X Japan’s Yoshiki has donated 10 million yen (about $100,000) to the National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Japan. That organization researches infectious and autoimmune diseases, including the coronavirus.
“In America, where I live, there have been over 54,000 coronavirus deaths. It’s so sad. I heard that, unfortunately, the virus has also been spreading in Japan. It saddens me that people working in the entertainment industry, including myself, as well as people from many other industries, are economically and psychologically stressed because nobody knows when things will settle down. However, I believe that the people we should be supporting are the healthcare workers who are treating coronavirus patients as we speak. I wanted to support as much as I could. I want people, including myself, to remember that the actions of everyone who’s enduring staying home are contributing thousands of times more to the healthcare workers than what I have donated. I will also do my best as a musician to support people.”
The National Center for Global Health and Medicine added:
“Our center aims to contribute to the health and welfare of people in Japan and all around the world through the fields of medical care, research, education, and international cooperation. Our mission includes the identification, assessment, prevention, diagnosis, and development of cutting-edge treatments for infectious diseases and other diseases, as well as promoting the development of medical supplies and equipment to make it possible to apply those treatments in clinical sites. We believe that this is exactly what Yoshiki has been supporting. Our staff members will continue their dedicated efforts to overcome the critical situation Japan is facing today.”
This is just Yoshiki’s latest charitable donation in 2020. Earlier this year, the musician also donated $100,000 to MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund, 10 million yen to the Japan Red Cross in commemoration of the ninth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and $24,000 to Meals On Wheels for seniors affected by the pandemic.