In recognition of YOSHIKI's proactive charity contribution and influence, he was selected as one of "30 Heroes of Philanthropy in the Asia-Pacific” published by Forbes Asia.
Among the candidates working on solving the pressing issues facing the Asia-Pacific, the decision of Forbes' 13th annual Heroes of Philanthropy list was made taking into account financial contributions, depth of engagement, and the scope of charitable activities.
In addition to YOSHIKI, the list includes Jack Ma (the founder and former chairman of Alibaba - the largest e-commerce site based in China), Suh Kyung-bae (CEO of Korean cosmetics manufacturer Amorepacific Group, which recently has many popular cosmetic brands in Japan such as “Innisfree” and “Etude House”), Azim Premji (founder and chairman of India's giant tech firm Wipro), Angel Locsin ( Philippines – Actress),..and so on.
YOSHIKI's charitable activities are conducted through his U.S. non-profit public interest corporation, 501(c) (3) “YOSHIKI FOUNDATION AMERICA”. In this year alone, he donated 10 million Yen to the Japanese Red Cross Society to support victims of Typhoon No. 19; 10 million Yen to Japan's Chiba prefecture which suffered a devastating blow from Typhoon No.15. He came to the devastated area to hold volunteer support right after. Additionally, 10 million Yen was donated to Kyoto Animation Support Deposit Account, $100,000 (about 10 million Yen) was donated to the Earth Alliance launched by Leonardo DiCaprio to combat Amazon forest fires. He also donated $150,000 (about 16 million Yen) to the University of Miami's Frost School of Music in the United States, and 100 million Won (about 10 million Yen) for “ChildFund Korea” to support children affected by the fire in Gangwon-do, Korea.
Major activities thus far include 10 million Yen donated in 2018 for heavy rain disaster in Western Japan, 10 million Yen donated in September of the same year to victims of the Eastern Iburi earthquake, and victims of Hurricane Harvey in the United States in 2017. He donated $100,000 to Hurricane Harvey victims through the Recording Academy's MusiCares® Foundation (a recording academy known for hosting the Grammy Award), and 10 million Yen during the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake. In 2015, his band X JAPAN donated 28 million Yen to the reconstruction of Ishinomaki earthquake.
Morever, YOSHIKI continues his charity work around the world to support the Japanese Red Cross, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Grammy Foundation, and the US Pablove Foundation supporting children with childhood cancer.