J-Rock Icon YOSHIKI Donates 10 Million Yen to Kyoto Animation

X JAPAN's leader shared a message of support from the U.S.


In the weeks since the tragic arson attack that devastated Kyoto Animation and the industry as a whole, the one shining light has been in the form of all the support from around the world. In addition to direct donations and hugely successful crowdfunding campaigns, the latest gesture comes from Japanese rock legend YOSHIKI, who donated 10 million yen to support the victims and survivors of the July 18 fire. 


YOSHIKI was in the United States at the time of the attack and heard about it when it was reported through U.S. media. He posted the following personal message on Twitter at the time: 


“I am in the United States. I learned about the Kyoto Animation fire on the local news. My heart aches. Japanese anime, and each one of those creators, is a treasure of the world. I hope they recover as soon as possible.”


His deep personal connection to anime made the news even more difficult to process, spurring him to donate through his own 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Yoshiki Foundation America. He previously used the foundation to support Tohoku earthquake support efforts—with X JAPAN donating all performance fees from festival appearances—in 2011, and X JAPAN donated 28 million yen in concert revenue to Ishinomaki earthquake reconstruction in 2015.


On the topic of his donation: 


“I’m always doing tours around the world … No matter where I go, animation fans come to my concerts and support my global activities. I’m always grateful to them. And I always want to contribute to the development of Japan’s anime culture, which I consider one of the world’s treasures. I truly share the pain of those who lost their families. I really hope this will assist the bereaved, and also hope that the circle of support around them will expand.”


Source: Press release



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox. 

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