the war and hoping this donation will help in any way possible.”

YOSHIKI’s donation follows the 10 million yen he donated to IOM last month on his birthday and his February 2022 gift of 10 million yen to the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Emergency Assistance Fund.

With this new donation, YOSHIKI supports the International Organization for Migration to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migrants by providing urgent humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people fleeing the war in Ukraine. Millions of people in and around Ukraine have been displaced and are facing freezing winter conditions this Christmas after being forced to flee their homes. Many are taking shelter in damaged buildings and have limited access to food, electricity, and heating.

“I have heard stories of human suffering, of the pain of people who have lost everything they had due to the war in Ukraine,” said IOM Director General António Vitorino. “I have also seen their enormous strength, their will and determination to overcome adversity. They need our help, and thanks to contributions like this, IOM can continue to assist those severely impacted by the war.”

YOSHIKI is internationally recognized for his long-term philanthropic activities through his 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, YOSHIKI Foundation America. For his prolific philanthropic endeavors, he was chosen by Forbes as one “Asia’s 2019 Heroes of Philanthropy,” and in 2021 received a Medal of Honor from the Japanese Government for his support of the National Center for Global Health and Medicine.

About YOSHIKI

YOSHIKI is a composer, classically trained pianist, rock drummer, and leader of the rock group X Japan. YOSHIKI was named “one of the most influential musicians and composers in Japanese history” by Consequence of Sound and is described by Billboard Magazine as “a musical innovator.”

YOSHIKI has sold over 30 million albums and singles and has sold out the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record-breaking 18 times with his band X Japan. He has performed at the world’s greatest stages including Madison Square Garden, Wembley Arena, Coachella Music Festival, and Carnegie Hall. He has also composed Hollywood film soundtracks, a concerto for the Emperor of Japan, and the official theme song for the Golden Globe Awards. Recently, YOSHIKI assembled the new supergroup THE LAST ROCKSTARS.

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