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Ryuichi Sakamoto Diagnosed With Throat Cancer

World-renowned Japanese musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto says he has throat cancer and has canceled his scheduled shows and activities. The Oscar-winning composer and anti-nuclear activist said Thursday that he was diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer at the end of June. “After much thought and consideration, I have decided to take time off of work in order to concentrate on treating it,” the 62-year-old said in a statement. “I promise to return after a full recovery.”

The pioneering musician debuted as a member of Yellow Magic Orchestra in 1978, playing a role in the emergence of electro pop and providing inspiration for a generation of electronic music and hip-hop producers. His creativity and prowess as a keyboard player, producer and composer extends to a large swath of genres and styles from pop rock to bossa nova. He won an Academy Award for composing the score music for Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1987 film “The Last Emperor,” a movie he also appeared in as an actor.

According to his management agency Avex Music Creative Inc., Mr. Sakamoto will step down as one of the directors of the Sapporo International Art Festival 2014, scheduled to start next week. He will also cancel live shows including a performance at Park Hyatt Tokyo on July 30.  Avex Music Creative said there is no time frame set for Mr. Sakamoto’s return, and that the artist will “dedicate all his time to treatment.” The agency declined to offer details on the current stage of Mr. Sakamoto’s cancer.

Among international honors bestowed on Mr. Sakamoto, he was named an Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government in 2009. In addition to his work in music, producing and acting, Mr. Sakamoto has been one of the most vocal activists against nuclear power following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. He has also been a leading figure in recent moves to prevent outdated legislation being used to stop people dancing at nightclubs in Japan.

mistress_f 10th-Jul-2014 11:08 pm (UTC)
nooo throat cancer is terrible :(
hopefully he can get all the proper treatments/get better.
i don't know all of his music, but what i know, i love. i've only seen him live once, with alva noto, and it was mind blowing.
20727 10th-Jul-2014 11:12 pm (UTC)
i saw a video of that on youtube! like you, i'm not familiar with all of his work but what i know is pretty amazing. hope the treatment goes well for him!
mis__shape 11th-Jul-2014 01:12 am (UTC)
i cried when i saw him and alva noto at RBMA last year, not gonna lie. it was extraordinary.
ausstellung 10th-Jul-2014 11:09 pm (UTC)
I liked him in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. He had some beautiful music in it also.

Edited at 2014-07-10 11:11 pm (UTC)
elstree 10th-Jul-2014 11:12 pm (UTC)
this is one of my favourite songs
nene718 11th-Jul-2014 12:13 am (UTC)
this song is everything. so sad.
nemo_de_la_meer 11th-Jul-2014 03:06 am (UTC)
Came in here to say that. This movie makes me cry. :'(

He was phenomenal in it.
zyuranger 10th-Jul-2014 11:11 pm (UTC)
That's sad. He and Yellow Magic Orchestra helped pave the way for shibuya kei music. I hope he has a speedy recovery.

cuzilubb 10th-Jul-2014 11:12 pm (UTC)
Hopefully it's at the early stages :(
sugarless_girl 10th-Jul-2014 11:13 pm (UTC)
I hope he recovers ;_;
tiltheworldend 10th-Jul-2014 11:18 pm (UTC)
throat cancer is so horrible, hopefully he'll be able to make a full recovery...I find it so weird that cancer was apparently always inherent in humans like thank u very much God/Nature/Universe
potatoboat 10th-Jul-2014 11:29 pm (UTC)

i love this piece
hannamez8 10th-Jul-2014 11:37 pm (UTC)
hope he recovers
princssnikki2 10th-Jul-2014 11:43 pm (UTC)
I hate cancer. :-(

