Japan’s most successful composer, Ryuichi Sakamoto, announced today on his website that he is suffering from pharyngeal cancer and is canceling all professional commitments. Sakamoto, 62, said he was diagnosed last month after noticing an unusual feeling in his throat.
A lifelong anti-nuclear campaigner, he is refusing radiation treatment.
He said: I know my decision will cause trouble to a lot of people, but I had to make this tough decision because I can’t do this job without full health.’
We wish Ryuichi a full recovery.