X Japan frontman and Japanese music icon Yoshiki Hayashi raised $9 million for Ukraine with help from fans

LOS ANGELES (KABC) – Yoshiki Hayashi is a music star in Japan and is said to be one of the most influential composers in Japanese history, having sold over 50 million albums worldwide and is the leader of the iconic group X Japan.

“I recorded with my band to finish the album, pretty much the world’s first release,” Hayashi said. “Plus, I’ve collaborated with artists here in America.”

Hayashi has lived in Los Angeles for two years and owns a recording studio there.

Recently, the music idol donated around 10 million yen, or more than $80,000, to Ukraine’s Emergency Fund for Humanitarian Crisis.

“Oh my God, it’s so painful,” Hayashi said. “You know, as an artist, we create art and music. But we can do a little more than that. I think we have a responsibility to deliver that kind of message.”

And Hayashi delivered that message through a donation campaign through his social media fanbase. With the help of his fans, they raised around $9 million to help Ukraine.

“I’ve always been grateful to have such amazing fans. Not only do they support me, but they also support what I do,” Hayashi said.

According to Hayashi, his passion for supporting humanitarian causes around the world is also how he found his passion for music after losing loved ones like his father. It left him with a lot of pain. Now, with the help of his fans, Hayashi wants to continue helping those who are hurting and in need.

“I want to give them hope. Even if you have this kind of pain, you can get through it,” Hayashi said. “With my fans, together we can help sustain the world.”

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