I start chemo next week. I'm having a hard enough time telling family/friend/coworkers, I couldn't imagine having to announce it to the world like him.
tiltheworldend 11th-Jul-2014 12:05 am (UTC)
good luck bb! Stay strong
princssnikki2 11th-Jul-2014 01:17 am (UTC)
ty. I'm trying!
cuzilubb 11th-Jul-2014 12:13 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear babe :( I empathize how hard it is to tell people, having a strong support system is so important now. Best of luck with your treatment, hopefully your recovery is quick.
princssnikki2 11th-Jul-2014 01:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, so far the reception has been good. It took about 6 weeks to diagnose, so I wanted to keep quiet until I got details. Its just hard because I'm usually ok until I get the hugs or overly concerned reactions. That makes it real.
cuzilubb 11th-Jul-2014 02:19 am (UTC)
Yeah I get that, it's like their worry on top of your own. Genuinely hope it goes as smoothly as possible for you bb, imma have to remember to hunt you down for an update later on in the year, but definitely take care meanwhile <3
lpbrowncoat 11th-Jul-2014 12:34 am (UTC)
Best of luck to you and I hope you have a quick recovery.
shutterspeed 11th-Jul-2014 01:45 am (UTC)
Hoping for a quick recovery <3334
mylittlerants 11th-Jul-2014 02:25 am (UTC)
Well wishes, best of luck, good vibes and everything nice sent from me to you!
20727 11th-Jul-2014 02:41 am (UTC)
wishing you a speedy recovery!
earenwe 11th-Jul-2014 03:27 am (UTC)
Wishing you the best and a speedy recovery. <3
roxas39 11th-Jul-2014 05:39 am (UTC)
hey luv, sending you good wishes and a speedy recover<3
toshi_hakari 11th-Jul-2014 08:06 am (UTC)
You're gonna do it, bb! I'm sending some positive thoughts your way <3
blazingeternity 11th-Jul-2014 04:02 pm (UTC)
Stay strong, dear! Wish you a quick recovery! <3
lord 10th-Jul-2014 11:49 pm (UTC)
I hope his recovery goes smoothly.
reciprocidad 10th-Jul-2014 11:55 pm (UTC)
Nooooo </3 I love him with YMO.
robot_hanabi 10th-Jul-2014 11:59 pm (UTC)
Saw this earlier. So sad.
thenylonkid 11th-Jul-2014 12:06 am (UTC)
lpbrowncoat 11th-Jul-2014 12:41 am (UTC)
This is sad :(
destructo_ray 11th-Jul-2014 12:49 am (UTC)
That last sentence is interesting.

Hope he recovers; extremely influential and an artistic legend, IMO.
facedancers 11th-Jul-2014 01:06 am (UTC)
nooo i hope his recovery goes well
mis__shape 11th-Jul-2014 01:11 am (UTC)
ugh, this news made me so upset this morning. he's one of my all-time favorites, his work just has such a simple, stirring power. not to mention he's an incredible human being. all the best for a full recovery. <3

destroyedatsea 11th-Jul-2014 04:18 am (UTC)
Ugh! This track is so quality. His stuff with David Sylvan is flawless.
laurapalmer 11th-Jul-2014 01:44 am (UTC)
I'm so upset about this. :((((((((((((
haruhiko 11th-Jul-2014 01:48 am (UTC)
OMG NO ;_;

He is the best. Yellow Magic Orchestra and his soundtracks to Last Emperor and Sheltering Sky were EVERYTHING. And his album 1996 is sheer perfection.

Ugh this sucks.
mister_robatto 11th-Jul-2014 02:32 am (UTC)
I really need to get into his music. This is the closest to anything I have of his material other than YMO's debut album, but I didn't realize how huge "Forbidden Colors" was until I heard about the background of this song:

Also, kween Hikki and her flawless taste in music samples.
earenwe 11th-Jul-2014 03:27 am (UTC)
I love this album and I don't even care. So good.
ikewl62 11th-Jul-2014 03:20 am (UTC)
earenwe 11th-Jul-2014 03:28 am (UTC)
Oh, how awful! I hope that his treatment goes well and fast. :(
lavdiaz 11th-Jul-2014 09:28 am (UTC)
So sad about this. :( Wishing him a speedy recovery.
maldeluxx 11th-Jul-2014 01:35 pm (UTC)
Oh no... I hope the treatment will go well :(
yummyhead2toe 11th-Jul-2014 02:07 pm (UTC)
Guh, is it from smoking? I need to be more healthy!!!
prophecypro 12th-Jul-2014 03:28 pm (UTC)
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