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20 years after 9/11

X Japan's Yoshiki sees music as a potential cure for trauma

Philanthropist and rock 'n' roller has been supporting disaster victims since 1995

Yoshiki gives recital at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2017.

TOKYO -- Yoshiki, the leader of Japanese rock band X Japan, is also known for his more than 20 years of involvement in a broad array of charitable and philanthropic activities. His history of supporting people going through pain started in 1995 when he donated 10 grand pianos to Hyogo Prefecture, home to the city of Kobe, which was devastated by a deadly earthquake in January that year.

The X Japan drummer and pianist has also made donations to support other disaster victims as well as charitable organizations and causes, including victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks in the U.S. and health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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