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YOSHIKI DONATES 10 MILLION YEN TO JAPAN'S NATIONAL CENTER FOR GLOBAL HEALTH AND MEDICINE
donated 10 million yen (approx. $100,000) to the National Center for
Global Health and Medicine through his 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization Yoshiki Foundation America.
The National Center for Global Health
and Medicine researches infectious diseases and autoimmune diseases,
including the coronavirus. The organization’s Center Hospital is
the National Center's only general hospital, and it has the
largest number of accommodations for specified infectious diseases.
With the world in chaos due to the spread
of the coronavirus, YOSHIKI has been stressing the importance of
properly handling the coronavirus, even before Japan declared a state of
emergency. Now that there are over 10,000 coronavirus cases in Japan, the
health system is likely to collapse. Fearing this situation, YOSHIKI
has donated to support frontline healthcare providers.
YOSHIKI commented on the donation:
"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 commented regarding YOSHIKI's donation:
"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
Photo credit: YSK Entertainment.
In March, the Japanese rock star donated
$100,000 to the COVID-19
Relief Fundin the U.S.
established by The Recording Academy/GRAMMY's and its charitable
foundation MusiCares to help music creators and professionals
affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Additionally, this year alone, YOSHIKI
has also donated 10 million yen (approx. $100,000) to the Japan Red
Cross in commemoration of the ninth anniversary of the Great East
Japan Earthquake, and donated a total of $24,000 to Meals on Wheels
branches across Los Angeles for seniors affected by the coronavirus
situation. YOSHIKI also donated a combined $100,000 to Australian
Wildfire Relief and the Rainforest Trust. He has supported
numerous other humanitarian causes, including donating $100,000 to
disaster relief for Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas in 2017.
YOSHIKI recently hosted a conversation with Nobel Laureate
Shinya Yamanaka (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and director
of the Center for iPS Cell Research) to discuss worldwide health
concerns. The video was streamed worldwide on Yoshiki Channel
International and is available now on YouTube: https://youtu.be/yckQnJp9fp8.